Saturday, September 20, 2008

Miracles in Pakistan

South African evangelist Hamilton Filmalter, of River of Life Ministries, has seen the miracles of God in Lahore, Pakistan, where he conducted evangelistic meetings in 2007.
The city government of Lahore showed great favor to us, allowing the crusade to continue under the blanket of ‘no public meetings.’ The words of the police chief were, “What you are doing is good for the city. It brings peace and blessing to the people. We need this.” Unfortunately, many people were reluctant to venture out at night due to the emergency conditions and the crowd was smaller than usual, but God still blessed the meetings powerfully. The gospel was clearly preached and each night hundreds declared their intention to follow Jesus. There were many wonderful miracles. Many received the baptism with the Holy Spirit and started speaking in tongues.

After Hamilton ministered to the crowd by rebuking sickness, disease and demonic oppression, people came forward each night to testify of healings and deliverance. It is such a powerful testimony that Jesus has risen and that there is power in His name. It is a key to the ongoing revival in Pakistan.

The crusade was preceded by two days of house church training. We also spent parts of three days talking with evangelists and house church leaders about how to be more effective in their ministries. For the church to penetrate society, evangelism and discipleship has to continue far beyond the perimeter of the crusade grounds and the walls of the church. House churches are the vehicle.As we have often seen, miracles continue to pave the way for house church planting.
Healing testimonies include:

  • Two brothers who were born mute spoke for the first time at the meeting.
  • A person told of his cancer disappearing (Doctor confirmed healing).
  • A lame man who came in on crutches left walking normally.
  • A lady with a blind eye had her sight restored.
  • A lady was healed of cancer. This was confirmed by her doctor.
  • A baby with a hole in its heart was healed, confirmed by doctor.
  • A lady with a terminal illness, who had been told by her doctor to wrap up her affairs, was prayed for and healed.
  • A man with two defective heart valves that would not open properly was healed.
  • Another on kidney dialysis was healed and now had normal kidney function.
Here is video from previous meetings by Filmalter and River of Life Ministies:

November 2006 Pakistan Crusade

ROLM Ministry Video

April 2005 Pakistan Crusade

More about River of Life Ministries

Monday, September 8, 2008

Russian Baby Raised from the Dead by Her Mother

Russian Harvest Ministries reports how one of their converts, Sveta, brought her baby daughter back to life after the infant drowned in a bathtub. Sveta (Svetlana) tells her story:
The following story is but one of many signs and wonders that we report in our newsletters. God often works in our midst with healings, miracles, and so much more. Enjoy as you read this account of a baby being raised from the dead!

A few months ago I felt led of God to visit relatives in Kiev that I had never met. They were also believers so it was an opportunity to build a spiritual relationship. The family has six children, the youngest being just eighteen months old. Meeting them for the first time was eased greatly because we are all believers and we were having a great time together. One morning after everyone left except for me, Tanya decided to give her baby a bath. She strapped her baby, Karina, into a special baby bath and turned on the water. When the tub was full Tanya turned to leave but accidentally turned on the faucet to the shower handle as she left the bathroom. (FYI: The water hook-ups in Ukraine are different than U.S.A. and it’s easy to turn the wrong knob.)

I left to the store and returned in twenty minutes. Tanya and I talked for several minutes when all of a sudden Tanya jumped up and said “Oh, I forgot to check on Karina.” Shortly after I heard a deafening scream and I ran to the bathroom to find Tanya holding Karina upside down trying to get water out of her lungs. I grabbed the baby and began CPR as Tanya called the ambulance but she was in shock and could not even dial the phone.

My efforts at trying to resuscitate the baby did nothing. It was then that I dropped to my knees and screamed out “NO, I don’t receive this! JESUS, HELP!”My heart was pounding and my body shaking. Looking at this little dead body was was paralyzing…But I mustarded up all the faith that was in me cried out to GOD! “God, save this child in Jesus name.”

It was after this that I turned to see Karina’s head turn to the side as if unseen hands were at work and water started coming out from her lungs. Karina then opened her eyes and took the first breath, then another, and another. Both me and Tanya were shaking but not from fear— from the fact that God was at work in that room and we had just witnessed a miracle. It was overwhelming. Karina came back to life! It was an amazing miracle. The baby was raised from the dead! Miracles still happen. God still heals and signs and wonders are normal for those who believe. 
This is not the first time Sveta has experienced the miraculous power of God. Russian Harvest Ministries releaased this brief bio:
Sveta, a once notorious drug dealer and eventual addict, was saved and became a radical Christian. She has been used by God to do what Sid Roth describes as Naturally Supernatural— She Raised The Dead! Sveta was reached for Jesus five years ago by Russian Harvest missionary Volodya Ishenko and his team. She was on the verge of death, eaten away by disease. She had to be carried to our center on a stretcher. But God had great plans. Thirty days later, after intense prayer and intercession and constant reading of the Word, Sveta rose up from the bed of affliction healed by the power of God! She has since graduated from our women’s rehab center and is the now the director there.

Healing and Miracles at Winchester Outpouring

Charisma magazine reports that Stephens City, VA, is experiencing Christian renewal in what is being called the Winchester Outpouring. At least three churches (Agape Christian Church, Greenaway Spirit and Word Fellowship, and Crossroads Community Church) have been joining together regulalrly in revival meetings for the past four months and have seen many dramatic healings from deafness, blindness, arthritis and fibromyalgia. A girl was healed of torn ligaments in her knee; she removed her brace and danced around, and her scheduled surgery is no longer necessary.
Such healings can be typical in charismatic revivals, but unusual manifestations are reportedly occurring in Winchester as well, including feathers floating out of thin air and teeth filling with gold. In some cases the entire tooth has turned to gold.
“I’m personally one of those people who wants to see things documented,” Prock said. “I’m a very cautious [person] … until I saw gold teeth starting to happen. We feel that God will bring [transformation to the region] when supernatural power is being demonstrated.”
He said one example of such a demonstration involved an elder from Greenway Fellowship, a former Southern Baptist church that is partnering with Agape. Prock said the Greenway man was openly sarcastic and skeptical about reports of unusual manifestations—until he unexpectedly received a gold filling.
    Read the full report here.

    Small Chance Leveraged by Prayer and Faith

    CBN reports the story of a little boy in Knoxville, TN, who had a serious and stroke, very unusual for one his age. After he survived a very dangerous surgery, his family received a devastating prognosis and a very small chance of recovery.
    “He [the doctor] says, ‘If he even survives, most likely he will be in a wheelchair. He could be blind. He may never walk, never talk, he will be severely … he won’t be the same.’ I almost just let it go in one ear and out the other, because I prayed nonstop and that’s not what God was telling me,” his mother said.
    Through the prayers of family and friends, he has been enjoying a rapid recovery which has far exceeded the expectations of the doctors.
    “His progress was remarkable compared to when I first saw him.  He could not talk.  He could speak or understand speech.  He could not move his right arm or his right leg at all at that point,” Dr. Woodword said. “I think it’s a miracle that he’s survived and is doing as well as he is, yes.”

    You can read the text of this story here.