"I am a Psalm 91 miracle" those are the words of our dear and lifelong friend in the ministry, Dr. Jacob Kurien. He and Jack Ruth, were co-laborers, devoting their lives to Kingdom work but more, they were best friends. Traveling through Indonesia during February and March, Brother Jacob spent his days preaching for long hours as he is accustomed to during his ministry trips around the globe. This trip found him ministering in many places in which he preached to many Muslims about Christ. Previously in one of his most recent trips, an island sank — shortly after he had shared the gospel to those who lived there. The island was washed away and everything and every person on it soon vanished to sea after his departure. There had been no warning before it happened. Just days before Brother Kurien had been staying on the 18th floor of the hotel, with no one knowing that they only had days before the hurricane and earthquake striking and the whole island went under water. The timing for salvation had been less than a week before disaster struck.
During this trip to Indonesia in early 2020, he also spent several days in a conference with 20 pastors -
encouraging them and preaching the gospel with them. Covid-19 crisis began to bring immediate changes to travel and flight plans and Brother Kurien found that the trip he had back to the states would be too late. In fact, all flights home were canceled. His church began searching for him a way home and found him a seat, only two seats remained leaving Indonesia, on a flight to Singapore then to Tokyo where he was able to fly back to his home state of Texas. The news came to him of the effects of Covid-19 on the group of pastors he'd spent many days with, those that had sat on the front rows of the conference who were lifelong friends and who protected and cared for him during this trip. They were young men, in very good health and suddenly came down with fever. Four men of the 20 who sat on the front row of the conference died before he could even get a ticket home. One was a pastor who oversaw 30 churches. Out of the 20 pastors he had spent days in close fellowship with, all 20 were ill with the virus. This demonic plague had struck with a fury. Brother Jacob certainly had God with him to get him home safely and in good health. He said, "I am a Psalm 91 miracle." Men much younger than him died before anything could be done. Their wives and families called him to tell him what had happened to their husbands and he must leave the country. While it was raging around him, he came home from the long flight and demanding schedule, and was self-quarantined for 14 days where he remained strong and virus-free. Praise God. At 79 years of age, he had done what very few others could do! Yes, Brother Jacob Kurien, you are a Psalm 91 miracle.
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