This is a powerful video of me ministering in Burundi, Africa at a Christ for all Nations gospel crusade in 2014. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda gave me time to minister the last night of the crusade with 200,000 people present.
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In my last blog I wrote about sharing the love of Jesus in Singapore with my friend Jeff Yuan inside a Buddhist temple. Two Buddhist ladies were healed in the temple and the Kingdom was demonstrated in power. (if you missed it you can read it below) As we were walking along on streets and celebrating what Jesus just did, we were looking for other places where we could show the love of Jesus. We spotted a Hindu Temple and stepped inside.
If you don’t know much about Hinduism they believe that all paths lead to God. As we walked in the temple I saw a shrine built to a Indian guru. His name is Sai Baba. When he was 14 years old he claimed to have gone through a mystical transformation and that he was the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher. He claimed to have spiritual powers and many Hindus consider him to be a god. He has over 6 million followers worldwide. He gave a lot of money away to charity and he was well respected because of this. I don’t know if it’s true or not but several men came forward during his life and claimed that Sai Baba sexually abused them. Sai Baba died in 2011. There is a picture of the Shine built to him below…
Either Jesus was 1) a liar… because he claimed to be the Son of God and claimed to be the only way to heaven. 2) OR He was a crazy person.. confused about His identity and who he was. 3) OR He was who he said he was, the Son of the living God.
We had a respectful conversation. I offered to pray for her that she would have an encounter with Jesus, but she declined. As I was about to leave the temple I suddenly received a sharp pain in my right shoulder. At first I didn’t understand what was happening, and I told Jeff that I wasn’t sure what was wrong with my shoulder, but I just started having intense pain. Right then I saw an Indian man step out of his car and start to walk up the temple. Jeff pointed to his direction and all the sudden it made sense why I was having the pain in my shoulder. It was a word of knowledge showing that Jesus wanted to heal this man’s right shoulder. I stepped out in faith and went up to the man and said, “sir do you happen to have any pain in your right shoulder?” And he said, “well actually Yes I do!” He looked puzzled as to how I knew that.
He told me that three weeks before he was working in the Hindu temple and he tore his right shoulder and he was in a lot of pain. I said, “sir I believe that Jesus wants to heal you right now,” and I asked if I could pray for his shoulder. He agreed so I laid my hand on his right shoulder and said, “In the name of Jesus be healed.”
I asked him to test it out to see if his shoulder was any better… A huge smile came across his face and he said, YES! It feels much better! He was very surprised and very grateful. Right after I prayed for his healing the pain I had in my right shoulder left!
I went on to share with him that there is power in the name of Jesus. I said you could have used Buddah’s, Mohammad’s, or any other name and nothing would have happened… but there is power in the name of Jesus because He is the only name under heaven by which men can be saved.
I shared with him how we must turn from our sin and put our faith and trust in Jesus. I told him that Jesus could forgive him of all his sin and give him eternal life. I shared my testimony and about Jesus being the only way to heaven. I asked him if I could pray for him to have an encounter with Jesus and he agreed. So once again I laid my hands on him and prayed that he would have an encounter with Jesus Christ. After I prayed for him Jeff and I went on our way. This all happened within the gates of the Hindu temple.
Light shines the best in darkness. We need to stop being so afraid of demons and other religions and start being the light that God is calling us all to be. We need to love people like Jesus did, and we need to step out in faith. If God can use me he surely can use you. The more we step out in faith the more amazing God adventures we will have! If lived out right… serving Jesus is the greatest adventure you can ever have!
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I was in Singapore recently with Evangelist Daniel Kolenda for the CFAN “Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism” and “Fire Conference.” While I was in the area I ministered at a few churches and on my free time I did some street evangelism with my new friend, Jeff Yuan. In Singapore there is an interesting mix of religion. Buddhism is the most prevalent region, followed by Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. I asked Jeff to take me out for a day on the streets for some God adventures to see what the Holy Spirit wanted to do. As we were walking along Jeff and I spotted a Buddhist temple and we decided to walk inside.
