Wednesday, October 16, 2019

End of the World


“Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.” Luke 11:42




What if we knew the end of the world was near? Would there be things we would do and things we would not do? Jesus oh instead of loving God as they should have. How about us? Is our time, money and effort poured into more worthy endeavors? 


The past three days I have been coughing like a dog and resting in bed. I was watching Youtube. I did listen to healing verses, and preachers Priscilla Shirer and Christine Caine, but most of the time, I was focused on a marathon of Downton Abbey videos. For three days! If the end of the world was eminent, I probably would not have been doing that! 


The world will not end tomorrow or the day after, but we need to begin as we mean to go on, to make a habit of weighing the things we do with the measure of eternity. For example, if we know that in God’s economy, the only things we keep are what we give away, we should waste more time helping others, and waste more money on the beloved people of God, the poor, the imprisoned, the voiceless. I need to keep reminding myself of this as it is not easy. It is easier to waste time on Instagram, and money on Shopee. But that is like paying tithes on herbs which Jesus despised in the Pharisees!!! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God


“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.” Psalm 19:2




Indeed when we look at the amazing images the Hubble telescope sends home, of galaxies, planets, nebulae, comets and asteroids, we cannot fail but sense there is a Creator God who made all of these with care. Even the simplest thing in our store, a bookmark, has a designer and a maker. Its design will not come out with a random throw of a dice. If we jumble words, and pick it out of a hat, will we get a poem that people will read and marvel at? We need a poet to put words together. A watch, an electric fan, the Sagrada de Familia, all of these required a designer and a maker for them to exist. 


I am not a very intelligent person but I like listening to debates between atheists and Christian apologists even if I do not always understand what they say. The otherwise brilliant Stephen Hawking has to resort to absurdities to support his atheism. “If you like, you can call the laws of science “God”, but it wouldn’t be a personal God that you would meet and put questions to.” He also said, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” 


"I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science," Hawking, who died in March last year, wrote. "If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn't take long to ask: What role is there for God?"


"The universe itself, in all its mind-boggling vastness and complexity, could simply have popped into existencewithout violating the known laws of nature," he wrote.


A simple bookmark needs a designer and maker but the fine tuned Universe does not? 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Just Ask


“The queen of the south ...came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon.” Luke 11:31




It seems to me there has never been a time when so much information and knowledge is available to many of us. If we want to know the truth, we can if we look hard enough. Instead, people fall prey to fake news from bloggers and trolls paid to spread rumors. In the Middle East there are many who believe the temples of the Jews never existed, that Jerusalem was never in the possession of the Jews, even if there is so much archaeological proof and historical documents about it. 


Many insist Jesus is a myth with no substantial claims to historical fact.  In a survey conducted by the Church of England in 2015, found that 22 percent of adults in England did not believe Jesus was a real person. But Christ’s story is just as well attested as the story of Julius Caesar and other pagan personalities of the time. 


The Queen of Sheba came from far away because she had heard of Solomon’s wisdom and his relationship with the Lord. She asked him many questions and it is said he answered all of them. It is natural to have questions. When I was in college, and still searching, I was inclined towards Theosophy. We should ask questions, and Jesus promised that if we seek we will find. 


If the Queen of Sheba can come from far away to seek the truth, surely we can ask Jesus, the Truth Himself, to lead us to the Truth. Just ask. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Too Much Good Advice


“His flesh becomes like the flesh of a little child.” 2 Kings 5:14




The story of Naaman the leper is certainly one of the more intriguing stories in the Bible. 


When a little servant girl tells this valiant, battle-hardened army commander of the King of Aram that there is a prophet in Samaria who could heal him of his leprosy, Naaman asks permission from his King to find him. He appears at the door of the prophet Elisha’s house and the prophet does not bother to come out. Elisha merely sent word that Naaman should wash 7 times in the Jordan and he would be healed. Peeved, Naaman storms off angry. Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel???  


