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African disciples heal the sick powerfully after Elijah Challenge Training

 

Butch & Janet Berner


  God plus anybody always equals a winning team!

Rosemary teaches children’s Sunday School, attends Women’s Bible Study and is a hard working Children’s Minister.  She plows and sows seeds in her fields, provides her family with funds through her sewing skills (which she learned from a team several years ago), owns many cattle (a commodity of prime choice in the rural areas), is a consistent tither and is the church treasurer because of her integrity.  Just hanging around Rosemary you are challenged to dig deeper, do more, be more.  It is a privilege to call this woman a friend.

 

Rosemary from Sekute Village near Livingstone, ZAMBIA

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This past weekend Rosemary Kawiwi attended Butch’s training on The Elijah Challenge (power evangelism).  She led a group of trainees hut to hut ministering to and praying for the sick. 

Here is her testimony from that day…

“After the teachings we went in groups of 3 people each.  We reached a village and found 3 children aged between 7-10 years.  Lying down all sick.  One was stomach pain and the second complained of head pain.  There was happiness to the first boy when the second boy was healed.  He said, ‘I am healed.’  Same with the third for they were of the same Grandmother.  Two of the children came to church.  We give the glory to God for He is the true God.” Rosemary Kawiwi

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Others who were sent out to share the power of God had this to say….

…”This group took a trip to Makunka Hospital where only 2 women were admitted.  They received us to practice of using authority prayer.  There was no belief in the people we found because one was already waiting for transport to Livingstone General Hospital because she was more sick.  Then good news came on Sunday when I went to Makunka again and I was told the 2 sick women are all well and healed.  I went again on Wednesday and found the same report.  They are well and healed.”  Pastor Enok Sikabowa 

“The first village we travelled to went very well.  We found the married couples with their family.  After we introduced ourselves about our visitation, they requested for a prayer because they had a child girl who does not sleep when nightfall comes.  She screams every night.  Despite that the child was not around, we just prayed for the whole surrounding.  After we we left we met that child as we were going to the next village.  Then we stopped her and prayed for her.

When we visited the next village we found 2 women.  Both were sick.  After introductions, they requested for prayers.  The first one we had prayed for had a painful neck and back. We prayed for the neck twice.  At first she said it was still paining.  Then we prayed the 2nd time.  When we asked she said the pain had finished.  We just prayed once for her back.  When we asked she said she was weak, she started moving her head from side to side and also stretching her back.  She was healed.  She thanked us, then we told her to praise the Lord for He is the one who healed her.

The 2nd woman had a very big sore on the left breast.  She said that she had been suffering for 2 months.  Then we released it was the spirit of infirmity.  We prayed for her then she said the body weakness which was caused by the sore had finished.  She praised the Lord.

Again we went to another village, man with leg, shoulder and spinal cord pain…we prayed for his leg first, then he stretched his leg…we prayed for his shoulder and spinal cord, when asked he said that he was absolutely fine.  One of the teammates, Frank, asked him if he cold go in the bush to collect firewood, he said that he would.  Then his wife requested prayer for nightmares…we prayed for her and the surroundings…the following day I visited her, she said that the very day we prayed for her she slept well. We encouraged them to be praying always.  Then we went back to our team at the church to give feedbacks to our teacher, Butch.  The ends our testimony.” Pastor Jehosephat, Sekute Village, ZAMBIA.

It is a high honor and great privilege to work amongst such admirable people.  We are awe struck by the loving and all knowing God who continues to allow us to be a part of His plan to meet the needs of people here.  Thank you for choosing to be part of this greater picture with us! 

 

Pastor Enok,  from Sekute Village, ZAMBIA

Butch & Pastor Frank,  from Mahelituna Village

 

Reports from Butch & Janet Berner

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431 churches planted in 12 years following The Elijah Challenge Training in Togo, West Africa

 

Hosted by Assembly of God Evangelist Nadjombe NADJOMBE of Togo


The country of Togo (encircled) is located in West Africa with Benin just to the west


Fruitful Servant of God Nadjombe departs for eternity after planting 435 churches

 

December 2013 Update from Evangelist Nadjombe—12 years after 2002 TEC Training

“In Togo and [neighboring] Benin we have opened 431 churches in these two countries. God bless his missions.”

August 2008 Update from Evangelist Nadjombe — over six years after The Elijah Challenge Training in January 2002

“Brother Bill, may the Lord be with you always. In Togo, West Africa, we have reached 263 villages with the gospel by His grace. God bless.”

-Evangelist Nadjombe NADJOMBE

Nadjombe’s original report on the January 2002 Elijah Challenge Training with Brother Bill in Togo

“From Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th January 2002, the AELVNA Association whose President is NADJOMBE Nadjombe of Togo held great evangelism crusades in three great regions of Togo with the participation of three friends from USA : Dr. Paul Rains, Jim L., and Brother Bill.

The main preacher was Brother Bill.

Crusade Venues and dates

1) TCHAMBA : Central Region : From 20th to 22nd January 2002
2) PAGALA : Central Region : From 24th to 25 January 2002
3) KOUGNOHOU : Mountains Region : From 26th to 27th January 2002

 

THE TCHAMBA CRUSADE : 20 to 22 January 2002

At this point, the projected teaching sessions did not take place in mornings because the evangelists did not lodge at the town of Tchamba. There were no comfortable lodging for them and they were obliged to go back to Sokode (34 miles) every night after the crusade.

As this area has the highest percentage of pagans, they did not come out for the crusade the first day. This first day, only sick Christians received their healing. The two following days, pagans came out and experienced their healing: an old blind pagan received his healing and could see.

The teaching on the Healing Ministry of Reverend Bill bore strongly its fruits because many miracles that pass all understanding occurred. Even, the Pastor who is Responsible for the Zone of Tchamba-Pagala seemed to doubt but he came convinced when he experienced himself the healing power of Jesus : he was delivered from a chronic stomachache. He was then full of joy and testified to glorify the Lord.

 

PAGALA CRUSADE : 24th to 25th JANUARY 2002

At this point, an interesting collaboration among the different Denominations of the area was demonstrated. Many miracles happened. The elder PASGO, the former President of the Assemblies of God Churches of Togo who is now 88 years of age received an amelioration of his audition and vision after the teaching and the experience of Healing. His wife testified and proved publicly the veracity of the miracle.

 

KOUGNOHOU CRUSADE : 26th to 27th JANUARY 2002

After PAGALA, KOUGNOHOU was the last area that profit from this gift of the Lord. The evangelists moved from PAGALA at 23 o’clock and traveled all the night singing and giving glory to the Lord. They arrived at KOUGNOHOU at 5 o’clock A.M. Here, the teaching sessions took place in the afternoon. Christians of the area constructed a very great and beautiful podium. There were also many people and many pastors at the crusade. All the pastors of this region were holding their annual pastors Assembly and many of them were glad to participate to the crusade. After the crusade, Pastor AKUI of the Assemblies Church of KOUGNOHOU testified that those who said they were healed during the healing prayers of the crusade are really healed. Brother Nadjombe also testified that a woman from BROUNFOU, a village of the area, was completely healed from her backache and can now walk without her walking-stick. Even, the chief of the same village testified that a blind person was healed but he is ashamed to come to the church.

All the people of AKEBOU are claiming another session of evangelism in their villages. They consider that this first session is simply the beginning of such activities in this part of Togo.

As for us, members of AELVNA, it is with joy and satisfaction that we are praising the Lord for what He allowed to be accomplished during your recent mission. We are praying that He may allow another great seminar together with you in Togo. May He who is the Almighty, the same, yesterday, today and forever, be with you and give you more anointing for His mission and bless you with all blessings in heaven. AMEN AND AMEN.”

Reported in Lomé, 6th March 2002
The Reporter
The Secretary of the Association,
Mawulom AZIATO

The President of the Association,
NADJOMBE Nadjombe


November 2009 Elijah Challenge Event in Lome, Togo

 

The Elijah Challenge in Ivory Coast, West Africa


Report on 2007 trip to Ivory Coast

 

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Downtown Abidjan: “the Plateau”

 

May 2012

Bishop Adebayo Adedimeji of Burning Bush Ministries International was our host in Abidjan, the capital city of the West African nation of Ivory Coast.

Brother Adebayo shared with me the difficult times he and the church suffered during the terrible civil war in Ivory Coast which ended last year. The war is now over, but it has left its mark on the Church in Abidjan. I was told that there is little evangelistic fervor. Believers are just trying to survive and recover from the scars of the recent civil war. 


Session I: Six people with heart disease run without adverse consequences

The Lord’s grace was wonderfully evident at the first Elijah Challenge Training session. A few hundred pastors, leaders, and believers were present. I taught them how Jesus healed the infirm 2,000 years ago, and that He promised that we would do the same works in John 14:12.Then for a demonstration of healing I asked for people with heart conditions to come forward. Four women and two men came forward.

I then called for two believers to minister to each person at the front. They laid hands over the heart of each person, and then repeated the commands after me. Afterwards we tested each person to see if there was any change in their condition. Each one testified of a definite change in his or her condition, some even physically feeling the Lord’s power at work on their heart to heal and remove infirmity. I had each person run all the way to the back of the spacious auditorium and then back to the front. Each person testified that their heart felt fine and normal after running—something they could not do without adverse consequences before being ministered to.


