Greetings again from Lima!
I am experiencing a paradox here in Lima. While I miss my family, especially Marsha, so much, at the same time I am being so fulfilled by ministering here. I posted on Facebook that next time I want two people with me: Marsha and our Peruvian daughter, Maria Diamond, on whom we’ve come to rely so heavily not only for her translation but also for her love and support.
I preached in Pastor Jose’ Navarro’s church, Iglesia la Roca (Rock Church) Sunday morning, sharing a message, “Don’t Eat Your Seed”. I taught that the farmer saves a portion of his harvest to plant the next season, and if he eats his seed he has nothing to plant in the next sowing season. Tithes and offerings are the seed, and if you spend it rather than give you are eating your seed and losing your harvest. At the altar call at the close of the service about a half dozen came forward for salvation. Even when you preach about money people respond!
We wrapped up the “Sign and Wonders in the Marketplace Evangelism Workshop” yesterday evening, and WOW! At the close of last night’s service I asked those who had attended all three services, and had faith to believe God could use them to minister healing to others to come forward. With over 40 participating in ministry at the altar, I began to call out specific maladies as the Holy Spirit led, then as people responded I directed them to a minister for prayer and healing.
Here’s how it goes at that point. I tell the ministers to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what the root problem is and how He would have the minister respond to the need. Then, before actually ministering to that person, tell me what he/she believes the Holy Spirit is saying about the situation.
One of the first responses was from Pastor Jose Vicente’s sister, who had an ankle problem. Jose’s other sister, Rosa, followed my instructions and after telling me what the Holy Spirit said to do, laid hands on the ankle. Shortly afterwards there was an audible “pop” and the ankle pain was gone! From there we saw many people healed, including a neck pain that disappeared, sinus pain relieved—my 14-year-old Peruvian granddaughter Maria Angelica (she wants to be called Mary) ministered to that one. There were others as well, all testifying afterwards that they experienced immediate healing, including one who came forward with a hearing problem. After one of the ministers prayed over her, her hearing was restored to normal.
The key to the success of the workshop is that I teach and train, then at the close I don’t minister, but supervise their ministering. After all, if I’m teaching them how, I should release THEM to do it! And the principle is simple: 1) be filled with the Spirit (which, of course, means you must also be born again). 2) Understand your role as a minister. 3) Ask the Holy Spirit what the real need is. 4) Minister according to the leading of the Spirit. 5) Expect a miracle.
It takes several hours to train and equip the people for ministry; it’s not a quick process. The real key is understanding that the work has already been done, that Jesus Christ has already purchased their healing according to scripture. That means we don’t pray FOR healing—to do so is to ask God to do what He has already done. (You have to attend the seminar to wrap your brain around that one, perhaps.) You pray OVER the person (James 5:14), and appropriate that and other scriptures, calling for the manifestation of the healing. And, for those who believe healing is not for today—that miracles ceased when the apostles died and the Bible was canonized—all I can say is that you need to come see for yourself!
Today I leave for Taripoto, where I will teach the workshop again tomorrow through Thursday. I’ll be doing one session in the morning, two in the afternoon, then an evangelism service in the evening each day. Thank you for your prayers. They make a big difference!
Dios te Bendiga (God bless you.)