Naaman’s officers managed to prevail upon him to do as the prophet advised. Naaman went to the Jordan, dipped himself 7 times in the water, and his flesh became healthy as a young child’s. Now if only we had a prophet like Elisha to consult!!!


I think the problem today is we have too much good advice and too many excuses not to follow. When it comes to our health, perhaps we do not need Elisha. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians, “Whether you eat, drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) He also tells us we have to take care of our bodies because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)


If we go back to the diet of Jesus, we could be healthier and stronger. We have to learn to say no to processed foods, no to sugar, no to foods with excess fat and bad cholesterol. We have to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. People back in Jesus’ time ate mostly a plant-based diet. They did not have refrigerators so they would have eaten food right away, or ate it raw. 


One of my friends who had a lot of health issues, started a plant-based diet some time ago. Today her medical tests have shown she does not need her medication anymore! If we study and obey the instructions in the Bible, we will truly have fullness of life in every way. We will be more physically and spiritually healthy! 


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Obedience Brings Blessing


“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Luke 11:28




The prophet Samuel reminds us, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Obedience brings blessing. When I was young, I was always asking God to treat me gently. I was aware that there were many things that could happen that could destroy the perfect world I had with my family, my friends, this precious little circle I lived in. And God was faithful, and answered my prayers. 


Then one day He showed me, that if He did not prune me, I would wither and die like a plant that was not exposed to a gardener's pruning shears. There are different kinds of cutters. Some are strong enough to cut tree branches, and they are called "loppers". Then there are the specialized ones for pruning Japanese bonsai and the exquisite miniature landscapes of the Vietnamese. To cut leaves and branches higher up, gardeners can use an averruncator which has a telescopic pole.


One of my favorite verses is from 1 Corinthians 3:9, where Saint Paul tells us we are God's garden, His field, His farm. And like any farmer, God prepares the ground for a rich harvest. The hard soil must be broken up, so He can plant the seeds. The season, the timing, the depth of the seeds in the soil, how much water, how much sun, these are all to be considered. And then when the plants are grown, and in need of pruning, God lovingly takes out those pruning shears and removes those dead leaves and unfruitful stems. Even Jesus was pruned. And Jesus learned obedience from His suffering (Hebrews 5:8-9). Perfect obedience.


I do believe that God has a special set of shears for each one of us. For some of us, He uses the lopper. For some He picks the high carbon kiri style shears for precision cutting. Whatever tool God uses, and we can be sure it is the perfect one, we know it is so we will yield much fruit, and bloom! One day we will be perfect too, like Jesus!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Finger of God

“...by the finger of God..." Luke 11:20




Can we say we have been touched by the finger of God? Have we seen God's power at work in our lives? Or perhaps we see God intervening in someone's life and wonder why He has not done the same for ourselves. We live in a skeptical world, very much the same as the time when Jesus lived. Back then, they thought that when Jesus cast a demon out of a deaf and dumb person, He did it with power from Satan! Today, we prefer to be sophisticated skeptics, always questioning whether God is present or if He exists at all! I saw this picture on Facebook of a big sign "GODISNOWHERE". How would we read it? God is nowhere? Or God is now here?


When we start with faith, we will see signs of God's being "now here" everywhere! I see it in every answered prayer. I see it in every encouragement and smile I receive. I see it in the miracle of our business that thrives in spite of many mistakes and failures. I see it in the perseverance and faith of my countrymen who have good humor in the midst of trying times. 


Sometimes we need bigger signs that God is present. Marion Brown, a court reporter, grew away from her faith as she got older. She became skeptical that God was listening when she talked to Him. It took a big fire, the 2003 wildfire that destroyed over 700 thousand acres and more than 3000 homes, to make her believe again. Her family's home was razed to the ground. When she went back to the site with her husband and kids to find if there was anything of value that was left, they looked around and everything was just ashes. There were even holes on the ground because the roots of the trees were burned. She started to pray for words to say that would help her sons heal. She could see her younger son Erik quietly going around with tears falling down his cheeks. He suddenly got excited when he found a book but when he picked it up, it disintegrated in his hands. 