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Tangible: God’s healing power (“dunamis”)

God’s grace was very evident at the Healing Service on the evening of the second day. After I shared the gospel, the trained disciples came forward to heal the sick in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the work of the Messiah for those who believe in Him:

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

After the very first time of ministry nearly all of the infirm people who had come forward to be healed stepped up to testify that the Lord had indeed healed them. Quite a few of them even described physically feeling the Lord’s healing power (“dunamis” in Greek) at work in their bodies to heal them.

Mark 5:29  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30  At once Jesus realized that power (“dunamis”) had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 

One after another those who had been healed gave glory to Jesus Christ. Their testimonies proved without a doubt that Jesus had in fact been pierced for their transgressions and crushed for their iniquities as he hung and died on the cross for us 2,000 years ago.

 

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The God of Elijah sends the fire of healing

At the final service, as in the time of the prophet Elijah, the Lord sent the fire of healing to stir His people to repentance and bring them back to Him. The miraculous healings were quick and powerful as the trained African disciples ministered to the infirm. Nearly everyone who came forward to be healed testified. As at the first evening service, many of them shared how they actually felt the Lord’s healing power (the “dunamis”) at work in their bodies to heal them as the disciples laid hands on them. 

People were healed of both long-term and acute conditions. Some who because of severe pain could barely make it to the service afterwards testified with gratefulness that the Lord had completely healed them. One young man with a heart condition (tachycardia) which had left him weak and tired was able to sprint to the back of the auditorium and back to the front with a wide grin on his face—feeling fine and normal. 

It was an impressive display of power from the Lord through his African disciples meant to prepare His people for the great and terrible Day of the Lord. With one heart the people repented of their fruitlessness and came back to the Lord. 


Dramatic manifestation of the Lord’s power on Sunday morning

Sunday was our last day of ministry in West Africa, and I ministered at the Sunday worship service of a congregation called Mountain of Deliverance.

I gave them an Elijah Challenge crash course. Then I proceeded to the demonstration of healing, calling for people with heart disease to be healed. A thin petite woman in her late thirties or early forties came forward. She was so weak that she could barely describe her condition to us. She was clearly in physical distress. I don’t recall ever seeing someone with such severe symptoms of heart disease come forward for healing at a demonstration. Two sisters sitting in the front row come forward to lay their hands over her heart. Then I led them in exercising the Lord’s authority over the disease. I watched her face as they ministered to her. At first I saw pain, then it gradually disappeared from her face as they ministered.

Then I asked how how she felt. “OK,” she replied in French. Then I told her to run to the opposite wall and back. She took off running briskly, returning to us with a smile. She did it again for good measure. There was no sign of her earlier distress or shortness of breath, and she appeared normal. She testified with visible emotion that the Lord had healed her.  The congregation exploded with praise to the Lord for several moments, some unable to restrain themselves and jumping up from their seats. It was one of the more dramatic demonstrations I had witnessed.

Then several other people with symptoms in their heart came forward to be healed. Believers came out of their seats and ministered to them with power and authority. All of them testified that their symptoms had disappeared.


Lunch with the Vice-President of Gabon and her pastor

After the service my host Bishop Adebayo took me to lunch at a restaurant in a very nice area of Abidjan where a party of very elegantly-dressed people joined us. I was told it was the party of the Vice-President of the African country of Gabon. In the party was also her pastor, Esther Essymba and Esther’s husband Michel. Over the dinner table Bishop Adebayo, speaking French, shared with them about the impact of The Elijah Challenge. After hearing what he shared, Pastor Esther graciously invited us to Libreville the capital of Gabon to teach in her church on a future occasion. Her church is one of the more influential churches in Gabon, with not only the Vice-President but also Cabinet Ministers attending the church.


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Ivory Coast (“Cote d’Ivoire”) is at the upper left & Gabon at lower right

 

Follow-up Testimonies in May 2012


These are the testimonies we have registered after the Elijah challenge seminar in the headquarters, in the Burning Bush branches of Marcory and Treichville.


Headquarters

 Mrs Sahué was suffering from an unknown illness for a certain time. She planned to go to the hospital but faint many times.

On Sunday she decided to come to church despite this illness. The deacons were ready to see her along home because she was very weak. But she decided to stay and receive ministration when the bishop called all the sick to be healed by the trained workers. While receiving ministration, she noticed that something was moving from the bottom to the top of her tummy. She felt a release and started to walk and ran for 10 minutes helped by the bishop; After 10 minutes she was totally free and was able to handle a staff meeting the following day without feeling any dizziness! She is totally healed up till now.

A man was ministered to because he was complaining of ulcer pains. After ministration, the Lord revealed to the bishop that the man should stop eating late in the evening in order o maintain his healing. He is now free from ulcers!


Treichville branch

A brother was suffering from asthma for a long time. And on Sunday during the service, at the moment of ministration, he was ministered to. He was healed instantly from asthma.

A woman suffering from ulcer for 3 years was instantly healed when she received ministration during the service on Thursday (Victory service).


Marcory branch

Giles Alphonse was suffering strong abdominal pains due to holes in his lungs. He was supposed to undergo surgery on Monday but decided to come to church on Sunday to receive ministration from the trained workers during the service.

He was breathing painfully and noisily. After ministration, the pain vanished and the noise stopped instantly! He was healed and did not have to undergo surgery anymore!

Kobena Annick was suffering from asthma for 5 years. After ministration she did not feel the pain or the symptoms anymore. She is eating now what she was not allowed to eat because of asthma and she is in perfect health.

We are witnessing instant healings and wisdom of God to maintain the healing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elijah Challenge in Ivory Coast, West Africa


May 2012

The Lord’s grace was wonderfully evident in the first session of the Elijah Challenge Training at Burning Bush Ministries International, where a few hundred pastors, leaders, and believers were present. I taught them how Jesus healed the infirm 2,000 years ago, and that He promised that we would do the same works in John 14:12.Then for a demonstration of healing I asked for people with heart conditions to come forward. Four women and two men came forward.

I then called for two believers to minister to each person at the front. They laid hands over the heart of each person, and then repeated the commands after me. Afterwards we tested each person to see if there was any change in their condition. Each one testified of a definite change in his or her condition, some even physically feeling the Lord’s power at work on their heart to heal and remove infirmity. I had each person run all the way to the back of the spacious auditorium and then back to the front. Each person testified that their heart felt fine and normal after running—something they could not do without adverse consequences before being ministered to.

In most of Africa, the enemy works primarily through witchcraft and sorcery.
 

Miraculous healings on the second day

On the evening of the second day of the Training, God’s grace was very evident at the Healing Service. After I shared the gospel, the trained disciples came forward to heal the sick in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the work of the Messiah for those who believe in Him:

Isa 53:4-5  Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  (5)  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

After the very first time of ministry nearly all of the infirm people who had come forward to be healed stepped up to testify that the Lord had indeed healed them. Quite a few of them even described physically feeling the Lord’s healing power (“dunamis” in Greek) at work in their bodies to heal them. I believe this is what the woman with the bleeding felt when she touched Jesus’ cloak in Mark 5. One after another those who had been healed gave glory to Jesus Christ. Their testimonies proved without a doubt that Jesus had in fact been pierced for their transgressions and crushed for their iniquities as he hung and died on the cross for us 2,000 years ago.
 

Suffering in civil war-torn Ivory Coast

Earlier this week Bishop Adebayo Adedimeji had shared with me in greater detail the trials through which he and his family (wife and five children) suffered the first half of last year due to the civil war. Leaving their church and ministry behind, they fled for their lives in their aged car with all their possessions stuffed inside. They drove east through Togo and Ghana not knowing exactly where they were going and if they would ever return to their church. But the Lord was faithful to provide for them. Now of course they are back in their church in Ivory Coast, but the flock is tired following the war and has lost much of its zeal for the Lord. Bishop’s hope is that The Elijah Challenge Training will wake up the flock.

At the third and final healing service, as in the time of the prophet Elijah, the Lord sent the fire of healing to stir His people to repentance and bring them back to Him. The miraculous healings were quick and powerful as the trained African disciples ministered to the infirm. Nearly everyone who came forward to be healed testified. Many of them shared how they actually felt the Lord’s healing power at work in their bodies to heal them as the disciples laid hands on them. 

Mark 5:29  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30  At once Jesus realized that power (Greek: “dunamis”) had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 

People were healed of both long-term and acute conditions. Some who because of severe pain could barely make it to the service afterwards testified with gratefulness that the Lord had completely healed them. One young man with a heart condition (tachycardia) which had left him weak and tired was able to sprint to the back of the auditorium and back to the front with a wide grin on his face—feeling fine and normal. 

It was an impressive display of power from the Lord through his African disciples meant to prepare His people for the great and terrible Day of the Lord. With one heart the people repented of their fruitlessness and came back to the Lord. 

Present at the meeting were our Africa Coordinator Emmanuel along with three other TEC Coordinators who had traveled from Nigeria for the event.
 

Dramatic healing on Sunday

On Sunday the final day, I ministered at the Sunday worship service of a congregation called Mountain of Deliverance.

I gave them an Elijah Challenge crash course. Then I proceeded to the demonstration of healing, calling for people with heart disease to be healed. A thin petite woman in her late thirties or early forties came forward. She was so weak that she could barely describe her condition to us. She was clearly in physical distress. I don’t recall ever seeing someone with such severe symptoms of heart disease come forward for healing at a demonstration. Two sisters sitting in the front row come forward to lay their hands over her heart. Then I led them in exercising the Lord’s authority over the disease. I watched her face as they ministered to her. At first I saw pain, then it gradually disappeared from her face as they ministered.

