Dave K., an Ekklesia leader from Irvine, wrote us a recent testimony of healing that occurred during their quarterly prayer gathering. Read, chew slowly, and enjoy.
A couple years back when Ekko Church was still over at our old location on Artesia Avenue, while we were new to Ekko, Pastor Bryan and Isaac—on the same night, and on separate occasions—prophesied that they saw our family in a big house where people would come to receive prayer and be healed both emotionally and physically.
It took some time, but that prophecy came true. Since then, we've moved into a larger home and began hosting quarterly prayer meetings for all the Ekklesias in the Irvine and Tustin regions, where we gather to eat and pray together. We call these nights "Taco Tuesdays."
On September 5th, the three Irvine Ekklesias gathered once again for Taco Tuesday. I think around twenty people came that evening. One of those individuals was someone named James, and he had experienced a miraculous healing during our last Taco Tuesday in June.
A little context: James had been suffering from chronic back pain for the better part of two decades, since he was in high school. His pain worsened in recent years, even leading to perhaps some structural damage to one of his vertebrae. On some days, he said he had to lay out on the floor for 4-5 hours from the pain, and there was this daily uncertainty of whether or not it was going to be a good or bad back day.
James shared that nothing particularly crazy happened that evening; just your run of the mill healing prayer. He really wasn’t expecting much. But this time, it was different. James woke up the next day, free from pain. He attributed the “good day” to one of those “good day” back days. But after a few good days, James said he remembered the prayer and began thinking it was not so run-of-the-mill after all.
But it gets better. James said he was not looking forward to the IKON men's BBQ that was going to happen soon afterwards, because he knew that there would be some games and activities that would get physical (particularly because Ekko men are competitive). But that day at the BBQ, James said he ran free of back pain. As he was sharing his testimony about running around in the field, he remembered that that was the exact prophetic vision that Grace, one of our members, had for him on the night of the healing prayer.
It’s funny how things come full circle—the house, the field.
Our Taco Tuesday participants became witnesses this past Tuesday. We could all feel our faith rising. I don’t believe I remember another Taco Tuesday where most of the members asked for healing, either for themselves or for their loved ones.
The theme for that evening was “Let us run.” It’s inspired by Hebrews 12 and PB’s last sermon about facing “trials and tests.” We hope that James’ testimony becomes our testimony because as a region, we really want to run with freedom and faith, even in the face of decades old obstacles and burdens.
James said that since three months ago that he is now 85% healed. He no longer wakes up wondering if it’ll be a good or bad back day. Last Tuesday, I caught a glimpse of James getting prayed over, again. This time, however, I get the feeling that his expectations—and ours—were a bit different.