The Elijah Challenge Training begins: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Kurt & Mary Simms
Miracles confirm the gospel in Texas prison
December 22, 2010
“I joined Brother Raymond Smith on Monday 13, 2010 for an evening of ministry at Kegans State Jail. After a short introduction I shared with these men my testimony of when the Lord saved me in 2001. In that testimony I had shown them that prior to my conversion I had spent years in a false religion calling Jesus my Lord but never knew Him. After my conversion the lord restored my marriage, saved my family and is continuing the work He started in me to this present day. I told them that 9 out of 10 Americans profess to be saved and on their way to Heaven as they blaspheme God daily with their thoughts, words, and deeds. I pointed them to Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter, where Jesus clearly defines that one professing to know the Lord doesn’t make you a disciple, but one that actually does the will of the Father.
Jas 2:19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. Jas 2:20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
I told them that many pastors have preached a modern gospel that has no power to save from the fires of Hell, and that many in this room could possibly have been deceived into believing that if they prayed a prayer and asked Jesus into their heart that they were saved.
I asked them if they thought they thought they were good people and many agreed that they were good, so I quotedRomans 3:10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one, and I told them that that either God is a liar or they are, and it is impossible for God to lie according to Hebrews 6:18. I took them through the Law (the 10 Commandments ) and drew confessions from them that they were liars, thieves, adulterers, blasphemers, and even murderers at heart and they pleaded guilty before God. I asked them if they were to die in their sins would they go to Heaven or Hell ? They replied they would end up in Hell. I told them the demands of the Law according to…
1 Corinthians 6:9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
I told them of the Cross how Jesus came into the world and was without sin and he laid his life down freely as the sacrifice for the sins of many, the wrath of God that man deserved was placed upon Jesus Christ to satisfy the justice of God the Father. Therefore Jesus paid the fine that man couldn’t pay so now God can set them free based on what Jesus did on the cross. I told them of true repentance and true faith in believing and trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God.
I called upon the Lord that He would confirm to these men by using Raymond and I to heal the sick and cast out demons as commanded in Luke 10 to prove to the lost that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Following that we commanded all demons to flee and infirmities to be healed and a man in the back testified that he had been listening closely to what I had taught and that his hearing had been healed.
After that I asked if there were any others who needed healing and several came forward and one at a time Raymond and I laid hands on them and all were healed. To name a few that were healed: hearing, rotator cup, shoulders, knees, chest pain with shortness of breath. I pleaded with them all to turn from their sins and turn to God and to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.”
Kurt Simms is a Master Electrician who trained with Elijah Challenge
Emailed received on August 17, 2013 from Shannon Davis of Omega Man Radio who has hosted The Elijah Challenge in the past
“I have a friend who is a actor in Hollywood and for the last 30 years has also been a minister preaching to convicts at LA County Jail, Chino’s Women Prison, Skid Row and Maximum Security Prisons in the USA.
His name is Mel Novak and his website is: www.melnovak.com.
He worked with Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris and fought Bruce Lee in Game of Death.
Mel is seeking healing from pain caused by sports injuries sustained while playing pro baseball earlier in his career.
I told him about the Elijah Challenge ministry and that I would reach out to you gentlemen and have you pray with him by phone for his healing.”
Immediately we asked our trained brother Kurt Simms to call Mel to minister healing at a distance to him. Within an hour Kurt emailed us:
“I just got off the phone with Mel Novak. I ministered healing to his injured shoulder, to the meniscus in his knee, and to discs in his vertebrae. He was in excruciating pain in all areas. After a little bit of discussion talking about prison ministry we decided to get to the point, and start the healing. I ministered to all three at one time.
Then I asked him for a report on how he was doing. He said that his shoulder was fine. He was standing up and said that he normally had pain while standing (not while lying down), but he was pain free now. Also his knee was restored; he was trying out everything and said he was feeling much better. We had to cut the phone call short because he was scheduled to be on the radio. He was praising the Lord the whole time!
I told him to call me back if he needed further ministry and he said he was going to save my number. Praise the Lord Jesus for He is good!”
