September 21, 2016
This week we’ve been traveling to different villages on the Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. I’ve had the privilege to be on the community engagement team — whose role is discipleship — for four days. It was rewarding, but sometimes challenging.
We usually start the day driving more than an hour seated in the bed of a truck. Getting stuck in the mud, having a flat tire, or running out of gas was the daily normal. As hard as it was to get there some days, it just made it more evident that the Devil was trying to stop us from doing God’s work.
On my fourth day in the village, the locals requested prayer more than I’ve seen so far in other places. I took the opportunity to pray for whoever asked with a willing heart and full faith. The Holy Spirit was definitely in this village, and I saw a total of 15 healings and five salvations just with the people I prayed for! It was incredible to be God’s hands and feet, and satisfying to see that the work I was doing was making a difference in people’s lives.
One testimony that stood out for me was when I prayed for a man named Jack. He was probably in his 60s or 70s, and pointed to his knees and back implying that he wanted me to pray for the pain to vanish. I began praying, and in Jesus’ name he was healed! It was after the pain went away that he had a translator ask me to pray for his hearing. I then realized that he was pointing earlier to where he wanted me to pray not because of our language barrier, but because he was deaf. I put my hands over his ears and prayed that God would give him ears to hear his voice. After my prayer, his eyes lit up and he was saying that he could hear! A woman next to me began to translate and say that he has been deaf for most of his life and could only hear the blowing of wind. Now he was saying that he can hear the sounds of everyone talking around him!
It was an amazing miracle, and was empowering to know that God can use me to change someone’s life. It’s also encouraging to think that all God is looking for is our simple “Yes,” and with that he’ll take over and do what in our strength would be the impossible.
From Madison – a 2016 Engage DTS student
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