Saturday, November 28, 2009

Over 100,000 Participate! - Taiwan Fire Conference

Written By Rob Birkbeck

The Taiwan Miracle
Taiwan’s industrial and economical boom in the last half of the 20th century has been dubbed the “Taiwan Miracle.” Another, more enduring, miracle occurred in Taiwan, though, as the Fire of the Holy Spirit and the transformative power of the Gospel touched a nation.

Flame Still Burns
Last year's Christ for all Nations’ 2008 Taiwan Fire Conference was like a match to dry wood. With the team’s return to Taiwan this year, it was evident from the opening notes of worship that the flame was still burning strongly. Those present at last year’s meetings could see the difference from the start. The Taiwanese Christians were passionate in their participation and hungry for all that they could receive from the Lord. Exuberant expressions of worship and a readiness to receive the Word from Evangelists Bonnke and Kolenda signified that the Taiwanese Christians had remained aflame throughout the past year…now, ignition would not be necessary, but throwing on the oil of the Holy Spirit would intensify those flames and continue to strengthen the church in Taiwan.

Indeed, in the previous year’s meetings, delegates were encouraged through compelling messages from Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda to reach the lost. In this year’s Taiwan Fire Conference, they had opportunity for action. The Fire Conference for pastors and church leaders concluded Friday morning, and then turned to two evening Gospel Crusade events for the lost in which the delegates themselves were to be the primary soul-winners.

Jesus Saves Sinners to Save Sinners
Co-sponsor of the events, GOOD TV of Taiwan, had advertised the crusade meetings to secular audiences, but the primary means of bringing the lost to the crusade meetings was the Fire Conference delegates themselves. Each delegate was encouraged to reach out and bring one unsaved person that they knew to the evening crusade meetings.

The Gospel Crusade included performances from top Taiwanese musical and dance groups. Then, the clear and simple, yet forceful Gospel message was presented. The altars were filled by those responding to the call of salvation, so much so that the entire front part of the ground floor was engulfed by those seeking the life-changing, miracle-working and restorative power of Jesus. Each convert was accompanied to the altar by his or her inviting Christian friend, who would now act as counselor and disciple the new believer.

Technology Takes the Word Further
The 12,000 who gathered in the Lin Kou Stadium on the final evening were just a segment of those whom the messages would reach. Some 300 churches participated in the Fire Conference and Gospel Crusade via webcast, with around 100,000 people in their combined audience. They partook in all the activities with their groups, including communion and laying on of hands. This allowed not only more participants than stadium capacity, but also included those who may have been hindered from attending because of the costs of travel, the unavailability of leave, etc. Additionally, these webcast locations created strategic networks of discipleship that allowed people to be connected with local churches in their own cities.

Even more lives will be touched as GOOD TV rebroadcasts the events to the multiplied millions of actual and potential viewers in the surrounding countries covered by their far-reaching satellite and web network. With facility to download the ‘Now that You are Saved’ follow-up material translated into Chinese and a mechanism to send prayer requests by internet long after the actual event is over, these outreach meetings in Taiwan could be the furthest reaching Gospel Crusades in CfaN’s history. Only Heaven will know the full number of people who are touched and who respond to this extended multi-nation altar call.

The “Miracle” in Taiwan will spread throughout Asia and into the rest of the world…through any means possible – television and web broadcasts reaching millions, and individuals reaching people one at a time, by being on fire with the flame of the Holy Spirit, spreading fire wherever they go.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CHINA WILL BE SAVED! - Hong Kong Fire Conference

Written By Rob Birkbeck

“Oh, for eloquence to plead the cause of China, for a pencil dipped in fire to paint the condition of this people…” ~ Hudson Taylor, missionary to China

One year ago, Christ for all Nation’s Hong Kong Fire Conference made history as the largest gathering of Chinese Christian leaders ever – 5,000 assembling from all regions of China. Remarkably, this year’s conference surpassed that record as 8,500 Christians traveled from mainland China to be part of the Fire Conference.

Hungry for the Word of God and the Fire of the Holy Spirit, the Chinese Christians were not disappointed, as the Lord met them there. Like Jesus promised in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

A full session of worship jumpstarted the three-day event. The Chinese praise group, Melody of My Heart, came together from around the world to minister. Expressions of exuberant praise transformed the AsiaWorld-Expo into the largest church these humble yet hungry Christians had ever experienced. Evangelists Bonnke and Kolenda continued the meetings with powerful messages, encouraging the delegates, and inspiring them to believe for the very same, if not even greater, harvests of souls in China that CfaN sees today in Africa.

