Four people from our team– Braden, Keiran, Jenny, and I– went to Antigua on Tuesday, May 5th. We went with no plan, but with a heart to be led by the Lord to whomever He wanted to lead us to. Around 12:30pm we were walking through the narrow streets of Antigua and there was a coffee shop owner standing outside his new shop. He invited us in to show us his new shop. He spoke a little bit of English, but Braden and I knew Spanish enough to talk to him about his new job and the opening of his store. We found out that he had been in a major car accident just two weeks prior and that although his car was damaged, he himself had not been injured. Praise the Lord for that!
He didn’t have much business yet at this shop so we prayed for that. We prayed for his family as well. The owner’s friend was in the shop as well and Braden prayed in Spanish for him too, as we all closed our eyes and stretched out our hands towards the friend. We were just about to leave when the friend started speaking again, but this time it was of a very personal nature and he shared about how his wife was very ill and in the hospital. The wife had some sort of stomach issue and needed surgery. We could tell he had been bottling it up for some time now and he knew that we had faith. He ended up telling us his personal story and all about his wife. After he shared, we prayed for his wife and then left the shop.
Three days later, eight members of our UCM group came back to that very same coffee shop. We spent more time talking with the owner and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee. While talking, I found out that after we had left that day on May 5th, the owner himself had sat down with his friend and prayed for the situation as well. What we found out that day was that in the span of those three days, the wife had been healed and the doctors said that she would no longer need stomach surgery! It was incredible! And what a gift that we had that opportunity to reconnect with them again, otherwise we would not have known.
How amazing to be part of what God was doing in that circumstance, and that we did our part in listening, praying (even boldness to pray in another language!) and sharing the faith that we had with this shop owner and his friend, all of which contributed to a woman’s healing. All the glory must be given back to the Lord for His power and amazing love which never stands still.