Originally published in Uganda Christian News
The ministry organisation founded by late Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, has witnessed more than 1.2 million people hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, during a 4-day crusade in Nigeria.
According to the current president and CEO of Christ for All Nations (CfaN), Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, “hundreds of thousands” gave their lives to Christ not only at the crusade in Ibadan, Oyo State from November 12 to 15 but also during more than 1 800 outreaches conducted in villages and markets within the country.
Evangelist Kolenda said more than 145 000 people showed up on the very first day of the crusade despite a heavy downpour.
“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,” he explained in a report.
Kolenda said that the crowd grew substantially over the days, and that 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,” he said.
“The crowd was absolutely massive—something unheard of since COVID,” he continued.
According to the Pew Research Center, Nigeria has one of the largest Christian population in Africa. However, many believers in this west African country have been murdered for their faith than in any other country, sources say.
Violent attacks by Boko Haram, Fulani militants, ISWAP (an affiliate of so-called Islamic State) and other Islamic extremist groups are common in the north and middle belt of the country, and are becoming more common further south.
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