I (Joel) was recently at a park and met a man who was deaf. He even had a handicapped person's ID card. I laid hands on him in the name of Jesus and his ears instantly opened. His daughter earnestly asked me to go to their house and pray for her paralyzed son. Later that day I went and prayed for him. He was then able to stand up and do deep squats for the first time since paralysis set in. He was also able to walk with some assistance, so at the time it was still a healing in process. The family was amazed. They are very poor with 4 generations living in one small concrete house. The man who had regained his hearing exclaimed that he'd never seen anything like this and would like to start studying the Bible!
We recently received word that a Buddhist woman that had been called out by word of knowledge for cancer in the uterus a year and half ago at a meeting where we were ministering was instantly healed of cancer that day and has been passionately following Jesus since then! Yay God!
Twenty minutes. That was all the marines would allow me. Understandably so, as having Caucasian, freckly skin and a United States passport in the territory where ISIS is now focusing their rabid, militant energy can have its disadvantages. Security was tightened because of the bombings that week. My tribal friend and I buzzed down a narrow concrete path on the back of his 150cc motorcycle without so much as a tinted visor to conceal my identity from the militant cells that lurk within the impoverished villages we passed through. We pulled through the gate of a vast compound and proceeded into the stilted hut community within. This is a modern day leper colony inside a conflict zone. Chickens and ambiguous tan dogs scuttled out of the way as we wound between banana trees and past confused, brown faces. I felt like I stood out like a lightbulb. Eventually we stopped in between some small, wooden dwellings on stilts. I hopped off the bike, removed my helmet and followed my friends up some narrow steps into the nearest home. I am sure that what I encountered inside will stay with me for the rest of my life. A circle of kind, smiling people were seated on the wooden plank floor waiting for us. As I looked around the room I caught a powerful, pure light that glinted in their eyes as they smiled to greet me. Each one of these people had been plagued with leprosy. Some of them were missing fingers and noses. Or so I was told. As I looked around the room, I could see nothing but healthy, whole people looking at me. Each one had been healed by Jesus. Missing digits were restored by His miraculous power. This is the reason they came to follow Him. Since their healing, they had formed a house church right there in the leper colony. The other residents and even the local government had taken notice of what happened. Though they consistently faced death for following Christ, they persisted. They had tasted too much of His sweetness to refuse to commune with Him again. This was like finding a mysterious name scrawled in wet cement before it dried. Jesus of Nazareth had been here as truly as He’s ever been anywhere. The beauty of Christ flooded my consciousness. It was apparent also that as surely as He had been there, leaving a trail of miracles of biblical proportions, He had remained; as evidenced by the familiar light I saw shining in the eyes of these saints. Signs point me to Him. With increasing clarity I can sense His rough, scarred, but profoundly gentle hand extended toward me. His haunting invitation echoes in the deep places of my soul, “If you want to come after Me, take up your cross and follow Me.”
We found ourselves in a park that is widely believed to be the place where a well-known religious figure of a different faith gave his first sermon that sparked a movement that has continued and evolved to this day. As we walked we came upon a group of women who were sitting in the grass with their children. I sensed the Holy Spirit say that one of them had stomach problems. When I asked, they bluntly said they did not. I felt quite certain of what I heard, so I explained, "You see, the reason I ask is because God told that one of you had stomach problems." One of the women smartly shot back, "If he told you that, he can tell you which one of us it is!" Fair enough. I scanned the group and the Holy Spirit pointed out one the women. "It's you," I said plainly. With an open mouth she nodded her head. "And you have neck problems," I turned to the sassy lady who had challenged us. She nodded soberly as well. At this point they readily let us pray for them. Both felt the pain disappear at the name of Jesus. At this point many men gathered around to see what was happening and the crowd swelled. A good number of people were healed and delivered of demons as we prayed in the mighty name of Jesus. One young man began to swoon as the presence of the Lord came over him. "Do you have some spiritual resource so that I can invite Jesus into my heart?" He asked in earnest. We replied that we could help him with that and seven or so other young men leaned in, listening as we communicated what Jesus had done on the cross. The group of them prayed and invited Jesus into their hearts, trusting Him to remove their sin. The first young man spoke up, eyes shining with the light of eternal life, "This is the first time I have seen the power of the Lord Jesus. This is the most wonderful day of my life since birth!" They exchanged contact info with our local friends, asking how we can help them to continue to follow Jesus. It moved me how they asked us how they can receive Jesus and also how they can grow and continue to follow Jesus. He truly is the Desire of the Nations.
