I have been granted permission to share the following story and picture with you. About a month ago, a lady named Luba came to me after I preached and taught in a morning service. She demonstrated extreme physical and emotional distress and discomfort. It was obvious for me to see before she shared it. This was a healing moment – not a preaching opportunity.
To make the story a little shorter, Luba had been angry for 25 years about something that had happened to her that many years ago. Using the principles taught by the Theophostic Ministry, she was freed from a quarter century of anger in a moment of time. I saw it go – she felt it go. It is gone.
She went home a different person. Her husband, Valera, saw the difference and asked what happened. She told him. He was very ill at 56 years old because of lifestyle issues over many years. She began to love him and care for him – something she had been unable or unwilling to do for a very long time.
After seeing the changes, he asked how it happened. Then he told her, “I would like to meet this pastor. I want what you have.” Jayne and I went to their home last week and after we talked a while he prayed to receive Christ. He told us, " my new life begins today - July 11." We saw healing on three levels: the emotional, the physical, most importantly, the spiritual. Preach, Teach and Heal.
Luba, Valera and David - Valera's new life began July 11
I often wonder why we are seeing God do so many incredible things here in Kyrgyzstan regarding healing. Could it be desperation? Could it be that there are few competent social services? I don’t know for sure.
While in Ukraine a few years ago, I preached at a large church and after I preached, I offered an invitation for any who would like to come up for me to pray a prayer of blessing over them. I thought that perhaps ten to fifty may come; I was soon overwhelmed by the hundreds that came. We did the best we could. Later that night I asked that pastor, “why did so many come?” He did not hesitate when he said, “God is all we have here. “ Maybe that is the answer.
A New School for Kyrgyzstan
The Professional Institute got its license from the government last Thursday. Everyone connected with the institute truly understands that it was a miracle of God to be granted such a license. We had only a two week window in which to get it done. And it happened! The school is now set to open August 25th. Thus begins the story of a high academic institution centered around and built upon biblical principles.
For reasons far too many to list, the Professional Institute contains the seeds of change for the totality of Kyrgyzstan. It is one of a kind here with an educational model unique to this country. I believe, if successful, it will become an oft-repeated model that will be used in many towns and small cities around the country. At the present time none exist like this anywhere outside the capital city of Bishkek.
The Professional Institute will offer degrees in languages, four to begin with. It will also offer a degree in business administration, having at its disposal, the latest in computer technologies. Other disciplines will be offered in following years. We believe we have the best academic consultants in the country who are helping staff the Institute with the best of professors.
Jayne and I are honored to be a part of this new work, supposed by the Mercy Foundation, and hope to return to teach at it in the future. We are currently working with the organizational team as the program is put together.
The staff of the Professional Institute - officially licensed on July 10.
These are exciting days in Kyrgyzstan.....The Journey Continues