This past weekend I had the privilege of ministering at a great church in Central Florida…Grace World Outreach Center. The Pastor, Rev. David Garcia, is a wonderful friend and serves on the board of C.T.E. His church is alive and vibrant and full of the Fire of the Holy Ghost. I preached in both Sunday morning services with New Testament results: the sick were healed, many were saved, and many more responded to the call of God on their lives. I am sure that Brooksville, Florida is in for a spiritual revolution!
I am on a train now traveling from Sheffield to London where I will catch my flight back to the U.S. We have had two days of glorious meetings in a small north Yorkshire city called Wath. I was invited by a fellow evangelist named Nathan Morris of “Shake the Nations” ministries to come and minister in their church: “The Father’s House.” It is a church that has been touched by revival and has been experiencing a move of God for the past several years. The people were so hungry and eager to receive from the Lord. I challenged them in the first service on Saturday night to lay down their lives, take up their cross and answer the call of God. A small group of teenagers from the streets had come to the service. They grew apparently uncomfortable as I began to preach and started making a commotion, talking and laughing loudly. I reminded the people that Jesus came for the unrighteous. Soon they walked out of the service, but I know that they will not forget what they felt. The radical message was met with a radical response. Tears flooded the altar, and the fire fell. As we moved through the crowd praying for the people, the glory of God descended on that place and it seemed as if no one was left untouched.
I am now in London reflecting on the wonderful Nigerian crusade that has just come to a conclusion. On the final night (Sunday), the crowd topped out at 625,000! 2.2 million people attended over the 5 days of meetings and although the final count on decision cards has not yet come in, it is sure to be 7 figures…a week well spent for eternity.
Once again…Thank You to everyone who prayed and fasted for the success of this crusade. We had a special sense of the presence of the Lord. One night I woke up at about 3 am. The Glory of the Lord filled my room in such a tangible way and lingered for several hours. As Evg Bonnke put it one night, “The cloud of God’s glory seems to be hanging so low.” I am convinced that when we go in response to the Great Commission, the Holy Spirit goes with us. The salvation of the lost is not a carnal ambition, but the very cry of the heart of God.
The deputy governor told us on the FIRST NIGHT that he had NEVER seen a crowd of people like this. That was when there was only 200,000. Tonight the teeming crowd topped 525,000! The dynamics here are amazing. The crusade has created a vacuum that seems to be drawing the entire region.
As usual, tonight I lead a healing service before the main service. I taught on healing for a while and then prayed for the sick. Before the main service had even officially started there was a line of people ready to testify of what Jesus had done. I could only take about 6 testimonies, but they were so powerful. One thirty-two year old woman came up to testify with her mother who told me that her daughter had been mute since birth…she had never spoken in thirty-two years! The mother said, “Tonight she called me ‘ma ma’.” I said to the mother, “Tell your daughter to say ‘ma ma’ for us now.” Instead, the daughter began praising the Lord in PERFECT speech…as though she had spoken all her life. By the time the praise and worship started, the cripples were dancing and the mute were singing…Hallelujah!!
What an amazing time we are having here in Yola! Yesterday morning, I preached in the stadium where several thousand pastors and leaders gathered for the Fire Conference. There was a great sense of hunger. They seemed to soak in every word.
In the evening the crowd surged to nearly 400,000…almost double the night before. I led the healing service which took place before the main service. I taught on healing and then prayed for the sick. All over the field, there were eruptions of excitement as people were healed. Before the main service even started there was a crowd of people at the platform ready to give their testimonies. Jesus is so willing to heal. I think if my 3 year old son had prayed, the people would still have been healed, because it is all Jesus. After Evangelist Bonnke preached in the main service, there was yet another wave of healings. Many, many blind eyes were opened and many cripples walked to the glory of God.
Tonight was the first night the Gospel Campaign here in the small, north-Nigerian city of Yola. We were surprised when the crusade director called us from the field early in the evening and said that it was time to come…the people had already gathered. When we arrived over 200,000 people were waiting. What an eager anticipation filled the air. Before Evangelist Bonnke had a chance to pray for the sick the miracles began to happen all over that wide field. A woman crippled for 20 years danced and jumped on the platform to the delight of the cheering crowd. Many cripples walked as wheelchairs and crutches could be seen being lifted high all over the field. It was a glorious start to the crusade here in Yola and I’m sure that the best Is yet to come. Stay tuned.