Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.Acts 8:13
As many of you know, we conduct a monthly Skype Crusade in an undisclosed Muslim nation. This month’s crusade was notable for its similarity to a story from the book of Acts.
In Chapter 8, we are introduced to the evangelistic ministry of Philip, originally one of the seven deacons appointed by the apostles to oversee the distribution of resources to the the neglected Grecian widows in the church at Jerusalem. After Stephen’s martyrdom, Philip was among those scattered due to an outbreak of persecution.
In Samaria, Philip sees great success as God confirms his preaching of Christ with signs and wonders. Simon, a local sorcerer, who had for a long time had the people of the area under his dominion due to his sorceries, became a believer and even a disciple of Philip.
In our most recent Skype Crusade, we had eighty-eight people come to Christ and sixty-two reported healings. One healing had a similar effect on some of the locals in this village as Philips miracles did on Simon. In this village, black magic is heavily practiced and several came to the Lord as a result of the meeting. However, in addition to the practitioners, there were also three men present who were teachers of black magic present.
One of the common healings reported in our Skype crusades are tumors disappearing. One girl had such a tumor on her arm and during the meeting, the three men witnessed her healing. As a result of this miracle, they came to the Lord! We rejoice for their salvation.
Last month, we also had many come to the Lord and healed. Again, a tumor played a vital role in supplying a witness for Christ in those who came to the meeting. A man had a tumor in his stomach. When we prayed for healing at the end of the meeting, he received a touch from God. When he returned to the doctor to have surgery to remove the tumor, they asked him how he felt. He told them he felt well and had no pain. Their subsequent test proved what you have likely already guessed — the tumor was gone! As a result, this man and other members of his family came to the Lord.
God is still in the miracle-working business, and He is no respecter of persons. He will respond to you as you reach our to Him in faith. Jesus is alive and every miracle performed in His name is one more evidence of a living faith and a triumphant Savior!! Hallelujah!
For February, we are planning a Skype crusade where we are endeavoring to bus in 2,000 people. We could conceivably see saved in one night as many as we have seen accept Christ over the last year and a half. Please be in prayer with us for the success of this event.