Our mission trip team was in Ethiopia partnering with my spiritual father Chris Franz, president of Christ Is the Answer ministries based in Florida. Their organization works with local churches across denominational borders in particular regions of Africa, sending missionaries, holding massive crusades, and setting up humanitarian projects that better the lives of communities. I had the privilege of preaching with Chris at large crusades where we prayed for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and equipped the local people to do missionary work. It was really exciting for me to be able to pray personally with thousands of people to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and see them get connected with local churches. On the nights I preached, many people testified of being healed of blindness, cancer, or even mental illness. It was powerful to watch people burn their objects of witchcraft as they were set free from demons.
One of my favorite miracles was when a young deaf boy came to the first meeting. I prayed for him, but he wasn’t healed right away, even though many others were. After the meeting, he returned home with his dad, but to our surprise, he and his family came back on one of the last nights. All of them stood on the platform and testified that after returning from the meeting, the deaf son had gotten into a squabble with one of his brothers. His brother said, “You are so dim!” to which the deaf boy responded, “I’m not dim!” Shocked, the father realized his son had been healed because he shouldn’t have been able to hear anything!
In front of a screaming, excited crowd, this beautiful family testified the boy was totally healed. The boy stood there with eyes wide open and full of joy. I had him repeat things on the platform and there was no doubt the story was true. A wave of joy swept the crowd and people were laughing.
To top the week off, missionaries were equipped and the local churches are continuing to grow. I love being a part of what God is doing in rebuilding Ethiopia!
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