Recently, I returned home from a short-term missions trip with members of my church. We traveled to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has battled a slew of problems, including political instability, a poor economy, and an extremely young population exacerbated by a high birthrate and lower life expectancies.
Our team traveled to the rural village of Neply, Haiti, and worked with an organization called MyLifeSpeaks. My husband and I have been involved with mission work in Haiti for the past four years (and our youngest son is adopted from there). Since my husband is a physician, his skill set comes in quite handy.
But as for me, I tend to keep away from all of the blood and guts and queasy medical stuff. So while some of the team members worked wearily at the medical clinic, the rest of us kept a safe-distance away and conducted a VBS, worked with the elderly, cared for the orphans, fed the hungry, and spoke truth to the Restaveks (children who are slaves—Yes, sadly, this does exist legally in other parts of the world).
About a month prior to our trip, we were made aware that the public hospitals were shutdown due to lack of funding. To put it in perspective, imagine that the doors to your local trauma center closed down. No emergency room. No care for the poor. So now everyone re-routed to the nearest minute clinic in town. To put it mildly, the medical clinic in the village was seeing record-setting numbers and had a long line out the door.
Prior to departure, our team participated in a 14-day prayer guide, which challenged all of us to pray for God to use us in mighty ways like we’ve never seen before. A week prior to our trip, a friend of mine asked me how many miracles of healing we had seen in the village. Reluctantly, I answered, “None that I am aware.” And then conviction settled in because in all honesty, we had never asked God. Whenever a sick person came through the door, we immediately sent them to the village medical clinic for treatment and care.
But could it be that “You do not have because you do not ask” as instructed in James 4:2?
I confessed my doubts and fears to a couple of close friends and asked them to pray that I would have bold faith during our upcoming trip. Miracles. Really?
I didn’t want to limit my Lord.
Upon arrival, one of the missionaries asked me to pray for a woman with a bleeding disorder. She had been denied surgery due to her severe asthma, restricting her ability to be put under anesthesia. As an American, the news seem far-fetched and not fair. No options available? No way to be healed?
A miracle was her only hope and the prayers of my friends encouraged me to take a step of faith. This particular moment is what we had been praying for. Opportunities to stand up and boldly come before the throne room in prayer.
I knew it wasn’t any coincidence. I knew that God had ordained for our team to be there. And what was incredibly reconfirming is that weeks before our trip, God had laid it on our team to share the story of the woman with a bleeding disorder found in Luke 8 as part of our VBS story time.
I felt the Holy Spirit leading.
And yet I was bit scared.
Would God really come through?
Tuesday afternoon a group of us went to pray for this woman and boldly asked God to completely heal her. We asked God to strengthen our faith, because like some of you reading this today, we also struggled with doubt. Unknown to us, others from our team had already prayed for her that morning while serving her and assisting with her laundry. And then the woman was miraculously healed! And not only her, but also an elderly woman with Parkinson’s disease was prayed for by our team members and the severe trembling in her hands completely stopped.
It would be easy to discount my story as some random coincidence. Or something that God only does for people afar. But what God revealed to me…
Maybe I don’t see miracles today is because I don’t ask Him any more.
One of Satan’s most effective tools is to cause us to doubt that God is still able. But what if we started to stand on God’s promises and truly believe that with God, all things are possible!
Are there areas of your life where you doubt God’s provision? If so, search Scripture and stand on a promise…Yes, Lord, you are faithful.
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