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Overflowing Churches - Mbarara, Uganda

Dear Mission Partners, Tonight, the First Lady of Uganda opened the final meeting of this Gospel Campaign by professing her faith in Jesus Christ and encouraging the thousands in attendance to surrender their lives to Him. Then a very full program began. We honored the various committee organizers, I preached the Gospel, prayed for the people to receive the Baptism into the Holy Spirit, prayed for the sick, took testimonies, prayed for the boxes of prayer requests (sent in from around the world) and then prayed an extended blessing over the nation, the region and the people. Oh…and I also hosted the Christ for all Nations television program! I’m exhausted but so thankful for what we experienced. • A mother brought her son who had been born with a hole in his neck. After prayer, she said the hole vanished! • A woman said that her stomach tumor was healed. • A man brought his wife, who was mad. She was delivered tonight, and she left in her right mind. • A girl who was crippled, and who could only move by shuffling along the ground, was healed tonight. She stood up straight and walked perfectly! Many other wonderful miracles took place. I’m sure the churches will be filled with testimonies of what Jesus has done here this week for months to come. Speaking of the churches, Peter van den Berg told me that 5 or 6 pastors approached him tonight and told him that their churches were overflowing this morning with new converts that received Christ during the crusade! This is what we are after. We want to see the new believers become disciples of Jesus. Next week, we will hold a crusade in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, and then we set our sights on Zambia where we will hold our next African crusade. Thank you for standing with us in prayer this week, and please continue to stand with us as we go into all the world. Yours in the Gospel, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Breakthrough - Mbarara, Uganda

Dear Mission Partners, As you know, we have struggled this week with the weather here in Mbarara, Uganda in almost every meeting. Tonight was no exception. As we gathered on the field, the rain began to pour. I could see that people were starting to scatter looking for shelter, anticipating another deluge. I decided that we could not let another opportunity pass. I quickly ran to the platform, took the mic, and prayed against the rain. I then began to preach, knowing that I may only have a few minutes before we were rained out once again. But amazingly, as I started preaching the rain turned to a sprinkle, and then stopped completely! A few minutes later, the skies were clear and the sun was shining through. We finished the whole service without an interruption. The crowd kept growing the entire night, and after praying for the sick, we heard amazing testimonies. • A woman, deaf for 46 years was totally healed tonight! Her pastor came with her and attested to the amazing miracle! • An elderly man whose hand had been paralyzed for 5 years was healed. He was eager to demonstrate how could open and close it, make a fist and do everything he was unable to do before! • A woman whose leg had been broken in a motorcycle accident had not been able to walk properly for a year-and-a-half. Tonight she was healed – she even did squats and danced on the platform! • A lady who had suffered with terrible pain from stomach ulcers for 10-years said that during the prayer she vomited and suddenly all pain vanished. Many other notable miracles took place, but there is one I must give special mention to. Forgive the graphic nature of this, but I’m telling you just as it happened. A lady brought her young son whose ear had been continually draining puss for many years. During the prayer she said, “something came out” of his ear. The puss stopped draining, and the boy was healed. Then the woman proceeded to identify herself. When the people realized who was talking they began to shout and jump for joy! This woman is a very well-known witch-doctor in Mbarara! She testified that tonight she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ, and received Him as her personal savior! She told the people that she will never practice “Ju-ju” again! There was dancing, rejoicing and singing – just a taste of what is happening tonight in Heaven. It’s joy unspeakable, and full of glory! What an amazing night – and the best is coming tomorrow! Please keep praying for us, for the people of Mbarara and for good weather. We can feel your prayers and heaven is responding. Yours in the Gospel, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Rain! - Mbarara, Uganda

Dear Mission Partners, As I sit in my room after tonight’s service here in Mbarara, Uganda, completely soaked to the bone, what is most pronounced in my heart is what an amazing honor it is to minister to these precious people. I experienced a couple “firsts” here tonight. For one thing, it’s the first time I’ve preached in a hat! Also, although I’ve preached in the rain many times, it’s the first time that it poured the entire length of a service. As I’ve shared a couple times before, the weather has been a challenge in this campaign. Tonight, we saw the worst yet. It started to pour just as our meeting was scheduled to begin and it was no light rain - it was a torrential downpour. We waited almost three hours for the rain to relent. The people stood in the rain, prayed, sang and worshipped. It was a cold rain. Thunder crashed and lightning flashed, and yet amazingly, the people stayed! Once it became apparent that the rain would not stop, I took to the platform. I was able to minister a bit, pray for the sick and pray a blessing over the people. They were so receptive and so hungry. I was reminded of Jesus’ words, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” The perseverance and faith that we saw tonight was absolutely remarkable and touching. It’s something that most people in the West have never witnessed, however, we saw again one of the many reasons Jesus loves Africa and pours out His power here in such extraordinary ways. Tomorrow is another day. We will be back, morning and evening to minister to the people, rain or shine. Please continue to pray for us, we really need a breakthrough with the weather here. More tomorrow. Yours in the Gospel, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Showers of Blessings - Mbarara, Uganda

