If I had one word to describe the people of Kabba, Nigeria it would be, “Hungry”. This past week I had the privilege of ministering with Reinhard Bonnke at a Great Gospel Crusade in this North-Central Nigerian city. Holding these meetings in Nigeria’s rainy season was a risk, but one worth taking for the sake of thousands of salvations. Kabba is a very small place in the middle of what seems to be nowhere, but the people came from miles around each night and stood for hours in the muddy crusade field to hear the Gospel. The crowds topped 140,000 in a single service and 335,650 people received Christ and filled out a decision card attesting to their decision in the 5 days of meetings. I was able to minister in 4 of the 5 evening services as well as in the morning FIRE conference attended by almost 20,000 people each day.
On Friday evening I was only about 10 minutes into my message when the rain began to pour. Soon it was coming down by the bucket full but the people didn’t budge. Tens of thousands of people stood there in the rain with eager, hungry hearts. I was preaching about the young man that Jesus called to follow him who replied, “…suffer me first to bury my father”. He wanted to wait until a more convenient time to follow Jesus. It was at this point that the rain started falling, but I urged the people not to wait until a more convenient time…Jesus is calling you to follow Him right now. Right there, in the rain…wet, cold and muddy, tens of thousands of people prayed the prayer of salvation. Their shouting voices rose above the noise of the storm and I know that many thousands were born again…Hallelujah! Pastor Bonnke said, “We are fishers of men and sometimes we get wet in the process”. I can’t think of any better reason to stand out in the rain.
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