On the banks of a river that millions, even billions of people have falsely venerated as the sight of purification of sin and the point of access to nirvana, the ultimate escape from suffering in this life, the Spirit of Christ moved. He is God, stepping off the front porch to embrace the prodigal son who will come close enough. We went down to the banks of the river where many people were ritually bathing, attempting to rid themselves of the stain of sin in hopes of a better future life and maybe even complete release from the endless cycle of suffering and reincarnation they believed themselves to be trapped in. Our path took us to a man seated on the steps who clearly had pain in his legs. He reluctantly agreed to receive prayer. We laid hands in the name of Jesus and soon he began to feel better. Onlookers gathered around, gradually becoming more impressed with the power that we apparently possessed. Soon one after another lined up for healing for hurt backs, knees, digestive illnesses, poor eyesight and all manner of ailments. Virtually every single one of them, approximately twenty people, happily exclaimed they were healed! We explained that this power was from Jesus, the Most High God who also had the only power to forgive and remove sin. Having just experienced His power over sickness, many of them seemed excitedly accepting of His power over sin as well. For days the word spread through the city and a good number of people came to find our friend who is serving the Lord there. A great light is growing in the darkness.
This is the face of a woman whose eyes have just been healed by Jesus! She had extremely poor eyesight, then after receiving prayer in the name of Jesus here vision immediately cleared up. "The Lord has done great things for us, we are glad!"
Creased brown faces accented by bright red cheeks, toughened by a lifetime of wild winds, intense sun and the frigid, dry air of the Plateau craned around one another to get a look at the anomaly in the center of the crowd. There beside the sacred stone heap, completely encircled by the eclectic mob of religious devotees was a small group of foreigners. In their midst was a fair-skinned, golden-haired little baby; a sight rarely seen in this obscure corner of the globe. Curiosity quickly shifted to desperation as a local young man declared that they would pray to The Most High God, known by the name of Savior Jesus Christ, and that He would heal them of any illness they had. This has become the pattern of so many of our most treasured moments with Jesus.
Within minutes, the crowd swelled, grabbing at our clothes from every side. Broad smiles cracked across the weathered faces as blind eyes received their sight again, deaf ears opened and pain vanished from aching bodies. Our little group of foreigners was quickly divided by the churning tide of those pursuing a blessing from the God they’d never heard of. Due to a dearth of translators, those without language simply reached out to touch as many as they were able to lay hands on. One elderly man, not to be dissuaded by the fact that Laci was nursing our little boy at the moment, insisted that she lay hands on his eyes. Perhaps his utter blindness was the cause for his indifference to her temporary preoccupation. As soon as she obliged, touching his wrinkly face in the name of Jesus, he opened his eyes with an expression of delight. He could see again! Of course, this served to whet the appetite of the onlookers to experience their own blessing from Jesus. The frenzy intensified, rising to a fever pitch of joy, hunger and curiosity. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the crowd, a deaf woman received her hearing back. I was with a young local believer, one of just a few in the town. We shall call him Drokpo. Though he was initially alarmed by the situation, he quickly warmed to it as he began to see person after person being healed, many of them under his own hands! I spoke in the Common Language, which Drokpo would then translate into the local dialect: “We pray to Savior Jesus. He is the Most High God and He heals you because He loves you.” Drokpo would then explain more about who this Jesus is.
Drokpo was one of a handful of local believers with whom we had the pleasure of spending our time on this visit to a closed region on the Plateau. He, along with some others, received the gift of tongues and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Through the encouragement of the team, he discovered a newfound ability to prophesy with pinpoint accuracy, revealing hidden details of people’s lives and elements of their future calling in God. What joy to be able to pour into the lives of these precious few believers and see them progress forward in anointing and intimacy with Jesus. In this short time we welcomed multiple new believers into the family of God as well. At least one of them immediately joined the Fellowship and has plans to be baptized soon.
Back in the crowd by the stone pile, the unrestrained crowd had grown too large for its own good. A local authority figure suddenly appeared and in perfect english notified us that there would be trouble if we continued with what we were doing, due to the illegality of drawing crowds and doing anything that could be seen as religious activities. We agreed, and immediately sought to extract ourselves from the multitude. As we left, heartbreaking voices cried out, “Please pray for me! I am in so much pain!” Some healing did continue to break out as they followed us in our attempted exit, but the pain of leaving in that moment is difficult to express.
As we hailed a passing taxi, a man whose eyes, back and knees had been healed approached us.
“Tell me again the name of the God who healed me?”
“His name is Savior Jesus Christ, the Most High God,” I happily replied.
While speaking in a church in New Zealand, Joel had a word of knowledge for deafness in the right ear as well as nerve damage in someone’s fingers. One girl stood, saying she had both! When she was a baby, she was violently shaken which cause her to go completely deaf in one ear. She also had an accident a couple years prior where her finger was severed and damaged the nerves. Both problems were healed in an instant as the love of God poured over her!
