Calabar, Nigeria

Calabar, Nigeria - February 2018

Preach to the people and testify …

The delta of the Cross River into the Atlantic Ocean forms one of the best natural harbours on the West African coast. That’s why it became one of the earliest trading stations for European merchants, who used it to supply their ships with food and fresh water. Way back in the 15th century, Portuguese sailors had already visited here, as they sailed the West African coast in their quest to find the sea passage to India.

Yet it took until 1846 before Scottish Presbyterians founded the first missions station in Calabar. In the following decades, Christianity grew in influence, and this is where the first hospital and the first post office in the country were opened. Today, Calabar is a flourishing trading centre and an administrative hub.

In the surrounding region, there is a well-developed plantation industry. Agriculture is the most important industry in the Cross River Province. In addition to countless small, private agricultural enterprises, there are also huge government-run plantations. Manioc, yams, rice, bananas, maize, cocoa, rubber, peanuts and coconuts are all grown here.

We at CfaN were last in this remarkable city in December 2004. It is going through massive changes, due to the influence of Christianity and the growing number of churches. We believe that the Lord has called us here again to inspire the local Christians, and to help them to reach the next generation with the Gospel. It’s time for the people of this entire region to hear the good news of Jesus Christ in a new, fresh and authentic way.

Our heartfelt thanks for your help!

We stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the work in Africa. You are one of those who, through your prayers and your donations, make our work even possible, and we stand together in Africa on the front lines. We need each other. I thank you for all your help and partnership.

Africa shall be saved!

Please pray for Calabar

Prayer has very high status in the Bible. Evangelism without intercession is like dynamite without a detonator.

Intercession is not a replacement for evangelism, because they complement each other. Intercession means calling out to God on behalf of the unsaved – asking him to save them from their sins. Evangelism means telling the lost about God – calling on them to end their enmity with Him, and be reconciled to Him.

Evangelism and intercession need each other! Together, they carry the Gospel to the world.

Countless Christians in Calabar are praying with total commitment for the campaign. They really want to win Calabar for Jesus. Through your prayers, you too can play a practical, active role. The promise of the Lord holds true for you and for me:

“And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life”
(John 4:36)

If ever we needed your help in praying, it’s now!

Please pray with us for: 

  • the technical team: setting up the stage, sound system, generators, speakers, light masts, etc.
  • that the giant LED Screens will function well and enable more people to not just hear, but see what God is doing
  • protection from all attacks (including spiritual) and technical breakdowns
  • good weather: no rain or strong wind, no extreme heat or dust, no weather that prevents people from attending the meetings
  • many hundreds of thousands of real, life-changing conversions
  • bountiful healing to follow the preaching of the Word, confirming the truth of the Gospel
  • liberty for those who are trapped in animism, witchcraft, curses, doubt and all manifestations of the evil one
  • effective and engaging follow-up, quickly integrating new Christians into strong churches in their areas
  • and please pray urgently for the release of the necessary financial resources 

The only light

People are either in darkness or in light. That is how God sees the world. In Christ we are in the light; without Christ we are in darkness. The gospel light is not just a better light. It is the only light. Jesus is the light of the world – no one else. He is the absolute Absolute. 

For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

The God of Salvation!

Dear Partners and Friends,

We are back in Nigeria! This is the beginning of a new season of Gospel campaigns in Africa that I believe will eclipse everything we have seen thus far in the harvest. I believe we are entering a “Decade of Double Harvest” that will result in more than 150-million souls coming into the Kingdom!

This week we are in Calabar – a city where Evangelist Bonnke last preached in 2004. Today there is a whole new generation eager to hear the Gospel. Our first meeting was huge (see the picture above). The people are hungry and open and many thousands have responded to the call of the Gospel of good news!

After the prayer for salvation, miracles began to take place.

  • A boy, deaf in his right ear for more than 15-years said that during the prayer, he felt something come out of his ear and he was totally healed. As I tested him on the platform, he was overwhelmed with gratitude and collapsed on the ground, weeping and thanking Jesus for the mighty miracle.

  • Two elderly ladies, both of whom had suffered with limited range of motion in their shoulder for years were healed.
     
  • A woman testified that she had glaucoma. She had been going to the doctors for years but without any cure. Tonight, Jesus completely healed her eyes.
     
  • Another young woman brought pictures and a report from her doctor showing a severe infection in her abdomen that had caused her constant pain for the last 10-years. Tonight, Jesus totally healed her.
     
  • Many other wonderful miracles took place as well, including ulcers, lumps and mysterious sickness instantly vanishing. Even a paralysed woman rose up totally healed tonight!

Thank you for praying for us and for Calabar. The best is yet to come.

Yours in the Gospel,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
and the whole CfaN Team

 

Jesus is alive!

Dear Friends and Partners,

The crowd nearly doubled tonight! The word has gone out. Jesus is alive in Calabar!

Tens of thousands responded to the Gospel. Thousands said they’d received a healing (indicated by raised hands). We heard many testimonies of miraculous healing including a woman who suffered bleeding for 10-years due to cervical cancer, a young girl who had a painful ulcer, a young lady with a dislocated hip walking on crutches, a young man with a spinal injury for 17-years and many more. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow the Fire Conference will come to a close as Peter Vandenberg and I minister and pray for the people to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Please continue to pray for us, we really depend on it.

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
and the whole CfaN Team

Double!

Dear Mission Partners,

Just moments ago, I finished preaching the last message on the final night of our Gospel Campaign here in Calabar, Nigeria. Each night here, we have seen the crowd literally double in size over the previous night. That is unusual, and a powerful indication of the wonderful things Jesus has done here this week. 

We also had our new jumbo screens in full swing again this week. The difference it makes for the people is even more than we had imagined. During the preaching, every facial expression, illustration and movement is larger than life. During the testimonies, every miracle is seen up close, every tear shed, every smile of joy touches the hearts of the whole crowd. I want to thank those of you that contributed to these screens. I believe many more people will be reached with the gospel as a result. Thank you!

Tonight a 12-year old boy, mute from birth, spoke for the first time in his entire life. In front of the massive crowd, he repeated after me, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” A painful lump disappeared from a young woman’s breast. Another lady who had suffered with unrelenting pain due to stomach ulcers, felt all the pain vanish during prayer for the first time in 3-years. She wept uncontrollably as she thanked God for the miracle. Many other testimonies were heard as well, hernia, piles, bleeding, pain of all kinds healed, and many, many more. 

 

In a couple weeks, we will be back in Nigeria and we are trusting God for another mighty harvest. Thank you for praying for us this week and thank you for supporting us. We are shoulder-to-shoulder in the harvest.

Yours in the Harvest,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
and the whole CfaN Team

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