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Prophetic Children in the 19th Century
In the 1920s, one of the most phenomenal prophetic events revolved around 40 orphaned children under the care of a Christian missionary couple in China.

Sovereignly there was a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and these children fell under the power of God. While in the Spirit, they saw into the next world.

They saw angels and talked with them; they played in the parks of Paradise and saw saints of old. The children would clap their hands and shout for joy while in this trance-like state. They would at times roll on the floor in unrestrained laughter, jump, and dance with delight in this city that they could alone see.

This went on for days and weeks amidst normal school activities. It was just as common for them to see demons and cast them out in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The end result was a tremendous evangelizing of the lost in their city, which was one of the more wicked in China at the time (Visions Beyond the Veil by H.A. Baker, Whitaker House, 1973).

In the 1940s, it seemed that Aimee Semple McPherson had an anointing to raise up child evangelists, including one young girl as young as nine years of age and another age that attended Aimee's school of ministry (Aimee Semple McPherson, Everyone's Sister, Edith Blumhofer, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1993).

Recently I met a woman whose mother had become a child evangelist after preaching with Aimee at the age of five. She had been observed lining up her dolls and preaching to them in a similar style to Aimee.

When it was brought to the great evangelist's attention, she brought the child on stage with her a few times to preach. Shortly thereafter her parents began to hold their own meetings featuring their young daughter.

By the time the child was 10 years old, newspapers reported she had drawn crowds of as high as 8,000 people to hear her and have her lay hands on them for healing.

John G. Lake, one of the great faith healers of the 1940s, reported many instances of children being used by the Lord in his meetings. One incident took place in South Africa in which a man came to his meeting with a terrible cancerous tumor on his face.

In addition he had suffered sunstroke and he complained of fire in his brain all the time. It limited his free flow of thoughts. He went to Brother Lake for prayer, but before the minister could get to him, a little girl walked up to the sick man.

She crawled up on his lap, put her hands on his face and prayed a simple child-like prayer. The cancer disappeared, and the fire left his brain.

A Chinese man traveled all the way to South Africa to attend Lake's services, hungry to see God move. His desire was to take the knowledge of Jesus Christ back to the Chinese people who were working in the mines.

He began to hear about the supernatural manifestations of God that were happening in Lake's meetings, and his prayer was, "Oh, God, if this is of you, I want it. But if it's not of you, I don't want it!"

At the end of one of the services, a little girl walked up to him, looked up at him and said, "This is of God!" But she said it in perfect Chinese.

Lake prophesied about children being used in intercessory prayer saying, "When you hear the children travail, know that Jesus has one foot in the door!"

He would say that children were going to make a cry in their travail that adults do not make, and that when this cry comes, that Jesus will come through the door!

In Indonesia in the 1960s came remarkable reports of children ages six to 10 that would gather daily for prayer meetings, weeping at times for the whole world. They would often lay hands on people, pray for them and saw many healings take place.

In one city many children accepted the Lord, but many of the adults refused to do so. "Then the Lord gave the children a word of knowledge so that they knew the secret sins of people's hearts.

But when they told the people these things—especially when they told all these secret things right out in church—some of the people got mad and persecuted the children." (Like a Mighty Wind, Mel Tari, Creation House, pg 54.)

In this same time frame a little eight-year-old boy named Roberts Lairdon, visited heaven and wrote a powerful book about his experiences (I Saw Heaven, Roberts Lairdon Ministries, 1995.)

Today he has a worldwide ministry that started when he was just a teenager.

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Author Biography

Becky Fischer
Web site: Kids In Ministry International
 
Becky Fischer is the founder and director of Kids in Ministry International (KIMI), a multi-faceted ministry that trains children to walk in the supernatural power of God and equips adults to work with children in the same way. Becky, who served as a children's pastor for ten years prior to starting KIMI, received Jesus as her Savior and the infilling of the Holy Spirit at an early age. She knows first-hand that children can be touched and used by God and recognized early in her ministry career that children are hungry for a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit.
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