“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
This powerful truth from God is a primary factor galvanizing TWR’s global ministry, but sometimes even we need to be reminded of how remarkably valid these words are.
That's what Ibrahim did when he wrote, “Your messages do not act only spiritually. God also heals and restores couples.”
In fact, God’s Word had a life-changing impact on Ibrahim (not his real name) in at least three ways, as we shall see. He listens to TWR programs in the Baoule language, widely spoken in the central and eastern part of his homeland, Ivory Coast.
Ibrahim and his wife had been living apart for two years because she chose to attend an evangelical church and he followed a different religion that strictly required a wife to obey her husband. Eventually, he grew deeply confused and distressed and then became sick.
Bedridden, he began to listen to TWR broadcasts and heard that Jesus Christ healed the sick.
“I wanted to tell my wife to ask her pastor to come and pray for me, but shame prevented me from doing it,” Ibrahim wrote. “Then I asked the pastor of another church to come and pray for me, ordering him not to say anything to my wife or my brothers [from the other religion].”
After the prayer, Ibrahim said, he recovered from the illness. And that led to even bigger changes in his life.
“Today, I know that the God of Christians is real,” he wrote. “I decided to follow this God and bring my wife home.”
Still, though, Ibrahim recognizes that not everyone will welcome the transformation he has experienced. He expects to encounter hostility among members of his family and of the religion he once belonged to.
“Please,” he asked TWR’s response team, “could you pray for me?”