I ran across an article online where someone was accusing CfaN for fleecing the African people. This article said that since no other evangelists go to Africa nearly as often as Evangelist Bonnke and I, that is proof that we are “making millions of dollars from the African people”. While this accusation is so ludicrous it is actually laughable, I wanted to share what we did receive as a gift on this last trip. In UGEP, the pastors were so blessed by what the Lord did that, together, as a group, they offered a gift to our team: a pickup truck full of cassava, bananas and a goat. Our Nigerian team took them back to the office and I’m sure they had a wonderful feast.
To all the critics I would say this; you may not be able to imagine why someone would go to these remote places of the world time and time again. You may think that the only thing that could make such an effort worth while is a payoff of millions of dollars. But our reward is so much greater than any amount of money. We have the privilege of working in some of the most fruitful harvest fields of the world. We have the blessing of seeing millions of people’s lives changed. We have the honor of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ – true greatness in any mouth, as Evangelist Bonnke has often said. We have the gratification of doing something with eternal implications. We have the joy of serving people who are hungry for God, receptive, humble and grateful. To us, that goat, those bananas and those cassava are worth more than a million dollars because they are a gift of love; a token of gratitude from the heart of precious people who are truly thankful to God. Though they are poor in material things, they possess riches that many in the western world will never touch; riches of a spiritual kind. If you are one of the cynics that cannot understand why we would pour out our lives in this way without a huge payoff, perhaps that is actually an indication of something wrong within your own heart. You will never know true satisfaction in life, until you find something worth giving your life for. We have found something; “Africa Shall be Saved!”