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Another Flagship Gospel Crusade has just come to a close here in Ibadan, Nigeria. More than 1.2 million people attended the four days of meetings and, although the decisions cards are still being processed, I’m sure that registered decisions for Christ will tally in the hundreds of thousands! Many influential leaders in the Church and government of Nigeria attended tonight’s meeting, including the Governor of Oyo State and his wife. The crowd was absolutely massive—something unheard of since COVID!
One final time, I preached the Gospel with all my heart, and multitudes found their way into the arms of Jesus. We prayed for the sick, and God moved mightily!
One notable miracle happened to a military man who had been in a motorcycle accident thirty years ago. As a result, his skull had caved in (the scars of which are still clearly visible), and a metal rod had been put in his leg, making it difficult to walk. A few days ago, he had fallen in a ditch and was badly injured. But Jesus supernaturally completely healed him at the crusade. He said he couldn’t feel the rod in his leg anymore. He was pain-free and had perfect use of his legs. He even started jumping up and down on the platform. This tough man wept for joy as he thanked God for his healing.
We heard many more amazing testimonies tonight, and at the close of the meeting, long lines had cued up waiting to testify. When I asked how many had received healing during the crusade, literally thousands of hands went up. I told the people to put their hands down. I said, let me clarify. “If you had a problem in your body before we prayed and now after prayer, your problem is gone, and you know for sure that you have been healed, let me see your hand.” The result was the same. Thousands raised their hands.
What’s more, the Bootcamp students who have been on the ground here for the last 3 weeks have conducted more than 1,800 outreaches (Gospel Truck outreaches, Kids Crusades, and village outreaches)! They have also seen multitudes saved and witnessed countless miracles. This afternoon we had a meal together with the whole team (almost 200 of us), and several of the students shared some of the most remarkable testimonies I’ve ever heard. I plan to share some of those with you also in the days to come. This coming Saturday, the students who completed their initiation will graduate and launch out into evangelistic ministry! These are the days of harvest!
Thank you so much for sending and supporting us through your prayers and giving. A tremendous impact has been made here for the Kingdom of God, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been eternally changed. I will travel to South Sudan for our final Gospel Crusade of the year in a few days.
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with the whole CfaN team
A Historic Day!
Today CfaN history was made! This morning was the grand finale of our Fire Conference here in Ibadan, Nigeria. Fire Conferences are events for registered delegates only—primarily pastors, bishops, and church leadership. This morning over 150,000 delegates attended, making it the largest Fire Conference in history! Peter Vandenberg, John Darku (African Director), Levi Lutz (CfaN Bootcamp Director), and I were the preachers, but the ministry team consisted of more than 100 CfaN Bootcamp students graduates and coaches. In the final session, they all went through the massive crowd, each one laying hands on hundreds or even thousands of delegates. It was epic and life-changing!
Tonight, the crusade ground was heaving with energy. Eddie James, the Nations Church Worship Director, and the Nations Worship team led the massive crowd in a powerful time of Worship. I preached on the power in the blood of Jesus. Then, receiving a list of well-known local curses, I called them out by name (in the local language), breaking their power in the name of Jesus. We burned witchcraft items (like idols, amulets, fetishes, sorcery stones, and other “juju”) in large metal drums (see Acts 19:19). After this, I prayed over the crowd to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was a mass Spirit baptism as many thousands were filled to overflowing.
Finally, I prayed for the sick, and amazing miracles happened. Here’s just a sampling:
The first testimony was from the wife of my interpreter, who was healed from painful stomach ulcers!
A man who was totally deaf in the left ear was healed and can now hear perfectly.
A woman’s painful fibroid (which she had suffered with for 10 years) suddenly vanished tonight.
A woman suffering from breast cancer for 5 years was healed.
An elderly lady who was unable to walk without pain and the aid of a walking stick ran and danced on the platform tonight without pain!
Tomorrow is the final night of the crusade here in Ibadan. The city is already shaking, and I believe the best is yet to come. Please continue to pray for us.
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with the whole CfaN team
Season of Harvest
The word about what Jesus is doing has gone out across Ibadan, Nigeria. The whole town is buzzing. The crowd grew substantially tonight, and there was a palpable sense of expectation and faith. As I preached the Gospel, you could hear a pin drop. The people were drinking in the Word of God. When I gave them an opportunity to respond, they broke the doors down, rushing into the Kingdom of God. What a joy to be a proclaimer of Good News in the season of harvest!
There were far too many miracles tonight to mention. A few outstanding testimonies included several from those whose tumors and fibroids vanished.
One remarkable testimony was from a woman whose breast cancer. She testified that the large tumor disappeared during prayer, together with all pain.
A young man's deaf ear can now hear and many, many more.
A man immobilized on one side from stroke was healed and can now move his hands and feet and walk without crutches.
Tomorrow is the final day of the Fire Conference, as well as the night we will both break curses and pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the evening meeting. Please continue to pray for us, especially for the protection of our team.
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with the whole CfaN team
Showers of Blessings!
