The Unbelievable! A PowerClub Kid Raises a Baby from the Dead!
OK. If this is a stretch for you to believe, I understand. I had to blink hard a couple times myself when this report first came in from our KIMI Latin America director Ana Lilia Zertuche. It’s easy for me to believe kids can heal the sick. I’ve seen it done over and over again. It’s easy for me to accept them as profound prayer warriors. It happens in almost every one of our conferences. It’s easy for me to acknowledge kids giving prophetic words to people very accurately. I’ve heard them do it repeatedly reading people’s private mail and changing people’s lives. Though I’ve never seen it personally, I have heard a number of stories where children have cast out devils. I believe it.
And I also believe kids can raise the dead. But in all my years of preaching this message I have only heard of one story where this actually happened. And it’s a 20 year old story told to me by a man in Africa. So when this story came in about one of our very own PowerClub kids, I wanted to get as many of the facts as possible and get it documented the best we could. Let me tell you the whole story as told to me by Ana Lilia.
About a year ago a man, Hugo, in Mexico City saw the movie Jesus Camp. (Isn’t that interesting????) He wrote to us here in the states and wanted to get involved with our ministry because of what he saw in the movie. So naturally we put him in contact with Ana Lilia since she lives in Mexico.
Very shortly after this Hugo asked Ana Lilia to train him so he could begin a PowerClub in Mexico City. He was so excited to begin. After training and receiving our KIMI curriculums in Spanish, he started with three kids, then eight, then twenty, and before long he had 100 children attending his PowerClub. He was desperate for a bigger meeting place.
A father of one of the children attending was so impressed with the changes that he saw in his own son, that he started attending the PowerClub himself. He was a disenfranchised Christian who had given up on church. But this ministry so impressed him, that he immediately began paying the rent on a facility for Hugo to hold his hundred kids. Hugo has now been teaching these children with our KIMI curriculums for a year.
Now fast forward to just within the last six weeks where our miracle story begins. Hugo’s twelve year old son Estaban had a sudden appendicitis attack and was rushed to the hospital for surgery. While he was there, the report went out through the patients in the hospital that a little baby had died. It was a preemie, and the doctors had worked on him for at least two hours before giving up, pulling all life support from him, and announcing to the parents that little Ezekial was officially dead.
When Estaban heard the story he immediately asked his mother if he could go and pray for the baby. He insisted on praying that the baby would be resurrected. His mother tried to redirect him to pray for the parents who surely needed their prayers, but Estaban was insistent about praying that the baby would be resurrected.
Finally his mother led Estaban, still hooked up to his own IV’s, down the hallway to the baby’s room, but of course the nurses would not allow them to go in. So undaunted, Estaban began to pray in the hallway, outside the door of the baby. Everyone around him heard his prayer for the baby to come back to life. Finally he was done and confidently declared to his mother, “The baby WILL be resurrected.” With that they went back to their own room.
It wasn’t but about a half an hour later, one of the nurses came running into their room with the news—the baby was indeed alive again!!!!Everyone, including the doctors declared it an absolute miracle!
Hugo and his family visited little Ezekial and his parents several times, and just in the last week or two they finally were allowed to take little Ezekial home. The parents are Catholic. Hugo, Claudia, and Estaban were invited to their home just recently and were able to take pictures of Estaban and the baby and his mother. The parents have since received Jesus as their savior and are still declaring along with the doctors that this is indeed a miracle! The doctors have no explanation for this!
This has even increased my faith of the potential of children as warriors for Christ. Of course I’m excited that this came out of one of our PowerClubs. Of course I’m excited that this child was first impacted by the movie Jesus Camp and was later trained using our materials. But as of right now, we don’t have a curriculum with any lessons teaching kids to raise the dead! This was a total God-thing! Somehow this child was impacted to be able to believe God for anything!
Every one of us as parents, pastors, and children’s ministers should be deeply inspired and challenged to believe for even bigger and more amazing things through the children we are privileged to teach after hearing this story. Think of the responsibility we have to inspire and mentor and encourage our kids to believe for the unbelievable.
Please continue to pray for little Ezekial since he is a preemie that he will grow up perfect with no physical limitations of any kind and pray for his parents that they will find a good church where they will be discipled and be able to grow strong in the Lord. We give God all the glory for it all!