MOVED WITH COMPASSION, MAN LEAVES WHEELCHAIR AFTER PRAYER
About a year ago I was diagnosed with what the doctors called an incurable nerve condition. I was crippled, I was bedridden for 8 months, I was out of school for a year. I was in a children's hospital for 8 weeks and when they discharged me a lot of my function was back but I still had a lot of pain. I went to a Fresh Fire conference, got prayed for and was completely delivered of all pain! When I heard about this trip I really feel like God was pulling on my heart to come here. I was just moved with compassion on this trip, it was the last night of the crusade and I saw a man in a wheelchair and my heart just went extra out for him because doctors had told me that I would be in a wheelchair, that I wouldn't walk again. I looked at him and said, 'that could be me, no one deserves that.' I started praying for him and gave him my hands and began to lift him from the chair as I prayed. Soon he was standing and told us that he could not normally stand without any kind of support. I started taking a few steps and I just watched him start to walk after me! I made a way through the crowd and he started following me through the crowd! It was just such a personal experience because, to see someone who just completely could not walk for years begin to walk and to see God move in such a powerful way, God's just really touched my life. There's so many other stories and its just been such a great experience.
TUMOR DISAPPEARS DURING CRUSADE MEETING
One lady came up on the platform to testify that Jesus had healed her of cancer! She had a tumor on the inside of her left breast that disappeared during the crusade. After she received prayer she checked and the tumor was gone!
BLIND MAN'S SIGHT RESTORED
A man who went blind in both eyes 3 years earlier suddenly had his sight restored during the meeting! He said, "I was blind but now I see clearly!"
LUNG INFECTION HEALED INSTANTLY
Another lady had been in the hospital because she was coughing up a lot of blood. The doctors tried to determine what was wrong and treat the lady but finally sent her away saying that they, "Could do nothing" to help her. During one of the crusade meetings she felt the presence of God come upon her in a tangible way, then checked and was surprised that when she coughed there was no blood!
BOY BLIND IN ONE EYE CAN SEE
A young boy came up on stage who had been totally blind in his right eye for one month because of an accident. His sight was instantly restored!
MUTE BOY BEGINS TO SPEAK
A mother brought her little boy on stage when he began to try to speak for the first time ever! He had previously been mute, unable to make any sounds, after prayer he began to test his speech and the boy began to mimic the words he heard spoken!
GANG MEMBER GIVES LIFE TO JESUS
One local gang member came up on stage for prayer for a debilitating disease, responding to a word of knowledge. When Todd prayed the pain immediately left the man and the presence of God came over him strongly. Overcome, he instantly fell to his knees worshipping God. He committed his life to Jesus while weeping and trembling. Still thanking God he stood up and like a son to a father he embraced Todd and wept. It was a powerful redemptive moment during the crusade where the presence of God touched everyone.
LADY HEALED OF STOMACH PAIN, KNEE INJURY & BLINDNESS
At the first outreach after preaching was finished I was asked by a pastor to pray for a woman that was about 50 years old. Through a translator she told me she had a knee that would not bend at all. She also had pain in her stomach and could not see anything. As I prayed God immediately healed her knee! She was able to lift it up and down without restriction! Praise God! We continued to pray and soon the pain left her stomach! Our faith increased and I began to pray for her sight to be restored. I put my hands on her eyes and she began to see light! I continued to pray believing God was going to completely heal her. Sudden she said she could see the chickens walking about! I kept praying and she explained she could distinguish a figure seated over 100 meters away and could see the color of the mans shirt!
MAN HEALED OF CHEST PAIN AND BLINDNESS IN ONE EYE
After one of the team members preached at the second outreach I prayed with a man who was blind in one eye and had pain in chest. God healed his sight and pain left his body!
WOMAN RECEIVES DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONIC OPPRESSION
During one of the evening crusades my prayer partner and I prayed for a young woman who suffered from severe migraine headaches. When we began to pray we discerned the need for deliverance. As we prayed the lady fell backwards and appeared to be unconscious. I reached down to continue to pray deliverance and immediately the girl rolled onto her knees and elbows and began to slither quickly in the dirt through the people in the crowd. We went after her and commanded the demon to leave her in the name of Jesus Christ and the girl was completely freed. She began to express that Jesus Christ is Lord! She stood up as she cried out in thanksgiving to Jesus and hugged and thanked us!
DEMONS COMMANDED TO LEAVE, CRIPPLING CHEST PAIN LEAVES
At ministry time after the last crusade we prayed for many who God healed of pain in his chest, stomach and back. One young man who appeared to be very strong came towards us on his haunches with a clenched fist extended forward. During prayer and laying on of hands he fell backwards and stiffened. We commanded demons to leave in Jesus name and the man was freed and stood up. After some more prayer with him he confessed the lordship of Jesus in his life. We asked him how he felt and he thumped his chest with has hand, smiled and declared, "The pain is gone!"
