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Mission Report

251,258 Salvations in Benin

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456,859 Salvations in Abidjan

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What’s

INSIDE? 1st Quarter – 2013

A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT – daniel kolenda

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GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY – where christians live around the world

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Interview – elvis le grand goue

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Cotonou, benin report – report, miracles and campaign pano

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what the gospel is – reinhard bonnke

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20-26 Let us follow the moravian mission's movement – russell k benson 28 buried treasure – daniel kolenda 29-32 expanding dimensions – peter van den berg 33-34 Abidjan, ivory coast – report, miracles and campaign pano

The Gospel is like breathing – there's no future in the alternative.

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Global Christianity Where Christians Live Around the World

36.8%

Middle EastNorth Africa

66.3% Europe

4.5%

13.1%

Asia-Pacific

AsiaPacific

1.4%

Europe

Over the span of 100 years the distribution of Christians has changed significantly from predominately within Europe to a more even distribution in Africa, the Americas, Europe and a growing Asian presence.

23.6%

Sub-Saraharan Africa

Middle EastNorth Africa

Almost half of all Christians live in 10 countries. Three of the top 10 countries are in the Americas (the United States, Brazil and Mexico). Two are in Europe (Russia and Germany), two are in the Asia-Pacific region (the Philippines and China), and three are in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia), reflecting Christianity’s global reach.

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"From His love sprang His Word, and because God loved He gave His Son."

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The Holy Spirit has also clothed Himself with this Gospel. The Spirit of God is the hand in the glove of the preached Word.- “The Gospel is the power of God to salvation”. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 1:5., “Our Gospel came to you not simply with words but with power, with the Holy Spirit”. When it is preached the Spirit operates.

-Reinhard Bonnke debate, and declaring it an illegal assembly to find other means of salvation. Not matter how humble the Gospel preacher; effectively he is an officer of the crown speaking with authority from the Kingdom of God. “We are Christ’s ambassadors”.

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The Gospel is not an amendment to improve a human resolution. It is a complete document canceling all

The Gospel is not a vague lovingness, or sentiment. The pen of truth is dipped in the blood of Christ. We are not redeemed by a casual and understanding nod from an easy-going Heavenly Father. The mouth of Christ’s gaping wounds speaks forgiveness. The Gospel rings with the cry in Eden “Adam where are you?” and of the “strong crying and weeping” of the Son of God in Gethsemane.

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Top 10 Nations with the Largest Christian Population

“Gospel” is Old English for “good news”. The greatest headline possible today is what Jesus Christ is doing for hundreds of millions. News is things happening, not a theory for getting to heaven. News is not a religious system. Biblical criticism is not news. The Gospel news is not a proposition for discussion. It is an edict from God proclaiming an amnesty for all prisoners of the devil. The Gospel is the key put into our hand for every door in the devil’s jail. We owe it to them to give them the key. If they prefer prison, that is their affair, but we must give them the chance to be free. They can choose to be lost. “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already.” To oppose the Gospel is spiritual hari-kari.

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vangelism brings the only remedy for sin known to man. The Gospel is like breathing there’s no future in the alternative. Everybody has a right to choose, but the options are pretty limited - live or die. People think they have found alternatives; mind-power, meditation, Buddhism, New Age, healing cults, but they are no more alternatives than a game of chess. They are no answer to the crippling power of sin and do not deliver us from guilt. People need saving and only Jesus saves. The God who created the world created the Gospel. But it was at far greater cost. The Gospel isn’t just an idea, any more than dynamite. It is God in action, in the mire of the battlefield. He has put His very Self, His Son and His blood into this Gospel. Some act squeamish about the Gospel of the precious blood of Jesus as if the whole world were not blood-soaked. In this harsh world nothing less than a Calvary Gospel is credible. Christ’s blood was needed to cover the blood of a thousand million murdered Abels crying to God from the ground.