Called and Equipped
Most times, Fire Conferences are about compelling Christians to do the work of evangelists – to obey the Great Commission and reach the lost. For these Chinese Christians, who toil for God under sometimes difficult circumstances, the Fire Conference had another purpose – a time of refreshing, fellowship with other believers, and impartation from the Lord. Additionally, they were equipped with the much-needed resources for evangelism and for training in evangelism.

Again this year, the Full Flame Film Series was distributed to every delegate, along with materials for replication. The delegates were intentionally selected from every one of the twenty-three regions in China, and will now return to their homes and reproduce the film sets. This strategic network of believers will disseminate these powerful inspirational film sets and spread the message and passion for winning the lost for Jesus.

Holy Communion
Not only were the Chinese from all twenty-three regions of China, but they represented each of the three major streams of churches, some of them with striking contrasts in practice and beliefs, at times leading to discord and distance between them. During the communion service, the presence of the Spirit was strong as the church being one body of Christ was emphasized. Top leaders from every branch agreed that a restorative and uniting work happened. Forgiveness flowed like a balm – towards each other and all who have hurt the church. Clearly, the church in China will move forward as more unified – in Spirit and in purpose.

Salt and Light
Each meeting of the Fire Conference was held at the AsiaWorld-Expo, which is situated in Lantau, one of the many islands of Hong Kong. Lantau is known for a time in its history when salt was illegally produced there, mostly for export to China. The CfaN Fire Conference was also about producing “salt,” and “exporting” these Chinese Christians to the entire world! They will bring with them the flavor of the Holy Spirit and the preserving presence of God.

During the concluding service of the Fire Conference, Daniel Kolenda, along with a team of ministers, laid hands on all 8,500 delegate to anoint them, bless them, and send them into the harvest fields. The fire of the Holy Spirit came and set flame to every heart, abiding in each as if a fireplace.

Saturday evening was dedicated to a Gospel crusade to reach the lost in Hong Kong. Requiring a complete change in language, a different Cantonese-speaking worship group, and radio transmitters to provide translation for the Mandarin-speaking Chinese delegates, the team worked quickly to make the switch. Reinhard Bonnke preached a clear and forceful Gospel message, and the altar was filled with new converts.

From Wheelchair Bound to Boundless Joy
Afterwards, the sick were prayed for, and there were glorious miracles. One lady, well-known to the CfaN staff, was among those touched mightily by God. At the 2008 Hong Kong Fire Conference, she had coordinated one of the dance groups that ministered during the Opening Celebration. Shortly after that event, she suffered a stroke that had left her paralyzed on one side and wheelchair bound. She came this year, not as a dance leader, but as a broken woman who had lost hope. Pressed by a friend to come, and offered to sponsor her expenses, she agreed. Desperate and clinging to faith, she took a bus all the way from Nanjing. During this year’s Fire Conference, God miraculously healed her, and she leapt up from her wheelchair. She hadn’t walked since the previous year, but now she walked onto the stage to testify and then was able to walk home.

Many others also testified to the healing miracles God worked during the Fire Conference. Days after the CfaN team had left, reports continued to circulate giving details of the amazing healings confirmed by witnesses. Pastors and church leaders were overjoyed by the outpouring of miracles like they had never seen before.

Undoubtedly, the landscape of China will be changed by the seeds planted in the good soil of the Chinese delegates. As Daniel Kolenda proclaimed: "China will be saved! We're not asking for it...we're declaring it in the Name of Jesus!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Where Am I? Oh yeah...Hong Kong!

Have you ever woke up and wondered, "What country am I in?" Well...welcome to my life. I finally figured out that I am in China:-) - Hong Kong to be exact and our campaign here begins tomorrow.

Thousands of pastors and church leaders are arriving from all over mainland China, and we are all bracing for a powerful three days. The days will consist of impartation and equipping for the leaders, and in the evenings, open evangelistic meetings will be held in the stadium. Please keep us in your prayers and check back for daily updates.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

We Are On Cloud Nine! - Ibadan, Nigeria - Day 5

Dear Partners in the Harvest,

We have just returned from the last meeting of this Gospel campaign here in Ibadan, Nigeria and we are all on cloud-nine. The attendance peaked tonight at 500,000 priceless souls, each one eternally valuable because Christ sought them in pain, blood and love. He wants them, even at the cost of the death-rack of the cross. The title deeds of His purchase are in His hands - His wounds. If we were sensitive to such extremities to seek and save the lost, would we want anything except what He wants?