Kurt & Mary Simms own Simms Electric & trained with Elijah Challenge
August 2013 Report
The previous week at Plane State Jail I had given my testimony of Jesus Christ calling me to repentance and bringing me into His Kingdom. Last week I shared with them the teaching about the true children of Abraham producing fruit in keeping with repentance honoring God in perfect love: loving God first above all, and loving our brothers and sisters as ourselves.
Following the teaching I told them that God would meet anyone’s challenge or doubts that He is the one and true God. Earlier in my preaching I saw doubt and smiles of unbelief in some that were before me when I told them that many would be healed tonight.
I called for knees and back problems and two women came forward one with constant pain in her legs and the other had long term back issues. My wife Mary laid hand on them and commanded spirits to flee and infirmities to be healed in Jesus’ name, and they were healed completely. After that several others came forward and Mary ministered healing to four more with back problems and antagonizing spirits in their minds, and they were all healed and set free.
While Mary was busy with them, I ministered to a woman who had a problem with seeing at a distance. After I commanded her eyes to see clearly, she tested her vision. She was able to read at a distance words on the dry erase board. Another woman I ministered to a month ago came forward and her back pain had returned. I took authority over the pain and she was completely restored with no pain and total mobility.
There were a total of eight women healed and set free that night. After that I told them that the Lord has showed up in a mighty way and that He was calling them to come into His Kingdom—to repent from their ways and to turn to Him so he could heal them. As John 14:6 says that Jesus is the only way to the Father, I compelled them to come in.
Glory to God!
Kurt & Mary Simms own Simms Electrical Services in Crosby, Texas
Our 18-year-old daughter Victoria went on a youth retreat this summer. She is on her second week with junior high kids around 12-13 years old and she is a counselor. I just got this text message and she is giving me testimonies of healing going on at a Second Baptist junior high beach retreat held in South Padre Island. Here is her report:
“Two of my girls got healed today!! One of a headache as she felt a release, something leaving her head. Also bones in her ankle moved [and she was healed]. Another girl had a emotional spirit attached to her and she would get really upset. And it was hard for her to sleep when she is away from home. She instantly felt relieved and happy [as I ministered to her]. It was awesome!!! One of my girls also had nerve damage, but after I interviewed her I learned that she has unforgiveness and isn’t ready to let go. So I didn’t minister to her. But maybe later in the week!”
Victoria has graduated now and will be attending Houston Baptist University; she is on the move. At the end of school she was asked to come up with a group of girls who had raised money for a boy that had multiple health problems and was blind. Some of the girls were asked to lead prayer for this boy, but they were typical prayers without faith. Afterwards when Victoria was in her car getting ready to leave she felt the Holy Spirit drawing her to get out of her car and go and approach the boy’s mother about ministering healing to him. Then she went and ministered healing to the boy, and the boy would respond by moving his feet in certain ways for that’s the way he communicated. She began to ask the boy if he could see and he was able to see!
There are multiple health problems with this boy and she is going to do some follow up.
Introduction to The Elijah Challenge
Latter Day Deliverance Church, Sunnyside, Houston
March 16, 2013
On this Saturday morning, Kurt Simms introduced The Elijah Challenge to a group of local pastors and leaders as part of the Union Baptist Association Equipping Institute leading up to the Loving Houston Campaign in June 2013. Since the event was hosted by Union Baptist Association, most but not all of the leaders present were from evangelical Southern Baptist churches in the Houston area.
Kurt first spent an hour going over the New Testament scriptures on which The Elijah Challenge is based. After that he did a demonstration of healing based on what the scriptures taught about the healing ministry of Jesus. Kurt reported:
“The first man who came up had knee problems and back problems. After we ministered to him he reported that his knees were better but he was not displaying very much faith. He began to tell us how we could not help him with his back problems and all the things that the doctors were going to have to do. So I asked him if anything was too big for God, and he said “no.” So we ministered to him again by taking authority over his back problem and he proclaimed that everything was better.
