Rain dampens JESUS Film showing, until they find out villagers’ prayers


By JESUS Film Harvest Partners

Watching JESUS Film

Halfway through a showing of the JESUS Film at a village in Sri Lanka, the skies darkened and a light rain began to fall. Disheartened team members showing the film began to pray earnestly against the rain, but soon discovered God had a different plan in mind.

A group of 35 Nazarene Missions International (NMI) leaders affiliated with JESUS Film Harvest Partners organized the showing in the Tamil language at a village square, adjacent to a temple.

As the equipment was set up, the skies darkened and began to telegraph the imminent approach of rain. When the film began to roll, the glow of lightning and sounds of thunder rolled over the townspeople gathered there. Many of the team prayed that rain would not dampen the evening and keep people from watching JESUS.

Villagers on the side of a hill nearby turned on their lights and stepped outside their homes to see what was happening. They began to watch the film along with the others huddled below.

When the rain first began, several of the visiting team members started to pray, asking God to stop it. To their chagrin, the rain continued.

Team member Rob North said he remembered thinking, “Oh, Lord, please stop the rain. We are all getting wet and very few have an umbrella; what if people leave to get out of the rain?”

“By the time Jesus was crucified, it was raining heavily, but few people left,” Ann Baldwin noted.

The visiting team didn’t know it had not rained in this area for three months. The priests and followers of the local traditional religion had been praying for many days and weeks, making sacrifices, wailing and crying out for rain to their many gods.

In fact, earlier in the afternoon, some of the village’s women had been in the village temple beside that very square, pleading with their gods to send rain.

It was not until the scene in which Jesus was nailed on the cross that the heavens broke loose and rain began to pour down on the gathering.

“When the rain came during the crucifixion of Christ, the villagers said they now knew that Jesus is the God who hears and answers prayers, that He is the God who brings the healing rains so needed by that village,” Baldwin reported.





  1. Haleluah – OH let True Believers shed tears of joy and thanksgiving, with all Praise to our Wonderous JEHOVAH GOD. How this Providential Work by Him illustrates Isaiah 55:8-11 and Jerimiah 32:27!!! His Wonderous and Awesomes Ways moved non-believers to know that He is GOD. Let us pray that many souls will come to Saving Belief in Jesus Christ as their Personal Saviour (John 14:6).
    Bro. Nick

  2. Yes, The Lord Jesus is still alive, and performs his own will. This is indeed a marvelous witness, praise the Lord (Hallelu Yah)

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