“Christ love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and those who live should no longer live for themselves.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Have a look at the incredible picture attached! The crowd seemed almost endless. The Gospel was received with great joy and then came the miracles.

  • A woman, unable to lift her arm for 4 years was instantly healed. She waved her arms and danced with joy.
  • Another woman with a severe limp for 14 years walked, ran and jumped…perfectly!
  • A young woman said that her ear has had an infectious discharge everyday for the past 16 years. A couple nights ago, during the prayer, it instantly stopped and has been dried up ever since.

After the testimonies, Evangelist Bonnke took the microphone and began to bless the people, and pray for the nation. The people received each declaration with a mighty, “AMEN.” I am sure Ibadan will never be the same!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support. We are laborers together in this harvest with you. We go now to Hong Kong with great faith knowing that what God has done here, He will also do in Asia because Jesus Christ is the same.

Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelists Daniel Kolenda & Reinhard Bonnke,
Together the whole CfaN Team.

Pictures by O. Volyk

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Salvation, Healing & Holy Spirit Fire - Ibadan, Nigeria - Day 4

Dear Partners in the Harvest,

The view tonight was surreal. 350,000 people crowded onto the field, every one with needs that they came expecting Jesus to meet. Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke took the microphone and began to preach. The message of the Gospel was crystal clear: “…Turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.” Then he prayed for the mighty crowd to be filled with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was true to His word, baptizing thousands of hungry souls in His fire - just as He did this morning in the packed fire conference (picture attached).

The other picture is of a woman who was instantly healed tonight after being unable to lift her arm for 5 months. We preach the full-Gospel which is all encompassing; salvation, healing, deliverance and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In Scripture, the Gospel is never mere doctrine, abstract thought, but always takes shape in some vivid mercy, culminating supremely in Christ's death and resurrection. “While we were still sinners Christ died for us…” (Romans 5:8)

Tomorrow night is the final meeting of this Gospel campaign in Ibadan, and we are looking forward to pulling in the nets one more time. Today is the day of Salvation!

Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelists Daniel Kolenda & Reinhard Bonnke
Together the whole CfaN Team.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Weight of God's Glory - Ibadan, Nigeria - Day 3

Dear Partners in the Harvest,

Tonight’s attendance climbed to 300,000 in Ibadan. It was an awesome meeting. God’s glory rested on young and old like a wonderful but heavy weight. What an altar-call and what outpouring of the healing-mercies of Jesus. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministered tonight with a great authority and we heard many wonderful testimonies:

A woman with cervical cancer for 3 years suddenly had a discharge last night during the payer and has not had any more pain since! Another woman had a triple miracle; she was healed of a skin infection, malaria and a crippled hand all at once tonight! Also, have a look at the attached picture of a woman who was barren before the last Ibadan crusade in 2001. She was healed and conceived that same month. She has had two other children since…praise the Lord!

Tomorrow is our so-called “Holy Spirit Day”. God’s touch torches us, makes firebrands of us and sets driftwood on fire. The disciples said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road?” (Luke 24:32).

Please pray for a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit tomorrow, on Saturday.

We love you and pray for you also.

Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke & Daniel Kolenda,

Pictures by Oleksandr Volyk

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crowd Grows to 250,000 - Ibadan, Nigeria - Day 2

Dear Partners in the Harvest,

Tonight the crowd grew to 250,000 souls hungry for the Bread of Life. The cross was lifted high and the people responded with resounding voices: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” What a joy to preach the Gospel!

Afterwards the miraculous began to break out including a 7-year-old boy, dumb from birth, who spoke tonight for the first time. Also see the attached picture of a tiny, 1-year-old baby that had been unable to sit until tonight…Praise the Lord!

The Fire Conference started today as well with many thousands of delegates who gathered from 6:00 in the morning, eager to receive the Fire of God. Tomorrow we continue the meetings that will culminate on Saturday with a mighty outpouring of Holy Spirit Fire! Please continue to pray for us.

Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelists Daniel Kolenda & Reinhard Bonnke,
Together the whole CfaN Team

Pictures by Oleksandr Volyk

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Grand Start - Ibadan, Nigeria - Day 1


Have a look at the attendance picture of tonight. We were simply overwhelmed. The Lord is so good. I preached on the Blood of Jesus. The result? A huge altar-call! Then Daniel Kolenda prayed for the sick and a whole flood of miracles took place. Asthma, Fibroids and all sorts of pain vanished. The crowd was jubilant. It was a good start and we expect much more in the days to follow.

Some have suggested that we are "addicted to big numbers." Yes! Shouldn't we all be? Jesus spoke of evangelizing every creature in the whole world. "Every creature!" There are an awful lot, almost more than seven billion at present. Any noticeable Gospel impact on the world would mean big numbers. One can't empty the ocean with a spoon. And a big nut needs a big spanner.

Yes, I know, small spanners are needed also and are equally important. That is why we have Fire Conferences run parallel to our Gospel Campaigns, in which the Great Commission priority is urged upon tens of thousands of church-workers. We need more evangelist colleagues. They are not competitors.

This is Reinhard Bonnke reporting from Ibadan/Nigeria, together with Daniel Kolenda and the whole CfaN Team.

(Pictures by O. Volyk)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Arrival in Ibadan, Nigeria

Our Arrival into Ibadan was glorious. Thousands of people ran out to welcome us as we drove into town. Our first stop was at the Governors palace. He is a Christian and welcomed us heartily. He said that when Evangelist Bonnke was here 8 years ago, he was a local goverment chairman (a very low government position). But after evangelist Bonnke prayed for him he became the Governor of one of the most powerful states in Nigeria. It is truly the Lord that exalts.

From there we made a courtesy call on the King at the palace and then on to the pastor's banquet in the evening. Again we heard over and over how the Lord had used the last crusade to bless Ibadan greatly. The arch bishop said that it had been the key to the explosion of Christianity in the region. (The election of the states first Christian governor is evidence of this) The churches are now unified, he said. The influence of the Body of Christ is significant in the region and the churches have grown and prospered. They see all of this as being linked to the last Ibadan crusade in 2001.

Pastor's Banquet

Courtesy call on the King at the Palace

A great view of Ibadan

A mosque right next to our lodge

Pictures by Oleksandr Volyk

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Definition of Evangelism

Here's my definition of evangelism:

Evangelism is the communication of the Good News, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with the intention of producing repentance from dead works and faith in Jesus, resulting in an enduring faithfulness to Christ and His Body.

Do you have a better one or an improvement to this one?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Filet Mignon of Life

Last night I did one of my favorite things to do when i am at home: Fire up the grill and cook some perfect steaks. I am a steak lover. In fact, I’ve never met a steak that I didn't like. Now if you know anything about beef, you realize that the different cuts of meat come from different places on the cow’s anatomy. The “Beef Round” comes from the hind legs and the rump. The “Beef Chuck” comes from the shoulder. But there is one cut of meat that is head and shoulders above the rest. It is a rare cut that is expensive and hard to come by. When you get a piece it is usually not very big, but when you eat it, its heaven on earth. It’s the filet mignon.

Our spiritual lives also have a certain anatomy that we need to understand. (I think this is especially applicable to ministers.) Our activities could be sorted into many categories. There are the carnal things, soulish things, spiritual things and so on. We have church meetings, prayer meetings, sermon study, Bible study, worship services, counseling, meetings and a litany of other things that are spiritual on varying levels. But out of every part of the anatomy of a minister’s life, there is one part that is the best; it is that one-on-one time with the Father, when there is no one else. It is that time when you are spending time with the Lord just to be with Him. You are not looking for sermon material or ministering to someone else...there is no other agenda and no ulterior motive. It is just a man with his creator; naked and open before him.

That personal time with the lord is the filet mignon. It is the most precious time of our lives. It is a priceless time in our day. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the “better part”. It wasn't that Martha was doing unnecessary things; Martha was doing good things. She was eating the sirloin or the NY strip or even the rib eye, but Mary had chosen the Filet Mignon and Jesus wasn't going to take that from her.

Preachers are especially susceptible to the temptation to substitute the good things (ministry, sermon prep, worship services, prayer meeting etc) for the best thing (Intimacy).

