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Another story of raising the dead

Thinking about my friend Caspar’s story made me reflect on the many incidents I’m aware of around the world where God is doing this. Here’s one: One of Heidi Baker’s key leaders is Pastor Rego. In 1998, the wife of the district secretary contracted AIDS and died. Pastor Rego takes …
By Seth Barnes

Thinking about my
friend Caspar’s story made me reflect on the many incidents I’m aware of around
the world where God is doing this. Here’s
one: One of Heidi Baker’s key leaders is
Pastor Rego. In 1998, the wife of the
district secretary contracted AIDS and died.
Pastor Rego takes God at His word, he tells the following story of praying for a coworker’s dead wife in Always
Enough
.  When asked how he can do something so radical, he says, “I open the Bible and do what it says.”

Pastor Rego went with the district secretary to his
house. When they got to the house, they
found everyone crying.  Here’s his description:

“His wife’s head was covered already. Suddenly, I felt something touch me. I thought, ‘Oh, God, I need to pray now for
you to give me power to do a miracle.’
So I got up. I started to feel
strength and great power coming into me.

I told everyone to be quiet and not cry anymore, because
this mother who died is a Christian.
Nobody wanted to be quiet. I
asked again, ‘Please be quiet now. Calm down.’ They wanted to keep crying and feel sad, but
eventually they were quiet.

We sang and worshiped the Lord. Then my friend Francisco, one of our
counselors, also started to feel the power of God.

I got next to this dead mother. I took the cover off her head and began to
pray. I prayed for over an hour. She was very cold. The second hour I started to feel warmth
coming into her. I could feel her body
warming up. I prayed all the way down
her body. When I got down to her legs,
the bottom of her legs were still cold.

I picked her up, and then her eyes were open. She began to vomit and vomit. I can’t even explain it.

I told a woman, ‘Sit here and hold her,’ because she could
see everybody now. ‘Let’s keep praying,’
I said. Her legs were beginning to get
warm. We prayed some more. The third hour her whole body had
movement. She was alive!’”

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There’s something in
we rational Americans that wants to discount or explain away stories like this,
but today you can travel to Mozambique
and meet the people in this story and verify this account. We serve a powerful God who is in the
business of using humble people to do amazing things. We need to stop
rationalizing and start praying more, following Pastor Rego’s example – just opening the Bible and doing what it
says.

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