Last night I took out an Arabic-speaking Christian who had expressed an interest in learning about a supernatural lifestyle. I had no idea that we would have so much "fun" in only a 1 hour visit to a Middle Eastern mall. We saw 7 or 8 people healed – including 4 muslims. It was such a "grace-filled" hour as we simply offered the Kingdom to people who might have needed healing. All the words of knowledge I got were wrong except for one – but that didn't seem to matter. In the first shop, I asked about a muslim man's shoulder and he didn't have a problem but pointed to his middle back. I had him lay his hand on the affected area, prayed in Arabic and all the pain left. After some further discussion, we moved on to another shop.
Next, I walked into a store where I wanted to do some Christmas shopping. I felt like I got a word of knowledge for a problem in the right lower leg – it ended up being wrong (unless one of the employees wasn't being totally honest). I offered to help someone with this problem one of the employees, an Egyptian muslim man told me that while he didn’t have that issue, he did have a shoulder problem. I had him lay his hands on the affected area and prayed for him – first in English (so the other employees could understand) and then in Arabic, his mother tongue. It wasn't hurting/bothering him at that moment but when I asked him what he was feeling, he said, "I feel heat all over my body"! Btw – this is a GOOD THING! I told him that it was God's presence and that his problem wouldn't be returning. He took my number and I look forward to hearing from him soon.
As we walked through the mall, I felt "drawn" to go into a department store. As I walked in and began to engage one of the Filipino employees, I found the person to whom I was being "drawn". An Egyptian muslim employee had his hand wrapped. I asked about it and it was an injury from a car accident 2-3 days earlier. He was in pain. It was sprained but not broken. It hurt in two places – the thumb and the wrist. That was all about to change. I prayed and all the pain left! His reaction told the story – he was looking over at another woman who worked there and telling her, "Seriously it is all gone". Who was it? His wife, a Tunisian muslim woman. I went over to her next and she had also been in the accident and had bruises around her right eye and the area was swollen. I asked one of the Filipino Christian employees to hold her hand and I prayed for all the pain to leave and sure enough, she was pain free after praying! The great thing here is that there was a Christian working with them who could now answer all of their questions! She was so grateful.
Our final stop was for donuts and coffee – all of the employees were Filipinos and I knew they wouldn't be given Christmas off (working in a muslim country), so I asked them if I could give them their "Christmas presents". They were intrigued and interested. I asked about any physical pain. One woman had back pain – I had another one put her hand on her back and prayed. She was healed! Next the only male employee wanted to be next – he had a bad headache. I grabbed his hand (the only person all evening that I personally touched) and prayed a quick prayer, counting down "4, 3, 2, 1….Jesus" - and he was healed! Next the manager was about to speak up about her need and before she spoke, I asked, "It is your neck/shoulder isn't it?" It was. That was the ONLY word of knowledge I got right all night, but that didn't seem to matter. I had the woman whose back was healed lay hands on her and I prayed a quick prayer. She too was healed. The final employee had fatigue in her legs and we waited until some new customers were finished being served and the Lord released strength and refreshment into her legs – she said she was all good after prayer. They were one happy group as we left.
In each of the cases with the muslims, I was able to share more about our faith, why we pray for the sick and also point them to Christians they knew for further follow-up. I also gave several my own number to contact me in a few days to see how they were doing.
It was equally as encouraging to take out a young Christian man with me who has "heard about" the miraculous all of his Christian life. He'd attended a Charismatic Arabic-speaking Church but had never personally be trained to pray for the sick, and additionally, even if training was available, it was only for "inside" the Church or Church meetings. Nobody had ever taken it "outside" the Church. This was a powerful evening, a paradigm-shifting evening, for this man. I am excited to see the ongoing impact of him seeing how easy it can be to release the Kingdom in public places in an Arab muslim country.
What I had wanted to do, was to model for this young man the same way Jesus would have modeled to His disciples. I told him that this night was a "freeby" - he could simply be an observer. I told him that the next time, he would be "in the game" as a player because EVERYBODY PLAYS!