Testimony of Baruch
Elana and I were flying to Prague for Awakening Europe. I have really changed the way I live. Every day I expect God to use me. Not because I am special, but because He so loves this hurting world.
For years, I prayed this prayer:
I expect divine appointments in my life. I expect kingdom connections to take place daily. I expect to lead Israelis to Yeshua. I expect the gift of healing to work in my life with Israelis! I expect angels to be active in my life, working on my behalf for the glory of God.
It is a powerful prayer, but I rarely acted on it. I have been a passive evangelist—walking through doors when they opened. Now I am a pro-active one. Now I am seeking out people.
Healing at 30,000-Feet
In the middle of our flight to Prague, a young man (26-years-old) came to front of the plane. He complained to the flight attendants that he was not feeling well. He came several times and I could tell that they were losing patience with him. I thought to ask him if he wanted prayer, but I had a check in my spirit that the timing was wrong.
I waited about a half hour and then began to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence. He was sitting one seat in front of me. I got up and sat beside him across the aisle and asked, “Are you not feeling well?” I asked him if I could pray for him. He said it would not help. I said, “God can do anything and sometimes when I pray for people, they get healed.” With that, he took my hand and allowed me to pray for him. His name was Baruch, which means Blessed!
“I Feel Love”
After I prayed, I asked him what he felt and he looked at me and said, “I feel love…I feel love coming from you.” I sat down with him and shared my testimony in Hebrew. Then he gave me his ‘take’ on God, which was not biblical, but then he added something very interesting. He told me, “God uses people. Sometimes we pray for something and God sends someone to you and you don’t realize that this person is God’s answer to your prayers. Look at me. I came to the flight attendants and they did not want to help me. Yes, they gave me water but really they hate me…they hate me! But you saw I was not feeling well and you decided to do something, and now I feel wonderful and I am having a great conversation with you.”
Small Risks, Big Dividends
It’s so much fun to share God’s love with others through the miraculous. But you must take small risks. These small risks can have huge payoffs. What was the worst that could have happened? He doesn’t get healed and he is still grateful that I prayed for him.
I have Baruch’s email and have sent him my testimony—which has in it, a clear Gospel message—in Hebrew. Pray for Baruch!
That evening in Old Town Prague, we met an American couple looking for someone to take a picture of them. We talked for a while and then Elana looked at Margaret, the wife, and asked something very strange: “Can I pray for you to conceive?” I have been around my wife long enough to know that she was being led by the Spirit. I am jealous with a godly jealousy of her ability to hear the Lord.
Margaret teared up and said, “Yes.” And then, “Oh my gosh, I want to hug you.” Amidst the tears, Elana prayed for her to get pregnant.
Roni the Pizza Guy
Finally, this happened today: I was just leaving the morning session of the conference. The presence of God was as wonderful as I can ever remember at conference—of course I always feel that way when God shows up. Worshiping with 10,000 to 15,000 people is always amazing. I can only wonder how heaven views it.
I left the meeting, almost in a cloud of ‘wonderful confusion’—if that makes sense. I was searching for lunch and ended in the hotel restaurant. The waiter at the other hotel restaurant had told us that the chef is Israeli. Elana had already met him. I looked at the guy behind the counter and realized he was the Israeli. Within minutes I was talking to him about Yeshua. He had already encountered several of the believers at the conference and was so open.
He told me that when he met Elana the other night, she came in with glow upon her. I told him that it was the presence of God. We had a great talk and then I asked him if I could pray for him. This is huge key in outreach. Always ask if you can pray for the person because you never know what God is going to do. As I prayed he lit up and smiled, as the presence of God came upon him. I got his email and sent him my testimony in Hebrew.
The in the evening Elana and I came to eat. He came and sat with us poured out his heart. He has two sons with whom he is not in contact. He longs to see them but one is not interested and the other has been prevented by the mother. We prayed for him—that God would show himself strong. I said to Elana, “The idea that a couple of Israelis would not only talk with him, but listen to his story and pray for him, is surely not what he is used to.” The lonely chef was so happy just to speak Hebrew. Please pray for him that as he reads my testimony and that would see Yeshua as his salvation. What a joy to be in Prague and having divine appointments with Israelis!
UPDATE: He just emailed me saying that we gave him hope! Hallelujah! Yeshua gives hope!
Share with us your story of how God is using you. I know He wants to! Take a small risk.