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Great Gospel Campaign – June 4-8 – Nairobi, Kenya In His Presence – June 22 – London, UK (CfaN Worship Team) Summer Conference – June 29 -30 – Kuopio, Finland (Daniel Kolenda) School of Evangelism – July 8 -11 – Curitiba, Brazil Jesus Culture Conference – July 22 – Los Angeles, CA (Reinhard Bonnke) Great Gospel Campaign – July 24-27 – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania In His Presence – October 5 – Widnes, UK (CfaN Worship Team) Population estimates are rounded to the ten thousands. Percentages are calculated from unrounded numbers. Figures may not add exactly due to rounding. Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life pewforum.org/Christian/Global-Christianity-exec.aspx. Accessed 4/1/13. • Global Christianity, December 2011, corrected 2013.

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a message from

OUR PRESIDENT Is What You're Living for Worth Christ Dying for? A couple of years ago I stood on the beach in Titusville, Florida, with my wife and kids in amazement as we watched, up close, history in the making: the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. What an awe-inspiring experience! The ground shook under our feet as the rocket boosters ignited and lifted the shuttle skyward. At an altitude of about twenty-seven miles, the rocket boosters that had expended themselves were no longer needed and were ejected to return to Earth. As Atlantis was racing to space for the final time, I saw in those powerful boosters an equally splendid metaphor. The rockets, though powerful, do not exist for themselves. They are designed to propel something forward that is greater than they are. Their glory is in exhausting themselves for a superior purpose. Long after they have fallen away, the shuttle will keep moving forward. It is the shuttle and its mission that gives meaning to the rocket’s existence.

DANIEL KOLENDA

On the wall of the south choir aisle of Westminster Abbey hangs a memorial stone to John and Charles Wesley that says, “God buries His workmen, but carries on His work.” The Wesley brothers’ lives were like rocket boosters in the hands of God. The Wesleys have been dead for many generations, but God’s eternal kingdom is still moving forward, and the small part they played in this divine initiative makes their lives valuable and significant. The reality is that we are all expending our lives and burning through the finite fuel we’ve been given, yet so many give very little thought to what they are living for. Let me ask you, my friend, What are you living for? What will make your life count? What are you propelling forward with your time, energy, finances and passion? An American soldier in the Vietnam War was about to step on an anti-personnel landmine that was hidden from his sight. His comrade across the battlefield, who could see the impending disaster from his vantage point, stood up from behind his protective barricade and shouted a lifesaving warning to his friend. At that moment the brave young man received a gunshot wound that ended his life. A couple of years later, at an honorary memorial service in the United States, the soldier whose life had been saved from the landmine had a chance to meet the wife and son of his deceased friend. The son, who was only seven years old, had never gotten a chance to really know his father. The soldier could tell that this boy’s heart was broken, so he knelt down next to him and put his hand on the child’s shoulder. “I want you to know,” the soldier said, “your father saved my life.” The little boy looked up at him with tears streaming down his cheeks. “Sir,” he said, “were you worth it?” Leonard Ravenhill once asked the question, “Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?” We were not saved so that we could be polished, decorative knickknacks sitting on God’s shelf filling space in heaven for eternity. We have been saved for a purpose, and the fulfillment of that purpose is the only acceptable reaction we can have to the great gift of salvation we have received. You have an obligation, a debt, a compulsion and a liability to the One who laid down His life for you. Over the past several months I have been absorbed in the subject of God’s will for our lives as I have been writing my new book Live Before You Die. More than ever before I am convinced that God not only has a special plan for everyone's life but that He wants us to discover and walk in it more than we want to ourselves. In this edition of IMPACT, you will read about one of the major enemies of God’s will for your life – fear. You will also see pictures and read reports of the amazing things God is doing around the world through Christ for all Nations. Allow these things to inspire you, challenge you and show you your own possibilies in God.

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Global Christianity Where Christians Live Around the World

Regional Distribution of Christians

36.8%

Americas

25.9%

13.1%

0.6% Middle East North Africa

Asia-Pacific

23.6% Sub-Saharan Africa

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Christian Population Trend by Region Over the span of 100 years the distribution of Christians has changed significantly from predominately within Europe to a more even distribution in Africa, the Americas, Europe and a growing Asian presence.

