I recently got back from a CfaN gospel crusade in the country of Burundi, Africa in the capitol city of Bujumbura. Burundi is one the most impoverished nations in the world, and CfaN was led by the Holy Spirit to have a crusade there. Witchcraft had a heavy presence in the area, and people would often carry charms or amulets on them that were prayed over by witchdoctors.
The last night of the crusade there were so many people crammed into the front of the field, that it looked like someone could possibly suffocate. The ushers removed the barriers so the people could fill the space in the front of the platform. It looked like a sea of humanity as 200,000 people were present ready to hear the good news of the gospel. That evening, after the President of Burundi addressed the crowd, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda gave me time to preach the gospel.
Evangelist Kolenda told me to preach whatever God put on my heart so I lifted up the name of Jesus, built faith within the people, broke witchcraft curses, and preached on sin, repentance, and salvation through Jesus. About a minute into my message a small fight broke out in the crowd about 30 feet from the platform. A man started pushing people around him, and the people turned on him and started beating him with their shoes! I addressed the situation and within a minute or so they quieted down. It was definitely the craziest experience I have had preaching!
It was such an honor to lift up the name of Jesus to so many people, and I’m extremely grateful to Evangelist Kolenda and Peter Van Den Berg for the opportunity. Just a few weeks before this crusade I had a prophetic word from a friend of mine that I would preach before Presidents and it happened that night! We serve a big God that is able to do abundantly beyond what we could ever ask for or dream of! After I preached I handed the microphone back to Evangelist Kolenda and he shared a powerful gospel message and prayed for the sick.
Signs and wonders followed the preaching of the gospel and Evangelist Kolenda saw incredible miracles; deaf ears opened and cripples walked. The results that came back from that evening were astounding; 138,770 people gave their lives to Jesus in a single service! Afterwards, as I was thanking Evangelist Kolenda for giving me time to preach he told me, “Paul, this is only the beginning.” This was a fulfillment of prophetic words that have been spoken over my life since 2003.
Part two coming soon!