Another man came forward and said that he needed knee replacements. He said that everything was fine after we ministered to him by taking authority over his knee problem.
We ministered to another man who had high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, and one other problem I can’t remember. He came up expecting to be healed and reported that he felt the power of God flowing in him.
We ministered to a woman who had vertigo, and the dizziness left her.
At this point we were running overtime so I asked our host Ricky if he would rather us minister to the next woman in another area. He told us to keep going since everyone was so excited and wanted the healing to keep going on.
Another woman had fibromyalgia. We took authority over it and all was well. She reported to me later that she was climbing stairs up and down and never felt so good.
The founding Bishop of our host Church was there at lunch with us, and he had Parkinson’s disease. I was asked to lay hands on him so we took authority over his infirmity. He reported that strength came to his legs and that he felt the power of God. I took him walking he said that he felt improvement.”
Feedback from Union Baptist Association host Rickie Bradshaw
“What a great start to taking on lostness through The Elijah Challenge. Kurt was used of the Lord in bringing the ministry of healing evangelism to Loving Houston. Many of the participants were challenged to believe. And did they believe. They expressed to me how grateful they were because of the The Elijah Challenge experience. Our next equipping Institute will be in a community where the leading pastor told twenty-five other pastors and UBA Loving Houston coordinators Mike Kraxberger and Tom Billings that the Lord told him to put a pool of “Bethesda” in his church, for many people will be healed. They are looking forward to the next equipping Institute in Acres Home.”
Complete Elijah Challenge Training on May 11
Most of these leaders are signing up to attend the complete all-day Elijah Challenge Training to be held in Houston on Saturday, May 11. This will equip them to minister miraculous healing effectively to the lost during Loving Houston in June. The One who had authority to heal also has authority to forgive sin and grant eternal life.
Kurt Simms is based in Crosby, Texas
January 22, 2013
“Early this morning my apprentice electrician came to work and his shoulder was hurting him really bad, he could not hardly move his arm. He said that he had rotator Cup damage from a previous injury but he had been digging a trench for the past few days and he said not to worry but he was going to finish the job. I asked him if he wanted me to pray over him any said well if you want to and I said do you believe that Jesus Christ can heal you and he said yes. I I laid hands on his shoulder and commanded him to be healed in the name of Jesus Christ and he is completely healed.
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ he lives and does not change!”
Dori is 3.5 hours northeast of the capital of Ouagadougou
“I would like to summarize the 2 weeks of ministry that we had in Burkina Faso. We arrived in Ouagadougou late in the evening on Sunday, September 16. We were greeted by American missionary Steve Parker and our host Gaston Gnoumou. Getting past immigration was a breeze for Gaston at one time was a member of the president’s cabinet. He has diplomat status. While in Ouagadougou we were housed in a Assembly of God complex in a small guest house. We had all of our meals there and had a cook.
For the next few days we met with pastors, leaders, and with officials in Ouagadougou, and then we left for Dori, approximately 150 miles away. We were housed in the private home of a church member who was out of town while we were in Dori. We were there for 5 days. While in Dori we met with the Mayor in his office, and also with the Governor and his staff. The Governor is a Christian and he spoke with us and thanked us for our service to Dori and God’s Kingdom. We were asked to pray for Dori, the Governor, and his staff and this was all televised by a local Christian TV station “Impact TV”.
We kicked off the Elijah Challenge Training the following morning at a Baptist Church. This training consisted of pastors of different denominations and was sponsored by the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions. By lunch time, we had a demonstration of healing. Knees were healed, a man who had pain all over his body was healed, and another man had pain in his head and he felt something leave his head.
We resumed after lunch and were greeted by believers singing and dancing and praising the Lord in an African tribal style. We continued with the teaching until the late afternoon. We had more demonstrations of healing. There was a woman who had traveled from many miles away and heard about our training. She had become deaf in both ears. We ministered to her and her hearing was restored. Lung conditions were healed, stomach pains healed, backs healed, eyesight was restored.”