It is interesting that in Matt 7:23 Jesus seems to be talking to ministers when He says that they had prophesied, cast out devils, done many wonderful works etc. Yet the problem seems to be relational…they didn't KNOW him. John says that eternal life is knowing the Father and the Son(17:3).

I was a part of the Brownsville Revival for nearly three years and I witnessed an interesting phenomenon take place in the lives of many wonderful Christians. Revival services were going on every night. Bible school was going on all day. Prayer meetings were going late into the night and early into the next morning. There simply wasn't time for very much else. Seeing that so much time was being spent in church, many felt that "devotional" time wasn't necessary. I saw how people who were in church, some for literally 8 hours or more per day, were drifting away from the Lord. How could this be? The answer is simple. No amount of church, Bible study, sermon prep etc can substitute for your personal relationship with Jesus.

I think the first thing necessary is to RECOGNIZE that there is a better part and separate it in our minds and hearts from everything else.

Also, we need to PRIORITIZE it making it what is most important to us and more important than everything else. It is more important than sleep, personal time, family time, entertainment, work, church, corporate prayer meetings, sermon preparation etc...It is our number one!

Third we need to MAXIMIZE it. Make the most out of that time. Turn off the cell phone and get into a quiet place. Focus all of your energy and attention on it and savor it like the prime cut of our life that it is.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Living A Life of Fire - What a Book!

My wife and I are both devouring what we agree is one of the very best books we have ever read. It is the new autobiography of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke; Living A Life of Fire. I consider myself an avid reader and have quite a number of biographies and autobiographies in my library, but they are usually my least favorite books, being full of statistics, dates and data that could only be interesting to the author.

This book is very different. It is 628 pages crammed full of some of the most fascinating and thrilling stories you will ever read...and they are all absolutely true! It reads like a sequel to the book of ACTS and every minister will draw courage and inspiration from its pages...especially evangelists.

It is especially interesting to me because I have heard Evangelist Bonnke tell many of these stories firsthand and they are unforgettable. Here is an abbreviated excerpt of one such story that I just read this morning from chapter 18. Enjoy...

My phone rang. Brother Harold Horn, someone I had known since my arrival in Lesotho, said, "Reinhard, come to Kimberly and preach to us." I said, "I will come."

...Friday night as I sat on the platform I looked across the gathering of 200 people. Not one young person did I see in the room. Not one. I leaned over to Harold, who was near to me, and asked, "Where are the young people?" He nodded sadly, acknowledging that I had correctly seen the problem. Every head in the room was gray. I preached. The service was closed, and the people filtered out to their cars to go home. When they had gone, Harold came to me.

"Reinhard, would you like to see the answer to your question? Would you like to know where all the young people in Kimberly are?"

"Yes, I would," I replied.

"I will show you. Get into my car, and I will take you there."

...He drove through the streets, turning this way and that until he came to a large building at the edge of a warehouse district. The building was ablaze with gaudy neon signs. One large sign blinked out the word, disco, disco, disco...The parking lot was jam-packed to overflowing with vehicles. ...As he turned off the key I could hear the boom, boom, boom, of the heavy bass beat coming through the walls of that building. The so-called music seemed to shake the very ground beneath us with an ungodly spirit. "This is a den of iniquity," I said sadly...He nodded. "This is the latest thing, Reinhard. It is called a discotheque, a dance club. It is a craze that is sweeping the whole world right now, and young people everywhere are very attracted to it...Let's go inside."

"Oh, no," I said. "Let's go home. I have never gone to such a place. It would be an abomination to me...But as I turned to get into the car I felt bad inside. I stopped in my tracks. This is when the Holy Spirit began to speak to me. Since I had come this far, something seemed wrong if I now turned away. But I had no idea what the Spirit wanted me to do. I just couldn't leave.

"Let's take a look inside," Harold suggested. Suddenly, this seemed exactly right. Everything in my spirit said yes. I nodded. "OK, Harold. Lets just take a look at this disco." ...We came to the door and stood there. I felt the Spirit say to me very clearly,
Look inside. I will show you something you do not know. I took a deep breath then opened the door. The blast of music must have knocked the hair back from my forehead. I have never heard such volume in my life. It was deafening. But it was in that instant that I received a spiritual vision of the reality of the disco. In the flash of the strobe lights, I did not see young people dancing with joy. I saw frozen images of boredom, fear, loneliness, and insecurity, one after the other, captured on the faces of those young people. The split-second flashes of light revealed these images, over and over and over again, like stop-action. Each of those haunted faces spoke to me of emptiness. Pure emptiness.

