Only for the Weak

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by Marcia*, an Impact Middle East leader in Israel

My father-in-law was a tough person, and his heart was hard. He did not believe in life after death. What mattered to him was what happens here and now, in this life. He believed Jesus’ story and the Bible were for weak people.

Recently he became very ill. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit. No one could visit him except his immediate family, and then only for few minutes. Doctors considered amputating his hand.

When I had the opportunity to visit him, I asked him if he wanted me to pray for his healing. He responded positively. I prayed for him in a loud voice asking God for healing of his body and soul. That night he had a very nice dream. He was in a very beautiful and wonderful place, and his soul was very much at peace. When he woke up in the morning, he found himself out of intensive care and in a normal room. He admitted that prayers to Jesus had helped him. He began to heal; his hand was spared. He asked me to pray with him more. He is doing well now, and I continue to follow up with him. Indeed, prayer moves God’s hand!

Marcia* leads a group of more than 25 women who meet every week at her home. She has started two other groups in neighboring villages. Fourteen people attend these two new groups. With her husband, she visits homes and speaks with the women of the families.

*Name has been changed

Because of My Love for Them

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Story from Impact Middle East leader in Israel

I visited my two unmarried aunts regularly, trying to reach them with the message of salvation. Because of my love for my aunts and my desire for them to know Jesus and to experience His saving love, I started praying for them continuously.

After a while, the Lord opened a door. A Christian woman from Africa came to Israel to make home visitations, to pray with people and to start house meetings in Bethlehem. I went with this woman to visit my aunts and began to speak to them about God’s work. God gave me grace in their eyes. They were so interested, and their hearts were so moved they had tears in their eyes. I prayed with them to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

My cousin came in while we were praying. He heard the words of God and said, “I have been out of work for a long time. Please pray for me to find a job.” Before praying for this need, we asked him if he would like to pray to receive Jesus. After he agreed, we prayed for both needs. Just a few minutes after we finished praying, my cousin received a phone call. The caller informed my cousin that he had work for him and that he should come right then. My cousin praised God for answering the prayer so quickly. Now, I am following up with him to help him grow in his faith.