Mwanaisha is an elderly Muslim woman in Watta community in Tana River County in northern coast of Kenya. Lucy and Janet met her as they visited her village in the month of March 2015. Here is their story:
As we went round doing outreach, we entered a certain village known as Watta. We visited various families and preached the Gospel to them. As we entered one of the homesteads, we found some ladies preparing foodstuff to cook. They gave us a warm welcome mixed with curiosity as we appeared strangers to them. We introduced our names and told them we were preachers. We went further to ask them whether they had heard or known prophet Isa. “Yes” they replied. Janet asked, “How do you know him?” “As a prophet who did miracles” one lady replied. We took note of that quickly and asked them whether they would want Him to perform a miracle for them. They told us that their grandmother who was inside the house had been ailing for the last three years. She had a swollen stomach and was not able to eat anything. She had survived on fluids which most of the times she would vomit out. They had taken her for medical treatment but the doctors had failed to diagnose the disease. They had all lost hope of her living and were just waiting for death anytime. They requested for prayers so that Isa may heal her. They took us inside their house where their granny of about 75 years was sleeping facing the wall. When we tried to speak to her, her voice was not audible and we couldn’t communicate.
|Lucy and Janet during ministry times|
Janet has basic experience in medical field since her mother was a nurse and used to train her on various diseases. In this case, when she observed Mwanaisha closely, she was able to detect that she was suffering from liver cirrhosis.
We were really moved with compassion and our faith got stirred up. We prayed intensively for about ten minutes, rebuking all sickness in her body. Then suddenly, her stomach shrank. We stopped praying and began to give God thanks for the healing miracle on Mwanaisha.
All this time her four granddaughters aged between 17 and 20 were watching saying nothing. They were stunned by that occurrence as they had been very desperate of the state of their grandmother. We turned to them and asked if they would want to receive Christ who had healed their granny. Without argument or further discussion they all agreed without hesitation. We led them in prayer of repentance as they gave their lives to the Lord. After, we sat down to encourage them and explain further the Scriptures.
It was really an inspiring moment as we sought deeper into the Word of God. When we rose up to go back to our missionary base, the ladies requested us to go back again and have more Bible teachings. We made plans to have weekly Bible Study in their home.
|75 year old Mwanaisha|
One week later we went back to Watta village. This time there was a different scenario on Mwanaisha. She sat on her mattress talking merrily with her granddaughters. She couldn’t hide her joy when she saw us. It was a great time together as we focused on the goodness of God. Before leaving, we spoke the message of eternity to Mwanaisha and like all her four granddaughters, she opened her heart and received Jesus in her life.
Tana River has recently experienced strong insecurity issues as some people have been attacking others at gun point. This has moved the government to ban movement during various hours. This has restricted our visit to various villages including Watta. However, we met one of the relatives of Mwanaisha on the road one day and she informed us that Mwanaisha had fully recovered and was doing well. We earnestly long to see her soon and we are looking forward to the day when the curfew will be lifted off from this region.
To God be all the glory.