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Almost half of all Christians live in 10 countries. Three of the top 10 countries are in the Americas (the United States, Brazil and Mexico). Two are in Europe (Russia and Germany), two are in the Asia-Pacific region (the Philippines and China), and three are in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia), reflecting Christianity’s global reach.

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INTERVIEW with ELVIS LE GRAND GOUE I told the Lord, ‘I don’t know how to pray, but I know you can heal me.’ Interviewed by Andy Freeman

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ighteen-year-old Elvis from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), suffered a debilitating back injury during the country’s political crisis two years ago. After being sent home with minimal medical intervention, Elvis attended our Ivory Coast campaign. Our producer spoke with Elvis and discovered how one Thursday evening this past January changed his life forever. Andy: As an eighteen-year-old, what is your life like? Elvis (Interpreter): I go to school, and I’m in the last level where I have to sit for the general certificate at the ordinary level. Andy: What caused your back injury?

something else to straighten myself. It became very difficult to stand. Andy: What did you do to get help for this pain? Elvis: Once I fell down in the street near the hospital and couldn’t move. They took me home and gave me the first treatment; and then I went to the teaching hospital to see a doctor. When I was there, I fell down the stairs. They gave me an X-ray and found out what I was really suffering from.

I have decided to serve the Lord and do everything I couldn’t do before.

Elvis: During this crisis, I fled to Dabu because they were looking for the young people. I worked there for a month carrying heavy loads, and that created the problem.

Andy: When you came back, what did you notice about your back and how you felt? Elvis: The first thing I felt inside was lung pain. Later I felt pain in my back. When I bent over, I couldn’t just stretch or rise up. I had to touch the wall or

Andy: So you found out you had a bulging disc. How did the doctor help you?

Elvis: I was at the hospital for a week. At first they wanted to replace the disc with an iron disc, but that would stop my growth. So they didn’t do the surgery. They gave me medicine for the pain, nine IVs, and I spent five more days there. Andy: When you went home from the hospital, did you still have pain? Elvis: While I was taking the medicine, I was still feeling pain. My parents had to buy me a special belt. They taught me how to sit and lie down while wearing the belt.

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I know through the word of the man of God, Jesus Christ healed me. Andy: What brought you to the campaign? Elvis: We saw the pictures on the wall and knew the date, but since I was going to school, I had to wait. My grandmother brought me on Thursday night. Andy: What happened at the campaign? Elvis: When the man of God said, “You are going to be healed today; have faith, and you’ll be healed,” I told the Lord, ‘I don’t know how to pray, but I know you

Now That You Are Saved Christ for all Nations takes post campaign follow-up seriously. That is why a big part of our budget is spent on making sure that new believers are connected to a local body of Christian believers. Each and every person that receives Christ receives our Now that You are Saved booklet. Thousands of counsellors are spread out over the campaign field to fill out the decision cards, located on the back of these Now that You are Saved booklets. Before the booklet is given to the new believer, a carbon copy of the filled-out decision card is torn from the book and collected for counting, and then used for additional follow-up by local pastors.

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can heal me.’ I raised my hands and prayed. Suddenly I felt something in my leg. So when I bent it, I didn’t feel any pain. And when I was bending myself, I didn’t feel any pain. I removed the belt and gave it to my grandmother. We both started shouting and jumping, and I said, “I am healed!” Andy: Do you understand the healing and who made you healthy again? Elvis: I know that through the word of the man of God, Jesus Christ healed me. Now I have decided to follow Jesus all of my life. I will be going to church and pray to the Lord. I will be baptised and then do His work. Andy: What can you do today that would have caused you pain and suffering before? Elvis: Now that I am healed, I have decided to serve the Lord and do everything I couldn’t do before. I also can feel like playing a little football now. But the main thing is to do the work of the Lord in recognition of His grace.


