Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | July 11, 2010

On Miracles and Death

Kolkata, India | 10 July 2010 

I have often heard Christ-followers say that they want to see God do miraculous things but then do everything they can to avoid the context in which miracles happen. When we step across the line that defines the farthest we’ve ever been and the most we’ve ever done for God and His purposes, we place ourselves squarely in the context where miracles happen. Our boys witnessed a miracle today. For the past several days, they have worked with children at the New Hope School located in the village of Udayan Pally. The living conditions in this impoverished village are bad. The people have no electricity or running water. Little children run around with little or no clothing. Latrines are located dangerously close to the few tube wells in the village. And, the oppressive heat and humidity take a daily toll on the health of the people. 

Several of our boys decided to go on a prayer-walk through the village. Simply defined, prayer-walking is praying on-site with insight. While walking slowly through the narrow dirt paths, our guys saw an elderly man seated on the ground in front of his tiny shanty-home. When the man explained to our translator that his right arm had been paralyzed for years, our translator asked for permission to pray for him. He agreed. Our boys surrounded the man, laid their hands on his frail body, and began to pray for him. As soon as they had finished praying the man lifted his right arm, began to shout with joy, and asked in whose name he had been healed of his paralysis. Working through our translator, our boys told him about Jesus. As a result, this man, his household, and several of his neighbors placed their faith in Christ for salvation. 

It’s easy to dismiss or to try to explain away things like his. But, the fact of the matter is that it happened. Kelly, one of our adult sponsors received an e-mail from our friend Connie who is leading daily prayer initiatives for our trip. This is what Connie wrote in her e-mail: 

We have been praying Daniel 6:27 every day. “He delivers and he rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, and he delivers them from the power of the lions” and for the students to have a spirit of prophecy that God promised to pour out over our sons and daughters! We prayed for God to use their giftings – like a concert where each gifted musician adds to the whole in oneness and together makes beautiful music for the Lord. Last night we prayed for the gift of healing to be given to them as well. We are witnesses of God’s mighty outpouring of His Spirit! 

Pastor Rudra, who is committed to reaching this village for Christ, said that he was not surprised by what happened. After all, he has been praying that God would show Himself as real to the people of Udayan Pally through practical expressions of kindness and in ways that defy imagination. The miracle that our guys witnessed was the fruit of lots of prayer for the humble people of the village and for our students who have embraced the privilege of serving God in India. 

Outside Kalighat

 Later that afternoon, our teams returned to their respective assignments at Mother Teresa’s homes and at the aftercare home we support for girls rescued from brothels. When my team arrived at Kalighat, we learned that the men in beds 11 and 12 had died in the night. Although saddened by the news, I was especially thankful that our boys were among the last people to tenderly touch and care for these men. Mother Teresa said that she wanted for “people who lived like animals to die like angels – loved and wanted.” God used our boys, and other volunteers, to clothe these men with dignity. Although they had indeed lived like animals on the filthy streets of Kolkata, enslaved there by an unforgiving caste system, they died like angels, just as Mother Teresa wanted. I am proud of our students for allowing God to use them to bring healing and dignity to the least of these.


Responses

  1. Hi folks,

    We give thanks to the God of miracles. Is anything to hard for the Lord ? To which we give a resounding NO.
    Omar it is so so uplifting your news of what the Lord is doing amongst the young people. The Lord deights to answer the prayers of his children.

    Keep up the good work and carry on the work as said in James of Faith And Action. Together God moves in amazing ways. We sense the Lord will answer our prayers that young people will be touched for the rest of their lives to remember Kolkata and the Lord willing to return to serve Him for longer periods.

    God Bless you all

    Paul and Sarah Beniston

  2. Hallelujah!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!!

    almighty God, Lord of the harvest of souls, we ask You to guide and bless all who have gone forth to preach the gospel. Endow them with the gifts of generosity and concern. Send your Holy Spirit on them, that He may strengthen them in weakness, comfort them in trials and direct their efforts. May He open the hearts of their hearers to receive Your message. Let Your revelation enlighten all minds for the salvation of souls, and let Your love heal every heart and body for the happiness of each person. May all people consciously acknowledge You and serve You by living the teachings of Your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Continued prayer for all of you out there… amazing work is already being done.

  3. Thank you very much!

  4. Hallelujah! We serve GREAT, MIGHTY and AWESOME God! Praising God today that our students and leaders have encountered the Lord this way in India.

  5. Lord, You are the God of signs and wonders and I thank You for Your healing on this man. I thank You that he, his household and neighbors now believe in You, Jesus. And now I ask that word of this healing would spread quickly throughout the country and that many others would come to a saving faith in You. To God be the glory! Amen.

  6. Thanks for posting the picture. My grandson, Aaron is in it. I am praying that this is a positive life changer for him. Many blessings to you and yours, Roxana

  7. It is amazing, the work that we can see being done. Yet, little do we know the many lives that all of you are touching that opens a door in their heart to things that God has planned for them.

    I truly wish that I could be there living in this incredible experience with you all. I have come to realize though that my place is here, and that God chose for me to stay here, being a prayer warrior for each and every one of you that is out in the mission field actively advancing His kingdom. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers daily.

    Yesterday in my quiet time i was reading Zechariah 12, and how Judah and Jerusalem will be besieged, but it says “On that day, when all nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. I pray that the same can be said for you. That no matter who the devil throws out in your path to oppose you that you will be like an immovable rock for the Lord.

    It is a blessing to me to be able to pray for such amazing friends/fellow believers who are out in this dark world truly being the hands and feet of our savior Jesus Christ.

    Something I have prayed over you is one that we have heard many times in our lives, but it still contains a very strong message. may “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

    Brothers and sisters, continue to fight the good fight and press onward toward the prize.

    May God bless you all.
    Your brother in Christ and friend;
    Love,
    Ben Sliva

  8. Omar:
    Your posts are like water in the desert for those of us at home. You and the entire team remain in our prayers. Tears flowed down my face as I read your post today. God bless each of you as you present yourselfes as “God with skin on” to the people there. He clearly has His hands on each of you.
    Thank you for leading this amazing group of young people.
    God bless each of you.
    Stay safe!
    Bruce Morgan

  9. Wow! Now that’s what I call a Divine Appointment and a Crisis of Belief, all in one day.

    I’m ashamed to admit that I never thought to pray for God’s healing in the people you are serving. My faith is way to small for the God of all Heaven and Earth.

  10. Dear Kingsland Family,

    Thank you for your hearts in allowing our chldren to “go to the ends of the earth” to share the gospel of Christ. These are opportunities of a life-time and something that will be cherished in their hearts forever. Not only are you making a difference in the lives of the Indian people, but also in the lives of our young missionaries as they ministe to the hurting and dying. They will remember the faithfulness of our loving God as they pursue new adventures in the Fall, and I pray that they will reflect on the greatness of God–that through belief in His power, they will recieve blessings abundantly!

  11. We have been praying for you and have been so blessed and encouraged by the work that our Lord and Savior has called you to serve the least of these. In Mosaic SS class this morning we lifted your group in pray before the Lord. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us here at home. The news of the gentleman healed has caused me to re-evaluate my own relationship with God and has reinforced my beliefs that we serve a God who is unchanging. He is ABLE to heal and show forth His glory with what seems impossible to man. May the Lord bless you and keep you.


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