"Wait! Look!" he shouted. In his hand, was left a most fragile piece of ash. It was a picture of a family holding hands, with the words, "Count your blessings."  


Lord, may I always remember to be grateful for Your presence in my life. May I remember to count my blessings and not wait for big signs before I believe You are working in my life! 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Be “Makulit”


“He will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” Luke 11:8




Jesus Himself advises us to be “makulit” (Tagalog for annoyingly persistent, to nag) with God when we want something from Him. He gives the example of a man who needs bread for a friend who arrived at his house from a journey. He knocks at the door of a neighbor to ask, “Please lend me three loaves for I have nothing to offer him!” Even if his neighbor shouted, “Do not bother me, all of us are already in bed!”, the man persists. The neighbor cannot get to sleep, so he gets up and gives him bread. 


“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,” Jesus promised. Jesus has given us permission to be “makulit”, and even promised results. Indeed, is God really like that? I think God prefers us to approach Him at whatever cost. He prefers us to be annoyingly persistent rather than ignoring Him. It is true. I would rather my son be “makulit” rather than if he were silent and did not talk to me. God is really our Abba father in that sense. “Ask!” Jesus tells us, “God has so many good things in His storehouse to give us!”

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Teach Us to Pray


“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1




There is a funny story Ravi Zacharias likes to tell of a little boy who wanted a bicycle. After watching a high church service on TV, the boy prayed: “Lord, if it is in Your Sovereign will and in Your Eternal plan that I can get myself a bicycle – in Your time and according to Your will – would you please get me a bicycle In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”


After no bicycle arrived for him, the next day he watched a prosperity gospel preacher, and decided to pray: “Lord, I declare my need for a bicycle! And I declare that it will be a nice blue-colored bicycle and delivered to my home within 24 hours. I lay claim to it, Amen!”


Again he waited in vain for a bicycle to arrive so he decided to do things his own way. He walked off into the woods with a statue of the Virgin Mary. He then prayed,

“Dear Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again…”


Is there a formula for prayer? The disciples observed Jesus praying often. He needed that connection with His Father. We must need it even more. The most important part of what Jesus taught the disciples about prayer was that the Father is not distant. He was ‘Abba’ not only to Jesus but to us. We are His beloved children, and we do not have to resort to formula prayers or to bribe Him. We just have to speak what is in our heart. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Garden Walks

“There is need of only one thing.” Luke 10:42




One of my favorite stories in the Bible is of Martha and Mary in the 10th chapter of Luke. Here we see Martha doing many things while Mary, her sister, was listening to Jesus.When Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her, Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—

or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


I find it very strange that Martha is not happy that Mary is taking care of Jesus while she prepares what to serve Him! Unless perhaps Jesus has been there so often, being a good friend of Lazarus, that she takes Him for granted! Does she really want Mary to help her, leaving Jesus all alone? Don't we do this too? Jesus is always with us, He never leaves us, and that is why we sometimes take Him for granted. 


Do we make sure to carve out some special time with Him like Mary? And not just a harried "thank you" or "please..." during stolen moments between all we have to do? “There is need of only one thing...." Jesus said.


Stormie Omartian wrote, "If we don't deliberately build our lives around these "garden walks" with the Lord, the world will rapidly and relentlessly fill our hours with other commitments."


Lord, I'm sorry for treating you so casually!


Monday, October 07, 2019

Good Samaritan


“Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37




Sometimes there is much discussion about faith and good works. In Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, clearly Jesus highlights how important it is to do good. A man fell victim to robbers and is left half dead on the road. Both a priest and a Levite, an assistant to a priest, crossed to the other side of the road when they saw the wounded man. 


A man who was a Samaritan, sometimes described as half Jew and half Gentile, usually scorned by Jews, chose to stop and help. He poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. He carried the man up his animal and took him to an inn, giving the innkeeper money to take care of him. He even said he would give more on his way back if the innkeeper spent more than the two silver coins. 