BRINGING the gospel TO

the cradle of

VOODOO By Daniel Kolenda

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Cotonou, Benin

he nation of Benin is known as “The Cradle of Voodoo.” According to some statistics, more than 70% of the people (of all different religions) practice animism and ancestral worship. For thousands of years, Satan has had free reign in this nation and has inflicted terrible suffering on the people who have been ensnared by superstition and fear. But during our Gospel

The impact that the ministry of Reinhard Bonnke and Christ for all Nations has had in Benin was recognised by the President of Benin, Yayi Boni, who invited us to visit him at his palace. He welcomed us with open arms and had Evangelist Bonnke decorated with a medal of honour. Evangelist Bonnke said, “I accept this honour in the name of the one who has said, ‘Without me you can do nothing.’”

the glorious light of the Gospel shone, darkness retreated and the Kingdom of God arose!

What Jesus did in Benin will be spoken of not only twelve years from now but also for eternity. 251,258 decision cards were counted from the five days of meetings! Thank you to all of you who played a part in making this amazing harvest possible with your prayers and finances. You are impacting souls for eternity. We honour you and thank the Lord for you.

Campaign in Contonou, Benin, the glorious light of the Gospel shone, darkness retreated and the Kingdom of God arose! Evangelist Bonnke and I ministered in tandem, and the presence of the Lord was tangible. We took authority over demonic spirits and rebuked them in the name of Jesus. Remarkable miracles took place: a woman’s painful fibroid instantly vanished after tormenting her for twelve years, blind eyes suddenly received sight, breast tumors vanished, leprosy disappeared and much more!

New believers in Christ bring their idols, amulutes & witchcraft items to be burned as a sign of their turning to Jesus!


Benin COTONOU

12 years ago, Donne's deaf ears were opened! Donne was totally deaf since birth. When CfaN came to Cotonou twelve years ago he was thirty years old. Up to that point Donne had only been able to communicate through sign language, but that night, when Evangelist Bonnke prayed for the sick, Jesus miraculously healed him. He said it felt like someone was sticking their fingers in his ears, liquid started pouring from them, and he heard what he described like the buzzing of bees. As the buzzing faded he began to hear another sound: the massive crowd. Today, more than a decade later, he still hears and speaks perfectly – an enduring testimony of fruit that remains.

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fibroid After 12 years, this woman’s painful fibroid vanished instantly during the prayer for the sick on the third day.

Cotonou, Benin

This woman’s blind eye suddenly received sight! She was over-joyed that she was able to see!

DEAF

BLIND

This girl had been deaf. She received her hearing on that Saturday evening.

This 15-year-old girl had been lame from birth, but on this night she walked for the first time in her life!

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"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." John 1:12, NKJV

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Contonou, Benin

251,258 completed decision cards were counted

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The Gospel is like breathing – there's no future in the alternative.


By Reinhard Bonnke

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vangelism brings the only remedy for sin known to man. The Gospel, or “good news,” is like breathing—there’s no future in the alternative. Even though everybody has a right to choose, the options are pretty limited: live or die. People think they have found alternatives: mindpower, meditation, Buddhism, New Age, healing cults. But these are no more alternatives than a game of chess. They are not answers to the crippling power of sin and do not deliver us from guilt. People need saving, and only Jesus saves. That salvation comes through the Gospel. The God who created the world created the Gospel— and at a far greater cost. To understand this great cost, we need to know what the Gospel is but also what it is not.

The Gospel Is Not…

Just an idea. It’s neither a vague lovingness nor a sentiment. The pen of truth is dipped in the blood of Christ for redemption. We are not redeemed simply by a casual nod of understanding from an easygoing heavenly Father. More so, the mouth of Christ’s gaping wounds speaks forgiveness. And the Holy Spirit, far more powerful than a mere idea, has also clothed Himself with this Gospel. He is the hand in the glove of the preached Word. A proposition for discussion. It is an edict from God proclaiming an amnesty for all prisoners of the devil. An amendment to improve a human resolution. It is a complete document canceling all debate and declaring it an illegal assembly to find other means of salvation. No matter how humble the Gospel preacher, effectively he is an officer of the crown speaking with authority from the Kingdom of God. “We are Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Only words and reason. Since the explosion of thought among the ancient Greeks, men have tried

to reason their way forward. In physical directions, they opened doors to research and great benefits but not in the moral and spiritual direction. Paul went to those seats of learning. He found them standing after 600 years of genius in front of an altar ascribed to “the unknown God.” Today, 2,000 years later, reason has proved that God cannot be found by reason, but millions do find Him just the same. Paul said in Athens and Corinth that God had made foolish the wisdom of men by the word of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18).