As we were walking around the temple Jeff had a word of knowledge about one of the workers in the temple. He went up to her and asked her if she had any knee problems and she said, “Yes, actually I do!” Both of her knees were in pain and had been causing her problems for quite some time now. Jeff asked if we could pray for her healing and she agreed. He laid his hands on her knees and prayed for her healing and she was instantly healed! I saw her bending her knees and jumping up and down as she was testing out what had just happened. Jesus had just healed her and she was so happy!
Jeff shared a few things with her about the Lord and gave her some instruction, and then as we started walking around to other parts of the temple to see what else the Holy Spirit wanted to do…
A few minutes later another Buddhist temple worker came up to us and pointed to her knee brace… She said, “My friend told me that Jesus healed her knees… can you pray for my knee to get healed as well?” He said, “of course!” So we both laid our hands on her and released the healing power of Jesus to touch her knee. She walked around to test it out and she discovered that her pain was gone and she was healed! Her brace was no longer needed. She was very grateful and Jeff again shared a few things with her about the Lord.
All of this happened WITHIN the Buddhist temple! As people are coming in praying to Buddha and idols carved by human hands… two temple workers are healed in the name of Jesus and the kingdom is demonstrated in power! I think many Christians would have been scared or intimidated to go into a temple to pray for the sick. Perhaps they think demons would attack them or they would fall under some type of curse. Why do we think this way? Why are we so afraid of the darkness?
Consider the following scripture about Jesus healing a man with leprosy…
40 “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”
You have to understand that this man had leprosy which was contagious and can be spread by skin contact. This is why they had leper colonies… they were meant to keep those that were unclean away from those that were clean. Jesus was willing to take the risk of getting leprosy to heal this man.
Just like the man with leprosy… the people of this world are saying to Christians everywhere, “are you willing to leave your comfortable churches to go where we are? Are you willing to be around someone like me who worships gods that are different than yours?” We cannot expect non-christians to show up to our churches on Sunday. We need to be like Jesus and go to where they are.
Light is meant to penetrate the darkness! That’s the purpose of light. We need to stop being afraid of the darkness and we need to start being a light. We must realize that the Holy Spirit lives WITHIN us and He wants to come out! Be bold, have faith, and take risk… the God of the universe is with us! AMEN!
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Ps. Stay tuned for my next blog about power evangelism in a Hindu Temple…
This blog came out an early morning conversation and prayer time with the CfaN apprentices, Eric Gilmour, and David P. I want to encourage you to read the whole thing. I know it will be a blessing to you…
Read Luke 5:1-11
1 “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Often we can work really hard in ministry, but often we don’t get the results that we want to see. We want to be fruitful and be successful so we try new ideas, strategies, and methods hoping that something will work.
In verse 5 Simon had been working really hard in his human strength and ability to catch fish, but he came up with nothing. Not a single fish. Then in verse 4 Jesus gave some instruction, ““Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon thought it was pointless at first, but when he implemented what Jesus told him he caught more fish than he could handle. In fact, he caught so many fish that his nets were breaking and he had to get help from his fishing buddies!
“Like Simon when we work hard and do things in our own strength we often come up short, but when we respond to the words of Jesus and implement what he tells us we will be fruitful!” (verse 6)
“There is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord.”
Often the word of the Lord won’t make any sense to our natural mind. It didn’t make any sense to Peter to keep on fishing because he fished all night and caught nothing. Sometimes the Word of the Lord will look like foolishness to us and the people around us, but there is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord if we will trust and be obedient.
“When we are close enough to Jesus to hear his voice, and we take the time to listen, and when we implement what he says we will get a harvest. Our good ideas and strategies are pointless and go nowhere if it’s not what God is telling us to do. Fruitfulness comes from abiding in Jesus and once he speaks, we need to act!”
Reinhard Bonnke often says that when God speaks to him he jumps! He doesn’t waste any time. If he is not sure what he is supposed to do in a given situation he will lock himself up in prayer unless he hears from the Lord. Once he hears from the Lord he implements what God tells him. He feels the eyes of the Lord are on him to see if he will respond to the word of the Lord.
