This story is part of a series written in September of 2012 during our trip to Australia to teach on healing.
Before we left for
Australia, a friend gave us a prophetic word suggesting that God wanted to do things we’d never seen before.
On Thursday night, we made sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls and loaded the van for a night on the streets with the less fortunate citizens of
We generally stop at three locations each night. The stops might be shelters for the homeless, a city park where natives live in tents or a home for men just released from prison.
One of our stops tonight was at Pindary; a Salvation Army shelter for homeless men. We distributed food, tea, coffee and
to the men and talked with them about their lives. One benefit of visiting
shelters frequently is that you develop relationships which allow you mentor those whom you meet.
About 15 minutes after we’d arrived, my host motioned me toward him. He explained that one of the men had a painful toothache. The man allowed me to pray with him. After a minute, I asked if he felt and pain. He said no. He went on to say that the pain disappeared shortly after we arrived.
Somewhat confused, I began to ask questions. The man explained that he developed a toothache the day before. When we arrived, he came out with the rest of the men. As we set up tables on the sidewalk, he stood next to me. As he stood watching, he realized that his toothache had mysteriously disappeared. He emphatically believed that his toothache was healed just by standing next to us. I asked if he was certain of this story. He insisted that’s exactly what happened.
We spoke with him and the others about the goodness of a God who would heal a man’s toothache before anyone could pray with him. The sovereign miracle allowed God and His goodness to be the focus of our conversation the rest of the night.