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The last two days of our Gospel Crusade in Port Harcourt, Nigeria were a little taste of heaven on earth! The massive crowd was heaving during praise and worship. Locals told us that they had never seen such a crowd in Port Harcourt before. The governor, his wife and several top officials sat on the platform each night. I preached the gospel with all my might, but beyond that the Lord confirmed His Word over and over with mighty signs and wonders.
• On Saturday night I had a word of knowledge about someone whose right forearm was fractured. A man came forward who had fallen in a terrible construction accident seven years earlier. Since that time, the bone had not healed and he was unable to use his arm. The deep scar, almost the length of his forearm was clearly visible, but Jesus healed him completely! He had no pain and was able to do pushups on the platform!
• It is strange but true, that very often in these crusades, I see how one or two specific miracles are happening in extraordinary numbers. Sometimes it’s blind eyes. Sometimes its cripples. In this crusade it was deaf ears and lumps (ulcers, tumors, fibroids, etc.) instantly vanishing. One lady had a large boil on her stomach for years. As I was praying, it disappeared!
• A police officer testified that he had been severely injured in a bomb blast several years ago which had damaged his spinal cord. On Saturday night he was totally healed.
• The testimonies are too many to tell. Blind eyes were opened, several insane people – including one in chains – were returned to their right minds, paralyzed body parts were healed, infections, asthma, cataracts and all kinds of pain vanished, and much, much more.
I received so many testimonies from locals in Port Harcourt who attended the meetings, its overwhelming. Here’s a small sample:
Angel wrote: "Harvest of souls was massive, miracles all over the place. I witnessed one close to the choir stand where I was, a lady with crutches got her healing while Eddie was leading in praise on Sunday night…”
Hope wrote: "My life was transformed, I got baptized in the Holy Ghost on the Day 3 of the crusade…”
Neriah wrote: "It was a wow!! Indeed God is great…I received my healing right there. I don't know how to express the joy within my soul…To God Be All The Glory.”
Benjamin wrote: "The crowd was quite alarming. I have never seen such in Port Harcourt before. I tell you friends, it was a program one shouldn't have missed. I thank God for making it possible for me to witness and also get blessed by this wonderful program. One remarkable thing that happened is that new converts, who gave their lives to Jesus on Saturday night, came back yesterday being the last day with all charms and those useless pocket gods they were worshiping. You know what? They were all burnt during the crusade. There were wonderful testimonies of great healing of all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. The worship session by Eddie James and his team all the way from USA was explosive. They are indeed great worshipers. I can't forget such a crusade in a hurry. Glory to God!”
Listen to what one of our team members, Jana Bielava wrote on Sunday night as the crew was working to disassemble the equipment:
"All hands on deck as we pack up. It’s 2:50 am and part of the crew is done, the other part of the team does not finish until 5am. Africa is unlike anything else, in every aspect unique - it marks you, it marks your heart. Reflecting on everything God has done over the past week - I realize we live in a new reality. A reality where God pours out His Spirit – abundantly. A reality where God heals his people – mercifully. A reality where God sets the captive free - passionately. I am taken aback as I ever more profoundly realize that His love and presence is not limited to Africa! Just in the past year I have seen God pour out His glory in Toronto, Canada, in Budapest, Hungary and here - in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is not a respecter of persons. He doesn’t care about your skin color. Instead, His love crosses all borders - just to reach out to you and pour Himself into you. He is looking for dry wood to set on FIRE!”
Indeed God is pouring out His Spirit all over the world! As I write this I am in Melbourne, Australia. In a few days I will be in Panama and then back here in Nigeria for our final Gospel Crusade of 2018. Thank you so much for sending us – praying and supporting financially.
One final thing … in just a few weeks, we will hold our final crusade of 2018 and we could really use your help to finish covering the cost of this vital outreach. Your help right now would be an answer to prayer!
I will give you the final decision card count as soon as I get it from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team
Tears of Joy!
It’s been an absolutely amazing day today here in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This morning Peter Vandenberg and John Darku ministered to the pastors and church leaders in the second day of the Fire Conference. The people were so blessed and encouraged. Tonight the crowd nearly doubled in size from last night and it felt like we were in the glory of God from start to finish.
