“By the grace of God our Elijah Challenge work is going very well. We have been able to reach place after place and people group after people group with the gospel and miraculous healing from the Lord Jesus. We were at a remote village called Sola Kia, where mostly “untouchable” Dalit people live. The Lord helped us reach that village with the gospel. The villagers were not able to understand Oriya (the language of Orissa) properly so we had to be translated into their tribal language. Around two hundred people accepted Christ for the first time in their lives. This is the report on what the Lord did there. A young boy named Bishnu was not able to hear from his right ear for a few years due to some illness. We inserted our finger into his ear (as Jesus did in Mark 7) and commanded it to be opened in Jesus’ name. After the first time his hearing was not fully restored. Then we issue commands for the second time. Praise the Lord his hearing was completely restored. The villagers and the boy were very glad for this great miracle.
An older man named Hemansu was suffering from diabetes, and because of that he had pain in his leg making it difficult for him to walk. As we were ministering to the sick, he himself experienced healing. At that very moment the pain had gone completely. He testified that he was completely healed.
A women named Gurubari was suffering from fever and headache and had been in the hospital for three days. Just one day before she was to be discharged from the hospital she came back to the village still not completely healed. She was brought to our Feeding Event. There she was miraculously healed from her sickness and her strength returned. She testified that Jesus had healed her, and had strength to stand for a long time. Before she had a severe headache, but now she felt better.
A gentleman named Bhagaban was healed instantly from hemorrhoids. He had come to our Event in much pain. Because of his hemorrhoids he was not able to ride his bicycle or go anywhere. He had taken both allopathic and ayurvedic medicine, but after spending much money on such treatments he was still in pain. But our gracious Lord Jesus healed him right there. He gave his testimony to the crowd with tears.
A young girl named Tanaya had a problem with back pain. It began while she was returning from the river carrying a pot of water on her head when she slipped and fell. At that moment something in her back cracked. From there the pain started and it got worse day by day. She went to the district hospital where the doctor told her to buy a restraining harness to wear but which she did not have the money to buy. At our Feeding Event the Lord healed her and the pain disappeared completely.
A young man named Jemendra was nearly bedridden suffering from severe malaria. One of his friends asked him to attend our meeting as it was very near to his house. They were thinking it might be brain malaria. His body was shivering. He just stood in the back row for a minute and then sat down again. As we were ministering to the sick at the front, the Lord’s power went into his body (like electricity cf. Mark 5:29-30). He stood up again and felt that he was healed and did not want to sit down again. The Lord Jesus had healed him.
One older woman, Rabani, had been suffering from back pain. She was not able to stand or sit for three months. Due to this she had been unable to do any work at home, and going down to the river for daily chores was agonizing. At our event she was touched miraculously by the Lord and instantly healed. She also had stomach pain for a long time which also left completely.
Thank you so much for your prayer and support to reach the villages with gospel.
Around 200 villagers accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
Below: Feeding the villagers after the preaching of the gospel
Other Reports from Subodh Jena Kumar
Elijah Challenge Coordinator in Orissa, India
The ministry of Brother Muthamaji
Our Elijah Challenge brother Muthamaji informed us that by the grace of God he had arranged a Feeding Event in a remote village called Dangulu. He reached it after walking for two hours. He discovered that in almost every home there were seven to eight children. The village was very small, but filled with children. He preached the gospel to the villagers, and invited people to be healed by Jesus who alone is the Son of God. Many were healed as the Lord performed miracles. A twelve-year-old girl was suffering from stomach pain due to her menstrual period. The stomach pain left. A woman had been hearing noises in both ears for the last two years, and they thought it was the work of a sorcerer. Jesus touched her and the noises fell silent.
Muthamaji noticed that the villagers did not fear sickness or disease, but rather feared demons as almost all of them asked him to visit their homes for prayer. In the past, many people had passed away following demonic attacks. The people work very hard doing manual labour, but what they earn they spend on drink and getting drunk. Many of them made the decision not to drink any more.
New Elijah Challenge Pastor Prem Pani
Our new Elijah Challenge Pastor Prem Pani shared a very powerful miracle with us. Near his field a family had suffered at the hands of a well-known sorcerer. He had been sending demons to that family causing various torments like their bodies feeling intense heat & burning, severe chest pain, and stomach pain to mention some. Other unusual things would also happen to them in the middle of the night to torment them one by one.
They called brother Prem and shared these things with him. Immediately our brother ministered to all of them in Jesus’ name, and all of them rested peacefully that night. Again in the morning our brother went there to minister to the family members. I also talked with them and encouraged them, ministering to them over my phone. All the family members accepted the Christ. Praise the Lord!
The ministry of Brother Nayak
Our brother Nayak reported that in a small village he arranged a Feeding Event. Around fifty people including children live in that village. Now it happened that the village chief’s wife had been sick for a long time with hemorrhoids. The family had tried to treat her with medicine, but she did not get well. When he heard that the family had been suffering through this situation for a year, he went there to share with them about Jesus and His miraculous healing. The chief was glad and asked him to arrange a Feeding Event. There our brother preached the gospel and then ministered to the sick. The Lord touched many infirm people at that time. The village chief’s wife was also healed with her year-long pain disappearing in an instant. The chief’s family and the villagers were very glad to receive the Christ.
Another woman was healed from a back injury from which she had suffered for three months. An elderly man had been suffering from demonic attacks for a long time. Because of that his head would be shaking most of the time. After brother Nayak ministered to him in Jesus’ name, he was delivered from the demon and the shaking stopped.”
-Subodh Jena Kumar, Elijah Challenge Coordinator in Orissa, India