Love Doesn't Give Up22nd June 2017
“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t]. I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop. I knew that he was healed, and his ankle was there where it wasn’t before!”
Drew Harris is just one of the students who traveled with a Charis Bible College missions team to Hungary, Serbia, and Ukraine this past school year. There, faith and miracles were an expected occurrence. But miracles don’t always happen in one instant. Sometimes it takes persistence and trust on behalf of the student, and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.
This happened to Drew in Budapest, Hungary, when he took notice of a man on crutches while the team was ministering in a subway. “We asked him if we could pray for him to be healed,” recalls Drew. “We asked him what was wrong with his legs. Through the translator, we discovered that it was not his legs, but his ankle. We began to pray over him … [and] he told us his ankle was hot…. It turned out that he was born without a left ankle!”
This man had gone his entire life without a left ankle, which meant he also had weak muscles for walking and could never run or jump. Drew now understood that he wasn’t just praying for healing, but for a creative miracle. “So, we prayed over him again, but still he did not receive,” Drew explains. “He continued to feel that heat where his ankle should be…. We told him, ‘That heat is Jesus healing you!’”
The team returned to the skit they had been performing, and this man stuck around to watch. Drew kept feeling like he should go pray for him again, but not in the same way as before. God revealed to him that this man needed to take a step of faith—literally. Drew brought two team members and a translator over to this man and asked to pray for him again. Drew explained that he wanted him to put his crutches down and that the team would hold him up.
“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t],” Drew recalls. “I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop…. I stood up and told them to let him go…. I [watched] his face. He was scared to fall. Then, as he put weight on his new ankle, his face lit up, and he was overcome with joy. He began to walk through the subway. Then he began to run, praising God and running around, experiencing his healing. After a while of running around, he came to me and said that the next time he saw me, he would be faster
This is just one of the many examples of the miraculous acts our students are doing around the world on their second-year missions trip. Not only are they discipled in the message of God’s unconditional love and grace, but they are also given the opportunity to reach out to people around the world with this love and grace, a love that doesn’t give up on people (1 Cor. 13:8).
Like Drew, you too can make a difference. Whether you’re called to attend Charis or to support others like Drew, you can find all the information you need online.
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Written by Jessica Giaimo.
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