A muslim woman had pain leave her shoulder at a healing and prophetic booth in the night market in Phuket, Thailand. Many other miracles happened over the course of a few days there, as well as multiple people beginning a relationship with Jesus and a lady being delivered of demons. Praise Jesus!
While in a closed and very sensitive area, where gathering crowds and sharing the Gospel is illegal, we went with a team for one week to see what Papa wanted to do there. One day, we went to a large local market. While browsing stalls with colored scarves, pungent spices, dried fruit and nuts, etc. a small crowd of women gathered around Laci and Anchor, mesmerized by all 10lbs of his 6-week-old blonde and blue-eyed self. Seizing the opportunity, Laci had a word of knowledge for a woman with an ache in her body. Through multiple translators, the woman agreed to be healed. Laci and another foreigner friend laid hands on the woman and she was completely healed instantly! Her immediate healing started a chain reaction and, before we knew it, there was a large crowd gathered around, receiving healing and hearing about Jesus for possibly the first time ever in this predominantly islamic region. Other miracles from this crowd: deaf ears opening, pain in backs and knees instantly healed, eyesight restored. Other muslims were even tracking us down in another part of the city looking for healing!
Our team was invited by our good friends in Phuket to go to a neighboring province and equip the saints in the supernatural at a small country church. While there, we met a couple who used to be Muslims. At the end of the service, we had a time of ministry. During this time, the man was healed of years of leg pain instantly. He was blown away! Another man in the church was unable to move his leg and was also in great pain, so the first man prayed and released the miracle he had just received to the man. Immediately, the other man was healed! In the same meeting, there was a man who was completely blind. The former muslim laid hands on him with some others and wept as the blind man began to see again! He was greatly encouraged that God moves in power and wants to use him to release it to others. Later that week, this couple went to a mosque to share about Jesus. While there, they met an elder who was crippled. They prayed for him in the name of Jesus and left. The next day, the elder's grandson called: “My grandfather is healed! He is walking all around the house. What power is this that you have?!” They were able to share with him the love of Jesus and speak into his life. Praise God!
Some students from our weekly Revival Academy were going to hospital to heal the sick each week after class. One week, they approached a young Buddhist man who had been hospitalized for five years from a motorcycle accident. He was unable to speak, and bedridden with great pain. They asked if they could pray for him, and he hand wrote a response, "Not without my mother's permission." They respectfully left. The next week they prayed for clues for who God wanted them to minister to and he led them to a woman. She was immediately healed of pain in her body and was so amazed, she begged them to come pray for her son. She brought them to the same young man from the previous week, saying, "Son, I want these people to pray for you!" Of course, he let them this time. His pain left, and his ability to speak returned! They shared the Gospel with him and he happily gave his life to Jesus. He was still in the hospital, but without pain and able to speak. Each week they met with him and had mini church services in his hospital room, discipling him and encountering God together. After a few weeks, they found out that he'd been praying for other patients who were being healed and sent home! He was also using his freshly restored ability to speak to share the Gospel with them.
A woman in our Revival Academy came to class with this testimony one week. God had told her to go to a certain town quite a ways from where she lived. She obeyed and God led her to a certain house and to the woman who lived there. She approached the woman and prophesied over her. Afterwards, the woman was amazed. She pulled out a knife and said, “I have been waiting here for my husband and I was going to kill him when came home. But now, I feel so much love. I am not going to murder him anymore! Thank you!”
Laura, a 16-year-old high school student, attended the ministry school for the week that we were teaching. She had just been saved for a couple months because of a dream that God gave her. She attended the meetings and went out with us to do street outreach, but kept telling us how much she wanted God to use her supernaturally. On the final day of the conference we set up a fire-tunnel to release the joyful Presence of the Holy Spirit over the students. When Laura went through, she started trembling and crying, and fell out in a trance for over an hour, as God was ministering to her powerfully.
When she was able to get up, she went and asked Joel, still trembling, "What is happening to me?!" Joel replied, "This is Holy Spirit! He's changing your life! You don't have to understand it, just say 'yes' and ask for more." He laid hands on her and she began to experience more of God's power and presence. While this was happening, a woman approached and asked for prayer for her back. She had been hit by a car and was in a lot of pain, daily. Joel told Laura, "Lay your hands on her back." But Laura was afraid and said, "No, nothing ever happens when I pray." Joel just laughed and told her to do it. Instantly, the woman was completely healed. Laura was amazed.
Later that night, she asked God to give her the gift of tongues. The next morning, she herself up speaking in another language. She quickly googled what she was saying and found out she was praying The Lord's Prayer in Italian! God had answered her prayer while she slept!
