After tonight’s service at the youth camp in Montgomery, Alabama, one young man came up to me and hugged my neck and said, “Thanks for helping me kick the Devil out of my life!” I would say that was the theme of the night. After I preached on the blood of Jesus, the young people answered the call, surrendered to Jesus and kicked the Devil out of their lives. One guy was dramatically delivered of demon possession while many looked on. They had never seen anything like it before. Several young people testified to me of being personally set free from addictions and compulsions including homosexuality, pornography and self-mutilation. When I see what Satan is doing to the youth, it makes me all the more determined to preach the yoke-destroying message of the Gospel which is the only answer for this generation.
As I write this, I am sitting on an airplane returning home from the Fire Conference in Taipei, Taiwan where the Fire of God fell in a powerful way. This was not an ordinary conference. I really believe that it was a pivotal moment in the nation’s spiritual history. The Lin Kou Stadium, which seats 13,500 people was packed out. In addition 110 churches around the country were participating in the meetings via live broadband webcast. Through these overflow broadcasts, the fire conference was taking place in EVERY CITY and ALL 26 PROVINCES in the WHOLE NATION…Including all of the Islands at the same time! The combined total of REGISTERED delegates officially participating in the meetings was over 38,500. In addition to the registered delegates, the meetings were broadcast by GOD TV via 4 satellites with a footprint coving all TAIWAN, CHINA and ALL OF ASIA!
On Monday and Tuesday, after the conclusion of last week’s amazing Fire Conference and crusade, Rebekah and I decided to take a couple of days and visit mainland China as tourists (for once). Our first stop was the Great Wall of China. When our tour guide saw Rebekah, realizing that she was pregnant, she suggested that Rebekah stay down at the bottom and admire the wall from a distance. “It is too dangerous,” she said, “for a pregnant woman to climb the wall.” But Rebekah decided that she was not content to merely look at the wall, she wanted to conquer it. So up we went. If it was up to me, I think I would call the “Great Wall” the “Great Stairway.” The section that we climbed which leads to the highest point was a seemingly endless staircase. Each time we reached a summit that we was “sure” was the end, we would be greeted by yet another section of wall/stairs winding into the horizon and out of sight. Everyone passing us had a chuckle at Rebekah and her baby bump, but we kept on climbing. Once we reached the top we were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and a wide panorama of the expanse of the huge wall (which is about 4,000 miles long in total!)
Tonight I preached at a great church here in Hong Kong called, “The Vine Christian Fellowship”, with Pastors Tony Read and John Snelgrove. There was a strong presence of the Lord there and an almost unanimous response to the Word. The church is made up of mostly young people and is incredibly cutting edge. I told them they are one of the “coolest” churches I have ever seen. You can check out their website at www.http://www.thevine.org.hk The videos below are of their worship team (which also did a great job leading worship at the crusade last night), “The Vine Band.” Enjoy.
The adventure continued yesterday as we woke up to a bleak forecast and dark skies. The rain began to pour down in buckets and a “Black Rain” warning was issued; meaning that everything would be shut down. The ensuing downpour was the worst in Hong Kong’s recorded 50 year history according to BBC which reported that 5.73 inches of rain fell in under one hour. The heavy rains overwhelmed the city’s drainage system and streets were flooded. It posed a challenge to our team and to all the conference delegates that had to travel to and from the convention center. Some cars were stuck in the water that came up the windows.
God is doing a new thing in the earth. Who would have ever thought that we would be holding a Fire Conference and an open air crusade right here in China? Today was the second day of the 2008 Christ for All Nations Fire Conference. Over 5,000 delegates have come from all over mainland China to receive an impartation. Many of these people come from extremely humble conditions. Some from remote towns and villages. One of our team members said that he saw a group standing in front of the elevator watching in amazement…they had never seen anything like it before. Another lady said that since she became a Christian she had never been to a conference of any kind. This one is the first. There is a palpable sense of expectation here. People are so hungry and they need a touch from heaven. They have come here to get it, and I know that they will.