Why do so many healings happen in Asia?
Here are the incredible stories of God’s initiative to reveal himself:
- Meet Chantamma, a disgraced widow. She could not imagine a lower cultural status. But that changed when she was diagnosed with AIDS.
- Sindhubai had heard the Gospel many times and had always rejected it – until she developed an extreme allergy problem.
- Sudhakar suffered from epilepsy. The condition worsened. He found himself on the verge of committing suicide.
Shanti’s mental problems drove her parents into such depression that they, too, considered suicide.
The common link in all these stories is that each received a remarkable gift of miraculous healing. They heard, really heard for the first time, about Jesus. They trusted him. And he healed each of them.
Here’s how it happened:
- A missionary shared Christ with Chantamma. She believed. She received Jesus. Her whole perspective on life changed. The presence of Christ brought another surprise. A few days after her conversion, she realized that was healed completely of AIDS.
- Sindhubai visited a prayer meeting in her brother’s house. She allowed the pastor to pray for her agonizing allergy. Days later, it disappeared and she received salvation.
- A missionary came to Sudhakar’s home. The gospel he shared was so full of hope. It was like nothing Sudhaker had ever heard before. He believed and the Lord healed him from epilepsy. He and his wife decided to follow Jesus. He is now enrolled in a Bible college.
- Shanti’s family heard Kumar, the missionary speak of Christ. They rejected the message. But Kumar kept coming by to share the story of Christ. He didn’t give up. Shanti’s family kept listening. Kumar and several believers prayed for 40 days, Shanti was healed and the family turned to the Lord.
The stories could – and do – go on and on. These miraculous and very personal interventions of God are a part of a much larger move of God. But why are they happening with such frequency in Asia?
There is a deep devotion to spirits and gods in the Asian culture, a devotion that is deeply personal and daily. Faith is not something removed from daily life. Asian people to seek spiritual solutions for very real life problems. It is not uncommon for them to secure the services of a witch doctor or to bring sacrifices to gods that offer healing and good fortune.
When these native solutions to illness or other problems are unsuccessful, people become open to new alternatives. When they see the healing power of Jesus and hear that he has offered a sacrifice to end all sacrifices, when they see that their Creator is the One who offers cures, they consider switching gods.
Unlike our increasingly secular nation, these are spiritually-focused cultures. Here, people attribute miracles to supernatural powers rather than rationalize them away. Here they honor deity with credit for the miraculous. Healings in these places draw people to salvation. They realize that Jesus is more powerful than all their gods. The glory doesn’t go to the missionary who prayed. Nor does it go to some believer who may have fasted and sought the Lord as an intercessor. The glory goes to God, who touched them with love.
God is on the move in Asia, attracting a people to Himself. Through his mercy, thousands of people are being saved.
Source: K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia. Article adapted by Project Pray