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.
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.