Let’s think about committees for a moment. Although I am on more committees than I can probably name off the top of my head, I view them all with suspicion. Why? Because committees tend to operate by consensus, which is all-too-often a barrier against inspiration. Let’s face it: committees are known to make mistakes. Case in point: When Oswald J. Smith died in his late 90’s, Billy Graham preached his funeral and told the large, assembled crowd, “We are here to honor the greatest missionary mind of the 20th century.” Yet, when Smith, in his early 20’s, applied to his denomination for missions appointment, that committee rejected him out-of-hand, reporting, “Sorry, you are not missions material!” All of watching Heaven must have greeted that decision with a resounding, “HA!”
We have just returned from the final meeting of our final campaign of the season here in Takum, Nigeria and Jesus saved the best for last.
The attendance topped 185,000 tonight in this remote place! Every external indicator has proven that God has done something remarkable here. This morning the pastors testified that their churches were flooded with new converts. Each night our barrels were filled with witchcraft items to be burned. The response to the Gospel preaching was huge. Thousands were filled with the Holy Spirit and we received many testimonies of miraculous healings included several remarkable ones tonight…..(Continued)
Today has been a Holy Spirit day from morning to night. The grand finale meeting of the Fire Conference was absolutely packed by 6:00 AM. The people came out by the thousands to receive an impartation of Holy Spirit Fire. We laid hands on the senior pastors and sent them out into the huge crowd like the fiery foxes of Samson to pray for all the delegates (have a look at the attached picture).
Tonight after the prayer for salvation, the Holy Spirit fell again on the crowd of 125,000. Everywhere I looked I could see incredible things happening. I immediately began to pray for the sick and mighty miracles began to break out……(Continued)
We have just returned from tonight’s meeting where many thousands of people received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I preached about restitution, challenging them to clean the garbage out of their lives and they responded overwhelmingly. There are no words to describe the privilege of leading multitudes of hungry souls into the arms of Jesus.
After the prayer of salvation, it was time to pray for the sick. I asked the people to sing and worship the Lord and as they did, the power of God swept across the field and healing began to take place even before I had a chance to pray……..(Continued)
Takum is being shaken by the Gospel this week. Tonight many people brought their juju, idols and witchcraft fetishes to be burned, including a group of Fulani Muslim people that greeted me when I came down from the platform. After they received Jesus as their Savior tonight, they immediately pulled off the old charms that they were wearing and threw them into the barrels for burning. Their faces, covered in tribal markings and tattoos, were beaming with the love of Jesus…….(Continued)
Our journey to Takum yesterday was a very long one. The “harmattan” (a dust storm from the Sahara Desert) covered Nigeria in a thick fog that blotted out the sun and grounded many planes…including ours for lack of visibility. By the time we arrived here in Takum, it was 1:00 this morning. We thought that surely everyone in town would be sleeping. But to our surprise the streets were still lined with enthusiastic locals that had been waiting for many hours to welcome us (see the attached picture). It is clear that this city is ripe for the harvest and we are here bringing in the sheaves.
Tonight, the first service began with Evangelist Bonnke preaching a powerful evangelistic message about repentance. The people received it with Joy, turning “From darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God”.
Last night we had a powerful service here in Rome. We were scheduled to minister in a local church, but the response to the meeting was so overwhelming that it was moved to a much larger neutral venue in the heart of the city. It was absolutely packed, with people having to stand down the isles. Evangelist Bonnke preached the Gospel and I wept as I heard it again as though it was the first time. How I wish that every person could hear the Gospel preached just like that, even if only once in their lives. The altars were FLOODED and the tears were flowing like a river. There is no doubt that many were really and truly born again…Praise the Lord!…….(Continued)
Recently a top American politician was asked on a live television interview who her favorite founding father (of the United States) is and she had no answer…she was blank! It was apparently something she had not given very much thought to and it reflected very badly on her because a person at her level of national influence is expected to be able to demonstrate a love for the country and it’s history, as evidenced (in the very least) by a working knowledge of it. I felt very embarrassed for her….(Continued)
Today we visited the famous (and infamous) Roman Colosseum immortalized by gladiatorial fights, mock sea battles, animal hunts, historical dramatizations and…early Christian martyrs.
The Roman authorities were concerned about the new sect of Judaism that had sprung up whose radical adherents refused to worship the emperor, choosing rather to worshipped one God/Man…a King above all Kings. Tacitus, a Roman historian, echoed the sentiment of his day calling Christianity, “A deadly superstition” …..(continued)
(Look to the end of this email for more pictures from Rome!)
The other day my father-in-law, together with a young minister from his congregation, went out door-to-door inviting the folks in his neighborhood to attend some revival services that were being held at the church where he pastors. He encountered one old man that claimed to be highly educated and very knowledgeable about the Bible. In fact this old man decided to impress the pastor and his young colleague by telling them something about the Bible that they didn’t know. “Do you know who wrote the book of Titus?” he asked. My father-in-law replied, “Yes, it was Paul the Apostle”. “Wrong”, the old man retorted, “It was written by a Roman emperor”
his would have been a very easy argument to win…..(Continued)