Dear Mission Partners,Today has been an interesting day. It began this morning as the first meeting of our Fire Conference was rained out by a cold, unrelenting, torrential downpour. It was the first time I can remember this ever happening. I sent a message to you and asked for prayer. Tonight, the skies were clear and the weather was perfect. Of course, as you can imagine, we were quite disappointed that this morning’s meeting was canceled, but the locals have a completely different view. Apparently, the region has been in a period of drought – so much so that the farmers were really suffering as they waited anxiously for the rainy season to return. When we arrived in town yesterday, it started raining (out of season and in a drought). Many see it as a sign that the blessings of God are falling in Mbarara! Tonight, thousands responded to the Gospel and wonderful miracles happened – including the healing of a man who had been totally blind for three years! Also, a woman’s huge tumor vanished, cripples walked and a deaf woman began to hear. This is just the beginning. Please continue to pray for us – for favorable weather and most of all that the Gospel would go forth with power.Yours in the Gospel, Evangelist Daniel KolendaTogether with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Great Arrival - Joy in the City! - Mbarara, Uganda

Dear Mission Partners, After nearly 55 hours of travel, we’ve finally arrived in Mbarara, Uganda for our Gospel Crusade that starts tomorrow night. As we drove for several hours through country, we stopped for a photo op at a monument indicating that we were just passing over the equator. Have a look at the video I shot there: There are only 13 countries in the world that the equator runs through and 6 are in Africa. We have taken Jesus’ command to “go into all the world…” quite seriously. And when we arrived in Mbarara, we could see that our efforts have been very appreciated. Throngs of people flooded the streets shouting and waving. I popped out of the sunroof of the SUV to greet them. For more than an hour, we moved with the parade through town. Some were playing trumpets and beating drums. The horns on the cars and motorcycles were honking in a joyful rhythm. It reminds me of Philips visit to Samaria in Acts 8 where it says, “…There was great joy in that city.” Indeed, there is GREAT joy in Mbarara today, and tomorrow the crusade begins! Please keep us in your prayers over the next several days. We are believing for a massive and historic harvest that will shake Uganda for the Gospel. I’ll keep you posted. Yours in the Gospel, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

About Mbarara

Mbarara is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Mbarara District. It is also the location of the district headquarters in Western Uganda, besides being the largest urban centre in the area. History Mbarara originates back in the pre-colonial era, as it was the capital of Ankole Kingdom located at Kamukuzi hill. With the coming of the colonialists, the Omugabe of Ankole signed the Ankole agreement of 1901, which made Ankole part of the British protectorate of Uganda, with the British establishing a fort named Mbarara. Later, several Roman Catholic and Protestant missionaries established churches in Nyamitanga hill and Ruharo hill respectively followed by a group of Indian businessmen who opened shops on the current location of the town. Being the capital of Western Uganda and having roads connecting to Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo, the town grew rapidly. In 1952 during this colonial era, Mbarara was elevated to the township status. In 1974 during the Reign of President Iddi Amin Dada, the town was elevated to the Municipality Status. Mbarara was later destroyed during the 1979 Tanzania-Ugandan war that removed President Iddi Amin Dada from Presidency together with Masaka. Mbarara then developed quickly and is now ranked among the fastest growing cities in Uganda. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a Ugandan politician has been President of Uganda since January 29, 1986. Economy and infrastructure As is the case with the majority of Ugandan districts, agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of Mbarara District. Both crops and livestock are raised in the district, primarily on a subsistence level, but several commercial farms are located in the district. Geography and Climate Mbarara covers a land area of 1,778.4 square kilometres (686.6 sq mi). The district receives an average annual rainfall of 1,200 millimetres (47 in) with temperatures ranging between 17 °C (63 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F).


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COORDINATES:

00°36'48S 30°39'30E

ELEVATION:

1,800 m (5,900 ft)

POPULATION:

(2014 Census) Total 195,013