"We owe it to people to give them the key." Last century, in which philosophy reached its height, has been the most awful time in history. The famous twentieth-century writer H.G. Wells talked about the human mind at the end of its tether. Today, reasoning spiritually offers us only pessimism and despair.

The Gospel Is…

“The power of God to salvation,” Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 1:5. “Our Gospel came to you not simply with words but with power, with the Holy Spirit.” When the Gospel is preached, the Spirit operates. The key put into our hand for every door in the devil’s jail. We owe it to people to give them the key. If they prefer prison, that is their affair. They can choose to be lost, but we must give them the chance to be free. “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already” (John 3:18). In short, to oppose the Gospel is spiritual harakari.

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God in action, in the mire of the battlefield. God has put Himself, His Son and His blood into this Gospel. Some act squeamish about the Gospel—of the precious blood of Jesus, as if the whole world were not blood-soaked. In this harsh world, nothing less than a Calvary Gospel is credible. Christ’s blood was needed to cover the blood of a thousand million murdered by Abel’s crying to God from the ground. (see Genesis 4:10) That which reaches our deepest soul. If it does not stir our passions, inspire love, music, art, poetry – who wants that? We want to worship. Can we worship a logical syllogism or kneel in adoration before a mathematical equation? We were shaped to receive Him and to love Him. That does not mean the Gospel we preach is merely religious emotion. There are “contemplatives” who sit like Buddha to receive mystic help from outside. They claim to enjoy a state of euphoric bliss. Whether so or not, it has nothing to do with what Christ died for. The message of the Cross. From the Cross arises salvation, sound teaching, healing, concrete truth, power, joy, peace and fulfillment. It is rational, but it’s not rationalism. As Paul said, “I am determined to preach nothing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). That is the purest wisdom of all!

Knowing and Owing the Gospel

To seek God by the brain alone, one may as well search for stars with a pitchfork or for the soul with a surgeon’s knife. Jesus said. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is a living Saviour. We get to know nobody by sitting down thinking. We find Jesus by calling on Him through faith, trust, love and communion, not through the

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product of deduction. Evangelism brings to us our Lord Jesus who loved us and gave Himself for us; the evangelist simply lifts a hand, points to the Cross and cries, “Look! Look and live!” If we have the Gospel, we owe it; we do not own it. “I am a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, both to the wise, and to the unwise” (Romans 1:14 KJV). That was Paul’s own graphic way of putting it: “a debtor.” Personally, I want to pay my debts. Each year I take the Gospel, the bread of life, to millions of individuals. I get help to “pay my debts” from believers all over the world, who, by their prayer support and financial gifts, are paying their own debts. Our debt is actually to God, but He wants it paid through and to the people around us. In Matthew 20, Jesus challenged the people for operating their franchise entirely for their own the benefit. He described them as stewards, “a person to whom something is committed.” Paul uses a similar word meaning “a house manager” by saying we are “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). Peter said, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). So then, we are stewards of the Gospel. When we truly understand what the Gospel is (and is not), we realise just how indebted we are as followers and stewards of this good news. Jesus paid the ultimate cost with His very life, and so sharing the Gospel will indeed come at a cost. But like bringing a cure to the sick, you and I also have the privilege of bringing their souls the only remedy.


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By Daniel Kolenda

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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s you may know, the Ivory Coast had experienced terrible atrocities and bloodshed during years of civil war. In Abidjan, as bulldozers prepared to clear the heavily weeded area at the back of our campaign field, officials asked us not to because it is a mass grave of countless unidentified corpses. Yet, during our Gospel Campaign, that field— once the scene of death and destruction—was transformed for a historic harvest and a mass Holy Spirit outpouring.

looked at each other in shock and awe! What was happening was hard to believe! The blind, deaf, mute, lame and those with other ailments were spontaneously healed – without prayer or before preaching. It reminded me of something Evangelist Bonnke often says: “Sometimes the Holy Spirit cannot wait for us preachers to finish our boring sermons. He itches to do great things!” Nearly a million people attended the campaign. The way Abidjan was shaken is something I will never forget.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit cannot wait for us preachers to finish our boring sermons.

