A touching article from SCOAN’s publication: ‘Faith Cometh’ about reaching out to the less privileged in Surabaya, Indonesia…
In far away Indonesia, compelled by God’s compassion that sees beyond race, colour and culture, Prophet T.B. Joshua’s passion to provide for the poor did not waver. While preaching to the people of Indonesia at the popular Graha Bethany Church, he took his time to visit a charity home called the House of Love where since 1977, a couple had taken the task of feeding no fewer than 3,000 underprivileged people every fortnight.
The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ananda, lovingly welcomed the prophet, explaining how in 1977, God had spoken to them to feed the poor, clothe the naked and care for the weak. Mrs. Hana Ananda said: “In 1977 when everyone was hungry, God spoke to me: ‘Now feed the people.’ So we started giving the slum people food until I had to stop them because we didn’t have enough food. That was why we started meeting once every two weeks.”
When asked why she decided to spearhead such a cause, Hana said: “I have to be held accountable when I die. I have to do these things – that’s my belief”. Hana explained that irrespective of people’s religion and position, the House of Love seeks to provide for all who enter their doors: “I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I only know they’re poor and in need. Of course some come because of the food but they also need love.”
Touched by this report, Prophet T.B. Joshua visited the home with both spiritual and physical provision – moved, motivated and inspired by the love of Christ. For Hana and the House of Love, this visit could not have come at a better time as the Prophet donated $10,000 to assist the charity in their efforts to feed the poor. Clearly touched and unable to hold back her tears any longer, she prayed: “Thank you so much for providing for their needs O’ Lord. Bless this ministry. Bless Prophet T.B. Joshua and the team that you have used to become a blessing to the nation and also for the poor in Surabaya”.
When the Prophet mounted the platform of a humble stage at the House of Love, he greeted them in the name of Jesus Christ. He said: “I am here today because I love you. I am here today because Jesus cares for the weak. I’m here today because Jesus loves the rejected ones. The powerful people in society would like to oppress the weak but God cares for the weak. Those who feel rejected by everyone, those who are lonely should trust in the goodness of God. I want to tell you that I’m your brother. Whatever you want me to be, I’m ready, I’m here”.
After addressing the congregation and ministering the Word of God, helped by his team, he gave out boxes of food to each one of the several thousands that were present. Among those who were fed, were hungry babies, mothers and children, including the sick and the afflicted. Radiant smiles served as an unspoken expression of appreciation. For many, it was a moment in which they forgot their usual scarcity and suffering, while redirecting their focus towards a faithful God and His abundant provision.
It was an unforgettable event where not only the lonely were comforted and the hungry fed, but the sick and afflicted also received their healing. The crowd looked on as the resurrection power of Jesus Christ flowed through Prophet T.B. Joshua to the lives of those in sickness and affliction, breathing life anew. Among those who received their healing was 40 year-old Mrs. Ping Ping, who had Parkinson’s disease and was unable to walk being confined to a wheelchair. After personally distributing food to her, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her in the name of Jesus Christ and to the cries of disbelief of those around her, Mrs. Ping Ping rose to her feet and began to walk unaided from her wheelchair. Amidst the clapping of the crowd, she gave thanks to God for His goodness in her life!
Before taking his leave, Prophet T.B. Joshua told them: “God loves you. He is the Father of the fatherless and Mother of the motherless. He is your Advocate. Remain in Him and trust in His goodness”.
The ‘House of Love’ was born of a heart of love – and such should be the love that characterizes our lives as children of God. As Apostle John admonishes us in a magnificent epistle, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” It is time to let love be uppermost in our hearts.
SOURCE: Faith Cometh