That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
When Pastor Thampy from India visited with us recently, he shared stories about following the call of God in his life. He was kicked out of his home when he chose to believe in Jesus and share his message of forgiveness to those around him. He went for days without food. The leaders in his town didn’t want him there either. They spoke to his landlord and told him not to rent the room any more to Thampy. He was kicked out of his town. He was doing what Jesus told us to do. Go and tell people the good news.
This was just the beginning of his forty five years serving God. He has been kidnapped, threatened with death, maligned, accused and beaten. When his wife met him, God asked her, “Was she willing to suffer for the gospel?” She said yes. They have both suffered in their service for God. But their ministry has borne fruit, fruit that has remained. They have established Churchs, schools, orphanages, homes and bible schools throughout India.
Thampy is not afraid to face people who do not believe in Jesus. He talks to them to convince them Jesus is the truth. He is anointed to evangelise the poor people who have not heard of Jesus in India. They listen to him. When God sends one to a people he will equip that person to get the job done. No sacrifice is needed to please Jesus. Some of the people in India offer their children as a sacrifice to their gods. They are seeking forgiveness for their sins. They can find no relief. only more pain and broken hearts. Jesus became a sacrifice on the cross to forgive our sins. All one has to do is believe in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit and walk in freedom from condemnation and guilt.
Thampy and his wife are an example of a couple who are willing to deny themselves and obey God’s calling on their lives. Pastor Thampy has know the resurrection power that has rescued him from troubles and has know why it means to share in the sufferings of Christ. God has delivered him out of many situations when he could have died. He didn’t die but is staying alive to declare the works of the Lord. As a result he and his wife pray for others and the resurrection power moves to deliver from demons and bring healing and salvation to those who are hungry.
Many Believers think signs and wonders, like Jesus did when he was on Earth are not for today. But Jesus said to go and his disciples will do even greaters works than Jesus did himself. Go with Thampy to the tribes of India and you will see the signs and wonders. Demons come out of people. Healings happen just like Jesus said. They get filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. One’s mind will change.
Thampy prayed for a friend of ours who was suffering from cancer. He had been living on puréed food for months. He was failing. After the meeting he had tea and a piece of cake with no ill effect. He continues to eat well. I believe he is healed from cancer and the doctors will confirm it soon.