2015 Borneo – Breann Hays

Spirit-Led

…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. – Zechariah 4:6

I just got back from my first New Philly missions trip. My team went to Borneo, Malaysia and we spent a week praying for physical healing, holding revival services, and ministering to the local people. I didn’t have any specific expectations going into this trip. I’d heard the testimonies of previous New Philly missions trips and I was really eager to see God release a lot of healings, but beyond that I didn’t know what to expect. I was sure God would show up and challenge me, but I didn’t know what that would look like.

Now that the trip is over, I’m surprised by how little I was surprised. We probably saw at least 20 healings a day from ailments including shoulder, knee, back, and stomach pain to migraines and vision impairment to partial paralysis. Each time I would lay my hands and pray, knowing that I had fasted for months before the trip to ask God for healing, knowing that God is a good Father who loves to heal, and knowing that the team and I had faith to see God move in a very tangible way. And so every time somebody said that they could now lift their arm, or bend their back, or get up and walk, I rejoiced and thanked God, but I was not surprised.

One day our team split up into smaller teams to go pray for each family in a longhouse, and I was with two other girls. We met an old woman who had a long list of things she wanted us to pray for, but I saw that her foot was disfigured and I knew that’s what God wanted to take care of. We prayed probably 3 or 4 times, and the last time I felt like God said it was done and we should stop. Honestly, I was a little disappointed because the foot didn’t really look different. The lady thanked us and sent us away with gifts, and I left hoping and trusting that things would be different for her.

Our team’s last day in Borneo was a Sunday, and she showed up for church. At first I didn’t realize it was her – she caught my eye because she looked really beautiful and she was wearing a bright dress. I then saw her feet, and the disfigurement was still there, but she was walking normally! I feel like God sent her there to show me that He is working even when it doesn’t look like anything is happening in the natural.

I was also blown away by how easy it was for me to preach. I found out about a week before the trip that I needed to prepare a sermon, and I wasn’t thrilled. Preaching isn’t something I ever wanted to do or ever saw myself doing. I don’t like being the center of attention and I used to get nervous behind the mic. But as soon as I started preparing I felt God give me a theme and a passage to preach from: the prodigal son. By the time we got to Borneo, I was really confident about the sermon I had prepared. I knew what God wanted me to say, but I was still a little nervous about actually doing it. I woke up one morning and I just knew it was my day to preach. A little while before the service I was looking over the sermon I had written and I felt God highlighting completely different things – much better things – from the passage. So I folded up my manuscript, put it away, and went in the new direction in which God was leading. I decided I would just open my mouth and say what I felt God leading me to say. Right before the service started I was praying and I remember telling God, “I just want to do a good job, for You and for them.” And I felt like God told me He wanted those people to hear that message, and He wasn’t going to let me mess it up. He said He loved me and He wanted to me to do a good job, too. And after that there were no more nerves. I was so calm. That’s not how I expected to feel as I walked up to the pulpit. Preaching was so easy. All I had to do was listen to God and say what He told me to say.

Thank you so much for sending me to Borneo! I had a ton of fun with my team, and I experienced some things for myself that just a few years ago I had struggled to believe were real. I truly will never be the same. The biggest thing I learned in Borneo is to trust. I really can do anything God says I can do – He proved that to me. I know that God wants to use me and He wouldn’t throw me into a situation I can’t handle because that is not loving. If I think something is too hard, but God says it’s not, I have to listen to God. I have to believe Him more than I believe my own feelings.

Please continue to pray with me for Borneo and the local pastor we worked with, Pastor John. Pray that the faith of the people will be strengthened – I one reason why we saw a lot of so many healings is that God is proving Himself and His sovereignty to these people. The occult is strong in this area and God’s people need to know that He is the one true God. Pray for Pastor John, that God will keep giving him love and patience for these people, and that other local pastors will rise up in leadership and authority to partner with him for God’s glory!

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