Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Blind See

Our friend Luke Whitfield was sharing this story with us the other night and I thought it would encourage you. God still works in wonderful ways to bring His children into His kingdom!

Last week, Luke and one of the pastors in our pastor's college were going to a local clinic for ministry. This is a weekly ministry where Luke is helping local churches here reach out to those who are sick and hurting. At the clinic, there was a woman who was there because she was having severe problems with her vision. She could only see a few feet in front of her face.

Luke and Patson prayed for her to have healing and then Luke stood at a distance and held up fingers for her to count. She was unable. Luke still sensed that God was at work in the situation and asked to pray for her again. She welcomed the prayer and so they prayed again. After praying, he stood again at a distance and held up fingers for her to count. Again, she was unable. Then, out of the corner of his eye, Luke noticed a young gentleman who was a Rasta, a follower of the Rastafarian movement. He was looking on with what Luke thought was skepticism.

And at this time, the Lord impressed something else upon Luke's heart. He felt as if the Lord wanted Luke to have this young man come over and pray for the woman. So, he went and asked
him if he would agree to pray for the woman. Surprisingly, the man agreed and came over to pray for this woman with partial blindness. Luke led the man in a prayer for this woman and then did as he had done before. He stood at a distance and held up fingers for this woman to count. This time, she counted them perfectly! She had been instantly healed! He then asked the young man if he had ever seen anything like this happen, to which he replied "No." In fact, the young man then turned to Patson (the Zambian pastor) and asked him where his church was, because he planned on attending that coming Sunday.

As Luke reflected on the events from this day in hospital ministry, he made one observation which I think was right on. He said that although this woman's healing was a direct benefit to her and revealed to her God's love, he thought the real reason why God performed this miracle was to reach a young Zambia Rasta for His glory!


Leah said...

I don't know if I have ever given you this link but the healing and miracles they experience are such a testimony to Fathers love for the lost. Just like your friend suggested. It is amazing to see the good news backed up with " abundant" one that is truly empowering and not just a moral observance. Thank you for sharing.
Leah Redmond

Roberts said...

Hey Leah,

I am familiar with Iris Ministries. Next year, a group of guys that I hang out with here in Zambia are going to go on a road trip to visit their ministry in Mozambique. Thanks for the comment. Hope you guys are doing well. Blessings, Brent