We have just returned from the second evening of services here in Ikot Ekpene. As we drove to the crusade ground we could see that it would be a challenging night…the rain was falling and the people were huddling together wherever they could find shelter. When we arrived the crowd was quite disappointingly small. Yet we pressed on. When I took the microphone, I was determined to preach as though there were a million people there. Half way into my message the field was quite full and thousands of people continued streaming in throughout. In the end there was a glorious harvest and I am sure that the Gospel message landed in the hearts of the people who received it with great joy!
Here is Evangelist Bonnke’s report from tonight’s meeting.
(By Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke)
Dear Mission – Partners,
This is day number two here in Ikot Ekpene/Nigeria, but we drove to the crusade-ground while it was raining. Still the crowd reached 140,000 people in eager anticipation of the preached and demonstrated Gospel. They were not disappointed. Daniel Kolenda ministered tonight with great authority and brought in another wonderful harvest of souls. Many miracles of healing followed simply because Jesus is forever the same.
This morning the Fire Conference commenced. We teach and preach for God’s men and women to understand and receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in connection with the Great Commission. The Holy Spirit is not an extra. Nor is the Spirit an occasional presence, nor even an item in the creed. He is the all-essential, and only intended means by which the Church can live or move or be what it is supposed to be. Many will agree with that statement but then relegate the Holy Spirit to a mystical area moving unperceived, neither felt nor shown. Yet, if we want the Holy Spirit He must be the Holy Spirit described in the Bible: the wind of heaven, the tongues of fire, God in manifestation. There is no other kind of Holy Spirit. These Fire Conferences often have a greater impact than the actual crusades, because they compound the multiples and develop extended explosive thrusts in the harvest of souls.
Yours for a lost world to be saved,
Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda,
together with the whole CfaN Team.
Pictures by Oleksandr Volyk