March 17, 2011

an unbelievable "deposit" in Lebanon

the trip to Lebanon was amazing, but the most incredible part was to hear a follow-up story about a group of guys we met over a month ago in a restaurant. a large group of us had dinner there and it turned into a bit of a miracle service. it is hard to say how many were healed/touched, but conservatively we saw 10 miracles in about an hour and a 1/2.

one of the guys asked for us to "write down" one of our prayers. he did in Arabic and included a salvation (surrender your life to Jesus) clause before a short healing prayer. he left it. what we have subsequently learned is that "this prayer" is being used OFTEN. in fact, these employees will gather around of their colleagues who is sick or has pain and all lay hands on the person and pray. what's been happening? well, they are getting healed!!!

these guys only saw us model Kingdom ministry for about 1 hour. they got a little prayer written on a napkin. and to use their own words of description - they have developed their own "culture of healing". I was so, so encouraged to hear this.

I think of people who we have cast a vision for Kingdom ministry (sometimes over a period of years). we've given books, preached, modeled, etc. and some still haven't "gone and done likewise". This group of mostly nominal Christians (which of course has changed!) caught the supernatural lifestyle in a little over and hour of watching us release it and our now running with it with the sum total of a prayer on a restaurant napkin and a phone number to call one of the guys from our "dream team" for counsel from time to time. This has to be the most unprecedented story of impartation and equipping that I have ever heard.

We are living in INCREDIBLE days of acceleration!

another trip with miracles - part 2

after leaving the mountains, I met up with some power evangelists who live in Beirut. These guys are on cutting edge of what God is doing in the Middle East in terms of supernatural ministry. Just being around such guys is an honor.

we wandered (this is "wandering with a purpose") into a large supermarket and got a word of knowledge for one of the employees. we prayed for him and he was healed. then he told us that he had another problem in his knee (he'd been shot during the war). we prayed and he testified that the pain associated with the injury left. he was a Christian man and very happy that we met him.

after that, one of the guys I was with had a neck problem. I suggested that instead of praying for him, we "share the wealth" and see if we can find a Lebanese Christian who will pray. we began asking people (since there are lots of Christians in Lebanon it wasn't difficult to find someone) and the 2nd person we asked was a believer. she prayed for my friend. Can't say there was too much difference, BUT she needed prayer for the same problem and we prayed for her and she was healed. She then got a friend on the phone and I prayed for him over the phone. The Holy Spirit came upon him and we believe something changed. We got to minister to this woman and her friend for quite a while. Another one of our crazy Lebanese friends showed up and he began to share more deeply with them about the Kingdom. We also got to share some prophetic words with them.

Next another Lebanese guy caught up with us - the "dream team" I call them!! we found a guy walking with a crutch. he'd injured his foot in a basketball game. one of our team prayed for him and he "felt something" happening in his foot. we noticed he was still walking along with his crutch, so we went back to him to see if we could pray again. he let us pray, BUT we really didn't need to. he said that after the first guy prayed it was better. we had him thoroughly check it out. no pain. he was so grateful. he still didn't get rid of the crutch. not sure why, but clearly he was healed.

our next stop was a new McDonalds. as I walked up, I noticed the guy serving me had a bandage on his arm. he had fallen. I asked the manager if I could pray. She was fine with it. I prayed and he said that all the pain left. another employee had actually had her fingernails somehow torn up (ouch!). she let us pray and all the pain left.

I love my trips to Lebanon. It is always about the Kingdom, many are healed and the subsequent conversations about Jesus are often amazing!

March 16, 2011

another trip with miracles - part 1

a quick trip to Lebanon this past weekend allowed me to participate in more miraculous healings a number of which were with muslims. while waiting out a storm and unable to ski, I got to pray for a muslim man who's back was mostly healed. he testified to his other friend that is was about 75% better after prayer. the weather didn't clear, so I went to a ski shop and kind of "switched" from skiing mode to praying for the sick mode. the day turned out really well when I made that shift!

first of all a man's headache was healed. then as I was praying for another man, he asked me about how God speaks. I began to tell him when a couple of muslim customers walked in and he went to tend to them. I got a word of knowledge for the muslim couple - one of them had a neck and shoulder problem on the right side. I walked over, interrupted and explained that God had "just spoken" and asked who had the problem. The wife did. They were living in Saudi Arabia! I had the husband lay his hand on his wife's neck and I prayed. She was healed!

After that I prayed for another muslim man's knee condition, but didn't seem to get breakthrough. I went over to the shop where he worked to follow up a while later and another young man, a Christian Arab, asked me to pray for him. I asked him "what's wrong"? He wasn't going to tell me - he wanted the Lord to show me! I love it when somebody asks us to "step it up"!! The Lord showed me that he had some problems in his legs. He let me pray and began to have an encounter with God. He described it as feeling "so light he thought he would fly". That's pretty cool. I asked him to call/text me to tell me what happened because even as I left, he was still experiencing God' presence.

At this point, I left the mountains to head to another place to pray for the sick and see what God would do miraculously. That will be the next post.