John is a prisoner in a large
Israeli jail complex. He became a believer while in prison and has been
ministering there for many years. He has led many to the Lord and has
discipled them in the faith. The Poriya Congregation supports John monthly,
enabling him to make phone calls out of the prison. Every Friday he places
a call to our congregation from the prison wall phone, and repeats what he
hears to listening prisoners. The message is translated to Hebrew, Arabic,
Russian and Amharic!
As a member of the leadership team of Kehilat Poriya, I began to dialogue
with John about how we could do more to reach the prisoners. Since the Lord
has used me to pray for many healings, we thought of offering them prayer
for healing. John arranged a phone conference call to connect five prisons
across Israel, and reported that a total of 390 prison residents
participated. Many requested prayer. Prayer requests included freedom from
fear, hopelessness, blood pressure, diabetes, cancer etc.
As we prayed, the Lord started to move. One inmate, while trying to avoid
arrest, had broken his back. After we prayed for his back injuries, he and
four others gave testimony that the Lord had removed all their pain and
they were healed. Hallelujah! Then God began to heal frozen shoulders.
Knees were next. Many inmates who could hardly walk were fully healed and
walking. We allowed the Lord to lead and found ourselves praying for
prostate cancer, arthritis, deafness, eyesight, hearts and migraine
The Lord gave us a word of knowledge that a man had horribly abused his
sister when he was young. The man was able to admit that this was correct,
and he felt terrible guilt and pain. The Lord spoke through us and said,
"I have set you free and healed your heart and your sister's heart;
restoration is for today."
Another man had been haunted by dreams of people he had murdered. He
hadn't slept normally for years. He told us that he had tried
everything, including medicine. A few days later John reported that the man
had been delivered and set free by the Lord. Now he is getting a full
night's sleep and having wonderful dreams - even about his mother
baking bread for him. The dream was so powerful that he woke up in his
cell still smelling fresh baked bread. John, who made the conference call
possible, was not left out in the healing. He suffers from high blood
pressure and took four pills a day. We prayed for him, and today he needs
only one pill a day. What a wonderful God we serve!
Although the miracles were magnificent, I felt the most rewarding part was
ministering to a man with a life sentence. He wanted to know what would
happen after he died. How would he know if he would go to heaven? I was
blown away as the Lord allowed us the privilege of giving a salvation
message to 390 men in five prisons across Israel in response to this
question. I am pleased to report that another telephone conference call
will take place in the upcoming weeks. God has set the bar high, and we are
excited to see what He has in store for the future.