The Reluctant Miracle
Just two weeks ago I witnessed a miracle. I was visiting two young
were pastoring in an area of our country where the Christian Church
has never really had
much success. They were graduates of our Bible school last year and
had pioneered 11
churches so.far. God was using them in a very dynamic way. So, I
thought I''d go there
and encourage them and spend some time with them.
When I first arranged for the visit, I said, ''''No meetings-I want to
with you guys." The two young people agreed that they would do exactly
that; but when I
got there, they said they had organized two evening meetings and two
for me. The evening sessions were healing meetings and the morning
sessions were Bible
studies for the young people in a small Bible school that they had
After the first evening, there were a lot of miracles that the Lord
some powerful things happen and the· Lord used a lot of young people
to cast out demons
and to pray for the sick. I saw many people getting healed. At the end
of the meeting,
these two young men came and told me that they visited a deaf and
blind institute and
told the director that their pastor (me!) was coming and could pray
for all the deaf and
blind children, and they would all be healed! -
And so they were really excited, and they thought I would be very
Inst~ad, I thought, there goes my afternoon nap. And-no pressure-but,
all must get
healed! So I said to myself, all right, lets do it. These two young
guys are really inspired,
I thought why shouldn''t I be inspired too?
\\''hen I got there, I realized that this deaf and blind institute was
also a Buddhist
temple so I quickly hid my Bible. I thought I''d go with these two
young people and
stroke the little children''s heads and say "Lord Jesus, heal them,
have mercy on-them"
and then I''d walk away. I thought, I''ll do it very tactfully so no one
will get hurt, no one
will get upset, and the two boys will be happy as well.
When I got inside, their workers met me and said, "Well, our boss said
coming to do something, so here is the hall." They put the mats on the
floor, got all the
children and said, "Do your thing."
I thought, "Boy, what am I going to do now?" And my two young people,
standing next to me, were saying, ''''Pastor, go for it! Go for it! Go
for it!" One of them
said, "I''ll check the deaf, and I''ll bring them ~p for testimonies."
They were so expectant
that something would happen; but I had no faith at all.
I gave these children the Gospel very quickly-in five minutes-and
into their hearts even though I didn''t have any. I just spoke about
the Lord and what He
could do for them. I made the altar call strict and clear enough that
no one would be able
I questioned there would be any response; however, to my surprise all
stood up saying they wanted to receive Jesus!
There was a lady who was translating my message into sign-language for
children, so I told the lady that I was sure she did not translate it
properly. I explained the
whole thing again and again I gave the altar call and everyone still
wanted to receive
Jesus. "What do I do now?" I thought to myself.
"Okay," I said, "Fine. If you want to join the Kingdom, fine." They
hearts to the Lord and then I said, "I''m going to pray for miracles,
but for you to receive
a miracle,;YOU must become a Christian."
. You don''t go to a place run by a Buddhist temple and tell the people
must become Christians and yet I had done it. I thought, I. have no
So, I led them to the Lord. The two young men were so thrilled. They
happy and knew that miracles were going to happen. And they stood by
me and said,
"Pastor, this is great, this is great! Pray for them and we''re going
to test them." I told
them not to test them inside, but to take them outside instead.
I started to pray for the little children who were less then
10-years-old and were
blind and deaf. I just started to pray, but I didn''t have the faith to
test them out. I wanted
to get through the prayer line as quickly as I possibly could. I just
wanted to get out of
there before the Buddhist priest turned up. So I began praying through
the line with real
quick little prayers when, in the middle of a prayer, this young
fellow comes running in
from outside, panting from running, and yelling, "Pastor! Pastor!" I
finished! The Buddhist priest has come and now we will have problems!
Instead, he said,
''''No Pastor, that''s not the problem. Children are getting healed!
Children are getting
healed! Keep praying, Pastor!"
I asked him, "What''s happening?" He exclaimed, ''''They are beginning to
they are beginning to hear." At the end of praying for everybody, all
the children began to
see and hear! The one who was translating got a little upset and she
said, ''''No! Miracles
There were about five or six parents of these children who had come to
kids. They came up and said, "Miracles do happen-we know our children
healed them." I don''t know what happened to the director-he had said
that if one of
these children got healed he would give his life to Jesus.
These are the things the Lord is doing in Sri Lanka. Continue to pray
Keegel and his family, as his life has been threatened because of his
work for the Gospel.
He has also requested prayer for his fell ow Foursquare pastors as
they minister in
difficult situations in the midst of an ongoing civil war.