“And He said to, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Greetings in Jesus Name,

In 2007, God gave me a vision to reach all of India, Nepal and Bhutan with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ by starting Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers in each area. He showed me that He would use those who were set free from addictions as a testimony of God to them. In November 2013, I traveled to India for the fourth time. While ministering and celebrating at the Mission India, Missionary Annual Conference, in the city of Nagpur, a life-enhancing event occurred. During one of the conference breaks, I was resting in a courtyard when I noticed a mosquito stinging me in the vein of my arm. Because I had taken all the precautionary medications for diseases, I smiled and said to myself, “No problem!”

During worship before one of the conference sessions, I was in the midst of all the worshipers, arms raised and praising God, when all of a sudden a “flood of evil” hit me from every direction with fever, profuse sweating, dizziness, nausea, full-body pain with aching joints, and severe weakness. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” The Lord immediately spoke to me saying, “This is of the Devil, and his purpose is to cause you to quit the charge that I have given to you.” In my weakness, I spoke to the Lord, “I will worship YOU in spirit and in truth.” As the attack intensified, I immediately began to move about the worshipers to anoint them with oil and pray for as many as the Lord led me to.

The next day, an American friend and I decided to walk into the nearby village, As we walked through the village, we approached some Hindu village elders dressed in white sitting on a raised concrete platform that had a covering to shield them from the heat of the sun. We stopped at the step to ask by gesturing – since neither of us could speak Hindi – if we could come up to them. They motioned their approval. It is a custom in India that a person bow and touch the feet of a man to show him honor and respect. As we did this, they motioned to the “head elder” who was sitting on a stoop holding a cane. In obvious agony and pain, he pointed to his legs. We knelt before him and as I placed my hands on his knees we prayed for his healing. Tears began to roll down his cheeks. After praying, I stood up and motioned for him to do the same. He did, without pain. I then motioned for him to follow my movements of lifting each leg. He did, without pain. I then motioned for him to follow my leaping up and down. With a big smile on his face, he leapt and walked around the platform without his cane. He and the other elders were amazed at what God had done for him.

On another day, an Indian pastor, Trilochan Bag, and I traveled to a slum where he often ministers. As I was very weak and tired, I fell asleep during the ride. We walked along a dirt road and into the slum of over 2000 people. They all seemed to be watching us closely, as I stick out like a sore thumb in India. There was no water and they lived in tents, or other makeshift shelters. We approached three men who lived there, their faces downcast because they had no hope. They were alcoholics. Using Pastor Trilochan as an interpreter, I spoke with them.

One of the men had recently attempted suicide because his wife, unwilling to live in a slum, left him and took their children to move back to her parent’s home. This was shameful for this proud man because work for a laborer is limited and he could not provide for his family. He showed us the long scars over the veins in his arms from the suicide attempt. We began to minister to him and the others, assuring these men that the Lord has plans for them. As we spoke to them and the others gathered nearby, a woman hurried up to us. She asked us to come and pray for another woman who was demon-possessed. I motioned for the alcoholic men to follow as we made our way through the slum to the dwelling where the woman was.

As we entered the dwelling, we immediately sensed the presence of evil. Another woman and a few small children were there. The woman who was possessed by devils was lying on her bed, emaciated, unable to eat or speak, and writhing in pain. She was unable to control her movement; the devils moved her as they willed. She had been in this condition for a long time and appeared near death, as she could not open her mouth to eat. As Pastor Trilochan and I began to pray for this woman and laid hands on her shoulders and head, the demons began to cause her to snarl. Her eyes rolled back into her head, and she writhed in agony.

The place began to fill with other people from the slum as word got out that we were praying for this woman. Apparently everyone knew of her condition, and they wanted to see what would happen. After about 30 minutes the woman seemed to calm down. But the Lord told me that this was a trick from the devil, who was pretending the demons had left her so that we would stop praying!

We continued to pray. I asked a lady nearby for some water to give to this tormented woman. Lifting her head, I held the cup to her mouth and quoted John 7:37, “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirsts let him come to Me and drink.’” When I spoke the Word of God, the demons threw her backwards, and she snarled and cried out in agony. We remained steadfast in prayer over this woman and asked the Lord to loose her of these demons. Finally, we sensed the demons leaving her, and I told her to call out the name of Jesus, over and over. Then she prayed for forgiveness of her sins and asked Christ to be her Lord and Savior. Crying tears of thanksgiving, she received the peace of God and was instantly set free. She then lay back in her bed and the other women comforted her.

At least two-dozen additional people who were crowded into this dwelling witnessed the woman’s deliverance and salvation. They too repented of their sins and gave God glory. The three alcoholic men all received Christ, and I could see the new hope they had on their faces. We went into other dwellings and walked along the dirt paths, praying with more people, and many gave their lives to Jesus Christ and were saved. Then we left. All glory to God!

A couple of days later, it was time to leave India and return home.

  • We now have a Christian residential rehabilitation center in Nagpur, India that is bearing much fruit. Please pray for Pastor Trilochan and his wife as they lead this ministry we call – SACHAA UDHAAR – after John 8:32
  • There are leaders in all 27 states of India as well as the countries of Nepal and Bhutan that desire this ministry (Sachaa Udhaar) in their own area.
  • There is a slum in India that now has two new wells that provide fresh water to the people. In this same slum, Pastor Trilochan has much more influence for the sake of the Gospel than ever before.

May God bless you,

Pastor John

for an account of God’s faithfulness to me in sickness and trial, click HERE