Encountering Miracles // Stories From Abroad: KENYA ’13

The amazing organization that I was a part of for 8.5 years, Global Ventures, is headed out to Haiti this week and I’m headed in a different direction the following week to Paraguay. Okay, same general southerly direction, but mine will take me a little further south.

As I was reminiscing about some of my memories with Global Ventures, I found a blog I had written during my time there, about one of the most amazing encounters I have ever had team leading on a GV trip. And in honor of #throwbackthursday, I wanted to share it with all of you.

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“Massive Miracles in Kenya”

Global Ventures – December 2, 2013

My team and I were on the outskirts of Mwingi, Kenya doing Gospel presentations at local schools. We had just finished a presentation at an elementary school when I noticed my co-leader Blake speaking to a woman I had never seen before. He called out to me to get our team and the equipment and follow him. The woman was the director of a nearby school and she had heard our presentation, so she invited us to come and share with her students as well. I personally love it when we are able to minister at unexpected locations, but this was not just any school; all the students were deaf and many were also mute.

Please understand, I believe in the power of God to open deaf ears and cause the mute to speak, but I had never seen an entire school healed before.  Honestly, I was a little anxious about how to proceed. How do you share the gospel with people who can’t hear you? I didn’t know how to make it work, but I knew we had to try.

I was amazed as Blake stood in front of the students and began communicating with them in sign language. I’ve known Blake for years and had no idea that he knew sign language. He greeted them and introduced himself. The student’s hearts instantly opened to our team. Next, one of the teachers who was fluent in English and sign language jumped in and started translating as Blake began to share with them the story of Jesus.

As he finished the story, Blake gave all of the students the opportunity to pray and ask Jesus into their lives. What happened next was possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen: In complete silence and perfect harmony the entire school “signed” the prayer of salvation. I was in awe. Not one of the students heard the gospel with their ears, but they “heard” it with their hearts, believed, and received.

Caught up in this moment of perfection, I was startled when Blake turned around and handed everything over to me. I began to tell them of the miracles that Jesus worked when He walked the earth, and how He still healed today. I shared of His love, compassion, and power to heal. Then I prayed. It wasn’t an articulate prayer, I simply joined faith together with my team.

I asked the students to raise their hands if they could tell a difference in their bodies, but many of them didn’t raise their hands, they just began to run forward to our team. We tested them and watched in amazement as God restored hearing and speech to many students. There were so many of them being healed, in fact, that my team wasn’t able to test them all! We know, though, that at least 15 were proven healed, and truthfully I believe there were even more.

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Here are the students as we arrived.

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This was one of the students who prayed the prayer of salvation using sign language. He was 15 years old and had been deaf and mute from birth. We signed a prayer of healing and God opened his ears and he began to say his first words!

The Power of God has no limits!


 

On that day, I remember being blown away at the power of God and His ability to work through someone like me. To be completely honest, I didn’t walk into that situation fully confident of anything. The one thing I knew though, was that the power of God is real and His love for people in undeniable. I have seen it in my life and in the lives of countless people around the world.

I hope that encounter encourages you the way it continues to encourage me. God is capable of unimaginable things! If you are in a place in your life where you need a miracle, set your heart upon Jesus. He performed miracles while He walked upon Earth and He’s still performing miracles today!

If you’re reading this and have a need in your life that you would like prayer for, please comment or email me. I’d love to pray with and for you!

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March’s “Check It Out” List

Almost every year (seriously) I pull out my favorite Missions book, The Coming Revolution, by R. Mark Baxter. It inspires and challenges me. No matter how many times I read it, God uses it to speak to my heart, right where I’m at. I’m thankful for this book and others that have helped light the way for modern day missionaries, like me. 

If you have a heart for Missions than do yourself a favor and check out some of these incredible books. I’ve personally read each (some multiple times) and I highly recommend them. 

My Top Five Favs:

  • The Passion For Souls – Oswald J. Smith

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  • Bruchko – Bruce Olson

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  • The Man with the Bird on His Head – John Rush & Abbe Anderson

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  • The Challenge of Missions – Oswald J. Smith

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  • The Coming Revolution – R. Mark Baxter 

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Here are a few others recommended by long term missionaries:

(These I haven’t read yet, but they’re definitely on my list).

  • Eternity In Their Hearts – Don Richardson
  • Peace Child – Don Richardson
  • End Of The Spear – Steve Saint

Be sure to comment and let me know what your favorites are!

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PhotoBlog: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 1904

The day that Dr. Seuss was born.

In honor of one of my all time favorite authors and the fact that today would have been his 113th birthday, I decided to find a creative way to say “Happy Birthday!” I hope you enjoy the results.

Dr. Seuss, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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This one isn’t as crisp as I would like, but sometimes the best moments aren’t perfect.

I love that he looks like he’s actually curious about the story.

Of course the SLEEP BOOK will make you a little sleepy.

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Dr. Seuss, Oh The Thinks You Can Think!

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Can we read them all?

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This ones my favorite.

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When a good book is coming to an end and you just can’t handle it.

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

– Dr. Seuss

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I hope you enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss as much as we did!

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