Eddie James is here with his team and they, as well as local worship leaders, led us into a powerful time of worship. I know many of you had the privilege to watch it as we broadcasted the meeting LIVE.
I preached on the blood of Jesus, as I always do, and then broke curses in Jesus’ name. There were amazing testimonies that followed.
A man who was totally deaf in both ears for 5 years, said that he suddenly heard a cracking noise and felt a scratching in his ears. Suddenly, if felt as if something came out of his ears and he could hear perfectly! As he told what God had done for him, he fell to his knees and began to weep and sing a song of thanksgiving to God.
A woman was brought up to the platform by a local pastor. As soon as the crowd saw her on the jumbo screens, they began to shout. The woman was a local insane lady who was well known because she used to walk around the area naked and out of her mind. As she stood before us, she was clothed and in her right mind. She testified that Jesus had touched her and now she was able to understand. The crowd went wild.
Two women testified that they had painful lumps on their breasts that vanished during prayer. One of the women had already had her other breast removed because of her breast cancer. But tonight Jesus healed both of them completely!
Another woman who had a stroke during childbirth had paralysis on her right side making it impossible for her to lift her right arm. Tonight Jesus touched her, took all her pain away and restored full use of her entire body, including her right arm. As she told her story she began to weep. When I asked her why she was crying she said, “These are tears of joy.”
Tomorrow is the final day of the Fire Conference and we will pray for the people to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in both services. Please continue to pray for us and for the precious people of River State here in Nigeria.
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with the whole CfaN team
Salvation at the Governor's Mansion!
This morning I had the privilege of visiting the Governor of River State (where we are currently) together with Peter Vandenberg. The chamber was filled with state officials and leaders. I preached a clear Gospel message, invited them to receive Christ and several responded! Then with media present the governor encouraged all the people in his state to attend the Crusade. Tonight, the governor also attended the crusade together with his wife.
Despite many challenges and intense spiritual warfare, the meetings began as planned. Eddie James and his team led a powerful time of worship and then I preached the Gospel. There was an overwhelming response to the message. Afterwards, I prayed for the sick and we heard amazing testimonies.
There were two individuals, one man and one woman, who were both totally deaf in one ear for years. Tonight, both of them were completely healed. The woman wept tears of joy on the platform as I tested her!
A woman who broke both her legs in an accident two years ago was healed from all pain and limited mobility.
Others testified that as they were healed of various sicknesses they physically felt something leaving their bodies!
Tomorrow the Fire Conference continues and Peter Vandenberg and John Darku minister to the pastors and Church leaders. Please continue to pray for us and for the people here in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Yours in the Gospel,
Together with the whole CfaN team
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Port Harcourt is the port town and capital of Rivers state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River upstream from the Gulf-of-Guinea. Founded in 1912, it began to serve as a port (named for Lewis Harcourt, then colonial secretary) after the opening of the rail link to the Enugu coalfields in 1916.
It is also known as the Garden city because of its numerous avenues and ornaments. Port Harcourt is the 3rd most developed metropolis in Nigeria after Lagos and Abuja and attracts thousands of tourists a year, making it one of the prominent cities in the country in terms of visitor popularity.
The area traditionally was inhabited by the Ijo and Ikwere (Ikwerre, Ikwerri) people. The city is populated by friendly, helpful and open-minded citizens who relish the idea of a more metropolitan and multicultural future for the city.
Land and Climate
Port Harcourt features a tropical wet climate with lengthy and heavy rainy seasons and very short dry seasons. Only the months of December and January truly qualifies as dry season months in the city. The harmattan (dust-laden wind) which climatically influences many cities in West Africa, is less pronounced in Port Harcourt. Temperatures throughout the year in the city are relatively constant. Average temperatures are typically between 25 °C (77 °F) - 28 °C (82.4 °F) in the city.
Port Harcourt is one of the nation’s largest ports with modern deep-water facilities handle the export of palm oil, palm kernels, and timber from the surrounding area, coal from Anambra state, tin and columbite from the Jos-Plateau, peanuts from the northern states, and, since 1958, petroleum from fields in the eastern Niger River delta. Port Harcourt has bulk storage facilities for both palm oil and petroleum. Port Harcourt is the site of traditional boatbuilding and fishing industries and has fish-freezing facilities.