Monday, March 16, 2009
God's Power Festival 11 in Taipei, Taiwan on Feb 6-7, 2009
A year has passed since FKA 9 ( Festival Kuasa Allah ) that is translated in English into God's Power Festival 9 in Taipei and now we are back again in Taipei for God's Power Festival 11. This time the number of people who went with Ps. Philip Mantofa is less. Last year was 60 and this year is below 30, but that doesn't lessen the joy of serving HIM !
Most of our friends arrived on the Feb 5th, but we arrived on the Jan 29th and on the Feb 3rd, our bothers and sister in Christ, Lely, Adrian ( her hubby ), and Rudy arrived in Taipei. All of them slept in Richard's home. This time, it is going to be much more fun than last year for sure. Last year we just got to know each other only.
I have to say that even though our number is less than 30, but our enthusiast on working for His Work is not lessen. From our number, we split ourselves into several prayer group that later would be assign into certain time slot. Then all of us take turn to pray. Some of us even join several prayer group so they can pray for more hours than the rest.
Since the five of us were the only one that did not stay in that hotel with the rest of the group, they assigned us for the last time slot. This is a new experience for me too. This is fun! I enjoy this small group praying time with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The first night of the crusade, there was a time when I was worried that there will be too many unoccupied seats but 20 minutes after we started the crusade all of a sudden those seats are filled.
God really works in amazing way. And to be here to witness Him working is truly an honor that we all feel.
On the first night of the crusade I was assigned a job as, hmmm.... what else, a photographer. Adrian was the one who assigned me this job. He gave me a special badge that would give me the freedom to move around the room. On the other hand, his wife, Lely, did not agree that I should spent my time to be a photographer. She would rather have me be a part of the prayer team. Well, since Adrian asked me first so I accepted his job offer.
Well.... who knows that in Taiwan, it seems that the male or females officials just could not believe that I am one of the Indonesian photographers. So everywhere I go they keep telling me to stop taking pictures. Even after I showed them my badge they still gave me a hard time. On the other hand, they never stop male photographers even the illegal one who take pictures with their handphones. This is just so sexist of them.
So on the second night, I throw in my badge back to Adrian. I told him I quit. Now I want to try to be one of the prayer people. This is my first time also so I was still reluctant to do it alone. I joined my other girlfriends. We made a team of 5 people.
Now I am going to share what I learn as a first timer prayer team member.
The first lesson I got was... as long as we have the right heart or the strong desire to serve the Lord, He will always open the ways for us to serve.
So here we are, 5 girls who barely can speak Mandarin. To do healing prayer, first we have to ask the person or their accompanying family member about what is their sickness. Then to do exorcism, we have to know what kind of spirit(s) that person may have then we have to tell it/them to get out. Both of these procedures will require us to be able to speak Mandarin yet none of us are that fluent in Mandarin. But God is good. If we can not speak Mandarin to them, God can send Indonesian immigrants for us to serve. Yes, somehow, we got Indonesian people only. Out of maybe around 10.000 people somehow God gave us 5 Indonesian families ! How amazing was that? So if you have a strong desire to be used by Him, and to serve Him, don't worry, keep on believing that He will open the ways one day. Just don't give up hope yet.
The first person who prayed to was an old grandma. She is from Pontianak. Even though she is Indonesian, but she is more comfortable to speak Hakka dialect. Now she lives with her daughter who married a Taiwanese and already has a baby. The grandma was a soy bean milk seller. Several years ago, she had an accident with her soy bean milk cart. First she fell off then the cart crushed her left knee and lower leg. I believe the cart broke her knee, but because she is scared, she never wants to do a surgery on her knee and leg, even though the doctor recommended her to do that. So in the past several years, she barely can walk. She can only walk 2 meters then stop then walk another 2 meters again. She constantly in pain. There is not a single day that she didn't have to take pain killer pills. She also said that every day she always cried in pain.
After we pray together, she said she no longer feel any pain! All of us were so happy to hear that. so we brought her to the doctor for medical check up. On healing crusade like this, there will be some doctors stand by to verify if a person is 100% healed or not. After making her do some exercise movement such as walk, stand up-kneel down-stand up, lifting her leg here and there, the doctor said that yes, this grandma is now free from any pain. But the doctor said, the grandma still walk with a noticeable limp. Because she never get a proper medical treatment on her leg, now the leg bone become shorter. The damaged leg is about 3 cm shorter than the healthy leg.
So we brought her back to sit. 2 of my friends are supporting her legs with their hands. Then 2 other hold her hands, and I hug her from behind. We all prayed so that God makes her two legs go back to the same length again. Really, you know, it only takes God a few seconds to work and with my own two eyes I saw that her short leg suddenly slowly growing lengthening itself to match the length of her healthy leg !!! I thought my eyes play tricks on me !!! While I stared at that miracles, my 2 friends who were holding her legs up started to cry too because they said, they can feel the leg grow and it's like "crack...crack...crack..." like that! The grandma herself said she suddenly feel a deep cold on her damage leg. After that we asked her to stand up and walk.
With our own eyes, we saw her walking tall and straight, without any limp at all. The grandma was as surprise as us. At first she walk slowly but then because she started to realize more and more that not only she is now pain free, but her damaged leg is now totally healed and it was the same length as before. Then she start walking faster and faster and then she started to jump around. Then she stop and she cover her eyes and started crying and praising God.
How awesome is that to witness this yourself?
Beside this grandma, we also prayed for a lady ( an Indonesian again ) who was abused by her husband who now left her with her baby boy who can never stop crying. It really broke my heart. She said, the people around her keep telling her that it is all the baby's fault. The baby who brought the bad luck that makes her husband stop loving her and now ran away. Those same people did not say anything about the husband habit to cheat before the baby even born. So now the baby was born rejected. The mother is under a lot of stress and she is also under the depression. Weird thing is, even though she can hate her baby so much and she wants to kill the baby ( then suicide herself ) she said she still loves her cheating abusive husband and she still wants him back. I feel drained after prying for her and her baby. We did exorcism with her. But we all think she will need a longer counseling. I hope she will get it from someone from Taiwan church.
We also prayed for an old couple and a young couple. Both couple need to forgive their spouse in order for God to heal them completely.
Then there is another case with a child about 10 years of age. When his mom was 6 months pregnant, the doctor told her that there is a big chance that the baby she carried will be born prematurely. So her husband brought her to temple. Over there the people in the temple made her drank a piece of spell paper that was burned and then mixed in the water. They told her that would help her keep the baby. Yes, the baby was not born prematurely, but when the child born with down syndrome. The mother said that this child always angry and always hitting her and her husband.
We told them that God wants them to ask forgiveness from that child because they drank the spell paper. After we prayed for forgiveness from the child and from God. Suddenly that child just hugged and kissed both of his parents for a long time.
God is good.
There is an extra story too, while I knelled down to pray for this boy, suddenly someone knelled right next to me. I looked at that person and I thought, wow, Taiwanese prayer team member really knows how to dress up so fashionably. Later, that man asked me about that boy in Mandarin. My Mandarin is so bad so I have a hard times to explain it to him. All of a sudden R showed up and then he told that man that I am his wife and he better of talking to me in English. That man directly switched to English and right away I know that he is a native speaker. Then when we both shake hands to introduce ourselves, he said his name is Vanness Wu. My husband explained to me that Vanness Wu is one of the boy band member F4. Good for him now that he is involve with God's ministry ! Vanness Wu is not the only celebrity that we saw in God's Power Festival 11 and even God's Power Festival 9, last year in Taiwan. Vanness Wu and other celebrities will be coming also for the Asian For Jesus Conference in May, 2009.
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