Elias Malki demonstrated to the world that he served a God that was as powerful as He was lovingly personal. I have often thought about the multitudes of Muslim families across the Middle East and Europe who listened to him talk about God in their native Arabic language. His descriptions of God as both loving and powerful must have sounded so foreign to their ears – not unlike Paul the Apostle talking to the Greeks on Mars Hill about the “unknown God.” They certainly did not know God as powerful or personal.
Yet with the anointing of God upon his life, Dr. Malki demonstrated that his God was powerful enough to heal cancer-riddled bodies – yet personal enough to know their names. His God was powerful enough to heal infertility and personal enough to care what troubled their soul. This was the revelation that he carried and that he broadcast on his Good News program to millions.
He impacted the lives of people in every station of life. World leaders and religious leaders were drawn to him. Poor refugees far from their homelands felt loved by him. And younger ministers – like myself, who had the privilege of traveling with him – were mentored by him just by watching and walking with him.
In Ephesians chapter 4, we are taught that the apostle,prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher - are gifts given to the church. It was clear that Dr. Malki was one of those gifts that God gave to the body of Christ. He traveled across the globe relentlessly sharing the gift of God that was within him to all who would hear. But what people often don’t realize is that when a man of God carries such a gift, it requires great sacrifice for the family to share him with the world. So to the Lord and to the Malki family, I say thank you for sharing the gift that Elias was with the rest of us.
Pastor Rita Langeland — Hidden With Christ Ministries