“When God speaks we need to act”
Sadly instead of abiding and spending time in the secret place of prayer for direction many believers immediately implement whatever ideas come from their own mind or they will look at what other successful ministries are doing and copy it. We cannot rely on human strength and ideas in ministry… we must rely on the Word of the Lord. I believe that as we enter into these last days that accurately hearing and responding to the voice of God will be a matter of life and death. We cannot afford to waste any time and energy into things that God never told us to do. There are to many too be reached!
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Not long ago I was in Burundi, Africa for a CfaN gospel crusade. The last day I was there I had some free time to pick up a few gifts for family and friends. My friends Mica-El and Matthias were with me. As we were driving through the city looking for places to buy gifts I snapped a few pictures of people at the market and on the streets to remember my time there.
Mica-El was looking for some fabric for his mother and we finally found a street market that sold some. As Mica-El was finding fabric and bargaining I walked around to other little shops to see what they had to offer. As I was walking along a young boy tugged on my pants. I looked down and he put his hand out to see if I would give any money. I was pretty focused on what I was doing and I kind of brushed him aside and went on my way. A few minutes went by and I felt another tug on my pants. It was the same boy who previously was begging for money. This time I stopped what I was doing, and I took a good look at the boy. I was shocked by what I saw. They boy was maybe 4 years old. His hair was filthy. His shirt had numerous holes in it and looked like it had NEVER been washed. His shorts were a filthy mess, and he wasn’t wearing any shoes. In fact his feet looked so dirty and callused that perhaps he never owned a pair of shoes. I looked around trying to find his parents or a brother or sister. There was no one to be found. He was just wondering around begging for money with no one looking after him and no one that seemed to care about him. I came to the conclusion that the boy must be an orphan.
I guess I could have just walked away from the situation but I felt the Father’s heart for this boy. I began to see him the way God saw him. He was a frightened little boy that just needed someone to love him and care about him. I told the boy to follow me and we went on a search to find him some new clothes. After lots of bargaining I finally was able to buy him a brand new shirt, a pair of shorts, and a pair of sandals for $10. Before I gave him the clothes I gave him a big hug and started praying for him. I don’t think he was used to people hugging him because he was stiff as a board. Perhaps he had never really felt love coming from another human being before. As I was praying for him I spoke life into him and broke rejection and curses off his life. I blessed him and prayed that he would come to know Jesus and experience the love of the Father. He didn’t speak the same language as me so he didn’t understand what I was saying, but in situations like these I think your actions speak louder than your words anyway. I gave him the new clothes and he immediately put them on and left his old ones in the street.
The venders around me didn’t understand why I was being so nice to this poor orphan boy. When I was buying his new set of clothes they actually tried to overcharge me… As we were driving away from the market I watched the little boy with a HUGE smile on his face going up to the venders and showing off his new set of clothes. I am sure for him it was one of the highlights of his short life.
The night before I met this little boy Evangelist Daniel Kolenda gave me time to minister to 200,000 people at the CfaN crusade here in Burundi.
I can honestly tell you that what I did for this little boy was just as significant in the eyes of God, and to me, as ministering to the masses. I felt like God sovereignly placed this boy in my path this day so He could reveal His love to him.
This is the heart of our Heavenly Father! He leaves the ninety-nine for the one! We can’t be so busy in our daily lives that we miss the people that God places right in front of us. Each day is a day to be Jesus with skin on to a lost and dying world. In Luke chapter 15 we can get a glimpse into the heart of God for people like this little boy…
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” -Jesus
This is what God does! He will leave the ninety-nine to find the one. He longs to use us so that people can see the Father’s love through us… We are His hands and feet extended.