Evangelistic healing service in the evening
“We had planned on teaching an evening session but we were surprised to find out that I would be preaching at an evangelistic service that evening. There were a total of three evening open-air evangelistic healing services. Approximately 3,500 people attended on those three nights. The pastors and disciples who were trained applied what they learned from the Elijah Challenge training by going door to door covering the town of Dori which they had divided into six sections. They healed the sick, cast out the demons and preached the Kingdom of God effectively.
At the evening services many Muslims attended since it was a special time where many Muslims traveled to Dori. Each evening I would preach a different message revealing their sins before God, followed by telling the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and confirming through miraculous healings that there was only one way to God through his son Jesus Christ. Each evening we would call the sick to come forward and to line up one on one with the disciples. The disciples healed the sick and cast out demons while we commanded from the podium.”
As in the time of the Lord Jesus
“There was such a multitude of people in need of healing that they were rushing the pulpit. As they reached out to touch me they were healed. There were literally hundreds and hundreds healed, some of them traveling over 375 miles to come to the evangelistic healing service expecting to be healed. It had been advertised locally, but word had traveled. There were approx 300 people that were born again over our time in Dori. There was such a multitude of people healed and set free from demons that we could not keep track of it all. There were too many to list in this report.”
Return to the capital Ouagadougou
After the time in Dori, we returned to Ouagadougou and taught the Elijah Challenge for two morning sessions and one evening at the Assembly of God central church. During the week there were several speakers for it was an evangelism conference. During the training we had at the end of each session demonstrations of healing and deliverance.
Many different types of healings took place but the miracles were more difficult to perform. The mountains were harder to move for this was a church setting not an evangelistic setting. In the end disciples were equipped and were successful in healing the sick and casting out demons. But there was a huge contrast between the church setting and the evangelistic setting in Dori.
We give all praise to The Lord Jesus Christ for the work we were able to do in equipping the saints and planting the seed of the gospel! I would like to end this with a very profound statement by Steve Parker:
“You can count the seeds in an apple but you can’t count the amount of apples the seeds produce.”
The Governor’s wife healed
Kurt and Mary were introduced to government officials, including the Governor whose wife was infirm. As they ministered to her, the Lord healed her miraculously. And they experienced so much more.
Introducing Gaston, Kurt’s host in Burkina Faso
Name: GNOUMOU Kani Gaston Age: born by 1949 (exact date not known)
A deacon in the Central Church, Assemblies of God, OUAGADOUGOU
Director General of Ecole Supérieure des Travaux publics de Ouagadougou (training engineers in construction, a company owned by a group of 20 christians from different denominations)
Vice President of AMCF (Association of military Christian Fellowships), in charge of the Francophone nations in Africa from 1997 to October 23TH, 2012.
A retired colonel (engineer corps) from Burkina Faso Armed Forces
A Former minister of Public Works, transports and Urbanism in the Government of the Republic of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).
MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY AND VISION
I was born and educated according to our traditional animist beliefs. I turned to be a roman catholic and was baptized in 1965. There I walked as a formal Christian from untill February 1989 when my wife and I together accepted Jesus as our Savior and personal Lord. It was in a supernatural way, as nobody invited us to church or brought us the Gospel in any way. I was in a Hotel in Houston (USA) and Eléonore in Ouagadougou when one night we took the most important decision in our lives. We were followed by our three children, our servant and the watcher, later by more than twenty people among my relatives and some other people on my wife’s side. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit on my bed at home one Saturday morning in May 1989; Two days after my conversion I become a member of the Scripture Union fellowship; a week later I was a member of the Gideon’s. Three weeks later I joined the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, and for practical reasons left the former two ministries to stay with the FGBMFI. A year after I was national chairman, remaining at the post for more than fifteen years when I decided to hand.
As a matter of fact I was appointed a deacon in our church in 1992, AMCF francophone vice- President in 1997, and national President for the Haggai Institute alumni’s fellowship in Burkina. I use to witness many conversions and miracles in my house, in office and in my activities. I also have had a rich experience of collaboration with other churches and denominations around the world, meeting some of the most anointed ministers in the world. I became more and more sensitive to the fundamental concept of the body of Christ and at the same time very much conscious and anxious as well about how much rapidly the Lord has adopted me and promoted me in His church. I was also very much aware of the fact that such blessings implicate relevant contribution to the Lord’s Kingdom on my side.
