....Those who are with Christ are called, chosen and faithful. (Rev:17:14).
To be faithful is one of the qualities to be with Christ.
It was in the year 2005, as I was going through the book of Joshua Chapter 6, children of Israel conquering the city of Jericho. As they crossed Jordan, the main obstruction in their path was the wall of the city Jericho. As they compassed it as instructed by the Lord, the wall fell down flat. I had read it many times but this time I just enjoyed it as if I was with the Israelites ready to take over the city. Then a small voice with in me “Will u compass”. I stopped reading, just listened to this voice. “Where”?? I asked. “ Your accommodation area, where the workers are staying??”. “Come on, this is foolishness, I am not going to entertain such thing.” This was my initial response. This was a huge labor camp (accommodation) of the workers working in shipyard. Next day I was feeling restless. Later, after many ifs and buts, gradually I thought to go for it. The plan was made to get up at 3 am and go around the whole camp once for 6 days and seven times on 7th day praising God. Even at this point , I was not sure if it was a leading from God.
Well, I went to bed early. After sometime, I felt something standing near to my bed. I am not sure if it was a dream or vision. It was a mysterious creature , spoke to me “ You are not going to compass the camp”. It repeated the same thing. I did not reply anything. It threatened to kill me if I would go around the camp. After this I woke up and sat on the bed and saw that all my room partners are in deep sleep. Immediately, I recognized that this was the enemy who had come to stop what God wanted me to do. I prayed to God for strength and asked forgiveness for doubting Him. Woke up next day at 3 am, Lord strengthened me as I walked around. Next day I told this incident to my room partner Mr. Joy. He too was a believer. He encouraged me and told me that he too will accompany me. We together went around compassing the camp for 6 days and on the 7th day we went around 7 times praising God. Really we did not know why we were doing it, what the result would be?? The enemy desired to destroy us for this. That week, I became physically very weak. One thing we knew it was God’s plan. We finished our assignment of God and kept quite. After few days, an evangelist contacted us to start a gospel meeting in this labor camp. Well, that was a start. As the meeting started there, I was shifted to another accommodation in another place. But I was happy that God’s word started flourishing in that area. Halleluia.
My company shifted my accommodation to another place in Bahrain. It was a very small room. Adjacent to my room was a waste oil recycling factory. The odour in that area was terrific. My company send the laborers to clear up the mess in my room as the previous tenants just left as it is.
Well, as they were cleaning and painting one of them got sick. Next day he did not report to work. After few days one of his room mates informed me that he was sick for few days and he is not responding to medicines. So, company has decided to send him back to India. My church mate Bro. Shibu Samuel and myself went to his room. Prayed for him and took him to church. He was miraculously healed. His healing rocked the camp. Well that was a start. Gift of healing started manifesting through us. After my work, when I came back to my room, many visitors used to visit my room. Many got healed in the name of Jesus. Holy Spirit compelled us to start a Hindi meeting in that area. 2007 we started a meeting. Few of them believed in Jesus and got baptized. Some got the healing and went away. As the church grew there, again I was shifted to another area in Bahrain.
This time our company purchased land and constructed staff accommodation. I was shifted there in 2008. This area is dominated by Shia muslims. There are many labor camps in this area. We would call them for the gospel meeting but nobody would respond. Some would come and then they would draw back. There I was accompanied by Bro. Suji. Though he was from different church, we worked together in unity of Spirit. Once we were reading Psalms 2, verse 8 revealed us the plan of God.
“Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.” God was speaking to us through this verse. As the guidance of the Spirit, we wrote this verse in pieces of paper and went to the place where the camps are situated. Bro Suji was with me, we prayed in that area, dug up and buried these verses in the ground there and came back. We did not discuss anything about this to anyone but kept silent.
May 2011, Bro Shibu called me and that told that there is a great harvest in one area. Many persons are desiring for a gospel meeting in that area. I was eager to see that area. Oh Halleluia, he took me to the exact place where we had buried the verses Psalms 2:8 in 2008. June 2011, we started a small church meeting there.
We serve an awesome God. Nothing is impossible for Him. If we are faithful in little things, He will do mighty things for us and through us. Halleluia. Glory to Jesus.
Editor's Note: You can read/hear more of Shynu's Testimony:
Chapter 23...Shynu Vareghese Testimony...The Year Of Miracles...Evangelism...Practical Applications Of The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit
Written Version: http://godisforus.ning.com/profiles/blogs/chapter-23-shynu-vareghese
Audio Version: http://godisforus.sermon.net/da/2559415/play