SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- The sun appears to be in no hurry as it rises above the mountains, dispelling the morning mist. Tangled forests towering with teakwood trees and twisted vines frame a bustling town on one Southeast Asian isle.
Outside Budi Perkasa's* clinic, benches are crowded with patients waiting for an appointment with him. Perkasa's reputation as a healer precedes him in these parts, and many who seek him are searching for an answer modern medicine cannot offer.
"On average, the people that come to my clinic are people who have given up hope," Perkasa said. "They have gone from hospital to hospital, some even internationally, but they have not found healing."
"When they come to our clinic, by God's mercy, often He grants miracles and they find healing," said Perkasa, who for two years has served and faithfully prayed for his ill, unbelieving patients.
"Eighty-five percent have a crisis of faith within themselves. I shoot straight with them, saying I cannot heal you, but the power of Jesus can."
Perkasa's patients have been miraculously healed of cataracts, tumors have disappeared overnight from their bodies, and damaged organs have been restored.
"I pray for them, but I do not have the power to heal them," Perkasa said. "That is God's job. Only He can do that."
Perkasa recounts the story of a young boy whose family brought him to the clinic as a last resort. Born with a hole in his heart, the boy spent much of his younger years in a hospital bed, not responding to treatments. After Perkasa shared the Gospel and prayed for the young boy, the hole in his heart sealed and disappeared.
Born into a strict Islamic family, Perkasa's journey of faith began two years ago when in town on business, he encountered Christian workers Curtis and JoAnn Brinks.*
A distinct breed of goats first drew Perkasa to the Brinks. The goats were imported as a breeding project and were hailed the best in the region. The Brinks took Perkasa to see the famous goats.
He heard the Gospel presentation during the visit, and an inner wrestling began in his heart. He decided to follow Christ and renounced his Islamic faith.
His family, learning of his conversion, called him to dinner and a fight ensued. Perkasa was beaten and struck in the head with a pistol. To this day, he insists God protected him, as he "did not feel any pain."
Perkasa began visiting the Brinks daily, studying the Scriptures in their home. Read More