Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for what you desire the most.
Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way You'll find he pulle it off perfectly! Ps 34:4-5 The Passion Bible
I had been the area representative for the U.S. Center for World Mission for five years since the trip to China. The pull to be in the nations had been growing in my heart. I had launched many into missions through the “Perspectives” course, but I longed to go myself.
Sam Paul, a native of India’s Andra Predesh state and third generation Christian pastor, was a dear brother. He kept the vision of nations burning within me. He would travel back to India three times a year and would always invite me to come with him. Sam Paul saw something in me that I couldn’t see in myself. I stepped out and answered God’s call through Sam Paul.
It had been years since I had been in a cross-cultural situation. I had given cross-cultural training to both churches and individuals so I figured I would be well prepared. But this trip to India was far different than carrying Bibles. I had to step out in trusting the Lord to work through me in preaching, laying hands on people and healing.
We were to preach in a nearby village on Sunday. I have learned now that in the nations, one service turns out to be three--morning, afternoon and evening. Sam Paul preached the morning service, but we were all up front for the ministry. God was close and the power to heal was palpable. I prayed for deaf ears to be open and the Lord opened the ears of many. One woman came for prayer and when I laid my hands on her, she began to writhe like a snake. We rebuked the demon and it came out of her. Many had pain in their necks and joints. We prayed and the Lord answered. The Lord gave me great faith to pray for the deaf to hear and to drive out demons. The pattern was the same in the other villages. Sam Paul would preach, and people would stand in line for hours to be prayed for healing and deliverance. The Lord was faithful to get me to India and to minister through me.