YWAM teams working among unreached people groups often can’t share the details of their names or locations because of restrictions on religious freedom but here are a few brief stories from church planting teams in remote locations…
From South Asia…”As we arrived the old part of the city, crowds filled the narrow lanes. We were sitting in our three wheeler rickshaws when the police stopped us and confiscated all 750 copies of the Jesus film we had and took us to the police headquarters to scan the DVDs and check for anti-national or anti-Islamic propaganda. After checking through the DVDs, the policeman turned to me and said, “This film is good only for my people. You must give all of these DVDs out and you have our permission and protection, now go!” That was a great commission!”
From the Middle East… “As Imran and his team prayed that God would give them clues to lead them to people He had prepared to hear the gospel, He gave them the name “Ahmed” and the impression that Ahmed had a sick son. They searched for “Ahmed” for some time, without success and found themselves near a police station, where Imran asked an officer for directions. The officer was named Ahmed!
When asked if his son was sick, he said, “Yes; how did you know?” Imran responded, “God told us.” Ahmed expressed suspicion at the team’s knowledge. Imran offered to go home with him in order to talk more and to pray for his son, but Ahmed refused. So the team prayed there and gave Ahmed a contact number, and left. The next day, Ahmed phoned Imran and said, “My son was healed just after you prayed. Who told you about my son and me?” Then he told Imran that two years ago he had received a Bible. He said he didn’t understand it, but when he would open it, he felt electricity going through his body. He had been praying for two years that God would send someone to explain the Word to him.
From South East Asia…Over 1000 inhabitants live in an island village that practices Islam mixed with witchcraft. Two YWAM workers recently visited a family who have been open to hearing of Isa (Jesus), but were not yet followers, and on this day the grandmother, who had been blind for 3 years, decided to place her faith in Isa. Following this, the workers prayed for her sight to be restored, and instantly she began to say, “I can see you! I can see you!” For the first time, she could see her newest grandchildren. She was also physically strengthened and began to walk around, rejoicing with her family and neighbours.
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