Amazing answers to prayer!

.During Dec-Feb I was with a native physician for sixty five days treating my leg condition. I took a break after twenty five days. By then we had seen many positive symptoms and I got admitted again.  By the 30th of Jan. both the physician and I were extremely happy that there was every sign of me walking normally.  He then said there is some other treatment which he would do to speed up the process which I had done on a previous treatment session with great result.  But somehow, it failed this time and I was found going back to my old condition.  The physician was so sad that he discharged me with medicines for a month and he did not charge me for the second session of treatment.
But we have great reasons to praise God because He did several unbelievable miracles while in the hospital so much so I came back doubly happy.  May all praises be His and His alone.
The first miracle was the bystander whom the Lord provided.  Physician had asked me to bring a bystander but I went without one and during the first week of my treatment the hospital assistant helped me with washing my clothes and bringing food for me.  But by the second week the number of patients increased and it became difficult for him to take care of me.
Then came a phone call from a stranger asking me for prayer.  The only connection he had with me was that he had seen my testimony in youtube once.  He is from Catholic background and while in the Gulf he accepted the Lord and got baptized by a Pentecostal group.  He was working as a mechanical engineer and had a late marriage. He was sending all his earnings to his wife and when he came home losing his job his wife was not willing to accept him. He lived with his brother and family for three months and they too were finding it hard to keep him.  After praying on phone for two three days he expressed his desire to meet me and came thinking he would be with me for a couple of days.  But seeing my need for a bystander he decided to stay with me till he gets his next visa.  Praise God, there are now four offers for him from the Gulf and he is waiting on God to make the right decision.  In the mean time, he is helping me with the continued treatment here at home.  
The second miracle is unbelievable.  A 16 year old Hindu girl doing +2 was taking medicine for psoriasis for the last eight years.  But for three months she was unable to go to school because the disease had gone beyond control and she came to the same physician for treatment.  But tragically medicines given could not suit her and she was vomiting the whole thing.  She was not even able to take any food as days went by.  In the next room one of our brethren from Bahrain was there for treating his wife and he shared the gospel to Aswathy and she accepted the Lord as her savior.  Then our brother brought her to me for prayer.  It was horrible looking at her and all three of us prayed.  While praying I burst into tears. She got discharged the following day.  One day after reaching home, I got a video call.  I was surprised to see Aswathy perfectly whole and no trace of psoriasis on her face!  She said, “Appacha,  I am Aswathy.  Jesus has healed me!” When you know that psoriasis is a disease without cure, you know how wonderful a miracle is this!  Praise Him for He is a prayer answering God.  They are in regular contact with me and the whole family is now reading the Bible and praying together.  Do pray that the whole family will commit their lives to Christ.
Hearing about the healing that took place in Aswathy’s life, three other Hindu families who were there for treatment came to me and prayed asking the Lord to be their savior and the Lord is doing a miracle in healing them slowly.  All of them are in contact with me being discharged from the hospital.  Pray that they will become members of the local assemblies in their respective places.
Two and a half years back a leader of a Militant Hindu group came to my house and got saved as he heard about the many answers to prayer in my life.  From I was asking the Lord to give me a Muslim friend and amazingly the Lord answered my prayer during my treatment.   A 68 year old Muslim Haji from Lakshadeep who had been to Mecca several times, came as a patient where I was admitted.  He came to my room once and we got introduced to each other.  He said it was the first time in his life that he is talking to a Christian.  But he said he felt compelled to come to my room three times a day and we spent hours talking to each other.  I patiently listened to his talks about Quran and Mohammed which gave me a wonderful chance to talk about the Lord.  I made him read from Quran what is said about Jesus as the word of God and as the spirit of God and I told him about the possibility of being forgiven by trusting in the eternal sacrifice of the word which became flesh.  There was great aversion to what I said at first but at last he asked me portions of the gospels from where he could read the words of our Lord which I was able to give.
The Lord made it possible for me to make arrangements for him to be taken to another doctor whom he wanted to consult.  Praise God that Mr. Ismael Haji is my friend now and we are in contact with each other.  Do pray that he would accept the Lord as his savior.
This time when I went for treatment seven assemblies organized continued prayers on my behalf, one assembly had a chain prayer on my behalf.  We were all very hopeful that I would walk this time without fail.  Four times in the past I had started to walk after Ayurveda treatment. But would go back slowly to old stage.  This time, thanks to the many prayers behind me, God did all those wonderful things beyond our imagination.  Praise Him.  He does all things well.

