Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We would like to share with you what the Lord is now doing with Open Air Seattle, who trained with The Elijah Challenge last December. Tom Briggs just sent us the following exciting report:
"Open Air Seattle carpooled to the Tacoma homeless feed and clothing outreach sponsored by the Biker's Tabernacle Church, and other local churches in Tacoma. They have been doing this humanitarian outreach for several years now.
Eleven OAS evangelists and "witnessing machines" were prayed up and filled to overflowing with the Holy Ghost and fire---to heal the sick, cast out demons, and cleanse the unbelieving of unbelief and preach the Kingdom of God is near. I announced His intentions to heal the sick and oppressed just as He did in the Bible days (they are still here today, folks! There is no "amen" at the end of the Acts of the Apostles) and we sure enough now know why! I proceeded to lift my voice like a trumpet with my plastic megaphone cone (a sawed-off oil funnel) to invite the sick and infirm to come for free ministry for healing and miracles. I told them Jesus would demonstrate tonight He is risen from the dead and conquered sickness, sin, death and Hell. He would prove it by healing anyone who would come over to us for ministry. They were dumbfounded, moonstruck, paralyzed with curiosity at best, utter unbelief at worst!
No matter, a lady in a wheel chair was willing to give it a shot. Why not---no charge, and nothing to lose, right? We ministered to her torn and painful tendon and ankle from an earlier surgery and subsequent re-injury. After three commands in Jesus' name to her ankle, she was pain-free, and walked around on it. However, she was a bit dizzy from favoring her good foot too much up until now. We ministered to her for that, and she said she was improved in that too.
I announced this to the enlarging crowd, yet they stood aloof.
Next, one of the Biker Tabernacle volunteer staff men, Rick, had a short leg with an obvious limp. He wanted his leg lengthened. (We have this miracle on video tape...stay tuned!) He sat in a chair which we had dragged out to the middle of the crowd, lifted both legs supported by a cane under his calves. After about 45 seconds it grew out two inches to catch up to his normal left leg length. We erupted in praise and shouts to Jesus! But he was in shock! He felt his leg grow out! (He didn't see it because he had shut his eyes in prayer). He got up and couldn't walk straight away because he wasn't used to walking without a limp after so many years of limping. He started walking around with total amazement and wonder in his face and eyes. Later, he came back and wanted us to re-check his legs to make sure it really happened! His friend checked them and confirmed his legs were equal in length! Hence many more people took a chance out of their desperation for healing in Jesus' name. I will let the other team members write their own testimonies and forward them to you, William.
We began limited open air preaching and continued praying for various needs, not even physical! We gave money to some, Bibles to others, many Gospel tracts went into hands, and best of all, many Christians were intrigued, awakened, and wanted more of this next weekend!"
[The following added by OAS teammate Brother Toby] "But, in my opinion, what followed was the best part of this evening. Having seen and heard of God's Spirit moving, a line of people formed wanting us to pray for them that they would become more serious about God, that God would be more powerful in their lives and that they would know Him more. They were just hungry for Him!"
The entire report
Thank you for partnering with us in intercessory prayer so effectually, dear brethren. May the Lord raise up similar groups of street preachers in every city of our nation. We are ready to train them!
Yesterday we completed the Basic Training at The Elijah Challenge Training Center here in Houston. This morning (Sunday) we held an evangelistic healing service where the trained disciples could apply what they learned under actual battlefield conditions. The Lord was gracious, and infirm people testified that the Lord had touched and healed them as His disciples laid hands on them. The report plus photos can be viewed at:
This Friday and Saturday we will hold the Basic Training at Union Baptist Association in Houston.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor William & Pastor Lucille
Thursday, February 19, 2009
February 18, 2009
Dear Partners in the Great Commission,
We would like to share with you an update we received from our brother Pastor Subodh Jena in Orissa, India. With the funds received from you through The Elijah Challenge (and from other generous groups as well) he was able to register the land being purchased for the refugees. He was also able to visit with them. Below is his report.
"Praise God for enabling us to go for the registration work on the land at Parlakhemundi. Again we went to see the persecuted believers after one month.
Let me tell you what happened on the way to Parlakhemundi. Before we reached the town we met with a few children who were staying in a broken slum and begging by the roadside. After seeing their pathetic condition we were so sad. We talked to them. We came to know all about their situation. This is the poverty of Orissa. Those children are supposed to go to School but instead they have become beggars of Orissa.
