Move of the Spirit in Bangladesh April 2015

by John E Gore on January 7, 2016

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers and financial support of the ministry. I greatly appreciate it. My trip to Bangladesh and Nepal in February and March this year was very rewarding. The teaching was well received but what made it extra special was the outworking of Rom. 15:18-19; “by what I have said and done– by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit.”   Before I elaborate, let me start at the beginning.

 Bangladesh was in a state of political turmoil at the time. The opposition parties had earlier declared a national strike and blockade, which was in its 42nd day when I departed from Australia. Schools had been closed and national transportation (apart from air travel) had been cancelled due to the threat of violence. About 48 people had been killed through bombings and other acts of terrorism. It appeared that the Conference would not be able to proceed as the pastors would not be able to travel to the Conference Centre in the north of the country. However, praise God, He cleared the way prior to my departure from Sydney and this enabled the training to go ahead as planned.

 The Conference was held at Birganj, about an hour or more north west of Saidpur, in the far north-west of the country. We only had accommodation for 25 people, as other groups had booked the centre previously. Only three pastors were not able to attend due to the blockade in their regions. I taught on Leadership for five days and Bringing Your Children to Faith on the sixth day. The most interesting attendee was a pastor who had planted a church in his village. Nothing unusual about that, you may say, until you realize that he was once the Imam in the village. During his Islamic studies he learned that Jesus had performed miracles – something which Mohammed never did – and this led him on a journey of discovery that resulted in him accepting Christ and being baptized as a believer. Not surprisingly, his conversion has resulted in continual persecution. Unfortunately, the main instigator of this opposition is his daughter. She sees him as a traitor to Islam.

 During one of the training sessions, a pastor asked the question, “I have suffered from bitterness for 22 years, how can I get rid of it?” One only had to look at him to know that he was overwhelmed by this bitterness. I agreed to meet with him the following evening and to pray with him. Interestingly, he said that he had forgiven the person who was the perpetrator of this hurt but it hadn’t helped. I have found the method of John Wimber to be most helpful in these situations. I told him that I was going to pray for him in a general way and then we would wait for a couple of minutes to give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to show him anything that he wanted us to know. I then told him about the necessity to forgive those who have sinned against us and led him in forgiving the person who had caused the pain. I then prayed for the ministry of the Holy Spirit to remove all bitterness from him and to fill him afresh with the Holy Spirit. When we saw him the following morning, it was obvious that the Holy Spirit had done his work of transformation. He was a different man: his head was up and his face was beaming with joy.

 This prompted Albert, the leader of the Evangelical Friends in Bangladesh, to suggest that we have a ministry time that evening and that I pray for everyone. Albert, who is a man who also walks in “signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit,” had been watching Benny Hinn and his expectations of me were very high. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive, for while I have seen a reasonable number of miracles in the past, I was a little concerned that the Holy Spirit wouldn’t move to the level that Albert was expecting. But I couldn’t say “No” and decided that I would step out in faith and believe for the impossible. The result that evening was so amazing that Albert wanted to have another ministry time on Tuesday. During the first ministry time on the Sunday we prayed for a woman who had a very bad case of piles and God healed her. She told us on the Tuesday night that they had gone. It seemed that every time I laid my hands on someone, something happened. The ex-Imam was typical. He told me that while he was confessing his sins and repenting of them I laid my lands on him and prayed. He told me that when I did this he saw the dirt and junk associated with his sin being removed from his body and replaced by a “cleanliness and purity.” Others received visions or words from the Lord.

 One woman had previously expressed sorrow about not being able to have children and I initially thought it was because of a physical problem in her body, but it was far more complicated than that. One could tell by looking at her that she was gripped with a sense of sorrow and disappointment. When I laid my hands on her and prayed for the Holy Spirit to show us anything he wanted us to know, she fell to the floor. Shortly after that she sat up and started pointing to the ceiling with a look of surprise and amazement on her face. She was speaking, but no one could understand what she was saying. This continued for a few minutes until she “returned to normal.” She then told us that she had seen Jesus sitting on a throne and that he had told her not to fear. Like the pastor who had been freed from bitterness, the difference in this woman the next morning was nothing short of miraculous. You didn’t have to ask if she had been healed; you could see it on her face. Her look of sorrow and disappointment had been replaced with joy and freshness; it was amazing. At the end of the training we had a sharing time of what God had done. The testimonies were remarkable.

 One of the benefits of these ministry times was that it gave the pastors a model to use when they were praying for people. A few weeks after I arrived home I received an email from Albert, who had been the speaker at a national Youth conference. He told me how he had prayed for people in a similar way and God had done miraculous things among them. He wrote, “The signs and wonders were very obvious. More than 50 youth offered their lives to Jesus. Two of those saved had planned to commit suicide recently, but the Holy Spirit set them free from their frustration.  We saw people fall down, confessing their sin, crying loudly. Jesus spoke to them. Some heard His voice very vividly. The third night almost 100% youth offered their life to Jesus and were saved. We saw Jesus walking among them. Some of them testified that Jesus put his hand over their head and shoulder.” Yes, this is Romans 15:18-19 in action.

 I then spent a week in Surkhet in Mid-West Nepal. I love this group and especially Pastor Nabin. He is a very gentle man but he is a strong leader and moves in “signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit.” He is on the national executive of the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal which comprises over 1600 churches. We had 70 pastors and key leaders present and they came from all over the Mid-Western region of Nepal. I taught on eschatology and the response was great. We didn’t hold any special ministry times because we didn’t have to; the pastors do it naturally. During one of our breaks in the training there was some commotion in one corner of the room. I looked across and saw a group of pastors casting demons out of this man who had come for help. I love it.

Every Blessing,

John

 

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