I'm writing from Ibadan, Nigeria, where the first night of our crusade here has just come to a close. It's been almost two years since we have been in Nigeria. What a joy to be back! The hunger and faith of the Nigerians inspire me.
When we drove on the field tonight, we were taken aback. The field is absolutely massive, and so was the crowd. The field is nearly the same dimensions as our record-breaking millennium crusade in Lagos! In my spirit, I already see it filled to capacity and Jesus being glorified over this city as never before.
As I took the platform to preach, rain began to bucket down. One would expect the crowd, standing under the open sky, to disperse in all directions in search of shelter. Instead, no one left or even stirred. In fact, it seemed to me that the rain only strengthened their confidence that the Lord would meet them tonight.
I continued to preach until I was soaked to my socks. When the altar call came, the response was overwhelming. Many tens of thousands received Christ, and a wonderful, tangible presence of the Lord rested on the field.
As I prayed for the sick, we saw amazing miracles:
An older woman who was totally blind can now see.
A young man who was hunched over from birth stood up straight for the first time tonight! He has no more pain, and his posture is perfect!
A woman who was partially deaf in the right ear was healed.
A woman who suffered from severe arthritis for 10 years was totally healed and pain-free. We danced together on the platform!
And many more...
In all, more than 145,000 people (our count) attended the meeting tonight. That is really outstanding, especially considering it was the opening service, and it was in the midst of a torrential downpour! Just have a look at the attached picture. It's epic, and it is just the beginning!
Please pray for us. The enemy is opposing us every turn, but we are pushing back in Jesus' name, and the gates of Hell will not prevail!
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with Rebekah Kolenda, Peter Vandenberg and the whole CfaN team
Countdown to Ibadan, Nigeria
I have something so exciting to share with you today! At last, after many months of waiting because of the global pandemic, we are thrilled to announce that we will be in Ibadan, Nigeria in November, for a CfaN Flagship Campaign.
Flagship Campaigns are what CfaN is best known for, and still a very important part of our strategy for the Decade of Double Harvest. This is when the combine harvester rolls out, bringing hundreds of thousands of souls into God’s Kingdom in just four days.
So, you can imagine how excited we all are to be firing up the engines and getting ready for what we know will be a massive event.
Back to Ibadan
It’s not the first time CfaN has been to Ibadan, Nigeria’s third-largest city. We held massive campaigns there in 1990, 2001 and 2009. The last two saw some of the largest crowds in CfaN history. In fact, in the 2001 campaign, there were 1.3 million people in a single service. That’s a sight – and sound – that is unforgettable.
As the preparations go ahead, we face some major financial challenges. By far the greatest share of the cost of each evangelistic campaign falls due long before the actual event – in other words, right now. And those costs continue well after the campaign has ended, with the challenge of processing decision cards as fast as humanly possible, to get new converts into local churches without delay.
This is where the teamwork happens. What is impossible for one, or a few, to accomplish, is absolutely doable when we all pull together. And every euro counts! It’s not millionaires who make this work possible. It’s thousands of faithful partners, giving according to what the Lord has laid on their hearts. Will you prayerfully consider helping us reach the lost in Ibadan?
Thank you – with all our hearts – for faithfully standing with this ministry.
Africa shall be saved!
Together with you in the harvest,
(Together with the entire CfaN family)
Ibadan is the capital and most populous city of Oyo State, in Nigeria. It is the third-largest city by population in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano, with a total population of 3,649,000 as of 2021, and over 6 million people within its metropolitan area. It is the country's largest city by geographical area. At the time of Nigeria's independence in 1960, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country and the second-most populous in Africa behind Cairo.
In 1852, the Church Missionary Society sent David and Anna Hinderer to found a mission. They decided to build the mission and a church in Ibadan when they arrived in 1853.
Ibadan thus had initially begun as a military state and remained so until the last decade of the 19th century. The city-state also succeeded in building a large empire from the 1860s to the 1890s which extended over much of northern and eastern Yorubaland. It was appropriately nicknamed idi Ibon or “gun base”, because of its unique military character.
In Ibadan, unlike other Yoruba cities with traditional kingship institutions, the warrior class became the rulers of the city as well as the most important economic group.
Land and Climate
Ibadan has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a lengthy wet season and relatively constant temperatures throughout the year. Ibadan's wet season runs from March through October, though August sees somewhat of a lull in precipitation. This lull divides the wet season into two different wet seasons. November to February forms the city's dry season, during which Ibadan experiences the typical West African harmattan.
The economic activities of Ibadan include agriculture, commerce, handicrafts, manufacturing, and service industries. Although the city’s farming population has declined, it is still large for an urban area. Many cultivators are part-time farmers who augment their earnings with other work. Ibadan is an important commercial centre. Virtually every street and corner in the traditional core and the inner suburbs of the city is a market square or stall. Within the city there are many markets. The largest daily market stretches in a belt from the railway station in the west to the centre of the city and is Ibadan’s commercial core.