For almost two months, we have been hiding something in our hearts not knowing if we should share openly or stay silent. Ever have something happen so precious and amazing, you might share with a few close friends, but don’t exactly know if sharing broadly is the right thing to do? Since the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead us in doing secret love offerings that lay up treasure in heaven…. Random acts of obedience and kindness that are meant only for our King Jesus. But at other times, we feel His pleasure about testifying and letting His light shine through our lives for His glory (Matt 5:16). Well, we finally have peace about sharing something very special…something we live for….something only Jesus can do!
In July, we got a phone call about a large team (36 people) being deported from Mozambique due to a recent visa crisis. We were in preparations for hosting our annual youth conference in Backdoor. We were overjoyed at the timing (two other ministry teams had cancelled). Pastor Surprise had been trying for years to have Georgian Banov come visit our base. BOOM. It was happening! The Holy Spirit detoured Georgian and his amazing team to our base for an unbelievably blessed week of ministry and miracles. We experienced an incredible outpouring of heaven during the Youth Conference. God’s manifest presence and fullness of joy marked each of the sessions. Countless youth were overcome by His glory in various ways and testified to the life-changing encounters during this time…but that wasn’t even the best part….
It was a Monday night and our 7th anniversary (7-7-07). We had arranged an evening outreach for the team at Pastor Mabila’s area in Tonga. Normally, I (Teisa) would have had a bit of an attitude with my husband being on outreach on such an important evening. However, there was very much a holy peace and ‘push’ regarding Jean going. We both knew he HAD to go.
Jean drove Georgian and one other team member, Andrew, separately (the team followed in big taxi buses). They left a bit early so Georgian could have time for a sound check with his amazing violin☺ No one knew the holy timing of that simple action.
Two hours into the trip, Jean saw an accident up ahead. A seven year old girl had just been hit by a car. Her tiny body was lying in a pool of blood on the side of the road. She was not breathing (her tongue was hanging outside her mouth). Jean, Georgian, and Andrew ran out of the truck to pray for her. They prayed for 5-7 minutes without any signs of life…then suddenly she jolted! The guys continued to pull heaven down and release resurrection life and healing. The first car with an EMT finally arrived after about 20 minutes. Another EMT arrived shortly after the first and they took over stabilizing her body and attached a machine verifying a steady pulse. The guys got the girls contact information so we could continue to pray and follow-up with the family before everyone rushed off.
The sweet girl remained in ICU for some time. No visitors were allowed so we sent forth the healing word and stayed close to the family. At one point doctors were recommending surgery for internal bleeding. When we heard, we joined in prayer believing for supernatural intervention. When scanned again, the bleeding had stopped and no surgery was needed! She continued to improve but with some setbacks. When Jean and Pastor Mabila visited her in hospital, she was doing better but only had limited movement of her left side. Laying hands on her again, we called forth the finished work of Christ.
Just today we got the news that she will be discharged tomorrow from hospital! However, she still only has limited movement of her left side. So please pray with us for Wetu (we got permission from her mother to share her name so people can pray). Lets contend together for Wetu’s complete healing!
There is no doubt in our hearts that everything led up to that kairos (καιρός) moment on July 7th. 36 sudden guests and all that it encompasses. Georgian’s detour. A missed anniversary celebration. Leaving a little early. Was it all for her? Sweet Wetu in her moment of desperate need? We think so. And we are so overcome by His lavish love for the ‘one’ that our lives are truly wrecked for anything else. Oh how He loves us! How can we not offer everything to Him? Life is not found in pursing a better lifestyle/more money/more things…Only in the pursuit of HIM and the laying down of our own lives, do we find LIFE, abundant and full of glory!
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The Kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matt 10:8
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Whoever wants to be disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matt 16:24-25