I was reading Jerry Trousdale’s book “Miraculous Movements” and in it there is a story about two men who are disciple makers. They know of a village that is too dangerous to try to disciple people in. While on a journey to another location their transportation breaks down in that very village and it is nearly night. They are afraid because of what they have heard has happened to Christians in that area. While trying to figure out what to do they begin to hear wailing from a distance. It petrifies them. But then they feel a strong sense of God wanting them to find out what is going on. They approach the wailing and find out that the village leader’s wife had died.
Immediately, they wanted to leave but God continued to put it on their hearts to get closer. So onward they pressed until they were near the body of the leader’s wife. And that’s when God told them to pray for her. So they walked up, announced they would pray for her (in a room full of intimidating strangers) and they prayed…and prayed…and prayed…for an hour and a half! Suddenly, this praying Christian felt her hand begin to warm. Then, she sat up!
The village opened themselves up to the gospel and many people became disciples in that village. You can find this story on pages 135-140 in the book.
Now, is that story real or made up?
That brings me to another story I heard two years ago from a missionary. He was with a group of local ministers who heard some of their fellow ministers had died in an accident. The local ministers told this missionary that they were going to the men to see if God would raise them back to life.
Now, is that real or is that made up?
Here is one more thing Trousdale reports,
“The reports indicated that , depending on the region, a minimum of 50% (in the most extreme and violent Muslim areas) and a maximum of 70% of all new churches planted among Muslims happened in part because of signs and wonders (typically healing and deliverance) that accelerated and facilitated the process of disciple making.” (p.135)
Is that real or is that made up?
I believe God can do anything and there isn’t any reason to say God cannot or will not do these things today. Now, if these stories resulted in demonic fruit I would know that there was no chance they were real but why would the devil fight against himself if these things aren’t real? The definition of real has never been whether or not it is within my realm of experience or understanding.
If you would like to read more stories like this and what approaches are working to make disciples who make disciples, you can buy Miraculous Movements here.
If you heard your whole life that the Holy Spirit stopped doing these things once the Bible was written, that isn’t true! Here is the evidence in the video below. I hope you will take some time to digest the primary sources on miracles for the first several hundreds years of Christian history!