In 2000 I decided to look back to the times the American missionaries arrived in our country (1st January 1921), then a far away French colony in West Africa, and try to study how they were able to spread the Gospel so fast, despite numerous difficulties on culture, language, politics. The final aim was to see how this could help our days’ church. I met some surviving witnesses of the period. Rapidly I knew I had to consider not only the number of converts and churches but the impact on the global evolution of our country. In 2003 I wrote l’Annuaire des Eglises et Missions évangéliques, in 2008 le Répertoire évangélique and in 2010 Cinquante ans de Développement au Nom du Christ. They are kinds of diaries trying to identify any local church, any hospital, school or project owned by an evangelical church in Burkina Faso. Most of the work was done by myself on my own expense. The inadequacy of means resulted into some evident insufficiencies. I tried to catch interest from Christians and church institutions but their commitment was short of my expectation. Nevertheless these booklets has remained precious sources of information on the body of Christ in Burkina Faso.
But in my heard things were getting clearer; what is needed at the end is a true spiritual map of the country to help evangelize effectively, bringing the Gospel where it has not reached. Combined with the fundamental idea of the body of Christ the idea of the map goes with the concept of national evangelization, that means bringing different churches and ministries in a country to work together with the vision of reaching any ethnic group, any village with the Gospel. I create the Christian Resource Center for Africa (CRC) in May 2011.
I feel it is time for me to resign any other activity and commit myself fully with the ministry of the spiritual map and national evangelization, as the Lord provides along with resource, and intensification of the vision. From April 20th-30 th, to start we held an evangelization campaign in Banwa, an administrative zone about 300 km far from Ouagadougou. The result was 3601 individuals who heard the Gospel and 498 gave their lives to Jesus.
The involvement of The Elijah Challenge
From September 19TH-23rd, with the help of evangelist Kurt SIMMS, a co-worker of the Elijah Challenge ministry in Texas, USA, we had another campaign in Dori, the most Islamized zone in the north of Burkina Faso. The Gospel could be announced to 3696 individuals and 236 persons gave their lives to Jesus. There was also a training session on divine healing and many healings such as deaf speaking or blind seeing. After the campaign in Dori we had a Missionary Convention in Ouagadougou and another seminar on divine healing by Kurt.
2012 is considered a test as our plan of the National Evangelization and spiritual Map will run from 2013 to 2018. To close the year 2012, our project is to be able to organize a door to door evangelization in Koudougou, where Burkina Faso Government will celebrate national Independence Day on December 11 th.
The biggest challenges we face are:
1. Bringing the churches to work together;
2. To be able to keep the new converts and help small cells to grow in order to become self-sufficient churches:
3. The resources necessary for the work.
We praise the Lord for the vision He gave us and the very encouraging results in 2012. To go on with the work we permanently need God’s wisdom, guidance, protection and provision. We also need faithful men and women to obey His voice and support us in prayer, with equipment and finance.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hands of their master, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy. ( ps. 123.2, NIV).
Ouagadougou, October 28th, 2012
Gaston K. GNOUMOU
By Kurt Simms
July 9, 2012
My daughter’s best friend Taylor asked my daughter Victoria if she and I would pray over her grandmother who has thyroid cancer. She lives in Louisiana. From Houston where we live Victoria and I commanded with authority for the thyroid cancer to leave her body and for her body to be healed and to be made whole. We did not call her on the telephone to minister to her.
Victoria just reported to me that Taylor’s grandmother went to have surgery this morning and had tests prior to surgery only to find out that the cancer has disappeared. Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives and rules forever!
[Editor’s note: this miraculous healing is in accordance with what Jesus did in Luke 7 where he healed the servant of the centurion. Moreover, in John 14:12 Jesus promised that believers would do the works that He did.]
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