FOREVER IMPACTED THROUGH FRIENDSHIP WITH LOCAL PASTORS
My prayer partner and I prayed God would place us in the very church where He wanted us to preach during the outreach. We were the last to be assigned to a church. This pastor walked in and said he wanted two people to come to his church. To get there we had to ride on a motorbike for the first time in our life! And in Africa! This was an exciting adventure for us! By the time we had arrived at the church a few miles away the driver had heard the gospel and gave his life to Jesus! The church consisted of a table and two chairs under a large tree with congregation seating on stools and tarp on ground. There were several posts holding a roof over pastoral seating. The pastor proceeded to tell us his church was a Holy Ghost church and led by the Holy Spirit. We planned to preach on the abundant life found in Christ, so this was going to work out just fine! The presence of the Lord was beautiful and we had a great time with the people. Afterward we were served sweet fried bread and hot African tea. Pastor shared with us how God had caused the church to come into being. The pastor spoke of when living back in his country he had a group of 19 young men meeting at his house for prayer when the rebels attacked with machetes. They ran into the darkness to hide and 5 of the boys were killed. It was heartbreaking listening to his stories. Hearing what these people have been through for the Gospel will never leave me.
GOD SPEAKS TO VILLAGE LADY ABOUT TEAM ARRIVING AT HER CHURCH
When we arrived at the church we were preaching at I quickly noticed eucalyptus trees along the boundary line of property. In Australia, where I am from we also have the same kind of trees. I picked off a small branch thinking I would tell the people we have gum trees in my country as well during my introduction. After we had shared the word the pastor asked for testimonies. One lady who had only been saved two months shared how she had been collecting water when a snake rose ready to strike. She prayed for Gods protection and immediately the snake began biting itself and died in front of her! She had never seen anything like it. Another lady stood and testified God had recently given her a dream where she saw visitors come to their church and one of the visitors was carrying a branch with leaves on it. In the dream God spoke to her saying the leaves were for healing to their nation. We were filled with wonder at how months before we even thought of coming on a Fresh Fire mission trip God already knew we would be at this tiny local church! God speaks to us in such beautiful, simple and equally profound ways because He loves His children.
ELDERLY LADY HEALED OF PAIN, CATARACTS & SIGHT RESTORED!
An older woman I prayed for was both lame and in constant pain in her legs. While we prayed for her during the crusade she was instantly healed. She walked away leaving her walking stick behind. Her eyes were also healed of cataracts, the milkiness of the cataracts disappeared until she could see clearly!
MUTE BOY & BLIND LADY INSTANTLY HEALED!
A little boy who was completely mute and had never said a word, began to say ?Yesu" and ?Mama.? His lifelong friends where there and listened in amazement. A lady being prayed for in front of the stage at the crusade got up and said she could now see light and told us she had been completely blind for years before we prayed!
MANY MIRACLES AND SALVATIONS WHILE STREET PREACHING
The first outreach in Gulu I preached a message on the streets. I thank God for his anointing that flowed so richly and giving me the words to speak from my heart. I gave my testimony and spoke about the resurrection power of Jesus to save the lost. People indeed were resurrected from death to life as about 120 people came forward for salvation. A woman with painful breathing problems got healed. She tested this and breathed deeply with no pains at all. Many miracles happened in peoples hearts and bodies.
PRISON MINISTRY, HEARTS HEALED THROUGH FORGIVENESS
Our team preached at a local prison. This was a real highlight for me. Compassion welled up in me as I saw so many broken people. God gave me a word to preach on restoration and forgiveness. Several women gave their hearts to Jesus after I gave the altar call. A particular woman was crying so much after giving her heart to Jesus because she felt his grace saving her from the pain and memories she suffered from murdering someone. She was finally free!
WOMAN FREED FROM A LIFESTYLE OF WITCHCRAFT
After preaching in a church on Sunday I gave an altar call. Several people gave their hearts to Jesus. One of these was a woman who told me she had been oppressed by witchcraft for years. She had seen a lot of spiritual power during her life and now knew Jesus was the only way for her to get free because of the miracles and power she had witnessed during the evening crusades. To find out more she got in touch with our pastoral network to find out where she could get involved in a church near her home. She came to get deliverance from this oppression and to give her heart to Jesus. The fire of God fell and lots of people who received the baptism of the holy spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time.
TEAM MEMBER ENCOUNTERS THE LOVE OF JESUS IN A NEW WAY
I traveled with two friends from Perth to meet with the rest of the Fresh Fire team. Once in Africa I noticed that my friends were so excited and passionate about ministering to the people. Everything seemed so vivid, alive and wondrous to them. I was having the same experiences but I felt none of those feelings. Actually, I felt nothing! I attributed it to having been born and brought up in South Africa. I concluded in my mind that it was because they hadn't seen this part of the world before so they were excited and soon they would get over the hype of a new experience.
When we met with the rest of the team in Uganda and I began to get to know the people and make new friends I noticed everybody around me was saying similar things. They showed such deep love and compassion for each other and everyone we ministered to. I continued to feel nothing. I started to ask God why I wasn't being impacted the way the others where, was there something He wanted to speak to me about? I really wanted His love to flow through me to the people around me but I felt nothing and I was concerned.
God showed me that my heart was hard and calloused. I was really surprised. I never would have thought so. I'm a teacher and I love people and especially children. God began to do a powerful work in me from the inside out. I wept and wept. For three days the tears rolled down my cheeks as he poured His love into me!
As I cried, I knew God was giving me a heart of flesh for a heart of stone. At the end of the third day I did something I never would have considered doing before. I stood up on our bus and shared with the team what God had been doing in my heart. I was afraid to share but the team was so excited for me! Afterwards I told them my story they gathered around to encourage me, hug me and pray for me!
When I sat down, the work in my heart felt complete and to my amazement I could feel a love more powerful and real than anything I've ever felt before! Since the trip I've felt so much love and compassion for people, especially the beautiful people of Africa!