Please pray that the fate of Orissa may change and at least the children may have a bright future.
Thank you very much for your heartfelt support for the persecuted believers. As you know the government of Orissa closed the relief camp on January 16. These persecuted believers are now staying in several Churches just like refugees. But by the grace of God and with the help of many supporters they had the land registration work done last Friday. According to the believers after February 20 they will come to this place and will start work on their homes. For shelter they are planning to stay in a tent and slowly they will be starting the work of building.
On behalf of the persecuted believers we would like to give special thanks to you and to all the supporters of Elijah Challenge. They are remembering you all in their prayers as I told them about you and your support very clearly.
Please pray that they may have enough support to build their homes.
We met with one family from a village called Mukundapur who suffered much during the Orissa persecution. While the RSS Hindu fanatics came to attack that village many Christians fled. But a brother named Chinchani was brutally attacked by them and burnt alive in front of his wife. They shot his son too and the bullet passed through his hip. We were able to meet his wife and son in the town. We prayed for them and extended some help to them.
Please pray for them in their tragic situation."
We want to thank those of you who gave for the purchase of the land for our persecuted brethren in Orissa! The report and photos can be viewed at:
Our India Training Center Director Pastor Joshua Gowda also sent us a report. He recently held the Basic Training for 25 pastors and 28 believers in Uttar Pradesh. During the demonstration of healing at the end, the Lord was gracious to heal infirm people as the servants of God laid hands on them. Click on
to view Joshua's report along with some photos.
This Friday evening at 7 PM at our Training Center in Houston we will begin the second half of our two-weekend Basic Training.
Thank you for partnering with us so fruitfully, dear ones!
Sincerely in Christ,
William & Lucille
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2008
Dear Prayer Partners for the Great Commission,
Greetings, dear ones!
I would like to share with you a testimony I received from Dale Garris of RevivalFire.org, a powerful preacher of righteousness who has been mightily used around the world in the area of miraculous healing. Dale had heard about the Basic Training we were holding at our Training Center in Houston last weekend, and he came all the way from Waxahachie (near Dallas) to attend. Even though Dale has been used by God many times in miraculous healing, he still had some big questions. Below are portions of Dale's correspondence:
"I came back jazzed from [your] meetings this past weekend. Answered a lot of questions for me, specifically about the seeming randomness of healings. I have done so many healings in so many places under so many different circumstances and in so many different ways … but I have no idea what I'm doing, and I don't know why it works here and not there! I can't just turn it on like a switch.
I will never forget as long as I live praying my guts out, storming the Throne of God over a baby with Malaria out in the back country of Kenya, only to hear that he died that afternoon on the way to the clinic. And then turn around, not even expecting anything, and heal a whole line of people without even trying. Go figure. Or walk past someone, say a quick prayer, and bingo!, they're healed of some weird life-threatening disease.
Sometimes I can feel the flow of the Spirit like a river of oil, sometimes like electricity, and sometimes like a sense of just regular power … and then sometimes I don't feel a whisper of anything, like I'm not even part of the process, but stand and watch some incredible thing happen.
Those were some big questions for me, and [you] made a lot of points that really help settle a lot. I'm looking forward to the next sessions.
I am bringing my family this weekend. I want them to see the real thing in action. My kids have heard the stories of miracles and my wife has been there for a few of them, but to witness in action the power of the simplicity of the Word of God is something they really need to see and hear for themselves.
Thank you for the invaluable teachings you have given. There is so much more I want to learn from you."
We are thankful to the Lord that we can be a help and blessing even to someone like Dale. One thing the Lord revealed to us has been especially helpful to God's servants---the difference between the gift of healing (which I believe Dale has been given) and the very different authority to heal.
The gift of healing can be mysterious, unpredictable, instant, and all-or-nothing---as Dale attests above. But the authority to heal is generally the very opposite. It is generally predictable and consistent and can involve a step-by-step process of "moving a mountain into the sea."
Few have the gift of healing as powerful as Dale. But every believer has been given a measure of authority to heal the infirm and cast out demons for the purpose of witnessing for Jesus Christ and sharing the gospel to the lost. When we understand it in this way, the uncertainty and "mystery" surrounding the ministry of healing are taken away.
