Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Showers of Blessings in KABBA, Nigeria

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.

Thank you to everyone who was praying for us and to everyone to is continues to support CTE financially.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Deadly Accident

I feel bad that I have not posted in some time. My appologies to those of you that check regularly. I am going to post from all the events that I missed since my last entry when I return home next week and I will also go back and add pictures from the posts this week (I have no internet connection here)

I have just arrived in Kabba, Nigeria. It is about 1 am here and I have petty severe jet lag. The jouney here was an exhausting and dangeous one. The adventure began when I missed my flight out of the USA. On our way to the airport a car flipped over right in front of us. The Lord blessed me by helping me get another flight out the same day with a different airline and it allowed my to make my connecting flights (but just barely). I made it to London, then to Lagos and then we were sitting on the plane to leave for Abuja when they shut it down and cancelled it due to technical issues. Two hours later we finally got another flight out. When we arived in Abuja, we began (what was supposed to be) a three hour road journey. But soon we were stuck in traffic due to a deadly accident. A truck carrying passangers and goats had been swiped by another vehicle, lost control and flipped over the side railing into a muddy marsh below. People sitting atop the bus were crushed by it. The people in the bus were alive at first, but upside down in the mud...soon many suffocated. There were ten dead (human) bodies and a pile of dead was a terrible tragedy. But there on the scene of the accident, Reinhard Bonnke was able lead a crowd of people (onlookers) to Christ.

After we got moving again we went to see the Governor, and the King and finnaly arrived here (12 hours later).

That is the short version. Actually there is a lot more to say, but I will save it. Tomorrow the "Great Gospel Crusade" begins here in Kabba. Please pray for a great harvest of souls and a release of the miraculous.

More to come...

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Rockin' the Block

I am always so blessed to find churches that have a sincere burden to see the lost saved in their communities. Faith Assembly of God and Iglesia Buenas Nuevas in Hazelton, PA are two of those churches. I was excited to partner with them and other PA churches this month for their annual “Rockin' the Block” event, geared towards reaching the inner city people of Hazelton (just outside of Philadelphia). Sunday, after flying in from London, I ministered in their joint church service and Tuesday I preached the Gospel in the open air and many received Christ right there in the park on the astroturf. Wednesday I got on a plane for Ghana, but the evangelistic services continued on throughout the week. I am hoping to do more and more of these stateside, evangelistic events in the future. If there are any churches interested in partnering for such an event, please contact the CTE office (813-407-9410).