A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. ~Mark 1:40-42
Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. ~Matthew 15:29-31
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith….” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. ~ Matthew 8:5-13
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” ~Mark 5:25-34
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. ~Luke 18:35-43
A few weeks ago, Anita from Adoption Advocates International emailed me. They had just received the social investigation report with full details of Christian’s past. None of the information can be put on my blog. But for the purposes of this post I will speak on a few things. Anita’s words to me as she prefaced the details that surfaced in the report:
I received Christian's social investigation report and birth certificate today. I'm telling you, he has one of the saddest stories I have seen in four years.
And those words come from an adoption program coordinator who has seen loads of social investigation reports.
Mix in evil, a fetish priest, threats, drink potions, and more evil and you have the resulting disability of Christian’s eye.
In case you’re wondering, here is the definition of a fetish priest via wikipedia:
In Ghana, Togo, and Benin and other parts of West Africa a fetish priest serves a spirit associated with an image or object that is usually kept in an enclosed place called a fetish shrine, often a simple mud hut with some kind of enclosure or fence around it. He (or she, in the case of a priestess) performs rituals to consult and seek the favor of the god of the shrine.
That is the sort of thing Christian has been up against. Our God, the One True God, is Greater. For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight (Psalm 72:12-14).
God has risen up to defend this helpless, vulnerable, and victimized child against the evil that has surrounded him his entire life. And, I firmly believe that through prayer and faith, the stronghold causing the disability of Christian’s eye can be healed.
I’m not crazy. I’m not delusional. Rather, I serve the ONLY GOD who is Healer and I believe He still performs physical healings today to reveal His glory, just like He did in the past.
Christian is a beautiful soul inside and out, no matter what his eye looks like. It is not for beauty that I hope in faith that his eye can be healed. It is for victory and deliverance. Because every day that Christian wakes up, his eye is a constant reminder to him of his past, and how he has been wronged. And every time he meets someone new, they will inevitably ask him, “So, what happened to your eye?” Just the way Jake and I did. And he will have to tell of those who have wronged him. Again. And again. And again. And Christian is going to be meeting a lot of new people……because……..GOD HAS FOUND A FOREVER FAMILY FOR CHRISTIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll get to tell you about them soon. For now, I keep envisioning a new start and a new life for Christian in America. And in his healing that I hope for, I long to hear Jesus say, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.”
Jesus, I believe.
Who will stand with me in prayer, calling on the Name of the Ultimate Healer, for the restoration of Christian's sight?