Fourth year B.A. in Ministry student Caleb MacCallum has learned to always be obedient to the Holy Spirit, no matter where that may take him. He had the opportunity to help lead Kingswood University’s Ecclesia* team this summer.
Caleb’s most memorable moment came from Ecclesia’s trip to Toronto. He acknowledges, “I look back, and I think of all the trips, Toronto stood out for me.” The most mind-blowing and encouraging moment came when he was able to pray for healing for a man suffering from a gun-shot wound. Here’s the story:
It was our last day doing street drama down at Dundas Square. We happened to connect with Dundas Square Church, and we ended up doing street ministry together. We then attended their church service. Two guys who had seen our team at the service happened to meet us at our hostel where we were staying. The one guy Michael mentioned that he worked at a street mission two streets over. The mission’s goal is to help people dealing with drugs and also PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). He invited us to come check it out.
We went and began ministering to the people there, giving out snacks and just talking with them. Michael, who is like a chaplain to them, took us over to where a man was sitting in the corner. He explained that this man had been in a gang, had gotten shot, and his entire vertebra had been shattered. He couldn’t really move.
I felt prompted to pray for him. We gathered around the man and prayed for healing for his back. We didn’t pray just once. We prayed about 5-6 times. Each time we prayed, we asked the man if there was any change. He spoke only broken English and mainly just nodded or shook his head. By the sixth time of asking him, he slowly stood to his feet and began walking! He was completely healed! I thought, “Is this for real?” The man had the biggest smile on his face I’d ever seen. I started crying. It was so amazing and so powerful. It was my first time experiencing anything like this.
Caleb has been deeply impacted by God’s healing power displayed in such a dramatic, life-changing way. He shares, “I’ve realized the value of being persistent in prayer and stepping out, even if I don’t feel ready to do it. After that instance, I started listening more to the Holy Spirit and just praying more for healing for people.
Caleb went on to have an amazing summer ministering with his team to all kinds of people, from every walk of life. He saw God’s hand repeatedly at work. He also realizes how God still reveals His miraculous power right here in North America in Toronto, Canada, not just in other parts of the world.
*Ecclesia consists of a team of Kingswood students who take groups of high school students on trips to various places to minister. This summer, teams headed to Toronto, New York City, the Maritimes, and Guatemala.