After a week at the JGLM Annual Conference, it was time to go home. I had arranged for a shuttle to pick me up at my hotel and take me to the airport. When the shuttle arrived, the driver greeted me with a big, friendly smile as he took my suitcase. I introduced myself and he told me his name was Tucker. He had a bit of an accent but he spoke good English. I quickly learned that he was from Liberia and that he and his wife wanted to move back there next year. Liberia, I looked it up, is a country about the size of the state of Maine on the west coast of Africa nestled between Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.
He asked me what I did and I shared with him that I was a minister. I also explained that I was here in Dallas at a conference this past week to learn how to train people in healing. “So you can really heal people?” he questioned me. “Yes. Do you have any pain in your body?” I asked him. “Oh, yes! My back is really hurting right now.” he responded. “No problem.” I said, “Let me pray for you”.
I put my hand as close to his back as I could while reaching from the second row bench seat of the van with my seatbelt on, commanded the pain to go in Jesus name and told him to check it out. He kept twisting his back trying to locate the pain and said puzzled “I can’t feel any pain now.” “That’s because Jesus just healed you” I explained. Realizing that indeed his back was healed,he started laughing out loud and then exclaimed “Boy, I wish my wife could have met you. She has terrible pain in her knees and her left arm all the time.”
“Would you like me to pray for her?” I offered, “She will be healed right now.” He immediately stopped laughing and replied totally puzzled “Really?” So I asked him “Well, you are married, right? And the word tells us that the two of you are one flesh, right? You believe that, right? So, when I lay hands on you, then at the same time I am laying hands on her, right? So let’s pray for her right now.” He agreed and I laid my hand on his shoulder and commanded the pain in Anna’s knees and her arm to go and to be healed in Jesus name.
He started thanking me but I instructed him “Now, call her up on the phone and tell her to check it out and to try to find the pain.” He looked a bit puzzled, but he nevertheless followed my instructions and called his wife. He tried to explain everything to her as best as he could and then just handed me the phone. I introduced myself to her and asked her to check and see if she had any pain. Noticeably emotionally overwhelmed she cried out “No, my pain is gone!” After confirming that all of her pain was gone, I explained how we had just prayed for her and that Jesus had healed her. She was so grateful and was praising Jesus.
When we hung up the phone, a new excitement took ahold of Tucker. He was convinced and told me so that this was a divine appointment for us to meet today. “Let me tell you. My wife and I are planning to go back to Liberia next year to build a church there.” So I told him that we could train him to be able to do the same thing that I had just done to the both of them. I suggested “Wouldn’t it be great for you to bring healing to your country to build your church? How fast would your church grow if everyone that came got healed?” He enthusiastically agreed and we swapped contact information. I told him that a local individual from our team would be reaching out to him shortly for training.
When we got to his next pickup appointment, we were about a half hour early. So he parked the van and we sat and talked for a while as I showed him several videos of healings and leg lengthening we had performed with our team. It was like pouring gasoline on a fire. He insisted that I send him the links to the videos which I promptly did. He pulled up the YouTube video channel page on his phone and said “Look at this!” holding it up as if he was holding gold in his hands.
When we got to the airport, I prayed over him and his family and blessed him for his work in the kingdom and for his new church to be built in Liberia. We hugged as brothers as we parted.
I was mulling all this over while flying back home when I suddenly came to the humbling realization that the Lord had just used me to do missionary work in Africa without ever having set foot there.
Franciscus M. Dartee
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