I am trying to remember when I went out of my way to help someone. Instead I remember freezing when a lady fainted. A friend ran to help and I continued staring. A very bad example! But I offer the good example of my brother-in-law who stopped his car to help some nuns walking in the pouring rain carrying something heavy. It turned out they were serving in a prison ministry. 


I am sure there are many opportunities to be a Good Samaritan in our daily life. Sometimes we choose to look the other way, too preoccupied with our busyness. Sometimes, like me, we let others take the burden. Then there are those days we choose to be Jesus to others. Lord, may there be more days when I choose to be Your hands, Your feet, to have Your heart of compassion. 

Sunday, October 06, 2019

May the Force be with You

“Stir into flame the gift of God bestowed on you when I laid my hands on you." 2 Timothy 1:6



This verse is part of a letter written by Saint Paul to Timothy. I do not know how old Timothy was when he accompanied Saint Paul in his travels but I like to think of him as a young man when he converted to Christianity. Saint Paul baptized and circumcised him.


"Stir into flame the gift of God" can be compared to the Star Wars greeting, "May the Force be with you". Luke Skywalker was told by his mentor, the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, "The Force will be with you. Always." What was the Force in these popular movies? Obi-Wan explained to Luke that the Force was what gives the Jedi his power. It's an energy field that surrounded them and penetrated them. It held the galaxy together. I'm not an expert on Star Wars but the way I see it, when Luke Skywalker was sensitive to the Force, he was able to fight the Dark Side successfully.


We have the Holy Spirit within us. We should be in training like the young Jedis to sense God's presence, movement and guidance in our every day life. There are many dark forces, enemies that seek to turn us away from God. Even our busy schedule can keep us from praying and connecting with God. With the Jedis, the mightier the foe, the more the Jedi had to close their eyes, keep still and connect to the force before the battle. The same with us! The busier we are, the more we should find time to be still, connect with God and listen.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Rejoice!

“Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20




We have a tendency to be proud when we do a good job, or do something for the Lord. The disciples of Jesus were the same. After they were successful in the task Jesus gave them, they came back rejoicing and boasted, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” Jesus cautioned them, “Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 


Yesterday I gave a sharing about our business and how God is the One responsible for our success. The listeners were women who were involved in sexual trafficking and I emphasized that we are all unique with God given talents and gifts. I gave the example of my mom who started our business 52 years ago with no capital, but well equipped with common sense, the willingness to work hard, and prayers. The organizers were very grateful and I would have been quite “puffed up with pride”, if I did not receive a reminder from the Lord many many years ago. 


I had just given a talk to students about our business, and I was just like the disciples boasting to God about my good works. Suddenly, He showed me the Bible verse in Luke 17:9, And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not.”


Today, I am just so grateful to be given opportunities to do what the Master wants me to do! 



Friday, October 04, 2019

Disobedient


“We have been disobedient to the Lord and only too ready to disregard His voice.” Baruch 1:19




We know God our Father wants us to take care of those with no voice, the poor, the sick, those in prison, the widows and orphans. These are the people close to His heart. So it is very dismaying, horrifying even, when our government slashes the budget for the services that will take care of those who need it most. 


I also know that when I point one finger at them, there are three pointing back at me. I also have a duty to look around me and see the many opportunities to serve God’s favorites. A good friend of mine, a brother in my community, noticed that a nun before him in a line had very little money in her purse. He decided to buy her a good lunch. My brother-in-law noticed a foreign family buying peanuts in the sidewalk. There seemed to be a discussion and he intervened. He found out they were a missionary family from Sri Lanka and the father wanted to take his family for a nice dinner but he did not have enough money. My brother-in-law treated them to a meal in Max and now they are good friends. 


We should listen to God’s voice and be ready to do what we can, where we are with what we have. Sometimes it is not money that we need, but a listening ear, and an understanding heart. Lord, teach us to have an obedient heart and a listening ear. 

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Choose Joy!


Rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!" Nehemiah 8:10




I don't know who said this, but my husband always quotes: “Pain is inevitable, misery optional. Choose JOY!"


