By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – September 29, 2016) — In a remote Southeast Asian village, a leader’s death and apparent resurrection from the dead fueled revival among a previously unreached group.
Pastor David Platt shared the story with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Sept. 19 in Nashville, according to Baptist Press. Platt currently serves as president of the Southern Baptist’s mission board. The report came to Platt from an IMB missionary.
A Southeast Asian believer trained by Southern Baptist missionaries took some friends with him and began sharing the Gospel in a village “that was totally unreached with the Gospel until they got there.”
The villagers responded attentively, began to study the Bible like the noble Bereans, and many in the village believed.
As they came to Christ, a number brought idols, necklaces and amulets connected with pagan worship to the center of the village to be burned, Platt recounted.
But in a strange reversal one day, some began taking back their occult-linked objects.
It seems the village leader had died and a few superstitiously believed his death was caused by evil spirits upset about the destruction of the sacred objects.
Discouraged by the sudden turnaround, the Christians went to express their condolences at a house where the village leader’s body lay in repose.
Standing over the fallen leader, they began praying “that God would show His mercy to the people in the village, that God would show His glory and His love to that people who were so close,” Platt told Baptist Press.
Then something astonishing happened. As they were praying over the man, all of a sudden the man coughed!
Photo captions: 1) David Platt. 2) Resurrection is the hope of all believers. 3) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also co-host for “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, which is aired weekly on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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