How do you even begin to describe a day like today? Our little team split into two this morning: Katie, Lee, & Chris went with pastor friend, Wilmar, to the drug rehabilitation foundation, Benny & I went to the Social Security hospital. What is remarkable about the drug rehab is that it is in a large house, previously owned by the Rodriguez brothers, who, after the infamous Pablo Escobar, ran the biggest drug cartel… what a wonderful way God has of turning bad into good, eh? The guys had a wonderful opportunity to speak to, then pray for, and then be prayed for, by all the residnts on the rehab programme, which was an immense blessing to everyone.
Benny & I had a phenomenal time in the hospital: Dr Dunia did her ‘usual’ introduction – ‘Paul & Benny are Christians who pray for the sick here, and we have seen many miracles every time they’ve been here. If you want them to pray…’ Well, the first lady had one of those things that fills you with fear: an undiagnosed problem with her spine, immesnse pain, in her back and shoulders, and – here we go again – wrecked knees! Her face totally and utterly transformed as her pain and fear went, her back, shoulders, and knees were healed. A lovely older man, with chronic osteoarthritis, hands almost clawed, no feeling at all in his fingers, related to a problem with his brain (hence waiting for a neurosurgeon!) – was again facially transformed as his pain went, his eyes improved, and feeling came back to his fingers. I’d love to say we watched them straighten, but that will come next, I believe.
His wife was sick from head to feet: she felt a strong heat in her stomach/intestinal region, and said that much pain had gone. A musician, named Alejandro, had brought his aged mum – I guess now to see another doctor as she had major breathing issues: her breathing normalised instantly. And so it went on: EVERYONE we prayed for in the hospital was healed (check with Benny if you want!): better still, four people gave their lives to Jesus.
We went outside to get a breath of fresh air (in Cali?? perhaps I mean a little bit of cooler air, as it was so hot inside, but by now it was at least 36C outside!). As we sat on the wall, people started coming to us, having seen us praying inside. A lady recognised me from having prayed for her 18 months ago at another Social Security hospital (now closed) in Maracaibo barrio. She was healed then: since, she’d developed very bad varicose veins in her legs, and was in much pain: healed. A lady with both knees in great pain – healed. A lady with severe bronchial problems – healed. So much for a breather….! Benny took lots of pictures, but seeing as he’s out right now, and we have a busy evening, I’ll post them later!