Then I asked how how she felt. “OK,” she replied in French. Then I told her to run to the opposite wall and back. She took off running briskly, returning to us with a smile. She did it again for good measure. There was no sign of her earlier distress or shortness of breath, and she appeared normal. She testified with visible emotion that the Lord had healed her.  The congregation exploded with praise to the Lord for several moments, some unable to restrain themselves and jumping up from their seats. It was one of the more dramatic demonstrations I had witnessed.

Then several other people with symptoms in their heart came forward to be healed. Believers came out of their seats and ministered to them with power and authority. All of them testified that their symptoms had disappeared.
 

Lunch with the Vice-President of Gabon and her pastor

After the service my host Bishop Adebayo took me to lunch at a restaurant in a very nice area of Abidjan where a small party of very elegantly-dressed people joined us. I was told it was the party of the Vice-President of the African country of Gabon. In the party was also her pastor, Esther Essymba and Esther’s husband Michel. Over the dinner table Bishop Adebayo, speaking French, shared with them about the impact of The Elijah Challenge Training. After hearing what he shared, Pastor Esther graciously invited us to Libreville the capital of Gabon to teach in her church on a future occasion. Her church, Centre Chretien de Restauration des Familles, is one of the more influential churches in Gabon, with not only the Vice-President but also Cabinet Ministers attending the church.


2,000 People Healed in Babbe Kingdom Crusade


Eastern Rivers State, Nigeria

January 15-18, 2004

 

Thousands gathered every night for first-ever evangelistic Crusade 
where 2,000 miraculous healings were witnessed


Report to The Elijah Challenge from Crusade Sponsor Rev. Nicholas Nwisah, Superintendent of the Assemblies of God for the Eastern Rivers District in Nigeria:

 “Greetings in His precious Name. Find below a short Report of the Babbe Kingdom for Christ Crusade you conducted at Gwara, my home town.

PREAMBLE: The four-day crusade which started from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th January, 2004 was at the instance of the Gwara Born Again Christians Development Union (GBACDU), a Christian organization in Gwara, made up of about nine different denominations. I am their Life Patron.

1. We have been conducting crusades in Gwara, but no one had assumed the magnitude this one recorded. The followings were very peculiar features:

1.1 RECEPTION: This was the very first Crusade where all the Chiefs, Elders and Youth Leaders came out to give our speaker a resounding reception and a freedom and mandate to speak. Not only that, but they also attended and were present till the last day. This had never been the case in any of the previous crusades. It may interest you to know that these are the very chiefs who in time past had fought against the Gospel. To us this was a glorious and triumphant break through.

1.2 ATTENDANCE: This was also the first crusade where about five thousand people from about fifteen different towns and villages in the Babbe Kingdom came to attend.

2. OUTSTANDING MIRACLES: Training on healing ministries which led to the numerous healings at the crusade was another very peculiar feature. We had never had it like that before. The miracles were in their chains, but some outstanding ones were recovery from poor sight, deafness, arthritis, blindness, paralysis and many others. About 2000 people were healed from various diseases.

3. With the training of an average of 250 workers (ministers and lay preachers) from all over the Kingdom who also involved in the healing ministries, the fire of the revival was kindled and many went back with the flames to their congregations. The after effect went beyond our Local Government to other areas as comments and messages on the program came from all angles to us.

4. Those who keep the fire burning will no doubt reap the result of the crusade as they carry on the Great Commission in future days.

I want to mention that one of the miracles was the immediate rainfall [following the Crusade] on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th January, 2004 following the prayers for blessings on the land. There had been no rain since mid-November 2003, and this had caused much heat and the delay to cultivate the farms for planting crops. This rain fall added to the people’s faith in God’s visitation on the land for God’s blessings. We are truly grateful to God for His mighty visitations upon His people. We are also grateful to all others who yielded themselves as instruments in God’s hand to make things happen the way they happened, especially Revs. Mosy Madugba (Nigeria) and Brother B. from  the U.S.A who God passed through to execute His program for the Babbe Kingdom. We expect much more from them in the years to come. May God bless them all. Amen.”

 

 

Rev. Nicholas Nwisah
Superintendent of the Assemblies of God for the Eastern Rivers District

Niger

The First Mass Open-air Evangelistic Campaign in the history of Niger, West Africa


October 30 – November 13, 2002

 

  • The first time churches came together in unity
  • The first time miraculous healings were witnessed in public
  • The first time Musl__ms came to faith in Christ in numbers
  • Sponsored by World Vision and World Horizon

 

Nigerien believers ministering at historic Crusade:
the blind see, the deaf hear

 

Sharing the gospel boldly as Elijah did at Mt. Carmel

(The major world religion centered in the Middle East is here referred to as ‘the Religion’ and its adherents as ‘Religionists’.)

Niger is a country directly north of Nigeria which was over 99% Religionist. Christian churches were few and small in size. The impact of the Church was so insignificant that there were no laws against proselytizing, preaching the gospel in the open air, or as far as we know at the time against converting to Christianity.

And so we were able to hold an evangelistic event in the open air in the capital of Niamey where everyone, including Religionists, were invited to come to witness miraculous healings. And curious, they came to listen and to be healed.

I began by sharing with the crowd that we were all worshippers of the God of Abraham. Historically this is true—both disciples of Jesus Christ as well as Religionists worship Him. However, the difference is the way in which we go to Him. Religionists believe in one way, for example, through the Prophet or the Five Pillars of Islam. Disciples of Jesus Christ, however, believe in another way to the God of Abraham. But there could not be two different ways to reach Him. There must be only one way.

Which one is the correct way?

I told the Religionists listening to me that instead of simply arguing or debating the issue by pulling out the Koran or the Bible, let us simply ask the God of Abraham Himself to show us which is the correct way to Him. I proposed to them an interesting arrangement.

Many infirm people—the blind, the lame, the deaf—were present at our meetings. I explained to the crowd that clearly only the One True God, the God of Abraham, had the authority and power to heal such infirmities. Witchcraft was clearly unable to perform such miracles. (This was quite obvious with the presence of witchdoctors at our meetings who had come to be healed of their infirmities themselves.)

I proposed to the crowd that we would pray to the God of Abraham asking Him to heal the sick present at the meeting. And when we prayed to Him, we would pray in a very special and particular way. We would pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Now if after we pray in that particular way the God of Abraham answers with powerful miraculous healings, what should we conclude? What is the significance of the blind seeing and the deaf hearing after we pray in the name of Jesus? We would find out later.

The crowd agreed with my proposal to ask the God of Abraham to heal the sick at the meetings.

I led the subsequent prayer to the God of Abraham, and closed it very emphatically in the name of Jesus Christ.

After the prayer I instructed the servants of God and disciples I had just trained over a period of several days to apply what they had just learned. They proceeded to lay hands on the sick in Jesus’ name and to exercise the authority entrusted to them in Jesus’ name. Miraculous healings ensured very quickly. One by one, people came forward to testify that the God of Abraham had healed them. The blind were seeing, the deaf were hearing, and the lame were walking. Even witchdoctors testified of being healed. Such miracles took place every night.

After all the testimonies, I turned to address the crowd again. I told them that the One True God, the God of Abraham, had clearly heard our prayer and subsequently performed many powerful miracles. Why had He heard our prayer? It must have been because we had prayed to Him in the correct way. And we had prayed to Him in the name of Jesus Christ.

I told them from what we have just witnessed that we have no choice but to conclude that the only way to the God of Abraham is Jesus Christ alone.

In this way I challenged the Religionists night after night to repent and follow Jesus Christ alone. Many responded. For the first time in the history of Niger, Religionists came to Christ in numbers—about two hundred received Him as Lord and Savior during the week.

 
Initial Report on Historic Campaign in Niger: the blind see, the deaf hear, the sick are healed

We wrote:

“The Lord is visiting Niger in an unprecedented way. In the Equipping Seminar on the first two days of our visit, the Lord imparted His miraculous healing power to those pastors, leaders, and believers who attended. After that we held three evenings of pre-Crusade meetings in local churches. Then the actual open-air Crusade began on Monday, November 4, and we are currently in the third day of the seven-day Crusade.

After preaching the gospel, I would ask the Lord to confirm His word by healing the sick. To accomplish this, I asked the Nigerien believers trained in the Healing Encounter to come forward to lay hands on the infirm in the name of Jesus. With great boldness and faith born of the Holy Spirit, these believers rebuked the infirmities and commanded them to be healed in the name of Jesus.

We have witnessed great miracles one in Jesus’ name—the blind are seeing and the deaf are hearing, One man brought to a meeting on a cot was unable for several years even to sit up. He stood up and walked in the name of Jesus. One Musl__m man, a district chief and respected member of the community, was healed of pain in his knees and foot after twenty years of suffering. He cannot deny that Jesus is the Son of God. After hearing the testimonies, precious Musl__m souls are responding to our invitation to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Because of the situation particular to this Crusade, I personally do not at this time have an idea how many people have been saved, although we know the pastors and churches are greatly encouraged by what the Lord is doing in their midst. With glee one pastor remarked to Brother Clive Cook, Coordinator of the Crusade and Director of World Horizons in West Africa, that the miracles he saw during the Crusade were “just like in the Bible.” Such things had never before been done in the history of Niger.”


