Dear Mission Partners,
This has been a very special and historic day here in the national stadium in Maseru, Lesotho. Those of you who are familiar with CfaN’s history will immediately recognize the name of this small country, landlocked by South Africa, as the one where Evangelist Bonnke began his ministry in Africa as a young evangelist with a small family, fresh from Germany. This is where he received the vision of a “blood washed Africa” and where he heard the Holy Spirit cry, “Africa shall be saved.” This tiny nation, with less than 2-million inhabitants, has played such an important role in the history of CfaN and for this reason it holds a special place in our hearts.
Our host for the Campaign was an amazing man by the name of Michael Kolisang. He was Evangelist Bonnke’s first convert here in Lesotho. He received Christ as a young man on a street corner where Evangelist Bonnke was playing the accordion and preaching. Evangelist Bonnke told him that day, “I see the hand of God upon your life.” Today Michael Kolisang is one of the top bishops in the whole country and a spiritual father in the nation. His churches are exploding with growth. When I arrived yesterday, he took me straight from the airport to a“ground-breaking” ceremony for another new church they are building. It’s amazing to see how God has blessed.
The meeting began this afternoon as a couple of the top leaders shared their testimonies of how they came to Christ through Evangelist Bonnke’s ministry. Then they introduced him. Evangelist Bonnke told the people about the wonderful things God has been doing over the past 40 years since he left Lesotho and then he prayed for them and for the the next generation, that they would receive the “burning baton” of Gospel and of evangelism.
Then Evangelist Bonnke introduced me and asked me to preach the Gospel and pray for the sick. I preached about the power of the blood of Jesus and the response was literally overwhelming. The organizers had arranged for the councilors to stand in front of the platform so that the people had to come from the grandstand down to the ground. The people, thousands, were literally running forward! I thought the councilors would flee for fear of being trampled (as has happened in other crusades), but they stood their ground.
The prime minister also attended the meeting and presented gifts – traditional dress, complete with hat and staff – to Evangelist Bonnke and I. Evangelist Bonnke then prayed for the nation and I prayed for the sick and took testimonies. It was a full day and a blessed day.
I want to say a special thank you to Thea and Andre Britz, the national directors of the South African office who did an excellent job organizing this meeting with short notice. More than 120 of our friends, partners and fellow evangelists journeyed from South Africa just to attend the meeting and be a witness to this historic event with their own eyes. Although Evangelist Bonnke has announced that this was his final visit to Lesotho, this is not the end, it is only the beginning of what God will do in this beautiful nation and continue to do on this continent. Jesus will continue to do His work here, and one day, CfaN will be back.
Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team
Pictures by O. Volyk