Let’s leave the ninety-nine for the one and represent Jesus well…
Each night of the crusade, after Evangelist Kolenda preached the gospel, he prayed for the sick and bound demonic spirits. During this time you could hear demonic spirits manifesting from different sections of the crowd. Trained counselors would take these people to the deliverance tent where they would cast out these evil spirits. One night the deliverance tent was overflowing with those needing deliverance. During the prayer for healing Daniel Kolenda called out words of knowledge of dozens of different ailments. He then would have them take a step of faith and test out that area of the body that was ill. Then something I will never forget happened; you could hear shouting and commotion coming from different sections of the crowd. You would see crutches and braces rise above the crowd as people were being healed! If someone received a healing in their body evangelist Kolenda asked them to come forward to testify. Each night of the crusade there were incredible testimonies of those who received a healing touch from Jesus…
Notable miracles at this CfaN Gospel crusade…
I was standing on the platform and I saw a young man come up to testify. He was standing to my right just a few feet away from me. Tears were streaming down his face and you could tell that he had just received a touch from Jesus. He came forward to share. As it turns out this young man never spoke a word in his life! He was dumb from birth. The first word that came out of his mouth was “JESUS!” It was glorious!
Other notable miracles…
Man who was deaf for 23 years in his left ear was healed.
Baby who was deaf and blind was healed. The baby could clearly see and respond to sound.
Man who had a tumor for 14 years had found that it had vanished.
The last night of the crusade the President of Burundi invited us to his home for dinner as his special guests. Many delegates and government officials were present as well. It was a huge celebration as to what God had done at the crusade. The President asked Daniel Kolenda to share with everyone present. He shared about the resurrection power of Jesus. Before dinner started the President asked Evangelist Kolenda, and Peter Van Den Berg to lay hands on him and bless him and the country of Burundi.
Over this 4 night gospel crusade a total of 313,550 people gave their lives to Jesus, filled out a decision card, and have now been ushered into the church follow up system! CfaN partners with local churches of all different denominations, and the local churches always explode with new converts. Over 50% of the CfaN crusade budget goes towards follow up! Only eternity will tell the full impact this ministry has made for the Kingdom. All glory to JESUS!
This gospel crusade included a three-day fire conference in the morning for all the pastors and church leaders in the surrounding area. Peter Van Den Berg, the Vice–President of CfaN, and Evangelist Kolenda ministered at it. The leaders were encouraged and equipped to carry on the work of the gospel once the CfaN team left the area. The last day of the conference Evangelist Kolenda prayed for a fresh baptism in the Holy Spirit and many leaders and pastors were filled. It was a powerful conference! Daniel Kolenda asked my friend, Mica-El Mumba, and I to help him pray and lay hands on the pastors and leaders for a fresh touch from God. It was an honor to pray for these precious leaders and pastors in this impoverished nation.
After the morning fire conferences we had time for lunch and had a short break before we left for the evening service in the late afternoon. We usually left for the night crusade around 3:30-4:00pm so that we could end the service on time. There was a curfew in the city because of heightened rebel activity at night. The President of Burundi offered us his personal security detail to use while we were there. They followed us wherever we went and looked after us. We didn’t have any security issues that I was aware of.
Africans can be very superstitious. Many of them grow up seeing the power of witchdoctors and have seen the supernatural first hand. You don’t have to convince them of the supernatural; they already know that it’s a reality. They are often given charms or amulets from witchdoctors and are told that it will bring them luck, good health, good fortune, and so on. In reality by wearing these cursed items they are welcoming demonic spirits into their lives. On the third night of the crusade we had everyone bring their charms and amulets that were prayed over by witchdoctors to the crusade so we could burn them. There was great rejoicing as the witchcraft items were burned in a flaming barrel.
Every night of this four night crusade Evangelist Daniel Kolenda preached a crystal clear gospel message. He gave incredible illustrations that everyone could relate to, and he preached the gospel in power! Every night of the crusade tens of thousands made a decision to make Jesus Lord. The first night of the crusade there were 70,000 people present. The crowd grew to 100,000 on the second night, and swelled to 150,000 on the third night! People get radically born again- miracles and healings break out and they invite their friends to come and experience what God is doing! I like what Reinhard Bonnke says, “When you preach the original gospel, you get the original results.” The last night of the crusade there were 200,000 people present and ready to hear the good news of the gospel.