From November 20 – 29th I was honoured to lead a team of 10 others on a short term mission trip to the mountain community of Ranquitte Haiti. While there the team helped to put up the walls of a church, did children’s ministry, shared their testimonies, lead in singing some songs (in French), and prayed for hundreds of people. The pastor and the church people were greatly encouraged. God did some unique things among the people as he spoke to individuals, healing some and encouraging many. What we often will do on our mission trips is to go from house to house inviting the people to the evening services and asking people what they would like prayer for.
In our last April trip to Ranquitte area we encountered one man, Louise, who was paralyzed from the waist down. The team member prayed for his healing, nothing happened, he prayed again still nothing happened and then prayed a third time. Sensing a compassion for the man our team member asked the whole team to come and pray for Louise. We went to the home of Louise, took authority over the spirit of paralysis, declared healing in the name of Jesus, told the man to stand in the name of Jesus. We picked him up, holding him up by the arm pits, and praying diligently that he would stand, only to see him fall back into the chair when we let go. I think that we were trying to imitate Acts 3 where the lame man was commanded to rise and be healed, except that we were raising him by our strength and it was not God who was working. As a team we went several more times to pray for Louise, praying and praying and praying. After all, Jesus commands us to ask and keep on asking, to be like the woman of importunity who kept asking the judge for favor, and we are to follow the exhortation to pray without ceasing (Matt. 7:7; Luke 18:1-8; 1 Thess. 5:17). Unfortunately nothing happened, but at least we had done what we could, a little frustrated that God had not done more, but we have to trust that God is God and then still choose to rest in Him when it doesn’t go as we want.
So on the Sunday afternoon of this November trip, a man walks from his home, about 1 ½ blocks away, up to our church service on crutches. He shares that he is Louise, and wanted to say thank you for our prayers back in April. Though not completely walking without crutches, yet he is standing and mobile where before he was paralysed from the waist down. He declared his praise to God for healing him in consequence of the prayers in April. We then gathered around him and prayed again that God, who had started a good work in him, would complete it to His glory. (Phil 1:6) Of course it was not only us praying but many others from the church, family and friends were also praying for our team and for the people around us as we ministered in Haiti. God is faithful, even when we are not, yet will we continue to press in praying and expecting our great God to minister?