Face down in her shack – raised up and healed. God is good!

Just a little update on whates been happening over the last four weeks.

I’ve been going in to Diepsloot and God’s been doing amazing things.  During this time I haven’t been doing any mass meetings, but just one by one, about 100+ people have been individualy touched and healed from their various afflictions, pains, and diseases — and as a result, many have found faith and trust in the One Who created them.  One memorable experience was a woman who we found lying face down in her shack in obvious pain.  After taking her by the hand and raising her up, I watched as the beads of sweat began to disappear from her face.  By the time we left (a couple minutes later), she was sitting outside and set free from the pain that gripped her just moments before.  As we walked back to the main road we noticed another woman we had prayed for just a little while earlier — walking around and telling people, “My foot doesn’t hurt any more!  It doesn’t hurt!”

So many people were touched by God’s love and healing over the last few weeks.  Some in hospitals, some in Diepsloot, some in various places as we happened to meet.  It’s wonderful to see the look on some people’s faces as they realize what just happened — because it’s not just about getting healed (only), it’s coming face to face with the reality that God loves them and at that very moment, He just laid his hand upon their life in an undeniable way.  Faith is born, and a relationship begins.

Igniting vision, sharing truth, and inspiring faith in 1000+ school children

Recently I’ve been meeting various people, pastors, and leaders in Diepsloot to see about organizing a place where people can come and learn more about how they can walk with God in faith and effectiveness. I constantly meet people who, after they experience Jesus’ healing touch and are introduced to Him, hunger for more and ask where they can meet and learn more. So I’m in the midst of asking God to lead and guide so we can open up such a place, whether that means building one from scratch, or holding meetings in an already established venue.

One pastor I was introduced to invited me to speak at a school with over 1,200 students. My son went with me (he loves being involved in such things) and I had the privilege to inspire these young hearts and minds with truth from God’s Word. A truth which inspires them with:

1) Vision for life. God created them for a purpose, and he knew them before they were born. There’s no impossibilities for them if they’ll only believe and begin to walk in what God has made available for them. In the midst of poverty and hardship, it’s easy to begin looking through a “nothing will ever change” set of glasses. God has provided not only hope, but Himself, to help them through and over any obstacles to accomplish wonderful things that impact the present and reverberate in eternity. We tend to look at the life of Jesus and think of all the wonderful things He did as being far removed from what we’ll ever do. Yet Jesus says, “The works that I do, you will do also — and greater works, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12) This is the message I shared with the children.

2) An eternal relationship. Vision is wonderful, but every solid building must be built upon a firm foundation if it hopes to stand strong. A “good” building built on a poor foundation can expect a very short lifespan. A relationship with God provides the firm foundation upon which life takes on meaning and purpose and finds its reach into the very realms of eternity. Jesus is our corner stone and sure foundation upon which all the colors of life begin to shine and radiate through us (manifesting in and through the practical things we do on a daily basis) as we begin to walk as sons and daughters of the one who Created all things. But it all begins with one step — the step of accepting the invitation from God in to a relationship with Himself. I led these children in a prayer to accept this invitation, and I trust that their lives will show the result of their decision.