Posted by Tim on 27th September 2010
Missionary Paul Bennison reports on God’s incredible provision during his recent trip to Colombia….
If I’d been on my own, I’d have been loath to report this, but there were 4 of us from the UK, and two very dear friend Colombian pastors. We’d been ministering in Buenaventura, on the coast. On a good day, in daylight, it’s a 3 hour journey across an ‘interesting’ Andes mountain pass (!): two lanes, incredible bends and steep drops, many trucks and buses… not a road you want to drive at night! Which is exactly what we found ourselves doing on the return to Cali!
Not only that, as we were about to leave at 10.30pm, an Andean thunder storm, with typical tropical rains, began. We were already looking at a 4 hour journey, now more likely to be 5+ hours. You could hardly see out of the windscreen, even with the lights on high beam and the wipers flat out. The roads become like rivers in an instant in such rain.
After one hour of this I was sitting in the back, beating myself up over why I have no problem in saying to sickness ‘Get out!’ or ‘Be healed in the Name of Jesus!’, but had a problem with saying ‘Peace be still!’…. so I decided to try and beat my mental battle by saying just that. Within moments the storm seemed to move away from the car – we could still see it, hear it, and see the rain, but it had moved away from us!
At 12.20am, we were getting out of the car at our apartment block in Cali…. it took just 50 minutes to drive what should have taken over 4 hours! It took some time to sink in: not only did God quieten the storm around us, but we know we missed large chunks of the journey home, or reaching landmarks much, much quicker than we should have done. Maybe this is nothing unusual for you: perhaps being transported is more common than I know, but I have to confess it is the first time I recall it ever happening to me.
Moreover, the rain began again with its relentless hostility within 10 minutes of our getting back into Cali. I’m now looking forward to missing out on some long haul airline flights, and just arriving in different countries! It does happen – I just would like the air miles, too!!!
Paul Bennison is an itinerant missionary who regularly sees God’s miraculous provision in his ministry, particularly in healing. You can read more about his exciting adventures in many countries at www.paulbennison.com