2011 Thailand – Arabelle Samonte

The Power of Faith

 

In the beginning, God was already releasing a greater sense of faith over me. I was actually not an original member of the Thailand team. I wanted to go on missions, but my vacation dates didn’t match any of the dates. I decided to ask Lisa anyways to see if there was a chance that I may be able to join a team, but I still wasn’t able to. Then Lisa contacted me out of the blue and told me that the missions dates changed to the exact days I was off. Praise God! If I hadn’t had that slightest amount of faith, I probably wouldn’t have asked her, and thus I would have missed out on this amazing trip. I knew from that point on that God definitely wanted to release an increase in my faith. He wanted me on this trip for a reason. God showed me how it feels to walk out with the power of faith and that I am able to do great things through His power when I believe I can.

1 Peter 1:5 – “Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Through every experience on this trip, I had to die to myself and claim faith to rain over every action, especially when it came to things I’ve never seen before. Healing was the biggest miracle that God was telling me that I would see. Healing is something I was contending for within my own family. I already got challenged when I was assigned as the team “doctor.” My role for this trip was to make sure everyone was healthy, and to press in in prayer for everyone’s health. I had a lot of fears because the only person I have prayed healing for was my mother. I had never seen healing manifest, thus how could I be used as a vessel for it? I thought there was some kind of mistake in assigning me this role. Regardless, I would see my prayers begin to shift whenever I would pray for healing and my faith began to increase each time. I definitely was seeing God use me more and more for healings and my doubts started to fade away.

One of many interesting healings that happened was on the second night we ministered in Chainat, a province of central Thailand about 3 hours North of Bangkok in a church called Nakornsawan Church. People who needed healing were asked to stand up and I laid my hands on this lady’s lower back. As our team member David was playing the “Hallelujah Song,” we all just began singing. I was so led by the Holy Spirit to just continue to sing. But when Pastor Erin asked people to check if they were healed, this lady raised her hand. I was so in awe because I didn’t even pray, I just laid my hands on her back and was singing. When it was her turn to share her testimony, she said that she felt heat and a tingling sensation coming from my hands as if God was touching her right at that moment. She was bending her back and saying she had no more pain. She was so happy and kept hugging me all throughout the night. It was incredible to be used as a vessel for healing and to see the whole team walking out in faith praying for healing when a lot of us have never ministered that way before. Praise God for the 59 healings that we were able to see manifest throughout this whole trip. My faith began to multiply and was even carried forth outside of the church revival services.

Faith is something I was marked with each and every day and God was showing me that I also needed to conquer some fears outside of the church setting. When we went to evangelize on the beach in Hua Hin (a beach town 200km south of Bangkok), I had to face the fear of man, head on. Everyone spent some time evangelizing on the beach. I went with Pastor Erin and right away we saw two Thai masseuses and Pastor Erin said, “Let’s go for it.” We tried to talk to them using the limited Thai that we knew, and then we asked them if they had any pain. One lady said she had shoulder pain, so Pastor Erin told me to go ahead, so I lay my hands on her shoulders and prayed a simple prayer of healing and she was healed instantly! She was so shocked and excited. Then, the other lady who initially said she had no pain, suddenly told us that she had pain in her quadriceps after seeing her friend healed. So we both Pastor Erin and I prayed for her. She was still feeling pain. This just allowed us to press in with more faith. We prayed again and she was completely healed! It showed me that healing can happen anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be in a church setting. It also showed me how simply God’s love can manifest. I can be used as that vessel of love because of the power of faith to conquer our fears and press in: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity,” Colossians 4: 4-5. We made the most of that opportunity and every opportunity that we evangelized. This wasn’t the only healing I was able to be used for in evangelism outside of the church.

Next up was my biggest fear of all, sharing my testimony. God quickly showed me that morning in our team meeting that it doesn’t take special words or talent to share a testimony of God. The Spirit is given to us through faith and is not given to us by measure. We meditated on 1 Corinthians 2:1, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.” My faith rested on God’s power and I went up there during the Sunday service in Manoram Church in Chainat, (the same province 3 hours away from Bangkok) and shared my testimony with nothing in front of me. I went by the Spirit’s leading. It took great faith for me to do that since I was struggling on what I wanted to address beforehand, but after God led me to one verse for my testimony, I knew what God wanted me to say. He wanted me to share about my former depression, self hatred, and how He saved me from committing suicide. This was the first time I was able to share about my vulnerabilities from the past. I believe that God not only activated an increase in faith in me to release physical healings onto others, but also released an inner healing for others and for myself. Being up there was powerful and I could feel a shift in my mind that I was a completely new person. Faith empowered me to see it.

When we were all contending to see signs and wonders, God marked each of us with an increase of faith. If we didn’t have faith in what God can do, faith in each other and faith in ourselves, God wouldn’t have been able to manifest to the fullest the way that He did in Thailand. The power of faith can move mountains. I know it did for me. I was contending for signs and wonders and God delivered. I never knew that one of the signs and wonders would be my inner healing, and a greater revelation of the meaning of love expressed through the power of faith.

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