man in white
television viewers watching a programme entitled Healing and Faith, made
by the Evangelical Broadcasting company, were recently given the opportunity
to hear eyewitness accounts of miraculous healings and of many places in
the Middle East where "the man in white" is known.
A documentary made in a slum area of Cairo provided evidence of numerous
inexplicable, miracle cures, stating that they are on the increase. Many
of the miracles are associated with a priest and his remarkable church which
he and parishioners built in response to a call from God. A Coptic priest,
Father Saman, was asked by God to build a church to serve the people and
bring them hope, since the slumdwellers of Moccotan are despised for being
rubbish-collectors and for living virtually in and on the garbage tips.
The church was quarried out of a huge rocky ridge which runs through that
part of the outskirts of Cairo. Father Saman and the local doctor and people
have witnessed amazing events, usually miracles of healing.
Dramatic stories told by now-healed men and women highlight the astounding
incidents which take place in an area which outsiders might be tempted to
call "God-forsaken". Close-ups of X-rays were shown of horrific,
sometimes near-fatal injuries resulting in paraplegia and crushed vertebrae.
The local doctor described the healing of a patient with terrible injuries
-- an ear-to-ear crack in a skull and severe brain haemorrhage. The healing
followed several hours' prayer and "a message from God" telling
the priest that an operation would not be necessary because He Himself would
cure the man. The interviewer saw X-rays showing the extent of the cranial
damage. The doctor also took X-rays after the healing which showed a skull
free from any sign of injury.
In another case the doctor told of a woman whose back was crushed by a 5-ton
block of stone which pinned her to the ground. It took 40 men to remove
the stone; the woman was rushed to the local clinic and was operated on
but nevertheless ended as a paraplegic. Prayer and "God's healing power"
cured her; she now walks and functions absolutely normally. The crushed
vertebrae are sound and her back is straight. She has recovered full control
of all bodily functions.
" ... I heard a loud noise like the sound of many broken bones reassembling
themselves, pulling together again," the doctor said as he described
a man very badly injured in a fall near the church of Father Saman. Before
he had time to complete his diagnosis of severe skeletal injury -- including
a broken pelvis and thigh bone -- the doctor saw the man gain consciousness
and look up. A few minutes later he was on his feet and walking with no
sign of pain or injury. Asked his professional opinion, the doctor smiled
broadly and answered that medicine had nothing to match the power of the
All the studio guests were people who had either witnessed or had themselves
experienced healing. One, identified only as Joseph, and apparently himself
of Middle Eastern origin, was introduced as an expert in the field of spiritual
developments in that part of the world. When asked if such cases were unique,
Joseph replied that while each instance of God's healing power is, of course,
unique, there is mounting evidence to suggest that such miracles are more
numerous than one might think. They are taking place all over the Middle
East and the Gulf States.
The miracles are mainly of two types -- firstly those dealing with physical
healing and secondly, the greater miracle, the changed lives of people transformed
by spiritual experience. Joseph said that nothing in the past can compare
with the heightened activity of God's work in the world in the last 10-15
years -- it is of far greater scale and magnitude than anything we have
seen so far.
But it is not only Christians who are having experiences of Jesus or God;
many Muslims also see him. People have visions and dreams and see Jesus.
"Whole villages are visited by the "man in white robes";
people see him and recognize him. They call him Aisa, the Muslim Arabic
name for Jesus." The man in white is now known to many.
Source: Evangelical Broadcasting Company, Holland
from: Share International July /August 1996
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