...Suddenly, I could not care less what anyone thought of me. I knew that I would preach in this disco. Nothing could deny the love of Jesus that I felt. I shut the door and looked at Harold. I hear the Holy spirit say in my heart,
Find the owner of this place. And so, I said to Harold, "Help me to find the owner of this disco."

"What good will that do?"

"I must talk to him. Let's find him now."

"But what will you say to him?"

"I will ask him to let me preach in his disco."

Harold laughed. "You won't do that, Reinhard."

"I will. I absolutely will."

Harold followed me now. I inquired inside the disco, and we were led to an office at the rear of the building. The owner was a middle-aged businessman who looked to be very much a part of the rock-and-roll culture. He had long hair, gold chains around his neck, an open-collared shirt, and blue jeans. I said to him, "Sir, I've come all the way from Germany. I am asking you for permission to allow me to address the young people in your disco for just five minutes." He looked at me from top to toe. "You're a preacher," he said. I was still dressed in my suit and tie. I nodded. He said, "If you want to preach you should preach in a church."

"There are no young people in the church," I said. "They don't come to the church so the preacher must come to the young people. Now give me five minutes, only five minutes, I ask of you."

"You've got to be kidding." He shook his head in disbelief, then turned around and walked away. "There is no way, man." He had no sympathy for my plea at all.

As he was walking, suddenly the Holy spirit touched me. He said to me,
Tell him what you saw when you looked into his dance hall. I went after the man and took him by the arm. He turned to face me again. "One question, sir," I said, looking deep into his eyes. "Do you think the young people find what they need for life in your disco?" Slowly the face of that man changed. He looked down thoughtfully. When he looked up again he said, "It is very strange that you would say that. I have children of my own. I've thought many times that the disco will not give the young people what they need for life."

"I beg you, sir, give me five minutes with them." He was thoughtful for a moment. "OK, but not tonight. Saturday night, tomorrow night at midnight, I will give you the microphone for five minutes." I grabbed his hand and shook it. "It's a deal, and thank you, sir. I will be here."

...The next night I...dressed in casual clothes. I did not want to look like a preacher just coming from church. I needed disco camouflage....When at last the clock struck twelve, the music stopped. I jumped up and onto the stage where the records were being spun. I took the microphone from the disk jockey and shouted, "Sit down, sit down, sit down. I've come all the way from Germany, and I've got something very important to tell you." Suddenly the young people began sitting down everywhere. It was then I realized I was not in church but in a dance hall. ...Most of the young people plopped right down on the floor. There they sat, smoking cigarettes and chewing gum, waiting for me to tell them something very important that I had brought with me all the way from Germany.

I started to preach on minute, two minutes; suddenly the Holy Spirit was there; I mean the wind of God blew into that disco. Suddenly I heard sobbing. I saw young people getting out their handkerchiefs and starting to wipe their eyes, crying everywhere. ...I had preached enough to know that when people start shedding tears, it's time for an altar call. I said, "How many of you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior? How many want to find forgiveness for your sins and enter God's plan for your life, as of tonight?"

Every hand that I could see in that place went straight up. I said, "Alright, repeat after me." We prayed the prayer of salvation together. My five minutes were up. My work was done. I left walking on cloud number nine, rejoicing, absolutely rejoicing...

A year later I returned to Kimberly. Harold met me at the airport. He said, "Get in my car. I have a surprise for you." I got in his car. He did not say anything about it; he just drove through the winding streets until he came to the warehouse district. The car stopped. I looked out of the window. I could not believe my eyes. I wiped them and looked again. Instead of seeing the big disco sign, there was a huge white cross on the front of the building.

"This is not the surprise," Harold said. "Come inside."

We walked up to that door where we had stood one year ago..."Are you ready for this, Reinhard?" Harold swung the door open, and I looked into a packed house full of young people. They were chanting, "Bonnke, Bonnke, Bonnke." I cried out with joy. They rushed to me, hugging me and shaking my hands, bringing me inside. One young man said, "Remember me? I was the disk jockey that night that you came." Another grabbed my hand. "I was operating the light show." Another said, "We were dancing the night away. Now we are serving Jesus."

"After you left town, the disco went bankrupt," Harold shouted to me. "This disco is a church!" He was beaming from ear to ear."...

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