Good morning, our bus rolled out at 5:15 this morning and the streets of Ogbomosho had already started to stir in the cool, dark of this morning. We are about to have devotions, then at 7 am the Fire conference starts, which is a training time for the pastors and church leaders. It starts early, to try and miss the heat of mid day. Nigel (one of the CfaN guys from the UK) is sporting his black CfaN shirt which clashes with his early morning complexion, but maybe it helps repel the myriad of bugs that seem to like us a lot! Its going to be a good day.
5.30 pm: We set off for the campaign site. It was amazing to see how many people were heading in the same direction. A whole family on a motorcycle passed us – the daughter sitting in front of her father and behind them the mother with a baby. The motorcycle was fit for the scrapheap, they were not wearing helmets and the safety for the baby was an absolute disaster. However, I have rarely seen anyone in Germany beaming with happiness like they were. We overtook church buses plastered with “Bonnke posters” and packed to the brim with people; some cars even had people travelling in the boot. Our driver tried to steer the bus through the crowds. We drove past food stalls run by street traders and book stalls with loudspeakers blasting out praise and worship songs, drowning out the sounds of the people.
Wow! We’re on our way home after the first nights meeting. It was amazing, people as far as we could see, someone said something about 150000, I have no idea but there were a lot! There was much singing and dancing, as we all prepared for what was coming. Daniel Kolenda preached a great message from Psalm 51, on how God can create in us a new heart! Many people were challenged by the message, and there was a great response. Towards the end they prayed for healing, as a very solemn chorus of Allelujah rang out into the Nigerian night. There were some powerful testimonies and we were deeply moved by a crippled boy who was clearly healed. God is so good. It is amazing the level of faith people have here, while the sick were being prayed for, we watched a large number of very serious looking soldiers who had come to guard the State Governer who was in attendance, praying sincerely for various ailments. God can reach the hardest of hearts.
Tara here. God is very good! He is alive and continues to change lives. What a priviledge to stand on the stage and witness at close range miracles upon miracles. Hundreds declaring for the first time Jesus is Lord and then peoples physical bodies healed in the Name of Jesus. Amen! A young boy carried to the crusade after his body has been unable to enable him to stand for 3 years. He testified that Jesus had healed him and he walked up and down the stage. Tears of Joy rolled down his cheeks and his mother was overcome with delight. Our God heals today like he did in Acts. Amen Amen Amen. We also heard about a man who now can hear and woman can now see. God is so good.
It’s 5pm and after a short sleep and a cup of tea we are off to the crusade ground. We have just met the American and Brazillean groups who have just arrived from Lagos. It will be an excitIng evening to see what God has in store.