November 7, 2018
Dear Prayer Partners & Friends of The Elijah Challenge,
We just completed our first Elijah Challenge Training here in India at a city named Cuttack in the state of Orissa.
Approximately 150 denominational leaders, pastors, servants of God, church workers and their wives were present for the two-day training. We taught them that just as Jesus sent out the 72 disciples to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God to the lost in Luke 10, the Church today can do the same—in order for the gospel of the kingdom to be preached to all nations and people groups before the end comes. We taught them exactly how Jesus trained his disciples to heal the sick with his supernatural power and authority.
The expenses of the event were covered entirely by Pastor Greg Violi of Tabernacle of David who along with his team of eight people from Germany were with us in Cuttack.
Their response was most encouraging. Never before had they heard such teaching which had been taken entirely from Scripture.
During the course of the Training we ministered to people with infirmities as actual live demonstrations of the principles we were teaching. Present was a young woman who wanted to serve the Lord but due to her heart condition she felt constantly weak in her body. We had the sisters from our German team lay hands on her heart with power and authority in the name of Jesus Christ. Immediately afterwards she felt strength return to her body. We commanded her to run, and she took off running up and down the aisle several times. She felt absolutely normal. The Lord was greatly magnified in the midst of his people.
In the evening more people came to be healed by the Lord through the trained believers. A woman who was deaf in her left ear testified that she could hear. A young 23-year-old mother with four young children had a growth the size of a small orange in her underarm. The young woman whom the Lord had healed of her heart condition earlier in the day came forward to minister to her. She and Sister Elizabeth from Germany laid their hands on the growth and rebuked it in Jesus’ name. The growth shrunk to the size of a pea and the accompanying pain on that side of her body disappeared.
At the training session the following morning, many more came to healed and were touched by the Lord’s miraculous healing power as the believers-in-training ministered to them. Another deaf ear was opened. A Sikh man had been brought by his wife to the meeting. He had suffered severe injury to his brain in a fall and was paralyzed, especially on one side of his body. He was brought forward slowly inch-by-inch. Believers laid hands on him and commanded his healing with authority in the name of Jesus Christ. We then told him to walk, and he was able to walk down the aisle with some help. He said that he felt better. After several more rounds of ministry, he was able to walk almost without any assistance. His paralyzed arm which had been frozen in place he was now able extend out fully. He looked completely different from when he was first brought up to the front—at that time paralyzed, totally helpless and distraught.
The leaders have asked our Coordinator Subodh Jena to return to Cuttack to raise up “Luke 10 harvest workers” just as we have already done this year in other regions of Orissa. For the report on this, click on the link below. Thank you for your powerful intercessory prayers. Praise the Lord for His wonderful grace!
Our next Elijah Challenge Training venue will be Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state of Orissa. We begin this Friday, November 9.
Sincerely in Christ,
William & Lucille