When our central African leaders arrived at the location where they had been asked to take seven evangelists through a Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training, they were in for a surprise. The house they had been directed to was filled with men and women on pallets on the floor who were sick and dying—38 of them.
It turned out that the building was functioning as a place for the terminally ill to live out their days. Each of those 38 people had originally come there seeking prayer and healing. When they weren’t healed, they had been taken in.
As the DMM team arrived, the sick people began folding up their beds to vacate the house for the training.
But the trainers felt led by God to stop the 38 from leaving. They instructed the sick people that they did not need to go anywhere; instead, they wanted each person to remain and receive the training to be disciple makers and join God in his movement across the city.
Surprised by the welcome, the sick agreed to stay and participate. They ended up with more sick people than missionaries in the training!
During the week, the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit took over. Each person who was sick and dying was prayed for at length. The people had many different ailments, including demonic oppressions and blindness. By the end of the first day of training, the leaders noticed a glow on the faces of the people. By the end of the second training day, many people had been healed.
By the end of the week, not only was everyone equipped to become a disciple maker, but everyone had been completely healed as well!
God used the unconventional obedience of our leaders to perform miracles and empower ordinary men and women to be the ones to reach their city. “We came in as sick people, but now we are going out as missionaries and disciple makers!” they said at the end of the training. Imagine the testimonies that folks are hearing and seeing as they witness those who were close to death now leading and facilitating more healings and trainings! What a testimony to the power of God!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Norris Williams and his wife Laurie have been missionaries since 1983 and served with CRM since 1997. They have four adult children and six grandchildren. Norris serves and mentors leaders, especially those focused on starting Disciple Making Movements in the Middle East and around the world.