November 7, 2013

First day of the Fire Conference and Greater Peace Crusade

Today was an amazing day as we kicked off the Fire Conference for pastors and leaders bright and early at 7am. There we heard a word from Evangelist Daniel Kolenda about overcoming fear and from Peter Van der Berg about Ezekiel and the dry bones. Both were really encouraging and could be applied in the lives of anyone who heard. Being a worship leader at my church in Toronto, Canada, I was particularly interested in the worship music, and it was just beautiful! Ghanian people really know how to worship and you can tell they love their music! What a fun morning and great kick start to the four days of crusade.

We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of free time to explore the hotel grounds and catch up on some sleep if needed and got ready for the first evening of the crusade. The Canadian group of 6 enjoyed a small lunch date together and it was lovely to spend some time with the Canadian director, John Mitchell and his lovely wife, Sue (really, spend two minutes with this woman and you will love her)! I am learning so much about the ministry while spending time with the CfAN family and the more I learn the more I love and appreciate all that they do. They love and serve with excellence and they are so very passionate about doing what they do as unto The Lord. It is wonderful to be around and makes me even more proud to be a One Soul sponsor knowing that each and every dollar I give is being used in the right ways.

What a treat that we were all able to sit on the stage at tonight’s service! Having followed the CfAN ministry for years, it felt surreal to be on the stage I’ve seen in so many pictures and videos in the past. God is so amazing and really gives us the desires of our hearts. (I must have watched the harvest joy video at least 50 times!) The time of worship was really powerful and I was happy to know most of the songs and be able to sing along. Again, I enjoyed seeing how the Ghanian people worship with their whole bodies and my husband noted how passionately they pray. It was inspiring! I believe the official attendance count is at 50,000 for the first night although it seemed like more to me – an ocean of faces as I peered down from the stage! Amazing! Of course, the best part was hearing Daniel Kolenda share the gospel and seeing such a great response – many people repeating the prayer of salvation and getting healed! I cannot wait to hear more stories of healing that took place. The ones we did hear were wonderful. What stood out most to me on a personal level was just how simple the ABCs of the gospel (as Reinhard Bonnke calls it) really are. Sometimes I feel unsure of myself being able to tell others about The Lord “correctly” but Daniel Kolenda just shared the same powerful gospel that is in the bible in a straightforward way and it was truly powerful and stood alone. Jesus saves! Even I can share the message I heard tonight! And I don’t need an audience of 50,000 to do it. Jesus cares just as much about the one soul as he does the thousands. That is why “one soul” is such a perfect campaign and just one more reason I love this ministry so much. I am just so blessed to be here. Thank you Lord!

Here are one picture of Daniel and the crowd. I wish it could capture the excitement in the air!

About the Author

Josh & Rachel Heineman

Joshua and Rachel Heineman were both raised in Christian families and met while in Kindergarten at a small Christian School. Having become One Soul Sponsors in 2012, the couple believes this trip to be "the opportunity of a lifetime" for them as they are able to see the harvest of their prayer and sponsorship, and they look forward to witnessing all that God has in store for Ghana!

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