From my experiences with him, he was possibly one of the most recognized faces in the Middle East due to the television series. We couldn't stop at a light, fill up at a gas station, or sit down in a restaurant without someone recognizing him and coming up to talk. Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike called him “holy man.” He had such a great rapport with the entire region.
It wasn't just when I went overseas to minister with him; aside from the conferences and churches, it was like that all the time. He was utterly led by the Spirit, even in day-to-day activities. I remember we were driving and he suddenly slammed on the brakes. He pulled into a grocery store parking lot and said, “We’re supposed to go in there, Jim.” Bewildered, I followed him into the store. Inside, we found several people praying, just out of the blue. They were asking God, “If you’re real, send that holy man here to tell us.”And he came.
Things like this happened countless times—just these divine appointments. It was amazing to behold. Elias was constantly being supernaturally led into these encounters.
Spending time with Elias was like being caught in a startling whirlwind. Go, go, go! He was compassionate, but extremely intense as well. Two weeks of ministry with him was like a year’s worth. It was rewarding because of the God-orchestrated assignments, the experiences and encounters, but you came away completely exhausted!
Elias had an amazing passion for souls, and in his lifetime, he brought about shifts in the supernatural realm of that entire region. He has many spiritual sons and daughters, and I highly esteem his family—I have no doubt they will take the baton and carry Elias’ expression in ministry to the next level.