Greetings, this time from Lima!
In my last report I shared only about the Saturday morning session at the Pastors and Leaders Conference, with a promise to share about Saturday evening. I always try to close the session with a charge to the pastors and leaders that encourages them to fight the good fight. In what was more or less a continuation of Saturday morning message, I shared from Matthew 9, how in seven different events in this chapter four times Jesus either offended the spiritual leaders or referred to them in a way that would have offended them. Without detailing the message, the point was that you can’t avoid offending those who won’t accept change. So, instead of focusing on their offenses, we should focus on what God has called us to do, which is given in the last chapter of Matthew 9 and the first chapter of Matthew 10, and that is to win the lost. Hopefully I helped them keep their focus on the calling and not the criticism. It was a really good conference with the speakers flowing together well. I’m sure God will be glorified by the fruit the sessions will produce.
Last night we were at Catedral de Fe y Vida-Trujillo (Cathedral of Faith and Life), where Primitivo and Daisy Garey serve as pastors. I’ve written before that Pastor Primitivo has been suffering from diabetes and resultant renal failure. I knew that I was to preach a message on healing, with the anticipation of Pastor Primitivo being healed following. Using 2 Corinthians 1:20—God gives the promise, Jesus seals it, we say “Amen” and God is glorified—I established the foundation for all of God’s promises being for today. Then, concentrating on scriptural promises of healing, I prepared the minds for receiving the promise, leaving the preparation of the heart to the Holy Spirit. Concluding with Mark 16 and James 5:14, I brought the elders forward to pray for Pastor while the congregation interceded. Pastor Primitivo became visibly stronger and his color improved noticeably, from yellow to pink. I really believe the Lord used the conference to get me to Trujillo, but the real purpose was to pray for Pastor Primitivo’s healing. I have no doubt that the outcome was the fulfillment of God’s promise.
After praying for Pastor Primitivo I called for anyone else who needed healing to come forward, then invited other members of the congregation to come pray for them We had several testimonies of immediate healing. God’s promises are for today! Then came the salvation call. Between 15 and 20 came forward to receive Jesus, including two members of the praise team. But perhaps the most memorable response came from the Garey’s older daughter Lizbeth, who has been prodigal for some time. Marsha and I have been praying for her for eleven years and to see the fruit of our prayers, along with the prayers of her family and friends, was particularly rewarding.
Tonight I minister to the leaders at Emanuel Bible Church-Zarate, and tomorrow night at the Evangelical Church of Christ in San Martin, then to the airport and home. This will likely be my last report until I return home, when I will recap the events of the trip. I can’t thank you enough for your teaming with me. I can always tell when the prayer covering is strong by the results of the ministry. And it’s certainly strong this trip. God bless.