Sometimes it is VERY difficult to choose joy. When my sister Peggy's husband Jing

was diagnosed with malignant melanoma,

that was a very challenging time. Three years after, when Jing passed away, she was standing on God's promise in Habakkuk 3:17-19: “Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God. God the Lord is my strength; He makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights." Read her story here: https://peggyapl.blogspot.com/2010/05/though-i-walk-through-valley-of-shadow.html?m=1

and know that nothing is impossible with God when we rejoice! 


Even when it is sooo difficult to rejoice, to be filled with praise, to thank God for something not yet given, Ann Voskamp says that “Thanksgiving precedes the miracle." Thanksgiving and praise releases fruitfulness and breakthroughs.


In 2 Chronicles 20, there is a story about how Israel was going to fight against the huge army of their enemies. What did they do? The King appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him! (2 Chro 20:21) Then God set ambushes against their enemies. You may say that's an Old Testament story, but when there was a problem I could not resolve, I marched around our store like the Israelites at Jericho (Joshua 6), seven times in obedience to God, and our problem was solved! The battle is not ours but God's! Let us determine to CHOOSE joy!


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

I Prayed

 "I prayed to the God of heaven and then answered the king..." Nehemiah 2:4




I did not know much about Nehemiah, but when I read what he wrote, I really admired him.  He was the cup bearer of King Artaxerxes, meaning he made sure that the king's wine was not poisoned by drinking it to check it.  When he found out that the people back in Jerusalem were having big problems because the walls were torn down and the gates burned, he wept.  For days he mourned, fasted and prayed. How many times have I done this for my people, for my country, even if I know, we need so much help from God Most of the time I just criticize our leaders, bemoan their lack of vision and get frustrated about the state of our country!


In the 2nd chapter, the king with the asked Nehemiah why he was so sad. Instead of answering the king right away, Nehemiah stopped to pray, THEN answered the king. Because of this, the king allowed Nehemiah to go join his people in Jerusalem. The king even wrote a letter to his forest manager to provide timber for the gates, the fortress and Nehemiah's house.  But when Nehemiah started his project to rebuild the walls and the gate, there was so much opposition. Again and again and again, Nehemiah would pray! The laborers would work with one hand, and hold a weapon with the other! Such was the danger they faced! But in spite of their enemies, the wall was finished in 52 days. Then the people held a solemn assembly. They fasted, the Book of the Law was read aloud to them for 3 hours, and then they confessed their sins. After that they dedicated the new wall of Jerusalem with songs of thanksgiving.  


O Lord our God, here I see how You answer prayers, even impossible prayers. Our country is in dire need of Your deliverance. Instead of criticizing or losing hope, help us to humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, confess our sins and turn from our evil ways. Then You will hear from heaven, and forgive our sin, and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Face Like Flint


“Jesus was resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51





Even if Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem, so much so that he sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, “He set His face like flint” (Is. 50:7) towards His final destination. We may take for granted what Jesus did for us but we really shouldn’t. 


To excrete blood with one’s sweat is a rare medical condition called Hematidrosis. It only happens when one is under severe anxiety reaction triggered by fear. Jesus is God but when He was on earth He was also fully man. He knew what awaited Him in Jerusalem, and even prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." (Luke 22:42)


Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your sacrifice. Thank You that because of You, all of us may one day be with You in heaven. In Your compassion and mercy, You resolutely determined to save us sinners. May we too find it in our hearts to see others with Your eyes of compassion and mercy. 




Monday, September 30, 2019

Impossible


“Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it be impossible in my eyes also, says the Lord?” Zechariah 8:6





There are many impossible promises and prophecies the Lord gave to His people. He promised a Messiah born of a Virgin in Bethlehem, and He promised the Jews a land that will belong to them. Jesus did not have control over where He would be born, and how he would die, and this was all prophesied. It was in God’s hands. 


Our lives are in God’s hands as well. We may have challenges that are seemingly impossible to get through. Cancer, broken relationships, insurmountable debt, even a country run by corrupt leaders. Even if all this can seem hopeless and impossible in our eyes, it is not impossible for God. 