This coming weekend beginning at 7 PM on Friday evening (February 20) we will hold the second half of the Free Basic Training at our Training Center. We will continue on Saturday from 9 AM to noon. On Sunday there will be a climactic Evangelistic Healing Service at 10:45 AM. The location of the Training Center is:
Grace Point Community Church, Second Floor
1315 South Dairy-Ashford, Houston 77077
By the way, last Sunday morning we ministered at the Northwest Chinese Baptist Church here in Houston. It was a very exciting meeting. If you'd like to read the report, just like on
Thank you for partnering with us so effectually, dear ones!
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor William & Lucille
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I have just received , through my mentor, Reverend William Lau, a wonderful report from Tom Briggs of Open Air Seattle. Pastor William had conducted The Elijah Challenge Basic Training for him and his team just last month. I like to share Tom's unusual testimonies with you:
From Tom Briggs
Greetings saints! Joyfully I share with you some more encouraging testimonies of healing wrought in Jesus' name tonight in Tacoma, Washington at the weekly "Under The Bridge" homeless outreach!
Brother Thadeus and I went to give out gospel tracts, and minister healing to anyone who swas willing to have us serve them. I rigged up a small sign on a pole with flashlights for nighttime visibility which read "FREE PRAYER FOR ILL-HEALTH AND PAINS."
Then I stood in the midst of the homeless street people who were milling around waiting for the food to be served by other local church groups. Eventually four people came up to us asking for healing. (Many more just read the sign and couldn't believe what they read, I think.)
A lady with a cast on her broken foot was healed and began walking without pain. She testified to onlookers that "it (our ministry) worked!"
A woman asked for ministry for her knee pain when she walked, and her cold-flu symptoms. After ministering authority to heal in Jesus' Name she walked without pain, and her sinus cleared 100% breathing and pressure relieved. She was very thankful and her two companions were amazed!
Another man came limping up to us. He had 4 broken ribs on his right side, two damaged painful knees, and his hip was hurting him. As people watched, Thad and I first laid a hand on each knee, healed them (the man did deep knee bends!), then I laid my hand gently on his ribcage and commanded the bones to mend and pain to go...
They did, and he proved it to the onlookers by twisting his body back and forth pain free!! He was totally healed! (He later came near and gave me a big smile and a "thumbs up"...still healed!).
Finally, this testimony was given us tonight from a father, Dave, who had asked us to minister "long distance" for his son's brain tumor last month at our first visit to the Bridge. The boy was at home as we exercised authority over the tumor with his dad from "under the bridge."
Dave greeted us happily tonight and told us what happened after our ministry to heal his son's tumor from a distance. He said he took his son to two different doctors, and neither doctor could find the brain tumor. Both doctors were confused and didn't know what was going on! They couldn't find the boy's brain tumor!
God had healed Dave's son who was at home many miles from "under the bridge" in Tacoma. Distance is no problem for Jesus' authority and Name to heal and save from sin and sin's curse!
We gave each "patient" gospel tracts and explained their need to repent and turn from sinning to obedient faith in Jesus. There were no arguments against our admonition to repent---they KNEW we were right!
Also, about forty other lost souls were given a gospel tract---the precious seed of God's Word. The Kingdom of God came near Tacoma, Washington under the I-7 bridge!!
Pastor William and I like to thank all of you for partnering with us in intercessory prayer, dear ones. The Lord has been gracious to use us to equip His servants to minister in the spirit and power of Elijah during these last days!
Pastor Albert Kang
Elijah Challenge Asia
If you need more information, please feel free to emailt
Rev William Lau - email@example.com
Rev Albert Kang - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday, February 7, 2009
By Rev Carl Henderson
Mike came over to the house today at . I was just completing our weekly training for our Filipino missionary-evangelist. He came with his wife, a Filipino Pastor friend of his (along with the Pastor's wife and cute little daughter), and another woman.
Mike, as you know, was born with cerebral palsy after being surgically removed from his deceased mother’s womb in the eighth month of her pregnancy. He did not receive enough oxygen during the rescue and he suffered substantial brain damage during his birth.
Mike was not optimistic about his healing, but he wanted to believe it was possible for him to be healed. I read through the scriptural commands and showed him our authority in Jesus name. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God."
