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November 9, 2010

A long wait

Six hours after we had crawled into bed, the alarm rang – 5 o’clock. Time to get up; the convoy to Ogbomosho was to set off at 6. We were just about properly awake when the telephone rang. It was Ilka. The departure had been postponed until 10 am. We sank thankfully back into our beds and slept for another three hours. I did not sleep very well; a strange bed, the lack of air and the noise of the air conditioning kept waking me up.

Then I was wide awake. We did not bother with the 40-dollar breakfast and I ate a muesli bar instead. After my private devotion, we packed, checked out and waited to leave. The other CfaN guests gathered in the lobby. Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda gave us a friendly welcome. It is amazing to see how down-to-earth they are; they seem so ordinary and caring.

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 8, 2010

Arrival in Lagos

After a night with little sleep – as usual before an adventurous journey – we boarded the train to Frankfurt at 7 pm. I was accompanied by Lars Kortkamp, as my wife had to stay at home to look after our small son. At the airport we met Herbert Fischer, Thomas Meyer, our travelling companion, Ilka Johnnie and a cameraman. I was interviewed briefly by Herbert – a strange sensation in the middle of the airport terminal.

And then we were off – my first intercontinental flight. The plane had three rows of seats and a TV screen for each person. Now I had a chance to chat to Lars again. We had a six-hour flight ahead of us.

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 5, 2010

Evangelism student on his way to Nigeria

Stephan, how did you get the idea to participate in “Win a free trip to Africa”

I am a student with ICI and study Evangelism. So when I was browsing the internet looking up that subject you can’t miss CfaN. My eyes fell on the ad and there was a longing in me to also see something like this in my own life.

Did you know CfaN or was this your first encounter with Evangelist Bonnke, Kolenda or the ministry?

Well, I know about the ministry and Evangelist Bonnke for many years, but never had a real connection. When I went to the bibleschool “Beröa” for a sneak-peak around Easter this year, I saw a poster in the hallway which truly caught my attention.

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.

From Canada to Africa

Q. Tell us Carrie how you came to know Jesus?

I attended the Catholic Church as a child and into my late twenties so I have known about God and Jesus since very little. But what really happened was I had a crisis in my life that led me to know Jesus on a more personal level. In one of my deepest needs, He met me and I gave my life to Him. He is so faithful and has given me a new life with purpose and joy and there is no going back into the world.

About the Author

Carrie Ross

The 2010 Canadian winner. She is a Catholic convert who traveled to Ogbomosho with her daughter-in-law Amanda.

November 4, 2010

4 more days!

As the days get closer to our trip the busier we seem to get. Packing, shopping and making sure we have everthing we need for the mission field, it gets a little intense. Especially when you know where you are headed… to see thousands upon thousands hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CFAN has given us an opportunity of a life time and we are excited to see what God is going to do during these 8 days in Nigeria. When people hear the Gospel preached and find out how much God loves them, faith begins to rise in their hearts to receive.

About the Author

Ikem Grigsby

The 2010 United States winner. He & his wife, Robin, took the trip to Ogbomosho, Nigeria. They have 4 children who were very eager to see what God was going to do through their experience.