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Lazarus at the Door

“Lying at the rich man’s gate was a poor man named Lazarus covered with sores.” Luke 16:20



Is there a Lazarus at our gate? 


Many of us live our lives with no thought of heaven and hell, angels or devils. We forget about all that, in the busyness, the stress of everyday life. We may get reminded if we go to mass or a prayer meeting, if we’re paying attention, and not allowing our mind to wander around. 


Here we have Jesus telling a story to the Pharisees. There is a very rich man who is UNNAMED, he says. Lying at his door is Lazarus, a poor man covered with sores that the dogs would lick. When Lazarus died, he was carried away by angels to heaven. When the rich man died, he went straight to hell. What was his sin? Jesus did not say he stole, he lied, he cheated, he murdered, he committed adultery. What sent him to hell? The unnamed rich man ignored Lazarus at his doorstep. He went about his life wearing fine garments and eating good food and did not bother to give any to Lazarus. 


When I ignore the needs of others around me, I am that rich man who is nameless in Jesus’ eyes. In His reckoning, He does not know me, even if the world gives me plenty of awards and citations. Even if I am powerful and rich and famous, Jesus will say, “I do not know you.”


“I never knew you. Depart from Me,” Jesus said clearly in Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Let us make sure Jesus knows our name, by opening our eyes to see the world around us, paying attention to the needs and the cries of the poor, the sick, the hungry, the ones in prison. When we help them, let us make sure to ask their names. After all, Jesus knows and loves them.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Miracle


“He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together.” Jeremiah 31:10



Who would have thought that after more than 2000 years of exile, the Jews would be able to return to the land promised to them by God? After the Assyrian exile in 733 BCE, the Babylonian captivity in 597-586 BCE, and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, Jews were scattered to all corners of the world. 


When the Jews were able to return to Israel in 1948, it was a miracle. At no time in history had an ancient people who had been displaced, persecuted and even massacred, been able to reestablish their nation in their original homeland. But it is no surprise because God promises this in Deuteronomy 30:1-5, Amos 9:15, Isaiah 11:11 and other prophecies in the Bible. 


We too can depend on God’s promises. We read in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the LORD your Godis God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” And in 2 Timothy 2:13, St. Paul writes, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He CANNOT deny Himself.” 




Friday, September 27, 2019

Who is Jesus ?


“Who do you say that I am?” Luke 9:20




In the 9th chapter of Luke, we read of Jesus asking the disciples who the crowds thought He was. Then He asked who they thought He was. Peter answered unequivocally that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. That is certainly not surprising considering that Peter was a witness to the miracles of Jesus. Jesus fed 5000 people with a meager five loaves and two fishes. Jesus healed many, including the woman with a hemorrhage, Jairus’ child, and the demoniac. He also calmed the strong wind and raging waves of a storm in the middle of the sea.  


Today, although there are many miracles, people scoff and are very skeptical. But in Africa, many are coming to know and meet Christ because of Heidi Baker, a Christian missionary since the 1980s, who proclaims God's Word to the poorest of the poor in dusty villages in Africa. 100 % of the deaf in Chiure have been healed, food has multiplied, sight has been restored, and yes, there have been people who were dead and came alive again. It is no wonder that God's Word has spread in that remote forgotten region of the world. Forgotten by men but not by God. He sent Heidi and her husband Rolland there so the people of Mozambique could meet and see Him.


The couple began with nothing when they started their ministry to the poor, homeless children in Mozambique. Now they are able to provide water, feeding programs, livelihood, schools. They were able to plant more than 7000 “bush” churches, 5 bible schools and 4 children’s feeding centers in Mozambique since 1990. 


She introduces Jesus to many because Heidi Baker met Jesus. She heard about Him and was convicted through a Navajo preacher's sharing while on an Indian reservation. Do we really know Jesus? If He asks us today, “Who do you say that I am?”, what will our answer be? If we really know Him, we will be eager to introduce Him to others!