Training the believers how to open the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf:
November 3, 2002

“I had noticed that the believers I had trained were not really ministering with boldness and perseverance during the first two pre-Crusade church services. Although people were getting healed, I felt it could have been better. They needed more training. So for the third pre-Crusade meeting which took place just a couple of hours ago, I decided not only to preach the gospel to any unbelievers (Musl__ms) who might be present, I decided I had to give more training to the believers. It was not enough for me just to go over the Scriptures on how Jesus healed, but I decided I had to actually lay hands on the infirm and heal them in front of everyone for them to see how it was done.

Usually I simply minister in mass healing…those who are healed come forward to testify, and those who are not healed don’t. It’s relatively “free of risk,” because those who are not healed don’t come forward and tell everyone they weren’t healed. But I had to show the believers that I was willing to stick my neck out by ministering to the infirm one on one from the front if indeed I expected them to do the same.

But the pastor of Bethel Church, where we had the meeting tonight, is a very enterprising man of God. Instead of holding the meeting inside his church, he decided to hold it outside the church in the open-air, right by the side of a busy street. He erected a stage, put up lights and a powerful sound system. Several hundred people gathered, not just believers, but unbelievers from the street drawn by the hoopla and singing of the choir he had assembled. It was a mini open-air Crusade!

I first shared to the unbelievers about Jesus’ identity as the light of the world (Jn 8.12), and how we his disciples are given the responsibility of preaching the gospel and demonstrating to the world who Jesus really is by healing the sick in His name. Then I taught from Mark 8 and 7 how Jesus had to minister twice to a blind man before he was completely healed and how Jesus opened the ears of a deaf man; and that we would do the same that evening. I announced by faith in the name of Jesus that I would be the first to minister to the blind (or those with poor eyesight) from the stage so the believers could learn how to do it. (Let me tell you, this takes some holy boldness, but praise the Lord Jesus for His faithfulness, and thank you for your fervent prayer…it availed much tonight!)

Four people came up to the stage. I ministered first to a younger woman with poor eyesight, who testified to the crowd she could see well after I ministered about four times to her. Hallelujah! But the real eye-opening healing was the next one involving an elderly woman who was practically blind and practically deaf. When I first rebuked the spirit of blindness and commanded her eyes to be opened, there was no improvement. I asked the crowd what I should do—should I be discouraged, afraid of embarrassment, give up? No, they shouted in accordance with what I had just taught them, continue! I ministered a second time. She looked around and if I remember correctly there appeared to be no improvement in her vision. I turned to the crowd and asked them what I should do. “Continue,” they shouted. Bless their hearts.

Once again I rebuked the blindness in the name of Jesus. She said she could see a bit better! The crowd roared its approval and gave thanks to the Lord. “What should I do now?” I asked them. They told me minister again. Finally the Lord completely opened her eyes, and she could see well! Hallelujah!

I decided not to leave well enough alone (praise the Lord for His faithfulness) and told the crowd we were going to open her ears in the name of Jesus. I inserted my fingers into her ears, rebuking the spirit of deafness and commanding her ears to open up. Nothing happened for a few times. (Things were starting to look bad.) Not only that, she started to feel pain in her jaw after I started praying over her ears. This of course signaled an evil spirit in the woman who was not pleased with my rebukes and was retaliating. With renewed vigor, I rebuked the spirit and commanded it to come out. The pain remained despite all my efforts. (Perhaps I should have quit when I was ahead after the woman’s eyes were opened?) The crowd waited.

Then I thought came to me—it must have been from the Lord. I asked the woman if she was a Christian, and she said she was not. Then I understood! I told the crowd that God had already shown her grace by healing her eyes, but if she now wanted Him to restore her hearing, she had to respond to God’s grace by accepting Christ. A sister came up to the platform and communicated with her by sign language. She indicated she wanted Jesus in her heart!

Then I knew I had the enemy on the run…I inserted my fingers into her ears one last time to rebuke the deafness. A wide smile immediately broke out on her face—she could hear! The crowd went wild with gladness and praise unto the Lord.

Then I had the believers—who had just witnessed the teaching from the Lord from the stage—come forward to minister healing to the many in the crowd who needed healing. With great faith, boldness, and persistence, they attacked the works of the devil as they laid hands on the infirm. Many people were healed of various infirmities through them and came up to the stage to testify. What a meeting it was…the believers in Niamey are so greatly encouraged, and the Musl__ms have witnessed the power of the name of Jesus with their own eyes! It is also the perfect way to prepare for the opening night of our big open-air Crusade tomorrow.”


Report on last day of open-air Crusade:
Sunday, November 10

“What a glorious way the Lord brought the 7-day Crusade to an end tonight…the most people, perhaps the most convincing message of all seven days, perhaps the most number of people coming forward to testify of miraculous healing and accepting Christ!

The Lord gave me a fitting message. As part of the folk Isl–mic culture here, people will periodically visit a “maribou,” a priest who will in return for payment offer animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins before Allah. It may be that these priests are little more than sorcerers dressed up in the robes of Isl–m. But it was a wonderful way to introduce to them Christ as High Priest in way which was culturally relevant.

I described for them how Jesus is infinitely superior to their “maribous” as a priest, based on the last several verses of Hebrews 7. Since he is the perfect High Priest, we sinners can approach the Most Holy God in his name, and in his name only. Then I proposed a test. We would approach the Most High and request that He do things that only God can do, that is, heal the sick miraculously and powerfully. If we approached Him in the correct name, He would answer us and heal the sick. If we approached Him in the wrong name, He would not respond. I proposed to the crowd that we pray to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (worshipped by both Musl__ms and Christians) IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. If Jesus were the perfect High Priest, God would respond by healing the sick. The crowd thought it was a fair test.

I asked the ministering believers to come forward, followed by those who wanted to be healed of their infirmities. Then came the moment of decision—I felt a little like Elijah on Mt. Carmel—“O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whom we all worship, we approach you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. If he is our perfect High Priest and the only name by which we can approach You, then answer our prayer by fire. Send your power to heal the sick and cast out demons. Amen.” Then I instructed the believers to begin ministering.

 

Ministering mass healing to the infirm


The miracles came fast and furious. With a minute or so people began to stream forward to testify of being healed of many different kinds of infirmities. Among them were two men, both Musl__m “maribous” (priests) who had been healed of their infirmities in the name of the Great High “Maribou” Jesus Christ (see photo below).

 


Between testimonies I peppered the crowd, challenging them to come forward to acknowledge that Jesus Christ was indeed the perfect High Priest, and not the sorcerers they frequented for animal sacrifices. Their God and our God had answered our prayer clearly and unmistakably when we had prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. The proof was abundant and unambiguous. Souls came to Christ. Although the number saved in this Campaign pales compared to the number saved in the Egypt Campaign (10,000 souls), the number is very high for Niger. By most standards this is the poorest country in the world. Similarly, this could be the spiritually darkest country in the world. I would have to say that this is the most difficult place I have ministered in within recent memory in terms of numbers saved. But we have this week witnessed an historic breakthrough in Niger. God has restored His miraculous healing power to His local Church and believers here. They are ministering with great power and confidence, something I did not see so evidently with the local believers in Egypt. This is one of the most satisfying Campaigns I have conducted. The pastors and believers are reveling in the glory of God they have witnessed.”

Below are photos of some of the many who testified that they had been healed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are healing testimonies from a different evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on last day of overall Campaign, November 13

“We had a glorious final meeting this evening!

The believers of this church planted by Horizons Director Clive Cook working with a neighboring evangelical church arranged an open-air evangelistic meeting in front of their church in the district of Dar-Es-Salaam. They used a truck as a platform from which I spoke. Hundreds of people from the neighborhood, including Musl__ms, attended.

After I preached the gospel, I asked the Lord to confirm His word with miraculous healings. He was faithful again to heal the infirm through the hard-working believers who ministered. Many people came forward to testify of being healed of various infirmities, including deafness.

We have found that this kind of neighborhood in-front-of-the-church open-air meeting has been very effective in winning souls and demonstrating the power of the gospel where it most needs to be seen—not inside the church, but outside where the Musl__ms are. They come to watch. Some are healed and accept Christ. But the most exciting development is that the churches can do this by themselves after I leave. These meetings cost very little; they can be held lawfully in the open in front of local churches, they draw many Musl__ms, they provide an opportunity for churches to work together, and perhaps best of all, they don’t need a foreign evangelist. A local minister can preach, and the believers are already trained well enough to minister healing confidently without me. The churches can take turns holding them in various districts of the city.

In such a way, the extremely dark spiritual climate of Niger will change. The news that miracles are occurring regularly at these open-air meetings will gradually spread throughout the city, and more and more Musl__ms will come to see and hear the gospel. They will begin to take the gospel seriously, and there will be change of attitude of the Musl__m community toward the faith that Jesus died to bring us. Who knows what God could do now through His Church in Niger?”

 

Blind woman testifies she can see
Holding the microphone at right is Pastor Joel Biao of World Vision in Niger

 

 
Above: front section of crowd at Crusade in amphitheatre
 
Final Report: Open-air Crusades – no special “gifting” required

The recent Campaign in Niger, West Africa sponsored by World Horizons, World Vision, and the united churches of the capital city of Niamey is one of the most significant in the history of The Elijah Challenge. Over a period of fifteen days, “ordinary” believers from both evangelical and charismatic churches learned and then ministered healing to the infirm at open-air evangelistic Crusades where Musl__ms heard the gospel. In these Crusade meetings, I first presented the gospel, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Musl__ms vehemently deny that he is the Son of God as in their eyes this claim amounts to blasphemy as it did for the Sadducees and Pharisees of Jesus’ time. In each meeting after the message, I would declare to the people that we would then ask the God of the Bible—whom the Musl__ms acknowledge—to respond with miraculous healings if indeed what I had just claimed about Jesus was true.

