Last week I prayed, "God, I want to
see you work in mighty ways in
my life. I want to experience you
doing something only you can do."
That same night I went out to feed
our homeless friends at the park.
A couple powerful things happened
First, "Big Mike" as we call him
(pictured below), has not been
doing well the past 10 months.
He has had stomach cancer
that has returned and had lost
37 lbs. He didn't look good lately,
and we could tell that he felt
really bad. He couldn't eat much
at all and said he coughed up blood
When we got to the park, he couldn't
wait to share some good news. He
told us that on Saturday, he could
not get up at all. But on Sunday
he forced himself up early and
headed to a local church. He
said he went to the pastor and told
him that he wanted to be prayed
over by the 7am, 9am, and 11am
services. He told us that the people
gatherer around and laid hands on
him and prayed for God to heal
him. Afterward he went to get
some scans done and really wanted to
see the results but had to wait until
Tuesday. When he finally saw the
x-rays, he said his body showed
no cancer! I am praying that is
the case, but I will say that there
was noticable difference in his
spirit, in his physical body, he
said he hadn't coughed up blood
since Sunday, and he could eat
regular food again.
to do something different. Normally
a friend who is a pastor gives a message.
This time we all joined hands and
anyone who wanted to was invited
to pray out loud. It was so amazing
to hear the prayers of those we come
to feed as well as those of us who
serve. God does a work when people
minister to us and also when we are the
ones who serve and minister to others.
Also, I noticed that "Big Mike" (who
usually stutters when he talks) did not
stutter one time when he was praying!!
I thought that was so amazing.
There was also another special incident-
there is a man named Kevin who has
been refusing to eat and is drinking
alcohol all the time and hasn't been
doing well for a long time. We hadn't
seen him for months. He was at the
park last week with a walker and
looked very bad. I found out he
had just got out of the hospital
because he was having seizures.
When we were praying, he left the
park to where he was going to
sleep. He could barely walk so
one of his friends helped him.
A few of us really felt like we
needed to talk to him and tell
him that if he dies, he needs to
be ready to meet God. We
got down and talked to him and
told him that it did not matter
what he had done, that God
wants him to give his life to
Him. We told him God loves
him and forgives him, but that
he has to make a choice to
choose God or face his judgement
one day if he doesn't choose Him.
As 3 of us shared from our hearts,
and we were in this dark place
with this man who has given up
on life, I couldn't help but feel
that this is exactly what Jesus
would do. He goes to those that
are so lost to tell them that He
offers hope that you can't find
without Him. It still comes down
to a choice, but I am so thankful
that I know that Kevin has heard
the good news that is offered to
all. I don't know if he'll get better
or the end of his life is coming soon,
but I pray that when he closed his
eyes that night, that he has chosen
Jesus like we shared with him.
I asked God to work in big ways,
and He answered in a big way!