His Filipino pastor friend seemed to be pessimistic about the healing but he had shoulder pain so we offered to heal him first. I told him, “Shoulder pain is easy to heal.” We laid hands on him and took authority over his shoulder pain. He was quickly healed. He was startled and amazed when the pain left. This opened everyone’s eyes. I don’t think the pastor thought Mike could be healed until he was. Quietly, at first, and then louder and louder he started praising God with a look of astonishment on his face. Mike asked him, “Is it really healed... is it better? The pastor said, “It is gone, it feels good!”
Now, they believed there was a definite possibility that Mike could be healed. We decided to start with Mike's severe cerebral palsy. We worked with him for over three hours total (Me, my wife, and our four Filipino missionary-evangelist alternated). As we attempted to heal Mike, he began to manifest many demons. He would double over in severe pain, which would leave him in tears and sometimes unable to talk or speak. At times he was growling, crying, choking, and coughing as the demons came out. The demonic pain traveled from his stomach (after doubling him over in severe pain), then it traveled to his chest, later to the right shoulder and into his right arm, etc,… He fell out of his chair and made many aggressive jesters. We restrained him, took authority over the demons, and eventually he ended up writhing in pain and exhaustion on the floor. After we bound the spirits he was finally able to get up again and catch his breath. We gave him several short rests and started again... it was exhausting for all of us.
On one of the breaks, he told us, “This stuff is real!” He said, “I didn’t really believe it but now I do!” He said he figured he would not be healed and that he would then show me I was wrong from the Bible before he left, but he had completely changed his tune now. He told me, “God is really using you!”
We bound the spirits but could not seem to get them to all come out. We alternated between taking authority for healing and casting out the demons. Mike suffered much as a child and has been very vulnerable to demonic oppression from the time of his traumatic birth.
As he was being healed, his speech cleared up considerably and he could be understood much easier. He was now speaking whole sentences, not just two word sentences. He was walking around easily, and his wrists were no longer curling inward toward his twisted hands. His hands were now opening and closing normally. He was able to get in and out of chairs without help and could walk around much better. He said “I feel tingling in my hands and feet like they are waking up.”
We took a break, ate lunch, and he carried his own plate, served himself, and even licked his fingers after lunch. He was obviously already happy with his improvement. He was able to do things he could not do an hour before. His motor skills and coordination had greatly improved. He was talking very understandably but still not normally. He tested his eyes reading a book and he said, “I wasted 100 dollars on glasses now I can see without them ha-ha-ha!" We went back and worked some more and he seemed too keep getting better. I would say he was about 40% better overall.
We then healed Mike's wife of an ovarian cyst and the pastor’s wife of heart disease, fatigue (from her hearts in ability to move blood), and a thyroid cyst / goiter / enlargement. Those two were healed fairly easily. Both of them felt an immediate change in how they felt and the thyroid cyst had visibly disappeared.
We had to quit near because I was late for a appointment.
Mike, his wife, and his friends left in good spirits. Mike had good circulation and color in his face and he has a much lighter heart and disposition now. He was smiling from ear to ear. He was walking well and talking much more clearly. Everyone was amazed and very excited and happy when they left.
My only concern is that some of the demons did not seem to come out. Perhaps they will keep coming out and the healing will continue to progress now that he has left us.
God is good! We did not get everything we hoped for but he is substantially better than when he arrived. As I said, I would estimate he was approximately 40 percent better. Three and a half people were healed, we wanted Mike to be fully healed but God is both merciful, gracious, and sovereign.
To God be the glory!
Your friend and fellow soldier,
Pastor Carl Henderson
Missionary and Evangelist to the
I spent 4 hours at Carl's House. My wife ant my mother-in-law and my pastor and his wife went with me.
First Pastor Beir was healed from his chronic back pain. To show us this is for REAL. Then it was me. My eye sight returned to 20/20, about 25% improved speech, about 20-30 % improved mobility in my legs and arms. Carl said it will take a few more days to find out the extent of the healing in my legs and arms, because the nerves have come alive for the first time in my life, but I was walking straight for the first time.
Carl said I had some demons in me that caused my angry outbursts from time to time. that is gone. My wife Becky had a large lump in her uterus it is gone. Beir's wife had a lump on her thyroid and heart trouble and it is gone. I am physically exhausted from this and I need to sleep now.