Never before have I seen anything like what we experienced in Abidjan. Often, when someone is healed, there is a great commotion of shouting, screaming, crying, jumping and dancing among those nearby. We’re accustomed to this phenomenon after praying for the sick, but in Abidjan, it was something different.

– Reinhard Bonnke

Before I even preached, it started happening on a scale that’s hard to describe. The hair on the back of my neck stood up as we watched wheelchairs, crutches and walkers going into the air EVERYWHERE! The excitement rose to fever pitch (even now it’s emotional to recall) until we all

To those who helped us financially and those who interceded for us, thank you so much! You are part of the team and the CfaN family. We are co-laborers in the harvest. We love and appreciate you; and we thank God for you.


Abidjan

Ivory Coast Young Wife and Mother Now Walks with Sight After fleeing her home during the 2011 political crisis in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 20-year-old wife and mother Delphine Yahmwen, had suddenly lost her ability to walk. Two weeks later, she went blind. When doctors couldn’t help, she and her husband decided to attend our campaign. They knew the Lord would do something for her! “Even if you’ve been blind for many years,” the preacher said, “God is going to perform a miracle.” Suddenly, Delphine began seeing people in the crowd. Then she heard a noise as if her feet were being put back together. She jumped up and cried out, rejoicing! “Two years I couldn't see and couldn't walk,” she exclaimed. “Now I am healed!”

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This woman was unable to see. She could not afford to pay doctors for help, but Jesus, "the Great Physician," healed her eyes, and she was able to see things she could not before.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

BLIND For two years, this lady suffered from an ulcer. When she arrived at the campaign she was in pain, but as she began to sing "Hallelujah" she felt the pain disappear.

ULCER PARALYSED This woman had been unable to walk but was healed and able to walk across the campaign grounds.

Three years ago, this woman was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors told her they could not cure her and that she was dying. When she arrived at the campaign, she was unable to walk because the pain was so severe. After prayer, she stood up and started dancing without her crutch.

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

456,859 completed decision cards were counted

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"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJ

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The Moravian Mission’s Movement - By Russell K Benson

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he call of the church is the call to evangelism. The mission of the church is the same as the mission of Christ – to seek and to save the lost. One of the greatest mission movements to ever answer this call is the Moravians. In a 1791 report, the Moravians clearly expressed their heart for missions: “The simple motive of the brethren for sending missionaries to distant nations was and is the ardent desire to promote the salvation of their fellow men by making known

Moravians were marked by an intense passion to win souls for Christ at any cost! the Gospel of our saviour Jesus Christ.” Moravians were marked by an intense passion to win souls for Christ at any cost. Some Moravian missionaries sold themselves into slavery to reach slaves who never heard the Gospel. Others brought their own caskets with them, understanding they would never return home. The Moravians counted everything as loss for the Gospel and were so joyful about sharing Jesus; they were nicknamed “God’s Happy People.”

“May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering!” One of the great Moravian leaders, Count Ludwig Von Zinzendorf, once possessed unimaginable riches but forsook it all after being reached by a Moravian missionary himself. He left everything and eventually became the movement’s leader. Under Zinzendorf’s passionate leadership, a powerful spirit of prayer moved throughout the Moravian community. On August 13, 1727, the Holy Spirit came down upon the Moravians in a dramatic way during a powerful communion service. This deeply affected the community and escalated their missionary endeavors even greater. Following this experience, the Moravians committed themselves to round-the-clock prayer that continued nonstop for over 100 years! As the catalyst for the expansion of their mission, this prayer movement dispersed the Moravians worldwide to evangelise everyone they met. They established missions in dozens of nations, winning tens of thousands for Christ. They answered the call of the Lamb to go into all the world; their motto: “Our lamb has conquered, let us follow him.” May the Lord help us do what Count Zizendorf and the Moravians did – set aside the things that distract us and rob us of joy in Jesus. May we follow their powerful example of lives sold out for the Gospel (Matthew 16:24 ESV).