To accomplish this I would ask the believers—trained in our two-day Healing Encounter—to come forward and stand in a line at the front facing the people. After that I would ask those who needed physical healing and deliverance to come and line up facing the believers. Many would respond and come forward. Then I would pray and ask the God who created the heavens and the earth to answer with fire to prove that what I had said to the crowd about Jesus was true. Then came the moment of decision when I released the believers to minister with the laying on of hands—it would be “up to them” to heal the sick with the authority the Lord had given them for this very purpose according to Luke 9:1-2 and Luke 10:1,9. The Lord would use THEM to provide the visible evidence that Jesus is the Son of God.

As the Lord’s foot soldiers, these believers slugged it out in the trenches with the enemy to destroy his works—disease and demonic oppression—before the watching Musl__ms. People with every kind of infirmity came up to them for healing: from pain to blindness to deafness to lameness. Not all were healed, but many were healed when the believers continued their assault against the infirmities by rebuking them with authority in the name of Jesus. They would not lose heart if no change in the person’s condition was observed after ministering to them the first time. They would persevere, and in this way demons and infirmities would leave. Some blind people saw; some deaf people heard; some with epilepsy were dramatically delivered from demons of epilepsy. Those healed would come up to the podium to testify publicly of what God had done for them in the name of Jesus.

In between these testimonies I would stress that the one God whom we all worshipped was confirming through these miracles who Jesus was—the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I would encourage the Musl__ms to believe in him as Lord and Savior, since God had given them visible evidence. They would come, especially those who had been healed.

Evening after evening in the same way these believers stood side-by-side to destroy the works of the devil: healing the sick and casting out demons to demonstrate to the crowd that Jesus was the only way to the Father. One could not tell which of these foot soldiers were evangelical, and which were charismatic. All were ministering with power in the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing…

After the seven days of open-air Crusade meetings were over, there remained three days of post-Crusade meetings in local churches in the city. Emboldened by what they had witnessed in the Crusade meetings, the pastors decided to hold these meetings in the open-air outside their churches. This is still legal in Niger, where there are no laws against preaching Christianity. The pastors set up lights, loudspeakers, chairs, banners and arranged for music by worship teams to attract the local people to the evening meetings. During these three meetings, people in the surrounding area, up to a thousand people in one location, gathered to hear the gospel and witness the miraculous healings. More precious Musl__m souls were saved in each meeting.

Musl__ms throughout the districts of Niamey began to talk about the miracles being done in the name of Jesus Christ. The news was spreading.

In the course of these three local meetings, it dawned on us that the Lord had shown us a new and radical way of winning souls after the Campaign was over and the foreign evangelist had gone home. For most Nigeriens to attend one of the meetings at the amphitheater where we had held the Crusade, they had to spend two days of wages on taxi fare. But people living near a local church could simply walk to an open-air meeting held in front of the church. There are about sixty churches scattered throughout the city of Niamey, so if they took turns, open-air evangelistic meetings could be held in different districts of the city. The pastors could continue to work together in unity for each open-air meeting. And since the believers through the Campaign had already been trained to minister healing boldly and effectively, they could continue to heal the sick in future meetings to confirm the gospel WITHOUT ME being there.

The Lord has shown us something revolutionary. Local churches in Niamey can hold their own open-air evangelistic meetings. No outside foreign evangelist, no “special” gifting is needed. There is no need to rent an expensive facility for a big Crusade. But the blind will see and the deaf will hear as “ordinary” local believers minister at local neighborhood meetings. News will spread throughout the city. Musl__ms will continue to come, be healed of their infirmities, and accept Christ.

This can become a model for churches in other countries ministering under similar conditions.

GOD IS RESTORING HIS POWER TO THE WHOLE CHURCH!

 

Report from Pastor Joel Biao of World Vision of Niger

“I am glad to say thanks to you today as a way of showing my gratefulness to the great work you did for two weeks in Niamey for the sake of the Gospel. I can’t still help smiling as I am trying to figure the way that God lead this Campaign. Of course Clive Cook (Director of World Horizons for West Africa, co-sponsor of the Campaign) and me started talking about this without any conviction the first day. And we did a very short prayer that day. I couldn’t imagine, Brother […], that this will end into an event so great in the history of the Church in Niger. Oh dear brother, may God bless you as you struggle to carry out his will for the world in darkness. Your meekness and humility touches me deeply, and I praise the Lord who has brought at this point.

My life as a pastor and leader is really affected: I have learned to be bold in ministering the healing. I have got much more in faith. Through that campaign I can say God added something more to my faith. I could through the campaign know the kind of message we give when we try to bring people know the transforming power of God. I discovered that God can do much more as we try with humility to show that he is the almighty God. I also concluded that without signs, wonders and miracles we only do very little in winning the souls.

The first important thing the campaign has achieved for the churches is the unity. That was the first time that really the churches worked together in real spirit of unity. Also many barriers have been knocked down; indeed some of the churches that ministered healing didn’t believe in it. They thought that is for the pentecostal churches. Through your teaching and training they were convinced that anyone who is engaged in announcing the Good News in the name of Jesus can do so. Moreover, henceforth the churches are united and free to work together without any denominational discrimination. The church in Niamey is confident in preaching the Gospel with signs and wonders; the church knows how to handle the spiritual warfare; the church is really bold in preaching the Gospel.

The Gospel will become effective in Niger as the Musl__m people will themselves witness miracles in the name of Jesus. There will be much more fruit than what we had previously. the Chuch in Niger will become really bold and effective in reaching out to Musl__m people. The harvest will be great.”

Pastor Joel Biao
Social Relations Service
World Vision, Niger BP 12713
Tel. (227)753427 – Fax (227)753430
Niamey – NIGER

 

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The First Mass Open-air Evangelistic Campaign
in the history of Niger, West Africa
October 30 – November 13, 2002

  • The first time churches came together in unity
  • The first time miraculous healings were witnessed in public
  • The first time Musl__ms came to faith in Christ in numbers
  • Sponsored by World Vision and World Horizon

Report from local sponsor Pastor Joel Biao, World Vision of Niger
Initial Report
Training the believers
Report on last day of open-air Crusade
Report on last day of overall Campaign
Final Report: Open-air Crusades – no special “gifting” required
Photos


What began to happen after the Campaign


Nigerien believers ministering at historic Crusade: the blind see, the deaf hear


Initial Report on Historic Campaign in Niger: the blind see, the deaf hear, the sick are healed

Brother William wrote:

“The Lord is visiting Niger in an unprecedented way. In the Equipping Seminar on the first two days of our visit, the Lord imparted His miraculous healing power to those pastors, leaders, and believers who attended. After that we held three evenings of pre-Crusade meetings in local churches. Then the actual open-air Crusade began on Monday, November 4, and we are currently in the third day of the seven-day Crusade.

After preaching the gospel, I would ask the Lord to confirm His word by healing the sick. To accomplish this, I asked the Nigerien believers trained in the Healing Encounter to come forward to lay hands on the infirm in the name of Jesus. With great boldness and faith born of the Holy Spirit, these believers rebuked the infirmities and commanded them to be healed in the name of Jesus.

We have witnessed great miracles one in Jesus’ name—the blind are seeing and the deaf are hearing, One man brought to a meeting on a cot was unable for several years even to sit up. He stood up and walked in the name of Jesus. One Musl__m man, a district chief and respected member of the community, was healed of pain in his knees and foot after twenty years of suffering. He cannot deny that Jesus is the Son of God. After hearing the testimonies, precious Musl__m souls are responding to our invitation to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Because of the situation particular to this Crusade, I personally do not at this time have an idea how many people have been saved, although we know the pastors and churches are greatly encouraged by what the Lord is doing in their midst. With glee one pastor remarked to Brother Clive Cook, Coordinator of the Crusade and Director of World Horizons in West Africa, that the miracles he saw during the Crusade were “just like in the Bible.” Such things had never before been done in the history of Niger.”

Training the believers how to open the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf: November 3, 2002

“I had noticed that the believers I had trained were not really ministering with boldness and perseverance during the first two pre-Crusade church services. Although people were getting healed, I felt it could have been better. They needed more training. So for the third pre-Crusade meeting which took place just a couple of hours ago, I decided not only to preach the gospel to any unbelievers (Musl__ms) who might be present, I decided I had to give more training to the believers. It was not enough for me just to go over the Scriptures on how Jesus healed, but I decided I had to actually lay hands on the infirm and heal them in front of everyone for them to see how it was done.

Usually I simply minister in mass healing…those who are healed come forward to testify, and those who are not healed don’t. It’s relatively “free of risk,” because those who are not healed don’t come forward and tell everyone they weren’t healed. But I had to show the believers that I was willing to stick my neck out by ministering to the infirm one on one from the front if indeed I expected them to do the same.

But the pastor of Bethel Church, where we had the meeting tonight, is a very enterprising man of God. Instead of holding the meeting inside his church, he decided to hold it outside the church in the open-air, right by the side of a busy street. He erected a stage, put up lights and a powerful sound system. Several hundred people gathered, not just believers, but unbelievers from the street drawn by the hoopla and singing of the choir he had assembled. It was a mini open-air Crusade!

