Can you imagine being so hungry for the Gospel that you would travel THIRTY HOURS to get to a crusade meeting?! Today I want to tell you about the miracle of Mongu, one of the 11 crusades we just conducted in Zambia. It began when Jana Bielava (one of our Decapolis directors) was doing a radio interview in Zambia…
Over the next couple months, I’ll be sharing more of the wonderful testimonies and reports pouring in from each of the locations where we just completed ELEVEN 5-night crusades in Zambia. Can you imagine what a tsunami of glorious stories of God’s power that has unleashed? We’re starting with Chingola, where Evangelists Randy Roberts and Lukas Repert (both Bootcamp graduates who were trained by me) were stationed.
We have just completed a landmark campaign, making history in mass evangelism. For the first time ever, CfaN conducted 11 mass evangelistic campaigns in 11 different cities and districts across the nation of Zambia simultaneously! These campaigns lasted 5 nights in each city for a total of 55 nights of massive evangelistic meetings in just two-weeks! That’s 55 powerful meetings in 14 glory-filled days. During the initiative, which included a “Gospel Invasion” (in which evangelists trained by CfaN, flooded the streets and schools) the ministry recorded over 2.6 million in attendance and 1,040,720 documented conversions.
Tonight, was the last night of our two-week campaign here in Zambia. For me the 11 city tour peaked in Lusaka—the capital—at “Hero Stadium.” Once again, the field was packed and the reception to the gospel was amazing. As I reflect on the journey that brought us to this point, it’s overwhelming and mind-boggling.
Today, Peter Vandenberg, my 14-year-old son, London and I hopped on a plane and made our way back to Lusaka, buzzing with anticipation. Our destination? The region of Chawama, where I preached tonight.
Today we made the rather long trip to the city of Mongu where I preached tonight. This seems to be one of the largest of the crusades happening this week, which is especially interesting given the fact that it is such a relatively remote region. But I’m hearing reports of people traveling for over thirty hours, some making the journey by boat. People are sleeping on the crusade ground overnight because they have come from other towns and villages and have no other place to stay. The hunger, the faith, and the expectation is really something remarkable.
Today we traveled to the city of Chingola where I preached tonight. Even though this is only the second night of meetings here, the field is already packed! In fact, there were people on top of walls, on top of buildings, crowding the roads—dozens of people even climbed trees so they could see and hear! This was especially interesting given the fact that I preached from the story of Zaccheus! What a fitting sermon aid.
Tonight marked the beginning of the second (of two weeks) of Gospel Crusades here in Zambia. We are conducting 11 full Gospel Crusades (five nights each) in 11 different cities/districts throughout the nation. Each night I travel to a different crusade where a pair of CfaN Evangelism Bootcamp trained co-evangelists are carrying four of the five nights in that city. I’m able to make it to minister one night in each location. At least...that’s the idea.
What happens when nearly 200 hard-working, highly trained evangelists arrive in a ripe harvest field, completely unified, with one heart and one mind, using the finest combine harvesting machine in the world—and they put their hand to the plow for months at a time? A historic harvest, that’s what!
My heart is full tonight after preaching in the city of Mansa, Zambia. The crowd was so dense on the field tonight that I had to ask for the barriers in the front to be removed for safety reasons. A huge percentage of the crowd was comprised of young people, even children. They were hanging on every word and responding with enthusiasm as I preached on the power of the blood of Jesus!