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Treasure By Daniel Kolenda

People bury their talents within themselves because of fear

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n Matthew 25 Jesus told a parable about a man who went on a journey to a faraway land. Before he left, he entrusted three servants with various “talents,” or money. Rather than letting his money sit in a vault, the master decided to divide it among three servants so they could invest it and his fortune could increase while he was away. To the first servant, the master gave five talents; to the second servant he gave two talents; and to the third servant he gave one talent.

The first two servants invested their money wisely, and it doubled in value. The third servant was concerned about the possibility of losing his talent, so he buried it in the ground. When the master returned, it was a time of reckoning. With the first two servants, the master was very pleased; but with the third servant who buried the one talent, the master was very angry. The master called him a wicked and lazy servant. He repossessed the one talent the servant had been given and had him cast out into the darkness “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30, NIV). I want you to notice the reason this servant gave for burying his talent. The servant said, “So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground”

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(Matthew. 25:25, NIV). He buried his talent in the ground because of fear. Fear causes many people to bury their talents in the ground. I’m not talking about the ground in your backyard. Genesis 2:7 says God formed man from the dust of the ground—we are the ground! People bury their talents within themselves because of fear—fear of failure, fear of being mocked, fear of hard work, fear of the unknown, spirits of fear and fear of man, just to name a few. I think one of the most tragic places you could ever visit is a cemetery, not because of the people who are buried there, but because of what is buried within the people who are buried there: books and songs that were never written, sermons that were never preached, forgiveness that was never granted, inventions that were never developed—so much potential that was never realised. So much has been buried and lost for all eternity because someone was afraid of being hurt, afraid of criticism, afraid of rejection, afraid of financial difficulty or physical danger. Evangelist Leonard Ravenhill said author and preacher A. W. Tozer once told him, “I’m not too


worried about the judgment on my Christian life. It’s the things I could have done but didn’t do that worry me.”1 My friends, one day we are all going to stand before the Master and give an account of what He has entrusted to us. Oh that we would fear that day above all and be willing to risk everything so on that day we would not be ashamed.

emotion when they arrive in heaven—regret. In that moment all of their earthly fears will seem so impotent and distant, a hazy memory, like a dream that you can’t quite remember. But the impact of those fears will be felt for eternity. It will be too late to go back and do what should have been done, and wave after wave of regret will wash over many people. No wonder Revelation 21:4 says Jesus will have to wipe the tears from their eyes.

I don't want to look back and realise that I never really lived at all because I was too afraid.

Notice that the servant was cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Scholars disagree about whether or not this verse is referring to hell, but one thing is certain (and I think it is the main point): it is talking about deep regret, sorrow, and remorse over something that has been lost forever and can never be undone.

Many people talk about the emotions they will feel when they arrive in heaven. There are popular songs about how we will dance and be overwhelmed with joy. But many will experience a very different

When I was a teenager, I went on a missions trip to England and stayed in a “host home” with a lovely British couple. I’ll never forget a poster they had hanging on their wall, which reported the results of a survey given to ten groups of people. There was a group of ten-yearolds, twenty-year-olds, thirty-year-olds, all the way up to hundred-year-olds, and each was asked the same question: “What is your number one regret at this point in your life?” All the answers were interesting, some were funny, but the only answer I remember

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was from those who were a hundred years old. For some reason it is burned into my memory, and I can never forget it. After living a long life, they said their number one regret was that they “should have taken more risks.” I determined then, as a very young man, that when I come to the end of my life, I don’t want to look back and realise that I never really lived at all because I was too afraid.

the master in Jesus's parable was not sympathetic toward the servant who buried his talent. When the servant said, “I was afraid,” the master did not put his arm around him and say, “There, there, it's all right. You poor little servant. I’m sorry I put you in such an uncomfortable position.” No, the master rebuked him sharply with anger and said, “You lazy servant!”