Thank you, one and all, for praying for me.   May we continue to pray and praise Him that His name would be glorified through us.  May all praises be His and His alone.  Amen and Amen.

Looking Back….

On the 8th of Sept this year I completed 68 years of my pilgrimage here on earth. It was an opportunity to look back to thank God for His ways in my life. How did I get the privilege to know the living God? The more I thought about it, I had no answer and I began to thank God for His grace in my life. He is the propitiation for the whole world (1Jn.2:2). Yet, how few have benefited from this! How wonderful that I am one among those few!!

I had the privilege to be born in a believer family. My mom's grandma was one of the early disciples of the Separatist preacher Poet Laureate K. V. Simon of Kerala. She accepted believer's baptism at the age of 18 and what was waiting for her in her husband's house was terrible persecutions. She was married at the age of 9.

Though persecutions came to an end over a period of time, her husband remained unrepentant for years and years. In answer to her prayers he accepted believer's baptism at the of 84 and I, as a fourth generation member in the family, had the joy of witnessing his baptism when I was a lad. The prayer life of my great grandma made a deep impression upon my tender heart.

I accepted the Lord as my savior when I was 12 and after my first year in college I decided to continue my studies in Bible college rather than continuing my secular studies against the wish of my parents.

After 12 long years of training in different fields, in 1979 I had my M.Th from the Senate of Serampore majoring in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament and I also had Linguistics and Bible Translation training from the UK.

On my return from UK two lucrative jobs in my field were waiting for me and I was given appointment for both. But because I didnt want to be disobedient to my heavenly call, I went to the Nilgiris of TN to learn the unwritten language of the tribal group called Alu Kurumbas, trusting the lord alone for all our needs along with my three kids who were below 5 then.

What was waiting there was the unseen hands of the almighty and miraculous provision every day which could not go unnoticed. The Lord permitted us to be there for 12 years. I did phonemic analysis of their unwritten language and produced an orthography for the same and wrote a basic grammar for the language. Kurumba folk-lore were written down and stories from the life of Christ was translated from the New Reader Scriptures of the BSI.

But Kurumbas being illiterates, we had to focus on a literacy program for them. Because they lived in deep jungles with bison and leopards and scattered far and wide in the boarders of three S.Indian states, we decided to bring their children to educate them. Long hours of prayer alone in a closest produced unbelievable, tangible, undeniable answers to prayer. Started with no money in hand, ended with no debt, unknown to any man any where in the world in just 52 days 4 cents of land was bought and a 700 sft concrete building was erected for the purpose with a granite inscription "This building stands witnessing the fact God of Elijah lives". I could not believe my eyes. “Is it concrete or is it a dream”  I asked myself. I thought that the purpose of my life was achieved and wondered whether I should live any longer. I proved once more that God us a prayer answering God. Even if Lucifer would come in person He could not deny it looking at my life.

But the will of God was otherwise. For long six months my inner heart used to whisper to me that a new chapter is opening in my life on the 7th of July. And the long awaited day came. on the 7th of July, 1991 both of my legs were paralyzed. It happened after one and a half months of night fever during which I consulted several physicians and doctors and none could tell me that I was going to be paralyzed for life. I had to be carried to the bathroom. But I could not believe that I was ill. Those were days of miraculous provision for thirty kids, five of them our own, unknown to any man anywhere in the world.

I was forced by family and friends to go for medical treatment and i had to leave the mission field.  The next 12 years we stayed in Coimbatore, treatment after treatment, while allopathic (Modern Medicine) doctors gave a certificate for permanent disability, Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) treatment began to have effect on me and I was able to use an elbow crutches and walk a few steps.

Our days in Coimbatore were most memorable. Stories abound of Gods wonderful provision with very little ministry involvement. For example, once a brother came home with Rs. 50,000/- saying that God had asked him to give me money to buy a car. In 2010 GLS published my book in English "God Answers Prayer" where several such stories are written. The Malayalam version with a lot more additions are on the way to be published for His glory. Prayers needed.

