The most gorgeous sunset we have ever seen painted the sky on our first night back from this weekend's Mission. Just when we thought it could not become any more amazing - it did.
|Gorgeous Sunset over the Indian Ocean|
If you don't believe in miracles - you may be skeptical about what I am going to write here. Let me share two verses from God's Word, the Bible, that I hope will challenge you to believe.
When Jesus walked this earth, He touched people's eyes and healed them: "Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God." Luke 18:42-43. (NIV)
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
= = = = = = = = = = = = =At the 126 year old Methodist Church in Katana, Sri Lanka, people arrived at 6 a.m. for the eye clinic scheduled to start at 9 a.m. They waited patiently to see if they would be given a number that gave them access to the eye exam. They came expecting.
Some received eye glasses that enabled to them to see clearly for the first time in many years. Whether to sew, read their Bibles, or for distance vision. Each was grateful. The cost to travel to the city, have their eyes examined, and then purchase glasses was far beyond their financial ability.
Everyone received personal prayer. Many were touched by the healing power of God. We saw several definite miracles this past weekend. We expect to hear about many more. These are real people, with challenging lives, who will never forget that God Almighty loves them and healed their bodies.
Suvarnalatha is a lady in her 60's who came in with a pair of old bifocals. Gary examined her eyes and wrote down the strength she needed. Then he and Layasing prayed in faith that God would heal her eyes. At the dispensing area - none of the glasses improved her vision. After trying four different pair - we sent her back to be reexamined. Her vision was better without any glasses at all! God had restored her eyesight.
An elderly Buddhist couple were only given one number for the eye exam. The wife asked that her husband's eyes would be examined. He is 84 years old, she is 74. Both are small and thin - yet strong in the way you have to be when life is hard and physical labor in the hot sun is a daily requirement. She was talking to him very loudly, and explained that he was extremely hard of hearing. After his eye exam - he received prayer for both his eye sight, and his hearing. When his wife realized that he was starting to hear better - her eyes welled up with tears. The love they had for each other was clearly evident. His hearing continued to improve and we are expecting to hear that it is fully restored. The wife's eyes were also examined (even without a number). Both received reading glasses and went away very happy - knowing that Jesus loves them.
A college age girl came and asked for reading glasses. As she was prayed for, God touched her eyes and her vision became clear so she did not need glasses.
When a pen light is shone into person's eyes, cataracts reflect the light and can be clearly seen covering all or part of the pupil. They cause the vision to be cloudy or muddy.
A Buddhist lady named Kusumawathi came with cataracts in both eyes.
They were so bad that a vision test would not have been possible. As Gary and Layasing prayed, she said a white light hit her eyes. Gary checked again and the cataracts were dissolving. Prayer continued and her eyes totally cleared. They looked as clear and bright as a young child's. She could see clearly - the cloudiness was gone. She left with mild reading glasses, praising God for her miracle.
|Joy Beyond Words|
Saturday evening was a healing service. After seeing cataracts literally dissolve through the power of God, Gary preached about the account of Bartemaeus receiving his sight in Mark 10:46-52. Jesus is the same today as he was 2,000 years ago when he walked this earth. Restoring physical sight. Giving spiritual sight. Changing lives through His love.
Thank you for your part in what God is doing. Your love, prayers and support makes it possible for us to deliver His love to these precious people.