Local missionaries slowed by COVID-19 in South Asia are seeing the Lord’s work continue unhindered in miracles throughout the region.
South Asia has millennia-long traditions of demons and deities; workers at Christian ministries based in the region are used to doing spiritual battle.
A local missionary in one country spoke of Christ’s death and resurrection to a woman who had suffered from demon possession for seven years, the leader of a native ministry said. Family members had spent large sums of money trying to cure her.
Broke and weary of her disruptive behavior, relatives brought her to a local missionary’s church, where a fasting and prayer service was underway, the ministry leader said.
“It took three hours for her to get fully free from the demon,” the leader said. “The following Sunday, she testified that she was now free from all sickness in her body and had much peace in her heart. Her family is coming to our church, and all her family members are happily living Christian lives. And now other families are coming; she is now one of the best evangelists bringing people to church.”
A leading folk tradition in one South Asian country holds that demons are responsible for many illnesses. In this belief, long ago a demonic chieftan with god-like powers stopped lesser demons from directly attacking and eating humans, allowing them only to inflict disease and suffering, according to Volume 1 of Moncure Daniel Conway’s “Demonology and Devil-Lore.”
Earlier this year, one of the church plants of another native ministry was holding a fasting and prayer service. Afterwards the local missionary serving as pastor received a phone call from a woman pleading with him to come to her home and pray for her, saying she was no longer able to bear her depression.
“My wife and I went there – when she looked at us, she cried,” the pastor said. “We prayed for her. Suddenly she fell down and rolled, and after that she became normal. Thank God she was delivered from an evil spirit.”
The woman said she had twice attempted suicide.
“The following day she came to our church,” the pastor said. “We spent 30 minutes in prayer and shared the Gospel with her.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission