Three wonderful churches today: first, Wilmar and Marlene’s ‘El Abrigo International’, where it was my privilege to go, and Gerard, Lydie, and Elisa went to a lovely Baptist church somewhere in the city…. the worship at El Abrigo is always wonderful: so many good musicians ans singers, a lovely platform from which to speak. Hein translated for me: he’s so good, and so quick. He was the first person ever to translate for me here in Cali, in 1997, so we know each other pretty well by now.
8, maybe 10 people, came for prayer: all of them with ‘obvious’ sickness/pain/infirmity (by that I mean not internal!) were healed. Yup, more knees, I got two of the Apeople to kneel as that’s pretty much an impossibility with badly arthritic knees. They did. a lady with something similar to plantar fasciitis, another with a lump close to her spine and in a lot of pain, left pain-free; one lady had intense pain in the top knuckle of the fourth finger on her left hand; it went (the pain, not the knuckle), and so the story goes….there’s something about this city that accelerates gifting you might have, and might or might not use back home, and it’s so easy to pray for pray for people. I know for myself, that the gift of faith has grown and grown here, in me, over the years, and it’s good to go back to Europe, or anywhere for that matter, knowing that people will be healed.
Then, off to Dario’s cousin – that deserves a blog of its own!
Earlier in the week, we had to cancel a meeting in a small town, La Cruz, high up the most unreal road in the mountains, as we couldn’t get a translator. It’s a church i love, Alcanzando lo Imposible – Reaching the Impossible (I think that applies to the road to the church!), Pastored by Giovani and Luz Helena Cruz. It’s a fantastic church, and Giovani had asked if we could go tonight instead, and I jumped at the church for my French friends to go there. You can hear the church long, long before you get to it: the P.A. is so loud, and I’m sure the drummer, Robert, must have to replace his skins at least once a month as he hits them so hard!
The place was packed, and rocking, when we arrived. The praise and worship was great, if a little deafening(!), and folk from the church, who’ve got to know me over the past year or so, welcomed me/us like long-lost friends, even though I preached there only 2 weeks ago! Giovani was very honouring to us, which is always such a blessing – dishonour has been a church curse in many countries, and thankfully God is bringing it back to the churches humble enough to honour others.
Gerard spoke, in his wonderfully animated, powerful, and profound style, Hein (Hendrik) Hoere translated for him brilliantly, as Gerard speaks so fast, and moves about a great deal, AND there was no on-stage foldback for Hein to hear what he was saying with following him all over the platform! And then…. the tsunami of people for prayer…
I prayed with people with Wilmar, and it was so wonderful to see God heal many of them. A lot of the ‘usual’ stuff, as always, knees, one young mum, with three young children, had a mother deeply into witchcraft, and she and her kids all suffered nasty stomach problems as mum evidently didn’t like her daughter being a Christian. God visibly set her free from the fear, and I’m sure, the nightmares. It’s wonderful watching fer HAVE to leave people, their whole visage – and their eyes – change.
Loads more – but one (for now!) final, lovely story. A husband and wife. Oscar (I think) and Dora, both had several serious issues. Dora had great pain from damaged ovaries, and a bladder problem, as well as strong lumbar pain and diabetes. Oscar had fast, degenerative myopia, with a prognosis of total sight loss before long. Dora got her pancreas dealt with first to sort out the sugar balance, then her back, which was healed instantly, as was the pain in her abdomen. On the premise that Jesus never ‘half-healed’ people – he never said things like ‘I’ll heal this, but not that’, or ”You’d better go and get surgery’ – it’s pretty safe to assume that Dora’s diabetes is gone. She’s not due another sugar test until mid-May, and I’ve asked her to tell Giovani who’ll tell me, when she shocks the docs… Oscar’s miracle was lovely. He had very little sight out of a very small portion of his left eye, little better in his right. As he was prayed for, what he described was happening to his left eye was as though curtains were being opened, and more and more vision was coming to him….I felt that God would complete it in both eyes overnight. I hope Giovani lets me know!
And so a fantastic (nearly) 3 weeks for me, 2 for the French folk, 12 days for Chris, and 8 for Beny and Danny, comes to a conclusion, on Tuesday, after more time with Dario on Monday and Tuesday (morning).
Thank you, Father, for the hundreds healed, a good number saved, and hundreds more healings in process. After 52 visits here, it still amazes me even though I expect it, if you can get what I mean. L LOVE ths country, and even more, this city….