I first shared to the unbelievers about Jesus’ identity as the light of the world (Jn 8.12), and how we his disciples are given the responsibility of preaching the gospel and demonstrating to the world who Jesus really is by healing the sick in His name. Then I taught from Mark 8 and 7 how Jesus had to minister twice to a blind man before he was completely healed and how Jesus opened the ears of a deaf man; and that we would do the same that evening. I announced by faith in the name of Jesus that I would be the first to minister to the blind (or those with poor eyesight) from the stage so the believers could learn how to do it. (Let me tell you, this takes some holy boldness, but praise the Lord Jesus for His faithfulness, and thank you for your fervent prayer…it availed much tonight!)

Four people came up to the stage. I ministered first to a younger woman with poor eyesight, who testified to the crowd she could see well after I ministered about four times to her. Hallelujah! But the real eye-opening healing was the next one involving an elderly woman who was practically blind and practically deaf. When I first rebuked the spirit of blindness and commanded her eyes to be opened, there was no improvement. I asked the crowd what I should do—should I be discouraged, afraid of embarrassment, give up? No, they shouted in accordance with what I had just taught them, continue! I ministered a second time. She looked around and if I remember correctly there appeared to be no improvement in her vision. I turned to the crowd and asked them what I should do. “Continue,” they shouted. Bless their hearts.

Once again I rebuked the blindness in the name of Jesus. She said she could see a bit better! The crowd roared its approval and gave thanks to the Lord. “What should I do now?” I asked them. They told me minister again. Finally the Lord completely opened her eyes, and she could see well! Hallelujah!

I decided not to leave well enough alone (praise the Lord for His faithfulness) and told the crowd we were going to open her ears in the name of Jesus. I inserted my fingers into her ears, rebuking the spirit of deafness and commanding her ears to open up. Nothing happened for a few times. (Things were starting to look bad.) Not only that, she started to feel pain in her jaw after I started praying over her ears. This of course signaled an evil spirit in the woman who was not pleased with my rebukes and was retaliating. With renewed vigor, I rebuked the spirit and commanded it to come out. The pain remained despite all my efforts. (Perhaps I should have quit when I was ahead after the woman’s eyes were opened?) The crowd waited.

Then I thought came to me—it must have been from the Lord. I asked the woman if she was a Christian, and she said she was not. Then I understood! I told the crowd that God had already shown her grace by healing her eyes, but if she now wanted Him to restore her hearing, she had to respond to God’s grace by accepting Christ. A sister came up to the platform and communicated with her by sign language. She indicated she wanted Jesus in her heart!

Then I knew I had the enemy on the run…I inserted my fingers into her ears one last time to rebuke the deafness. A wide smile immediately broke out on her face—she could hear! The crowd went wild with gladness and praise unto the Lord.

Then I had the believers—who had just witnessed the teaching from the Lord from the stage—come forward to minister healing to the many in the crowd who needed healing. With great faith, boldness, and persistence, they attacked the works of the devil as they laid hands on the infirm. Many people were healed of various infirmities through them and came up to the stage to testify. What a meeting it was…the believers in Niamey are so greatly encouraged, and the Musl__ms have witnessed the power of the name of Jesus with their own eyes! It is also the perfect way to prepare for the opening night of our big open-air Crusade tomorrow.

Report on last day of open-air Crusade:
Sunday, November 10

“What a glorious way the Lord brought the 7-day Crusade to an end tonight…the most people, perhaps the most convincing message of all seven days, perhaps the most number of people coming forward to testify of miraculous healing and accepting Christ!

The Lord gave me a fitting message. As part of the folk Isl–mic culture here, people will periodically visit a “maribou,” a priest who will in return for payment offer animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins before Allah. It may be that these priests are little more than sorcerers dressed up in the robes of Isl–m. But it was a wonderful way to introduce to them Christ as High Priest in way which was culturally relevant.

I described for them how Jesus is infinitely superior to their “maribous” as a priest, based on the last several verses of Hebrews 7. Since he is the perfect High Priest, we sinners can approach the Most Holy God in his name, and in his name only. Then I proposed a test. We would approach the Most High and request that He do things that only God can do, that is, heal the sick miraculously and powerfully. If we approached Him in the correct name, He would answer us and heal the sick. If we approached Him in the wrong name, He would not respond. I proposed to the crowd that we pray to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (worshipped by both Musl__ms and Christians) IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. If Jesus were the perfect High Priest, God would respond by healing the sick. The crowd thought it was a fair test.

I asked the ministering believers to come forward, followed by those who wanted to be healed of their infirmities. Then came the moment of decision—I felt a little like Elijah on Mt. Carmel—“O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whom we all worship, we approach you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. If he is our perfect High Priest and the only name by which we can approach You, then answer our prayer by fire. Send your power to heal the sick and cast out demons. Amen.” Then I instructed the believers to begin ministering.

Ministering mass healing to the infirm

The miracles came fast and furious. With a minute or so people began to stream forward to testify of being healed of many different kinds of infirmities. Among them were two men, both Musl__m “maribous” (priests) who had been healed of their infirmities in the name of the Great High “Maribou” Jesus Christ (see photo below).

Between testimonies I peppered the crowd, challenging them to come forward to acknowledge that Jesus Christ was indeed the perfect High Priest, and not the sorcerers they frequented for animal sacrifices. Their God and our God had answered our prayer clearly and unmistakably when we had prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. The proof was abundant and unambiguous. Souls came to Christ. Although the number saved in this Campaign pales compared to the number saved in the Egypt Campaign (10,000 souls), the number is very high for Niger. By most standards this is the poorest country in the world. Similarly, this could be the spiritually darkest country in the world. I would have to say that this is the most difficult place I have ministered in within recent memory in terms of numbers saved. But we have this week witnessed an historic breakthrough in Niger. God has restored His miraculous healing power to His local Church and believers here. They are ministering with great power and confidence, something I did not see so evidently with the local believers in Egypt. This is one of the most satisfying Campaigns I have conducted. The pastors and believers are reveling in the glory of God they have witnessed.”

Below are photos of some of the many who testified that they had been healed:

Below are healing testimonies from a different evening

 

Report on last day of overall Campaign, November 13

“We had a glorious final meeting this evening!

The believers of this church planted by Horizons Director Clive Cook working with a neighboring evangelical church arranged an open-air evangelistic meeting in front of their church in the district of Dar-Es-Salaam. They used a truck as a platform from which I spoke. Hundreds of people from the neighborhood, including Musl__ms, attended.

After I preached the gospel, I asked the Lord to confirm His word with miraculous healings. He was faithful again to heal the infirm through the hard-working believers who ministered. Many people came forward to testify of being healed of various infirmities, including deafness.

We have found that this kind of neighborhood in-front-of-the-church open-air meeting has been very effective in winning souls and demonstrating the power of the gospel where it most needs to be seen—not inside the church, but outside where the Musl__ms are. They come to watch. Some are healed and accept Christ. But the most exciting development is that the churches can do this by themselves after I leave. These meetings cost very little; they can be held lawfully in the open in front of local churches, they draw many Musl__ms, they provide an opportunity for churches to work together, and perhaps best of all, they don’t need a foreign evangelist. A local minister can preach, and the believers are already trained well enough to minister healing confidently without me. The churches can take turns holding them in various districts of the city.

In such a way, the extremely dark spiritual climate of Niger will change. The news that miracles are occurring regularly at these open-air meetings will gradually spread throughout the city, and more and more Musl__ms will come to see and hear the gospel. They will begin to take the gospel seriously, and there will be change of attitude of the Musl__m community toward the faith that Jesus died to bring us. Who knows what God could do now through His Church in Niger?

                   
           
 

Left: Blind woman testifies she can see

Holding the microphone at right is Pastor Joel Biao of World Vision in Niger

Below: front section of crowd at Crusade in amphitheatre

     
           
                   
     
                   
             
                   
   
Final Report: Open-air Crusades – no special “gifting” required

The recent Campaign in Niger, West Africa sponsored by World Horizons, World Vision, and the united churches of the capital city of Niamey is one of the most significant in the history of The Elijah Challenge. Over a period of fifteen days, “ordinary” believers from both evangelical and charismatic churches learned and then ministered healing to the infirm at open-air evangelistic Crusades where Musl__ms heard the gospel. In these Crusade meetings, I first presented the gospel, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Musl__ms vehemently deny that he is the Son of God as in their eyes this claim amounts to blasphemy as it did for the Sadducees and Pharisees of Jesus’ time. In each meeting after the message, I would declare to the people that we would then ask the God of the Bible—whom the Musl__ms acknowledge—to respond with miraculous healings if indeed what I had just claimed about Jesus was true.

To accomplish this I would ask the believers—trained in our two-day Healing Encounter—to come forward and stand in a line at the front facing the people. After that I would ask those who needed physical healing and deliverance to come and line up facing the believers. Many would respond and come forward. Then I would pray and ask the God who created the heavens and the earth to answer with fire to prove that what I had said to the crowd about Jesus was true. Then came the moment of decision when I released the believers to minister with the laying on of hands—it would be “up to them” to heal the sick with the authority the Lord had given them for this very purpose according to Luke 9:1-2 and Luke 10:1,9. The Lord would use THEM to provide the visible evidence that Jesus is the Son of God.