To many people, fear seems to be a legitimate reason not to do something. But I want you to see that

Why did the master accuse the servant of laziness? Because rather than facing his fears and taking a risk for his master’s sake, he chose to take the easy path: bury the talent, stay at home and relax. If you think fear is a good excuse for not doing God’s will, you’d better think again. If you want to know how to overcome your fears, there is only one way—face them! Most of the time, fear is like a mirage; as you walk toward it, it will become more and more

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willingness to face fear


were dependent on his willingness to face his fear.

transparent until it disappears completely. But to face your fears requires courage. After Moses died, his protégé, Joshua, became the new leader. God promised to be with Joshua as He had been with Moses. God promised to give Joshua every place upon which the sole of his foot would tread. God promised to prosper Joshua wherever he went. But there was one requirement: “Only be strong and very courageous,” the Lord said (Joshua 1:7, NKJV). Imagine you are about to embark on the most challenging undertaking of your life. You have no idea what lies before you, and then the Lord comes to you and says, “Be very courageous.” That would scare me! Why? Because courage is only needed in the presence of danger. Courage is not the absence of fear. In fact, there is no courage without fear. Courage is the willingness to face fear. All the promises, victories and destiny awaiting Joshua

If fulfilling God’s will for our lives were just a matter of promoting our own names, reputations and personal destinies, I would say, “Don’t even bother. Stay home, watch television, and enjoy a comfortable, quiet life.” But we must remember that what is at stake is God’s eternal kingdom! Our talent does not belong to us—it belongs to the Master. He has entrusted it into our hands. But one day He will return, and we will have to give an account for what we did with His investment.

* Parts of this article are pulled from the book, Live Before You Die by Daniel Kolenda (Sanford, FL : Passio 2013)

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very new year brings with it the excitement of ‘new’ opportunities and ‘new’ horizons, along with ‘new’ challenges too. And as we push forward into the year 2013, what we see stretching out ahead of us is the greatest opportunity ever to reach millions with the good news of the Gospel. Although, by God’s grace, CfaN holds so many campaigns each year, every single one of them is burned into our memories and lives, as each time we see the hand of the Lord move in His unique salvation sweep. There can be no better purpose than that of seeing the lost changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is a remarkable thing to see each approaching year slowly change from a previously distant number on a calendar, and to watch as the empty months begin to fill with names and places that have been on God’s calendar since time began, waiting only for someone to obediently rise up and take the message of the Gospel to a needy world. We are such people. When I say "we" I mean the whole CfaN team and every single partner who

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There can be no better purpose than that of seeing the lost changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ! stands faithfully with us to make our going possible. We are together a mighty force in the kingdom of God that in these days is seeing a huge harvest of souls being brought in, and we cannot and will not relax our efforts in Jesus’ name.


So having said that, the “expanding dimension” of 2013 is with us. As we look at the planned events ranging from many Gospel Campaigns, Fire Conferences, Schools of Evangelism and multiple partner meetings, the Lord has spoken to us about the need for the gospel to be preached here in America too. And actually we can do no other as the "fire burns in our bones" to declare the Gospel and see people in America saved as we are seeing in Africa. In response to a word from the Lord to Reinhard Bonnke, we feel that we are following the heart of the Lord to add the USA to our existing areas of Gospel activity.

cities across the USA as the Lord enables us.

The result is that CfaN will hold major Gospel Campaigns in the USA, and already the groundwork is being laid for a great salvation meeting in the city of Orlando, Florida, during September of this year. The venue is the new Amway Centre in the heart of the city, and other venues will follow in different

These localised campaigns will be funded internally by the region. We shall not use funds donated from other countries for this. Your gifts to Africa will be used exclusively for our African campaigns.

Some people may wonder what will happen and how this will work out, but we have no such wonderings because the only question we ask ourselves is, ”Will we be able to bring in the full harvest of souls in the coming year?” And somehow we hear the words of saints who have gone before us, and also the Lord Himself, urging us on to preach the Word in season and out of season. This is the joy for all of us in the year 2013. “America shall be saved!”

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