Signs and wonders draw attention to Gospel message
John 4:28–29 (ASV)
28So the woman left her waterpot, and went away into the city, and saith to the people, 29Come, see a man, who told me all things that ever I did: can this be the Christ?
Acts 8:5–8 (ASV)
5And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. 6And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. 7For from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. 8And there was much joy in that city.
Mike Adkins felt that God was leading him to quit his job and go into full time ministry and music. Quickly he and his wife ran out of money, which made a bad impression on Mike's unbelieving father. One evening, after speaking and singing in a church, a man said God clearly told him to give Mike a gift of money. Not only did the gift cover his needs, but it led his own father to salvation in Christ.
After Mr. Lin was miraculously healed of an ailment that had defied all medical solutions, he not only embraced Christ who had healed him but also made sure to do away with all his idols.
The chief official of a village was so opposed to the Christian doctrine that he had made believing or teaching it to be a capital offense. But after witnessing the clear deliverance of a demon-possessed man, the villagers begged to hear the Gospel, and many were converted.
Poon Siu Jeh prays for a man who was in great pain, to the astonishment of onlookers, the man is healed and they believe in Jesus due to the miracle.
Chen-Lao-Jung unsuccessfully tried many means―witch doctors, necromancers, Buddhist priests, etc.―to have his mother delivered from demon possession. He then asked Mr. Hsu, a Christian, to come pray for his mother. However, before Hsu would pray, he made Mr. Chen renounce and destroy all the household gods. Once that was done, and now having the attention of the entire community, Hsu prayed for the woman. She was completely delivered, and so great was her deliverance that many accepted the gospel, including Chen himself.
An Iranian woman, Mahin had advanced breast cancer. She traveled to Sweden to visit her son for the last time, as the doctors had given her six months to live. While there gave her life to Jesus and that night He visited her in a dream and healed her of disease. She was able to return to Iran and lead many to Jesus as a result.
After Doris fell very ill, Grace saw it as an opportunity to finally rouse the interest of her friend in God and hopefully have her drawn to Him, so she began to pray fervently that her friend be healed. And as Doris got healed she became curious to understand the message of God and His forgiveness.
Mary's one wish was for her sick toddler to open his eyes and look at he one more time before dying. So desperate was she that she promised to trust and believe God if He grants her wish. So together with Mother Roberts, they made their request known unto God and He answered them. And true to her words, Mary surrendered!
As a young student in London, Hudson Taylor was learning great lessons of faith, and in hearing the voice of God. First, he was suddenly out of money, with no supply other than “simple naked faith.” Then, compounding his troubles, he contracted a potentially fatal disease from someone that had just perished. Taylor was ill for weeks, with his life hanging in the balance. But he believed that God had called him to be a missionary in China, and received an inner assurance that he would recover. While still weak, he received another “impulse” to walk two miles to an office where he had the impression he would receive funds, and he did. All these things were a powerful witness to a skeptical physician, who with tears said, "I would give all the world for a faith like yours."
Missionaries running a hospital in China decided to pray and trust the Lord for provision to run the hospital. The Lord provided in the most remarkable way; he impressed upon a man thousands of miles away to send funds and promised to send more if needed. The missionaries praised the Lord, and the residents, mostly heathens, marveled at the Lord's intervention.
Zhang Rongliang writes about the underground church he was part of; their dedication to the word of God, the amazing miracles God wrought among them and how those signs and wonders brought many to their fold.
When storm clouds and rain threatened to disperse a Gospel meeting, the preacher simply prayed: "clouds go away - in Jesus name". The instant disappearance of the clouds and the reappearance of the stars and moon, drew the attention of all present to listen to God's word.
Mrs. Lo had been paralyzed for eighteen years until Dr. Sung prayed for her and lay his hands on her in a prayer session; she was immediately healed, and her story sparked revival in another community.
The miraculous healing of Rosa's little son made her abandon the idol-like worship of praying to a statue and as a result she fully embraced Christianity!
For years, August Bonnke was bedridden and writhing in pain, having come down with an unknown ailment. And day and night he cried, with doctors unable to do anything about his condition. But when one day, Louis Graf walked into the Bonnke's household, a miracle; with timeless implications was wrought; August, against all odds, was made well again!
Antonia Lukban narrates how he began attending an evangelistic meeting with great skepticism, only to witness the dramatic healing of a woman after the preacher prayed for those in need of healing. That night, he gave his life to Christ.
Different stories show how people come to accept Jesus by experiencing the power of God to heal sickness and diseases.
When Tesfai and Fitsum went for evangelism, they encountered a group of young people including Sam. Sam had an usual growth on his skin, he challenged the missionaries that if Jesus truly loved him and could heal then he should be healed. Tesfai and Fitsum prayed for Sam, believing in the promise of Jesus that "whenever two or three of His disciples are gathered in His name, He’s right there with them. And if we ask for anything in His name, God will grant it." The next day, Sam testified and showed everyone that he was healed.
After the miraculous healing of her sick daughter, Tamana—an Afghan woman—was curious to know the Jesus that Katherine Mason had prayed to. It took more than a year, but Tamana and her oldest children decided to become Christians despite the great risks making such a decision would expose them to.
An Asian man tried different local cures and witch doctors, in an attempt to get his sick daughter healed, but nothing happened until she was prayed for by a Christian doctor. The miracle of her healing drove him to seek Christ, and he became a great witness for the Gospel of Jesus.
Mr. Fu was back at home one day to find his wife gravely ill. When his attempt to get a doctor from the neighboring village failed, he walked twelve miles to Hwochow, where foreign missionaries resided. He told them of his wife's condition and they prayed for her, gave him drugs and he headed back home to find his wife hale and hearty again. This experience made the Fus give up idolatry for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The instant healing of a terminally ill boy, after he was prayed upon by a group of believers, leads his entire family to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Not only that, the influential father of the healed child ensured that the gospel was heard throughout the village.
To the disappointment of his family and the Hindu priests, a man commits to renounce idolatry if Jesus heals his dying wife. Upon her healing, he went round his village declaring, “Jesus Christ, He is the only true God!”
A believer visits his unbelieving cancer ridden friend at the hospital to pray for him and was met with fierce resistance by his friend. But as he made to leave, an Arabian in the same ward who also had cancer, having over heard their conversation called out to the believer to pray for him and he did. On the believer's next visit to the hospital, both men were gone but only one survived and left him an amazing note.
Vanya Moiseyev was gravely injured when a truck rolled over his shoulder. But God had great plans to heal him completely for the Soviet atheist doctors and military personnel to see for themselves.
When Surprise laid hands on a woman who since girlhood had her back bent and stooped, her bones began to pop and before long she was standing erect! This miracle was used by God to draw many souls to His Kingdom!
When no one will listen to Rob and his team share the gospel at a train station in Kuala Lumpur, the team resorted to singing and praising God. A pretty astounding thing happened when they uniformly began to shout: "Jesus Reigns" - it suddenly commanded the attention of many to the Gospel they were proclaiming.