One of the things we would do during our time helping engage the refugee crisis in Sicily was to head to the local city and find people to love and share the gospel with. On this one occasion, myself, Patrick and two other people from the Sicily team, Ryan and Carmen, met three young men who were refugees from Senegal. Each of them had been in Sicily for a different amount of time. One, Marmadu, had been in Sicily since 2011. It was an incredibly humbling experience talking to Marmadu. Despite having come to seek refuge in Sicily whilst most wanted to move on to other places Marmadu had clear intentions of staying in Sicily and continue his job working as a translator with the Red Cross to help the incoming refugees. This was unlike his friends who wanted to leave Sicily. What was humbling was that Marmadu had taken his bad experience and devoted his time to helping those that had been in similar circumstances. What was most moving to us was that he was a Muslim yet happily allowed me and Patrick pray for him and his work in the name of Jesus, and appeared touched by us offering to do so. He even invited us to come visit him in his work place.
His Friend Yaya told us that he was an atheist and shared his doubts about Jesus. Despite this he was open to us telling him about the gospel and when asked if he had anything for us to pray about he shared that he had trouble with his leg, especially after doing physical activity. Just before encountering Yaya and his friends, I experienced a piercing pain in my left leg and felt God telling me to look for someone who had pains in their leg. Yaya experienced the pain in his left leg too and so it was clear that God was bringing us to him. Ryan explained that God could heal this and wanted him healed. He was very sceptical that God was capable of such healing so I shared my testimony of how I had been healed the day before. Also how I had stopped my medication so should be experiencing side effects that normally leave me bed bound. I asked Yaya if I looked in pain to him, to which he replied no.
It was amazing to see how his face switched from showing scepticism to showing a look of intrigue. He then happily accepted prayer for healing, despite having been sceptical he was now totally open. After praying Yaya declared that he no longer felt any pain and that his leg was healed. He was overjoyed and exchange details with us so that he and his friends could start the Discipleship course. I had never seen someone look so filled with Joy, it was amazing to witness Gods glory being revealed to those who had felt they had never truly encountered God up to this moment.