Leaving the ninety-nine for the one…

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.

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The streets of Burundi, Africa…

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.

 

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Showing the love of Jesus to a poor boy in Africa

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.

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Ministering to 200,000 people at a CfaN gospel crusade in Burundi, Africa

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…

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“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

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Our Heavenly Father leaves the ninety-nine for the one

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…

Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving the ninety-nine for the one…

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 3

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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!

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The young man in this picture was dumb from birth, and spoke for the first time in his life at the crusade! Jesus is the healer!

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.

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A woman testifying of her healing…

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There was great rejoicing as people received a healing touch from Jesus!

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.

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CfaN leadership, the President of Burundi (center) and his family, and I
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The President of Burundi and his wife with Daniel & Rebekah Kolenda
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Having dinner at the Presidents house with my good friend Mica-El Mumba
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Evangelist Daniel Kolenda preaching a clear gospel message the last night of the crusade with 200,000 people present
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My lens was not wide enough to get a full picture of the crowd… 200,000 people present. 1 of 3
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Crowd shot…. 2 of 3
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Crowd shot… 3 of 3

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!

 

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 3

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 2

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Crowd shot on the last night of the crusade.

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.

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Peter Van Den Berg, the Vice–President of CfaN, ministering at the morning Fire Conference
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At the morning Fire Conference praying for pastors with Evangelist Daniel Kolenda

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.

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Lunch with Daniel & Rebekah Kolenda, Mica-El Mumba, and Peter Van Den Berg

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.

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There was great rejoicing as witchcraft items were burned on the third night of the crusade.

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.

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Evangelist Daniel Kolenda preaching a clear gospel message the second night of the crusade.
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The crowd listening to a clear gospel message

Stay tuned for part 3…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 2

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 1

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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.

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The President of Burundi addressing the crowd

 

 

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Panoramic of me ministering to 200,000 people on the last night of the crusade

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!

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Preaching the gospel the last night of the crusade

 

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.

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The President of Christ for all Nations, Daniel Kolenda, preaching a powerful gospel message (cfan.org)

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.

My good friend Mica-El Mumba, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, and I on the last night of the crusade.”
My good friend Mica-El Mumba, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, and I on the last night of the crusade.

 

Part two coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CfaN Burundi, Africa gospel crusade… part 1