Later that week, after our team left Germany, we received an email from Laura saying: “...I sat with some friends in the train. Suddenly I had a vision of a woman who cut her finger. So I asked God what he wants to tell me. He showed me a picture of my purse and the second compartment of the train. When I opened my purse I immediately saw a bandaid. I don’t know how it got there! So I went into the second compartment and I found the woman with a cut finger sitting there. I gave her the bandaid. I asked her: "Can I pray for you?" She told me that she had pain in her knee. After I prayed for her she began to cry and told me that the pain was completely gone! And I was like WOW!!! All people in the train saw this and I don't know what my friends thought about it all because they aren't christians. But it was just amazing!!!! God is so good."
Laura has been radically touched and launched into a supernatural lifestyle that is continuing! We regularly hear from her that God is continuing to move in her life and touch people around her.
We spent a week in Germany at a Ministry School, teaching and activating them in living a kingdom lifestyle. Throughout the week, many experienced the tangible presence of God for the first time. Students prayed for those with physical ailments both in the church and on the streets; and, some for the first time, saw them immediately recover! After a long week of teaching and outreach, we spent hours with the majority of the students being incapacitated by the presence of God, laughing, unable to move, and having their hearts radically transformed by his love for them and his power. Now, many of them have seen a dramatic increase in the miracles, salvations, and encountering Holy Spirit in their day-to-day lives. Praise God!
Recently our entire team was invited by the groom and his family to have a healing meeting at the reception of his wedding. Many of the guests attending were not Christians and some had never heard of Jesus before. At the beginning of the reception, we began to foster an atmosphere of God's presence by playing a few worship songs. After that, Joel began to share about God's love and the finished work of the cross. We then started to call out words of knowledge for pain in people's bodies and many came forward for prayer. A woman with very bad eyesight had her eyes instantly clear up after we laid hands on her. After experiencing God's love and power in her healing, she gave her life to Him! A man with back pain and restricted mobility came forward for prayer and he was completely, instantly healed. He also, after encountering Holy Spirit in this way, gave his life to Jesus. While simply overhearing the events from the stage, a server at the reception heard a word of knowledge called out for his physical ailment. He had a local believer nearby pray for him and he was completely healed! Many miracles, salvations, and encounters with the love of God happened at the reception of this couple's wedding. How fitting for God to choose a marriage celebration to illustrate his heart for his bride.
At a rest stop going onto the mountains we met a sweet elderly widow who was selling snacks. We didn’t need any snacks but we asked if she had pain. She did, and pointed to her legs. After prayer, the pain completely left! After receiving that healing, she said one ear was completely deaf since she was a child and the other ear had a busted ear drum and could only hear through a hearing aid. We laid hands on her ears and the deaf one quickly became better than the busted one! We laid hands again and she was able to hear through both ears without hearing aids at all. The first thing she heard with her newly restored ability was the good news of Jesus Christ. She wept as she found out that Jesus gives healing and salvation for free. She asked Jesus into her heart and learned how to pray, eager to know His name so she could pray to Him herself. Afterwards we bought all of her snacks and she was laughing, filled with joy.
A Buddhist woman's hands gesture to her hearing aids as she explains her healing to a group of onlookers. She had spent an exorbitant amount of money on them due to chronic deafness in both ears. This day she had been walking around the Buddhist temple praying when she came across a crowd of fellow worshippers being healed and celebrating as the Holy Spirit touched them. She received prayer from some of our team, and both ears were opened by Jesus! Many people were amazed and began to speak highly of this Jesus they had just heard about.
On a recent trip to the Philippines, we partnered with a good friend Paul Rapley and CMC (Church Multiplication Coalition), along with a team from Dare to Believe Ministries in Minnesota to bring the Kingdom of God to villages that do not yet have established churches. Thousands were healed and gave their hearts to Jesus in the streets and in open-air evangelistic campaigns. Many had goiters on their necks that simply vanished as they had hands laid on them in Jesus' name. Multiple blind people had their eyes opened, as well as deaf ears opened. The greatest miracle of them all however, was in God's salvation springing up in the hearts of the masses! Local pastors from nearby villages are now planting churches in those villages that formerly had none. Praise Jesus!
In Isabela, Philippines. The woman pictured had a very large tumor in her abdomen. We have witnessed this sort of miracle many times now, praise God! She sat, simply listening to the Gospel of Jesus, the good news of how her sin and all of its effects were decisively crucified with Jesus. To the best of my knowledge, nobody was laying hands on her or praying for her. As she listened, the power of God moved through her body and she couldn't find the massive tumor that had been there only moments before!