I was in Singapore recently with Evangelist Daniel Kolenda for the CFAN “Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism” and “Fire Conference.” While I was in the area I ministered at a few churches and on my free time I did some street evangelism with my new friend, Jeff Yuan. In Singapore there is an interesting mix of religion. Buddhism is the most prevalent region, followed by Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. I asked Jeff to take me out for a day on the streets for some God adventures to see what the Holy Spirit wanted to do. As we were walking along Jeff and I spotted a Buddhist temple and we decided to walk inside.
As we were walking around the temple Jeff had a word of knowledge about one of the workers in the temple. He went up to her and asked her if she had any knee problems and she said, “Yes, actually I do!” Both of her knees were in pain and had been causing her problems for quite some time now. Jeff asked if we could pray for her healing and she agreed. He laid his hands on her knees and prayed for her healing and she was instantly healed! I saw her bending her knees and jumping up and down as she was testing out what had just happened. Jesus had just healed her and she was so happy!
Jeff shared a few things with her about the Lord and gave her some instruction, and then as we started walking around to other parts of the temple to see what else the Holy Spirit wanted to do…
A few minutes later another Buddhist temple worker came up to us and pointed to her knee brace… She said, “My friend told me that Jesus healed her knees… can you pray for my knee to get healed as well?” He said, “of course!” So we both laid our hands on her and released the healing power of Jesus to touch her knee. She walked around to test it out and she discovered that her pain was gone and she was healed! Her brace was no longer needed. She was very grateful and Jeff again shared a few things with her about the Lord.
All of this happened WITHIN the Buddhist temple! As people are coming in praying to Buddha and idols carved by human hands… two temple workers are healed in the name of Jesus and the kingdom is demonstrated in power! I think many Christians would have been scared or intimidated to go into a temple to pray for the sick. Perhaps they think demons would attack them or they would fall under some type of curse. Why do we think this way? Why are we so afraid of the darkness?
Consider the following scripture about Jesus healing a man with leprosy…
40 “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”
You have to understand that this man had leprosy which was contagious and can be spread by skin contact. This is why they had leper colonies… they were meant to keep those that were unclean away from those that were clean. Jesus was willing to take the risk of getting leprosy to heal this man.
Just like the man with leprosy… the people of this world are saying to Christians everywhere, “are you willing to leave your comfortable churches to go where we are? Are you willing to be around someone like me who worships gods that are different than yours?” We cannot expect non-christians to show up to our churches on Sunday. We need to be like Jesus and go to where they are.
Light is meant to penetrate the darkness! That’s the purpose of light. We need to stop being afraid of the darkness and we need to start being a light. We must realize that the Holy Spirit lives WITHIN us and He wants to come out! Be bold, have faith, and take risk… the God of the universe is with us! AMEN!
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Ps. Stay tuned for my next blog about power evangelism in a Hindu Temple…