In 2003 the Lord led us to Chennai and I was teaching at our Bible College there for a few years. Ayurvedic treatment being an often needed thing I had to leave Chennai and decided to live in Kerala teaching at the Bible College at Pathanamthitta. In 2010 my dear wife, who cared for me as a child in my sickness, passed away leaving a big gap in the family.

Now another 12 years elapsed and in the beginning of this year the Lord opened an amazing way by which we were able to construct a simple residential accommodation in the new place where we live now with my unmarried daughter, who had cancer when she was a three month baby, and her foster son studying in the 9th std. Half an acre land was donated to a trust by a sister and we are trying to develop a prayer center here. My daughter who is with me is a registered acupuncturist healer now. She is the one who drives me around. I too have a license to drive my hand-controlled car. Our eldest son and the fourth daughter are serving the Lord full time.

Quarter of a century has passed since I was disabled. But these were the most exciting days in my life. As soon as I was able to get a computer for myself I sought ways by which I would use it for the propagation of the gospel. Today I am a volunteer with two international  outreach groups, Global Media Outreach and  More than 36,000 seekers were given God's word and I have the joy of seeing a few of them worshiping the Lord in different places in the world.

Two years back in November, a brilliant but a miserable Hindu girl from N.India. met me through GMO.  She is doing her Ph.D. in Commerce, with a second PG degree with distinction in Economics as well. For thirteen years before she met me a demon used to rape her several times a week. Her papa, being a gold merchant, took her from temple to temple and from god-men to magicians. They even went to Mosques also trying to get over the problem, but none was able to help her. Imagine a 25 year old girl sleeping between parents with sleeping pills and pain killers! Even there demon raped her!!

She was told by a Hindu friend that Jesus would deliver her from her problem. She came asking me. “can your Jesus help me?”. For four days I did email exchanges with her trying to get her understand who Jesus is and what salvation is all about. Praise God. On the fourth day Neha accepted Christ as her Lord and savior and her demon problem came to an end.

Her parents could not believe that a simple believing prayer would put an end to a problem for which they had spent nearly a million rupees over ten years! Now the whole family left idol worship and are committed to Christ.

But the amazing thing is, Neha read the NT 25 times within the last two years and the Bible two times. And she learned to pray as well. Today she spends three to four hours every day praying and several people in and around her town come to her for prayer and see miracles take place in their lives. Now her house is becoming a prayer center where 15 to 20 people gather on Sundays to worship the Lord just singing praises to Him and praying. Neha and a few others in the family and outside are getting ready for baptism.

We need to pray for Neha Agarwal and for her prayer ministry. Even as I type this she is out in a nearby house praying for a patient. She told me, "Dad, I am very weak today, but I must go as they need prayer". Neha needs a lot of prayers. Long time use of pain killers and sleeping pills have left her almost completely worn out physically. She has a tumor in uterus, stones in kidneys, BP and heart complaint, liver problem and lately she is found to have hernia as well. English medicines have no effect on her body. Yet she has composed 25 songs of praise to Jesus our Lord, praising Him for His ways in our lives.

Last November a more exciting thing took place. A Hindu leader, who belonged to a militant group, came to me as a seeker. He was their secretary in one of their district offices. I presented Him Christ and His blood that was shed on the cross which alone would cleanse our human heart by which we could get in touch with the holy God.

Sunil Kumar, sitting in front of me, accepted Christ as His Lord and savior.  I told Sunil not to get out of his house till he was filled with the word of God and learned the power of prayer and gave him a NT. Sunil took it as God’s word and he completed the NT 35 times in the last few months and spent an equal amount of time praying on his knees alone in his house.

His life has become a true miracle now. One week before meeting me he had resigned his former job where their organization paid his house rent directly from their central office. Now Sunil has decided to spend his life preaching Christ who saved him and gave him an eternal hope. We need to pray for Sunil. He was baptized by Konni assembly and accepted into fellowship one week before I came to the new place. His wife and only son studying BSc 2nd year are yet to be in assembly fellowship.

Let us strive in prayer and devote ourselves to prayer these days when the coming of the Lord is so imminent so that many more Sunils and Nehas will be brought into the eternal fold before it is too late. May the good Lord give us grace and may His name be glorified. Mathew Paul. Our Vision Centre, Nellimolam (BPO), Ernakulam Dt., Kerala. 683545, S. India. Mob. 91-8129198544.