Several years ago, I published an article entitled “Missionaries on Vacation” in which I told the story of how a fishing trip in Mexico turned into a trip for fishing for men. Since that time, I don’t think that we’ve been on a vacation that didn’t turn into a divine appointment either to win someone to the Lord or minister in healing. We’ve even seen people slain in the Spirit right on the public beach!
Well, it happened again–this time in Australia. While visiting Sydney, we spent some time with the Australian Every Home for Christ national director who, knowing of our work in Nepal, mentioned that he would like for us to meet a young Nepali man he had befriended. When we met Deepla, he shared that he had been having some serious problems with depression, fear, sleeplessness, and terrifying dreams. He had tried Hindu prayers, Buddhist amulets, medication, and even a stay in psychiatric hospital–but was no better. Realizing that his problem was demonic, Peggy and I began to question him about his relationship with Nepali religions and with Christ. He hold us that his sister is a baptized Christian and that she had shared a lot with him and that he read his Bible every night even though he didn’t understand a lot. Eventually, He began to accept our message that Jesus is the only true God and that he needed to renounce all other religions to receive Christ as his personal savior.
After praying the salvation prayer with him, we began to address the spirit tormenting him. He then fell over under the power of the Holy Spirit and was “out” for several minutes. In fact, he was still a bit “drunk in the Spirit” for at least an hour. When he eventually came to, he said that he had never experienced anything like that before and that he knew that he was free from the demonic control that had been working in him!
When we saw the EHC director several months later, he shared with us that Deepla was growing strong in the lord and that he was attending a church near his apartment. However, he occasionally asks the EHC director about issues which he questions because they don’t seem to line up with the scriptures. He also commented that when he talks with Deepla about Bible question—even from Old Testament passages—he remembers and understands what he has read. This is a great breakthrough considering that he was never able to understand anything he read prior to our prayer.