As the Lord’s foot soldiers, these believers slugged it out in the trenches with the enemy to destroy his works—disease and demonic oppression—before the watching Musl__ms. People with every kind of infirmity came up to them for healing: from pain to blindness to deafness to lameness. Not all were healed, but many were healed when the believers continued their assault against the infirmities by rebuking them with authority in the name of Jesus. They would not lose heart if no change in the person’s condition was observed after ministering to them the first time. They would persevere, and in this way demons and infirmities would leave. Some blind people saw; some deaf people heard; some with epilepsy were dramatically delivered from demons of epilepsy. Those healed would come up to the podium to testify publicly of what God had done for them in the name of Jesus.

In between these testimonies I would stress that the one God whom we all worshipped was confirming through these miracles who Jesus was—the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I would encourage the Musl__ms to believe in him as Lord and Savior, since God had given them visible evidence. They would come, especially those who had been healed.

Evening after evening in the same way these believers stood side-by-side to destroy the works of the devil: healing the sick and casting out demons to demonstrate to the crowd that Jesus was the only way to the Father. One could not tell which of these foot soldiers were evangelical, and which were charismatic. All were ministering with power in the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing…

After the seven days of open-air Crusade meetings were over, there remained three days of post-Crusade meetings in local churches in the city. Emboldened by what they had witnessed in the Crusade meetings, the pastors decided to hold these meetings in the open-air outside their churches. This is still legal in Niger, where there are no laws against preaching Christianity. The pastors set up lights, loudspeakers, chairs, banners and arranged for music by worship teams to attract the local people to the evening meetings. During these three meetings, people in the surrounding area, up to a thousand people in one location, gathered to hear the gospel and witness the miraculous healings. More precious Musl__m souls were saved in each meeting.

Musl__ms throughout the districts of Niamey began to talk about the miracles being done in the name of Jesus Christ. The news was spreading.

In the course of these three local meetings, it dawned on us that the Lord had shown us a new and radical way of winning souls after the Campaign was over and the foreign evangelist had gone home. For most Nigeriens to attend one of the meetings at the amphitheater where we had held the Crusade, they had to spend two days of wages on taxi fare. But people living near a local church could simply walk to an open-air meeting held in front of the church. There are about sixty churches scattered throughout the city of Niamey, so if they took turns, open-air evangelistic meetings could be held in different districts of the city. The pastors could continue to work together in unity for each open-air meeting. And since the believers through the Campaign had already been trained to minister healing boldly and effectively, they could continue to heal the sick in future meetings to confirm the gospel WITHOUT ME being there.

The Lord has shown us something revolutionary. Local churches in Niamey can hold their own open-air evangelistic meetings. No outside foreign evangelist, no “special” gifting is needed. There is no need to rent an expensive facility for a big Crusade. But the blind will see and the deaf will hear as “ordinary” local believers minister at local neighborhood meetings. News will spread throughout the city. Musl__ms will continue to come, be healed of their infirmities, and accept Christ.

This can become a model for churches in other countries ministering under similar conditions.

GOD IS RESTORING HIS POWER TO THE WHOLE CHURCH!

     
                   

Report from Pastor Joel Biao of World Vision of Niger

“I am glad to say thanks to you today as a way of showing my gratefulness to the great work you did for two weeks in Niamey for the sake of the Gospel. I can’t still help smiling as I am trying to figure the way that God lead this Campaign. Of course Clive Cook (Director of World Horizons for West Africa, co-sponsor of the Campaign) and me started talking about this without any conviction the first day. And we did a very short prayer that day. I couldn’t imagine, Brother […], that this will end into an event so great in the history of the Church in Niger. Oh dear brother, may God bless you as you struggle to carry out his will for the world in darkness. Your meekness and humility touches me deeply, and I praise the Lord who has brought at this point.

My life as a pastor and leader is really affected: I have learned to be bold in ministering the healing. I have got much more in faith. Through that campaign I can say God added something more to my faith. I could through the campaign know the kind of message we give when we try to bring people know the transforming power of God. I discovered that God can do much more as we try with humility to show that he is the almighty God. I also concluded that without signs, wonders and miracles we only do very little in winning the souls.

The first important thing the campaign has achieved for the churches is the unity. That was the first time that really the churches worked together in real spirit of unity. Also many barriers have been knocked down; indeed some of the churches that ministered healing didn’t believe in it. They thought that is for the pentecostal churches. Through your teaching and training they were convinced that anyone who is engaged in announcing the Good News in the name of Jesus can do so. Moreover, henceforth the churches are united and free to work together without any denominational discrimination. The church in Niamey is confident in preaching the Gospel with signs and wonders; the church knows how to handle the spiritual warfare; the church is really bold in preaching the Gospel.

The Gospel will become effective in Niger as the Musl__m people will themselves witness miracles in the name of Jesus. There will be much more fruit than what we had previously. the Chuch in Niger will become really bold and effective in reaching out to Musl__m people. The harvest will be great.”

Pastor Joel Biao
Social Relations Service
World Vision, Niger BP 12713
Tel. (227)753427 – Fax (227)753430
Niamey – NIGER

Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya


November 2006


On this our initial and introductory trip to Kenya, a small group of servants of God brought together by Bishop Mickey Okeyo of Solid Rock Community Church was equipped with The Elijah Challenge Basic Training. The venue for the equipping was at the East Africa Regional Headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nairobi.

After the training we held Evangelistic Healing Rallies in the slum known as Kibera—the largest slum on the African continent—where most of the approximately one million people live on less than one US dollar a day.

 

The “commercial district” of Kibera

Railroad tracks intersect the slums
(at left is Pastor Steve Baraza)

Above & below: Evangelistic rally at the open-air dirt grounds known as Laini Saba

 

For the first evangelistic rally at Laini Saba we brought our sound system and speakers but no platform was available. Pastor Steve Baraza, who has planted a church in the slums, led the worship with great exuberance. A scattered crowd was present.

I took the microphone and announced that we would ask the God of Heaven to heal the sick to demonstrate that His Kingdom was near. About fifteen people with infirmities, adults and children, stepped forward. After prayer, the trained servants of God laid hands on them and exercised their authority over disease and demons in Christ’s name.

It appeared that all of them were healed and came forward to testify publicly. Among them, three children testified that impaired hearing in one ear had been restored. God gives much grace to the humble and the poor, and His miracles for them are powerful.

I then told the people that the miracles demonstrated that the Kingdom of God was near (Luke 10:9) to them. But in order for the Kingdom of God to come to them so that they could enter, there was only one way—Jesus Christ who died on the cross for bear our sins. About twenty people responded when I asked people to come forward to follow Jesus Christ. All of this took a bit over a half an hour.

At the second rally the next day I challenged the people. I asked them: which is the true way of salvation—witchcraft and traditional beliefs, or Jesus Christ? The one that could heal the seven infirm people would be the true way of salvation. I invited any practitioner of witchcraft to come forward to heal the people using magic. No one took up the challenge. So we prayed to our God in the name of Jesus Christ, asking Him to heal the people of their infirmities. After that the trained servants of God laid hands on them; all seven publicly testified that had been healed. Two of them jumped up and down vigorously to demonstrate that their legs/feet had been healed. The seventh person was a drunk who just happened to be passing by. He had not been able to eat a certain kind of food for three years because of pain in his jaw. He was completely set free from the pain.

Then I proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. About ten children appeared in front of me when I invited the people to believe in Jesus. Adults in Kenya can be shy about coming forward publicly, and I was told that some of them also gave their hearts to Jesus Christ, including the drunk. He said he would go to church the following Sunday.

These rallies are being continued by the local believers on their own. They have been equipped how to heal the sick in Jesus’ name to prove that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. They are not dependent on outsiders.

Among the other newly-equipped servants of God, Pastor Steve Baraza is using the weapon of miraculous healing as he preaches regularly out in the slums of Kibera. His congregation is being trained to heal the sick as well, and he is now leading a powerful team of believers to snatch precious souls from the darkness of the Kibera slums.

 

Pastor Steve Baraza’s favorite corner for open-air preaching in the slums; in the foreground is our Coordinator Bishop Mickey Okeyo

 

 

Liberia

The spirit of Elijah in Liberia, West Africa


December 2006

 


In December 2006 The Elijah Challenge came to Liberia, a nation that came into being in the 19th Century when freed slaves from the United States returned to settle in Africa. Meetings were held in an area known as Harbel near the capital of Monrovia where there is a large Firestone Tire plantation. About 6,000 workers are employed to tap the sap from rubber trees on the plantation for use in making tires. Although Liberia is a “Christian” country, most Liberians still believe in witchcraft.

 

 

Plantation worker tapping sap from rubber tree

Workers’ families bathing & washing clothes


After three days of training for the local servants of God, an open-air evangelistic rally was held in the plantation where the thousands of workers live. Hundreds of people were drawn by the music; many if not most of them were non-believers. Then as Jesus commanded in Luke 10:9, the sick were healed as the trained servants of God laid hands on them. A line of people who were healed formed on the field waiting to testify. After the testimonies, we went onto the field to preach. He shared that the miraculous healings demonstrated that the kingdom of God was near. He told the people that the only way to escape from the kingdom of darkness and enter the Kingdom of God was by repenting from sin and witchcraft and following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


Open-air evangelistic rally


When we asked who wanted to follow Jesus Christ, a huge wave of souls, many of them children, swelled forward onto the field and completely engulfed him on every side. Never before had he experienced that kind of response. Eagerly they repented of their sin and were granted forgiveness and eternal life as they made the decision to follow Jesus Christ.


