April 2000 : Ghana
We returned from West Africa on 9 April 2000. What a time! There is nothing that can compare to going to people and telling them of the wonder of God’s love, and to declare with boldness that Jesus is truly alive and the same today as He was before they killed Him some 2000 years ago. The four nation trip was cut to only three nations as the political unrest in the Ivory Coast kept us from going in to minister. The nations of Ghana, Togo, and Benin were open to us and we went in. By all observations it is safe for me to say that the world is NOT yet evangelized. I realize that there are wonderful reports of the tens of thousands that are being born again throughout the earth, I rejoice at these reports. Yet I have been in places where the people have not even heard that there is such a gospel of salvation. My point, everywhere you go tell of the wonder of the love of God. Tell them that Jesus came and died and rose again according to the scriptures for the restoration of all men everywhere. As we walked through some of the villages in West Africa we heard the word, “”Awayadie, Awayadie”” being shouted at us by many of the children. We discovered it meant white man. Many of these young children had never seen a white man. We were their first, and we were a novelty. This was to our advantage; we wanted to draw attention and a crowd. We had the desire to tell as many people as we could gather the “”Good News””. God was sending two white people all the way from the United States of America to tell them how much God loves them. What a response! We witnessed the power of the Gospel draw people out of their darkness into the wonderful light of the life of Jesus. We laid hands on the sick and by the power of God saw the healing take place right then and there. We heard the people testify in their native language of how Jesus touched them and delivered them from the pain in their bodies. We saw how lovingly Jesus would minister to a person who had lost their sight and bring clarity of vision back to them. We witnessed the lame throw down their canes and walk unassisted for the first time in years. We rejoiced with those who had their hearing restored. In a village in the western region of Ghana there was a boy 11 years old that had been in a non-responsive coma for weeks. They brought him to the meeting and laid him in the back on the floor. After a time he began to recover and in minutes he was fully restored. We joined in the amazement as the power of the Name of Jesus set people free who had been bound with demons. There is no reason for anyone to be ashamed of the Gospel– it is the power of God unto Salvation. SOZO, total deliverance from all that limits people, spiritually, mentally, physically and materially. The Salvation, (Sozo) that Jesus purchased by His suffering and death and verified by His resurrection is a total salvation. This wonderful salvation is for everyone in everyplace. We ministered to the established churches through simple teaching and preaching of the word of God. We made it so simple that people knew how to apply the word in their everyday lives. We were honored to establish elders in a local village church in Tikobo, Ghana. We had the joy of ministering to heads of governmental agencies. We laid hands on and prayed for the Minister of Health and Family Services in Benin. We held a bible study for most of the staff of the health and research department over their lunch time. We were also able to pray and lay hands on the Minister of Environment and Habitat. God is allowing us to walk in favor to touch many lives. The power of the anointing to destroy yokes and lift heavy burdens was never more evident as when I blew the Shofar over crowds of people and saw demons manifest and throw people to the ground. Then at the Name above all names, Jesus, to see these same people set free and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming. There are so many places that are yet unevangelized. It will take many more laborers. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers. FOR THE FIELDS ARE ALREADY WHITE…. If you can’t go…send us!