I had a feeling when I wrote the last blog post that today was going to be something special. It most certainly was. Along with the privilege of preaching in Beny & Paty Osorio’s church, Mundo de Fe, Barak, it was great to have at the meeting a lovely friend whom I met in Lisieux, France, 18 months ago, Fiorella Ramirez, now back home in Cuernavaca, Mexico – and, more than both those things put together, seeing God touch virtually everyone who came up for prayer with an instant miracle….
I love this church: and it’s humbling to know that they love me. Beny & Paty’s friendship with me gets stronger and stronger, so it was especially a blessing to see God do his stuff again in the meeting….
Bless her, Fiorella wrote down the names and ‘problems’ of everyone who came for prayer, she’d obviously had a word of knowledge about my memory!
Rodrigo, a young man who is a promising boxer, had to give up 3 months ago after pain in his left shoulder was diagnosed as a tumour, which sat under his collar bone, pushing it up and forward, and with a lot of pain. He had ben able to feel the tumour, and, as you can imagine, there was a lot of fear attached to it, especially for a young man of about 20. The tumour disappeared – he and we knew because his shoulder and collar bone were back in their right place, and the pain had gone. For a few moments he laughed, then burst into tears: it was very moving.
Luz Maria, a lovely lady suffered from a problem that both bothered her ‘cosmetically’, but also caused pain in her back. One shoulder was considerably and visibly higher than the other, which of course, meant her back was out of alignment (ifI recall, she’d had a bad fall some time ago), so the ‘leg lengthening’ had its day today. I know, it isn’t the leg that grows (normally! – sometimes it is, like in India 22 years ago!). There were a few church folk around watching, Luz’s right leg was a good 2-3 cms shorter than the left. But only for a few moments more… funny thing is, it kept ‘growing’ on the palm of my hand, and was soon about a centimetre longer than the left, so that one had to ‘come
down’ too, which it did! A taller lady: why doesn’t that happen to me? I’d love to be taller! She was totally blown away as she felt movement inside her right leg. Her shoulders were level when she stood up :)…
A lovely lady, rather older than Luz, had chronic – yeas, you’ve got it! – osteoarthritis in both knees…. extreme pain, needless to say (I know…) – it went, instantly, and she was up and walking back and fro across the front of the church. I rejoiced with her, and Fiorella, and quietly reminded God about other knees that need dealing with! A lady whose name escaped both Fiorella and me, had no cartilage in either knee (I whistled a ‘happy’ tune under my breath! – nor have I!) – God gave her new ones, the pain went, and off she went walking to and fro at the front of the church!
America, a young lady with great pain in her lower back and hips, was healed instantly – you should have seen her smile! There was no one with a camera around at the time, sadly! Maria Barbara had bad ligament damage in her left arm and shoulder: again, needless to say, in a lot of pain, unable to lift anything, or trust using her left arm for very much at all. Prayer one, the pain went down by about 50%: prayer two, down by about 80%, prayer three gone… she went over and lifted, in her left arm, the floor standing fan – not light! – above her shoulder, with no pain.
Some folk felt internal healing, or felt strange things going on inside, perhaps better to say: but they’re going to need tests to prove their healing. Alejandro had great fear from diagnosis/prognosis of more than double the ‘good’ level of triglycerides: his dad, also Alejandro, has been pre-diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was his forst ever time in church, you could see the fear go from his face, and the smile that said ‘it’s not going to happen!’.
Oscar Uribe, long-time friend, had virtually no function in the left side of his brain, has been under ‘attack’ in a ‘Job sort of way’ for many months, dreadful problems with sleeping. His wife, Alejandra, had been given medication for a severe pain in her right leg, the side effects of which had made her celiac – allergic to all things gluten. I told her to go home and eat bread for the rest of the day!
Fiorella and I also prayed by proxy for two of her family/friends needs: mum, Theresa (Tere) with bad colon problems, and friend Norma, just diagnosed with cancer of the womb. Again, time will tell….
The people from the church, though, all being well, I’ll see next Sunday, so some will have gone for tests, and others will know after a week of experience!
I was blown away at the end of the service when Beny honoured me wonderfully to the church: his late dad, Enrique, he said, was a man with few friends, but I was one of
them close to his heart, and talked about his and Paty’s wedding, at which I spoke…. it’s amazing what honour does for you, and it’s a gift often missing in church life.
Then we all went out to Chilis for lunch, followed by delightful frozen yoghurt and fresh fruit. Suffering for the gospel again today, then…. 🙂