Hello Family, Friends and Fellow
We just returned from India, what an
incredible time! Drew Thomson and I were hosted by Harvest India in
Tenali A.P. www.harvest-india.org This ministry is led by brothers Suresh
and Sudeer Kumar. If you want to connect with an awesome
indigenous ministry in India, this is the one! Check it out.
We were treated wonderfully, welcomed with flowers everywhere we went.
Hope you enjoy this report, it is quite full!
L to R myself, Drew Thomson, Sudheer Kumar
We taught a four day pastors
conference and did four days of village outreach. The
first night of the conference about 350 pastors were present, and we
gave our personal testimonies. The next morning we began to
call the sick forward for healing, then after several
wonderful miracles in front of the people, we had the pastors pray for
each other. We were careful to teach them Jesus was the healer and as
his servant they could heal also. A wave of healing testimonies
started. Suresh told me again and again how blessed they were that we
had come not just teaching, but demonstrating the power of
God. The pastors lives and ministries were being
changed. After the conference we heard they were now applying what
they were learning in their villages and seeing the results! Praise the
I had invited a deaf pastor forward,
and asked Sudeer to pick another pastor to pray for him. Unknown to me
he picked another deaf man. He prayed for the first man,
then they crossed the room and called to each other.
The people were laughing. I asked what was going on and they said "one
deaf man is checking another deaf man's hearing! They both can hear!"
That night over 500 came, Hindus were gathered around the building and
looking in the windows. The word was out that God was
healing. After the meetings, the pastors would tell the Hindus
Crippled Hindu Woman Healed and Saved
I reviewed the video tapes I listened to dozens of healing testimonies
again and this one stood out. A Hindu woman was crippled and could
no longer provide for herself. She was in despair and wanted to commit
suicide. She heard about the healings from a pastor at the train
station, and took the train to the meetings. She was completely
healed, gave her life to Jesus and was praising God vigorously in front
of us. Now she wanted prayer as she was heading back to a village
full of witchcraft.
A Mighty Deliverance From
the Spirit of Kali
Picture: L to R Sudheer Kumar,
the girl, Suresh Kumar, myself, Drew
One notable event was this girl
being delivered from the spirit of Kali, god of death. She is a
pastors daughter, and became possessed four months ago
, they believe as the result of a curse against
them. Apparently this demon comes upon pretty
young girls and will not leave until they are dead from either
sacrifice or starvation. The people were afraid of the demon, and
little could be done. They are brought up with these powerful
gods and demons all around them, so even the pastors were
intimidated. She was quite possessed and every time I
touched her she would scream out "you're burning me" or "I can't look
at you" in Teluge language. Then she would go unconscious. They
threw water on her to bring her around.
DELIVERANCE VIDEOS -deliverance from the spirit of Kali, the
mos feared demon in India!- For
High speed video 1
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We didn't succeed in delivering her
at the meeting but called the pastors to fasting and prayer. Many had
already been fasting so that night they continued to pray, taking our
boldness and conviction as a cue. They phoned to tell
us that at 2am that they drove the demon out. This is a great
victory of Jesus over one of the most feared demons in India! The next
day the girl came to the platform and sang a worship song in front of
the whole congregation! She was very weak from starvation. I
thought of Jesus words after a deliverance - "give her something
Woman Healed of Leprosy
Many miracles took place at the
conference, and reports came in one way or another. One woman was
healed of leprosy in the mass prayers. We didn't know about it until we
visited her home church (a thatched hut church) and she testified at
the Sunday service. I asked questions about her previous
condition, she had degenerated hands etc. but was quiet whole when we
saw her. Amazing. Here she is.
After the conference the pastors
began to use what they had learned, and reports were being phoned in to
Suresh. One pastor returned with boldness to confront a demon possessed
woman in his village. Everyone had been afraid of her, but now it
was cast out and Jesus is the talk of the whole village.
Perhaps the most fun, and
interesting times was experiencing the culture of India. Here's a few
pictures that tell it all.
TRAFFIC : cars
bikes cows motorcycles chickens people horns rickshaws goats pigs carts
kids going every direction at once. Co-operative chaos. License? Who
needs a license? You need a loud horn and lots of nerve.
Actually, it seems to work better than traffic here. The cows
like to sleep on this boulevard at night.
TEMPLES : The Hindu
temples and gods are everywhere, including tree gods. This new
temple of Si Babba was dedicated behind Suresh's house and contains
hundreds of gods. For days the music played loudly from speakers
up and down the streets starting at 5:30 am. I asked Suresh what
the words were about and was surprised to find it was a very
personal worship to the gods! "Oh you are our god and
we love you! We devote our life to you because help
us." Sometimes they pattern their music after western Christian
worship, including music videos, but there is no joy in it.
We went into the temple court on
dedication day along with 25,000 others. They wanted to provide
offerings for us to make but we explained we were not "devotees",
just tourists. That was OK. Inside the compound the air was filled with
dragon flies! (But not outside !) The people were bringing their gold
and silver jewelry, candlesticks etc. and putting them in a pile.
Apparently millions of dollars of offerings were made that day.
Over 8000 such temples are being built this year in this state alone!
But these rich Hindus will not spend one rupee to lighten the load of
suffering on their own people. The caste system is a devilish
stranglehold destroying their lives! The Lord spoke to
me about how he is jealous for the people and will free them when
we come in the name of Jesus!
Drew was not wanting to come to
India because he never liked the food... until he got here. It was
delicious, though after a week my system was not functioning too well.
(Curry every meal) What wonderful hosts! We were fed like kings.
We had to use only our right hand to eat. The left hand is used for,
ahem, other things.
Scared cows DO make great
The pastors at the conference
bought four calf's and secretly butchered them in the trees at
night for the next days meals. The reason? We are eating a god!
RE-DIGGING THE WELLS OF HEALING
Healing and miracle ministry is a foundational part of the
Foursquare Church. We want it to be the flowing "artesian
well" it once was. In the past few years the Lord urged us
to re-dig the wells of healing and miracles. We have seen
wonderful breakthroughs! As God gives us opportunity
we teach believers how to minister healing and miracles with
"hands on" demonstrations of the power of God. In 2002
we merged two Foursquare Churches allowing us, as pastors, the
time to travel and minister to congregations and conferences.
The love of God and miracles breaks through the hardest
hearts - even in Canada!
"God, connect us with those who
will receive and be blessed by our ministry"
This is the prayer my wife Karen
and I prayed again and again earlier this year,
and God has opened doors to the
is a great ministry and I urge you to check it out! There are several
things I am so blessed about.
1. It was started in
India by an Indian Christian. It's not western! Lalitha Kumari
began the work 34 years ago walking from village to village preaching
the gospel and healing the sick. Hers sons, Suresh and Sudheer are
carrying it on. We had the privilege of staying with them for the
entire time and got to know them well.
2. Their strategy is
to reach the villages where the majority live, the gospel has never
been preached, and signs and wonders change idol worshippers to strong
Christians. Their Bible college students, and interns are ready to
move into each village impacted by the outreaches and conserve the
3. The compassionate
ministries of the medical camps, orphan and elderly homes, bore-well
drilling and so on, are meeting genuine needs, but also open the doors
through love, into the hearts of the people.
There is no
organization representing Harvest India here, so we want to partner
Total Change with them in some way. In this way we can fund larger
projects and give tax receipts to donors.
Conferences I'm astonished in the way God has multiplied
what we have sown and believe God has answered our prayer for good
ground.. We have been invited to conduct a larger pastors
conference, and a large crusade to reach the villages. The miracles are
the key. When we have the finances in hand we will be able to do this.