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November 13, 2010

Go – do something!

5.30 am We’re back on our bus travelling in the dark through the still sleeping city of Ogbomosho. I’ve only had four hours’ sleep again because I spent too long talking to Lars about all that had gone on. I wonder how long I’m going to be able to cope with this lack of sleep. 6.00 am – breakfast. It’s slowly becoming a routine. However, I feel a bit like a prisoner. Our hotel is surrounded by barbed wire and there are security gates like a prison. The Governor’s house is surrounded by high walls topped with broken glass. There are always guards with machine guns standing outside. On the campaign field, our area is cordoned off and we always have a police escort when we travel to and from the hotel, the Governor’s house and the field. When we drive back from the campaign in the evening, there are sometimes ten dark four-wheel-drive vehicles ahead of us, some of them with a blue light, and the column is closed by a truck with soldiers on the loading platform. I suppose a president feels like that, too. I don’t want to think about the fact that it is for our safety. That makes me a bit nervous.

About the Author

Stephan Mittelstädt

The 2010 European winner. He is a student with ICI and studies Evangelism. He is a member of the Pentecostal church in Heilbronn.

November 12, 2010

Friday Night

Wow! We seem to have said that a lot in the last couple of days, God is really doing something here. It was a great evening.

We met some of the technical guys this evening who run the huge sound systems, and we managed to get a cuppa tea from them! A great bonus, even though the thermometer was reading 35degrees celsius outside at 6pm! There is a very hard working team keeping everything going in some very tough conditions, and they are very passionate about the part they play in this work.

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Richard Meikle

The 2010 UK winner. He is 31 years old from Nottingham Christian Centre. Richard brought his wife, Tara, along to Ogbomosho, Nigeria.

God Is Very Good!

God is very good. We have just finished at the crusade where 250000 people have gathered to worship the living God who is most definitely alive and being faithful today to his promises today. Amen amen amen!

We were able to walk out into the crowd and see at close range the faces of the people we have been ferverently praying for from a distance. Lives are truly being touched, lives set free in Jesus name and bodies being healed.

Daniel Kolenda had the priviledge of opening the word this evening. He spoke on the passover power of the blood of Jesus. People were asked to lay down their charms and idols which were burnt later and curses were broken in Jesus name. Amen. A very powerful move of the Spirit was witnessed tonight.

About the Author

Richard Meikle

The 2010 UK winner. He is 31 years old from Nottingham Christian Centre. Richard brought his wife, Tara, along to Ogbomosho, Nigeria.

Does God still heal today?

The second bad night. I’m sure I hadn’t had more than three hours’ sleep when the alarm went off at 4.45 am. We dragged ourselves out of bed and tumbled into the bus still half asleep. Because our group was twice as big this time and a team from Brazil had joined us, we were going to eat in two shifts. Unfortunately, we were the first. The breakfast made up for it all again – just like yesterday. I was in amazingly good form and was looking forward to the morning prayer meeting with Reinhard Bonnke at 6.30 in our little group. To think that he preached to us with the same passion as he did yesterday to a crowd of 150,000 is really amazing. I’m thankful that I can be so close to such a great man of God.
Daniel Kolenda sat next to me and talked to his 6-year-old son.

About the Author

Stephan Mittelstädt

The 2010 European winner. He is a student with ICI and studies Evangelism. He is a member of the Pentecostal church in Heilbronn.

Sunny Afternoon in Ogbomosho

It’s a bright sunny afternoon in Ogbomosho, after a slightly cooler, overcast morning. As all the meetings are held at the crusade ground in the outdoors a cooler morning is welcomed by all. We are very fortunate being able to hear some great messages. We had devotions this morning with Reinhard Bonnke talking about “whom shall God use?” We then went to the leaders training Fire Conference, and Daniel Kolenda spoke on Judges 6 and Peter Van Den Berg spoke on “when is the right time for action?” from 1 Sam 14. The leaders training in the morning is a great time of encouragement for all the church leaders, to help prepare them for all the people who will be coming to their churches after the crusade.

About the Author

Richard Meikle

The 2010 UK winner. He is 31 years old from Nottingham Christian Centre. Richard brought his wife, Tara, along to Ogbomosho, Nigeria.