The message that seems to keep coming through clearly here is that the Kingdom of God always and I do mean always is heralded by healing and deliverance. Look at Matt 9 and 10. This is how you know that the Kingdom of God has come.....there is healing and deliverance. Now you will notice in Acts that there were places were there were strong manifestations of deliverance such as Acts 8 and 19 and in both of these chapters there was also a powerful occult presence in the community. In others, the manifestations were not so pronounced. So there will be a variation of how the manifestations looks depending on local issues. However in all cases where Jesus ministered there were signs and wonders manifested by the casting out of demons and healing the sick. So it will be in our day as well. There has been nothing to change. The same authority He gave to His disciples then He gives to us now. The enemy has "dumbed" us down over the years to no longer expect or believe for these things.....however the Gospel of the Kingdom is manifested by these miracles. We must not be deceived on this point. Today in the afternoon we will accompany Onesmus to open air preaching in the streets. We met with people in the fellowship today and heard the testimony of a young mother who was healed of breast cancer 2 months ago in the fellowship. She had been told she must have a mastectomy....she came and was prayed for and when she returned to the doctor he could find no cancer. She went for a 2nd opinion and he could find no cancer as well. Others testified of God providing jobs and peace at home after prayer. The Kingdom is being brought here. So continue to pray for this work.
On Tuesday, we distributed food to the grandmothers for the orphans. Always a humbling and moving experience. I am constantly reminded of how much the Lord loves the poor and especially the widows and orphans. Not that he loves them more but rather is moved at how evil has been the devil's grip on them in poverty and fatherlessness. We then went to Makutano Junction where there is a new fellowship. I sensed on entering that there were many held in bondage in the room. There was restlessness with babies crying and people moving...much like what it used to be in Machakos until more anointing came. So I turned it over to Onesmus early in the meeting to bring salvation and deliverance to the people. That is his anointing. After praying for salvation, then the room erupted in shrieks and even vomiting as evil spirits left. Many were saved and then delivered. At the end of this, there was a totally different atmosphere with peace and joy replacing the restlessness and torment. As I have mentioned before, one cannot understand Africa and it's problems even in the church without understanding and moving in deliverance. Quite striking. Today we have a healing and deliverance service here in Machakos and then open air preaching in the streets later in the day.
We leave on Saturday for the bush.
Thanks for praying.
Yesterday in the evening, Onesmus preached in the open air market near Machakos. Many children were there and some adults. Several were saved and healed and two were delivered. When these meetings occur on weekends, many come and are affected. This particular area is heavily dominated by witchcraft. As Onesmus continues to target this area, these strongholds are weakened. We will go there again today. During the day, we will walk into the hills to visit some of the orphan's homes. Onesmus told us yesterday of an encounter that he had over a year ago when a devil worshiper tried to give him money....400,000 Kenya shillings. He sensed a trap and refused the money knowing that a curse would come with it. A young pastor here in Machakos took the money and Onesmus warned him to give it back as there would come a curse with it. He refused and said it was just money. Two days ago he was killed in an accident on Mombasa highway in the vehicle that he used the money to purchase. As he pointed out, in this environment and really in any environment, one must stay clean and pure.
We leave on Saturday for the bush.
Thanks for your prayers.