Children swarm onto the field & engulf Brother Bill


Still more people came to the second open-air meeting the next evening. In the same way that the Old Testament prophet Elijah challenged the servants of Baal, we issued a challenge to witchdoctors. They would try to heal the sick using their witchcraft, and then the servants of God would heal the sick in the name of Jesus Christ. In this way everyone could find out whether the power of witchcraft or the power of God is greater. (Although Liberia is a “Christian” country, most Liberians still believe in witchcraft. It is like backslidden Israel during the time of Elijah.) Brother Bill was told there were witchdoctors at the meeting, likely drawn by the miracles they heard had taken place at the meeting the night before. None of them, however, stepped forward to accept his challenge.

And so the servants of the One True God stepped forward and called on His name. Then they healed the sick in the name of Jesus in two stages. After the first stage—mass healing—a great many people, mostly children, swept forward and swarmed around Brother Bill giggling and waiting to testify that they had been healed. (The adults who were healed perhaps felt intimidated by the witchdoctors standing in the crowd and few of them came out to testify.) There were so many children who came forward that only some of them were given time to give their testimony. The Lord had answered prayer and had sent the fire of healing from heaven to prove that He was the only true God.


Crowd of people healed and waiting to testify


During the second stage of healing the infirm came forward to receive their healing one-on-one from the assembled servants of God. More were healed and each testified. A young girl who was born crippled and had never walked was now walking hand-in-hand in front of the crowd with her beaming mother. When Brother Bill asked the people to repent of witchcraft and sin and make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior, many, again mostly children, swarmed forward like bees and surrounded him. He had to fight to stand his ground or else be knocked over by them.


Little girl lame from birth walks

Many come forward to receive Christ as Lord & Savior


Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

The trained servants of God will continue to hold such meetings on their own; they will be conducting three nights of open-air meetings in a different location on the plantation later in December. The harvest in Harbel will be great if they continue to proclaim the kingdom of God as they have been equipped to do.

 

Receiving testimonies of healing 
during training in Monrovia

Team Leader Pastor Napoleon Blamon of Bethel World Outreach Church, New Jersey

Teammate Rev. Patricia Davis with friends

 

 

Uganda

Uganda: A Photo Essay – Defeating witchcraft in Christ’s name

Arua, Northern Uganda

Pastors and believers in Arua, Northern Uganda were first trained how to heal the sick to demonstrate that the Kingdom of God is near. After the training, outdoor evangelistic rallies were held where the trained believers ministered healing under “actual battlefield conditions” — where the lost and the infirm were present to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, local churches and believers are now equipped to hold such evangelistic rallies on their own as often as they desire. People can now be healed miraculously and saved in such community rallies. Huge expensive crusades and famous out-of-town evangelists are no longer necessary for this type of evangelism.

The age of the Church—the body of Christ—has begun in order that the Great Commission be fulfilled. The Church can now be equipped to defeat the stronghold of witchcraft. Most Africans, even Christians, live in slavery to the fear of witchcraft. Some believers continue to trust in witchcraft or traditional spiritual practices. The only way to deliver them from this mindset is to demonstrate in a tangible and unambiguous way that the power of the name of Jesus Christ is far greater.

The twenty-nine digital photos below offer a graphic depiction of a neighborhood evangelistic healing rally. First, we set up our sound equipment in a market area. As our worship team sang, a crowd gathered around us. We then proclaimed the Kingdom of God to the crowd. He asked the people to raise their hands if they needed physical healing. Many did so. The trained believers then laid hands on the infirm in the name of Jesus, and many miraculous healings took place. Those who were healed lined up to give public testimony. We then declared that the healings proved that the Kingdom of God was near, and that Jesus Christ was the only way into this Kingdom. When he asked those who wanted to accept Jesus Christ to raise their hands, between sixty and seventy-five souls responded.

Such results can now be routinely replicated by local believers as often as they desire. Local believers can now have a significant part in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

 

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A location is chosen and our sound equipment is set up
Speakers are visible at the left and right

Our worship team ministers in song

People are drawn to the sound of music

People trickle in slowly

A small crowd gathers around us

We step forward to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and asks those who need physical healing to raise their hands

People raise their hands to indicate they would like to be healed by God

Many hands are raised

The trained team members spring into action to minister healing to the infirm

Team members minister to the infirm with the authority given by Christ to those whom He sends out to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1,9)

Team members lay hands on the sick in the name of Jesus

They exercise their authority over disease and demons
by rebuking and commanding them to go in Jesus’ name

The name of Jesus’ heals the infirm and they come forward to testify publicly

Many are healed and queue up to testify

Woman testifies of her healing
At left is our interpreter

Above & Below: Many wait their turn to testify of what the Lord has done for them

 

Onlookers listen to the testimonies

On and on they testify of the power of Jesus’ name….

Standing in the background between us and the woman
is our host and Wycliffe Bible Translator Anne Sampson

In the background is Anne Sampson’s husband Doug

Spectator ponders the meaning of the miracles

Woman who could not read print before reads the Bible outloud

Boy with his mother testifies of feeling God’s power at work in his diseased stomach

Between 60 and 75 people raise their hands to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior after seeing the miracles and hearing the gospel of the Kingdom of God. They see that witchcraft cannot compare with the power of Jesus’ name.

The people pray to the Lord to forgive their sins as they put their faith in Jesus Christ and renounce witchcraft and traditional spiritual practices

Children enter the Kingdom of God as they accept Christ into their hearts

Afterwards, even more testimonies of healing
At right is Host Pastor Jimmy Kato originally from Sudan

At the end, we worship the Lord and rejoice in what He has done!
The following Sunday new believers show up at local church


Of greatest significance
 is that now the local churches here can hold such meetings on their own. The Lord used the local believers to do the miracles, not us. It is no longer necessary to holding huge and expensive mass crusades featuring a specially-anointed servant of God from the outside. When many churches are trained in this way, the practice of witchcraft here can be wiped out. The Lord is restoring power to His Church for the fufillment of the Great Commission.

Pastor Jimmy Kato reported later in the year: “We have open-air evangelistic meetings every Sunday evening using The Elijah Challenge method and it is beautiful.”

 

The aftermath of the February 2005 meetings one year later: revival in Arua & beyond

Report received from Pastor Jimmy Kato in June 2006 on the results of The Elijah Challenge Seminar held in Uganda in February 2005

Dear Brother,

Praise the Lord for the work the Lord is doing through your ministry. I am sorry for the delay in sending you the report after the Arua misson last year in February, but I think it is high time for you to know what is on the ground here. The Lord has done many things through the teaching you gave us in Arua. About four churches were opened outside of Arua by different church leaders who were in your Seminar. Many miracles happened and are still happening as a result of The Elijah Challenge.

The church I pastor has grown twice (doubled) or more since you left. We have evening services every day and all-night meetings twice a week. I was the only pastor before but now we have four pastors.

I praise the Lord for using the family of Douglas and Anne Sampson for hosting you in order to bring this great revival to Arua and beyond. May the good Lord bless them and bless your ministry.

The pastors are now united and form a strong association now registered with the government of Uganda.

This is all about what God did in Arua.

Let’s continue to serve Him as long as we still have the chance. God bless you.

Pastor Jimmy Kato

See below for more feedback on the Seminar from Pastor Jimmy…

 

Questions & Answers by Pastor Jimmy Kato 

I. In what way was the conference different from past conferences?

• The mode of teaching was direct from the Scriptures.
• Simple and clear method of teaching that was understood by everybody, and what was being taught was applied.

For example,

a) During the Outreach, the participants applied the method being taught on the crusade grounds.
b) A team from the Seminar participants conducted a gospel outreach to Zeu at the Congo/Uganda border.

1) Salvation for people – there were many—90 people—who received Christ for salvation.
2) Deliverance and healing of sick people.
3) The gospel was preached with boldness, that is, with no fear of witchcraft, sorcery and magic powers.

• As compared to other conferences and seminars held here the cost was relatively low and affordable.
• The seminar of Elijah challenge was preparing every believer for the task of the ministry.


II. What impact is there from the teaching on the local churches regarding fear of witchcraft? Briefly describe witchcraft in Arua.

a) The healing and deliverance ministry has been revived in the churches
b) The local church has been empowered to challenge all forces of evil.
c) The local churches have developed teamwork in order to face witchcraft as the body of Christ.

Because of Isl–mic influence in Arua Town, witchcraft has been dominant for a long time in the suburbs of the town but now, the Church of Christ is preaching and praying against it by the demonstration of God’s power.


III. What impact was there from the crusade meetings on methods of evangelism?

• The format of the crusade was an eye-opener to every believer to feel concerned about the Great Commission. Now everybody knows that the task lies on the shoulders of every individual.
• The individual Christian is being motivated to fulfill the Great Commission knowing well that God uses them equally for the same purpose.
• The churches can continue with the format of crusade meetings without fear and simply using what they have.


IV. What were some of the memorable miracles witnessed in the meeting?

The interesting miracles were:

1. Many people got healed from different diseases.
2. Many people got delivered from demons and powers of satans.
3. Many chains (fetishes and other cursed objects) were destroyed after the people got saved.
4. And the greatest is many souls came to the Lord Jesus.
5. One person got healed from HIV/AIDS on the last day of the meeting. And he is standing in the Lord. He goes to worship in Arua Pentecostal Church.