Harare, Zimbabwe

Returning to a HARVEST field

It was in 1984 that we last preached the Gospel in Zimbabwe Harare, the Big tent was gone ripped to shreds by the wind in Cape town,

‘…Suddenly, at 4 a.m, they were awakened by the sound of ripping fabric…The damage they were seeing seemed supernatural, as if evil demonic forces in the wind were violently attacking the structure…only a few strands of fabric remained…’

But God had been in control in Cape town,

‘…75,000 filled the field…the tent had never been big enough to hold the crowd God intended to attract…29,000 conversions to Christ…pastors were kept busy for weeks baptizing new believers. Hallelujah!...’

And in Harare God continued to move in power,

‘…Without the big tent we were forced to hold open-air meetings again in Rufaro Stadium…an elderly lady came forward for prayer. She was blind and walked with great difficulty. When hands were laid on her she felt sudden warmth and then blinked her eyes. She thought she saw stars in the distance. Suddenly they grew into our stadium lights. She could see clearly! I could not keep that lady from rushing me on the platform and demanding to tell the people what had happened to her. It electrified the crowd…’

‘…On the final weekend a fine drizzle began that turned into a downpour…But out of the rain a chant began to come to my ears: “We want the gospel.” Over and over they repeated it. This sound in my ears could not be ignored. The lesson of Uganda came to mind. If these people were that hungry to hear another sermon, I was going to deliver it. I preached a message on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many received the gift that night and spoke in tongues in the pouring rain. It was a sound like I have never heard. Pouring rain that could not drown the fire of the Holy Spirit…’

On that campaign we saw 31,000 decisions for Christ, making 1984 at that time the greatest year of harvest we had seen, the Kingdom had grown by 150,000 souls in total that year. Our God is an awesome God!

And today we are believing God will do even greater things, we are believing for a greater harvest this time round in Harare, and for even more of an out pouring of Holy Spirit on Zimbabwe.

Lives will be forever changed.  And as you stand with us in prayer and your giving, you are making a dynamic difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Can we please ask you to pray with us for an incredible harvest of souls?  AND - if you felt led to give a gift of any amount at this time, please know that would be so timely and much appreciated. 

 (Excerpt from Reinhard Bonnke's Autobiography ‘Living a Life of Fire’)

Pray for Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare was founded in 1890 originally named Salisbury after the then British Prime minister. It was retained as the capital by the new government of independent Zimbabwe (in 1980) and renamed Harare.

The city is modern and well-planned, with multi-story buildings and tree-lined avenues. It is the site of Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, a Dutch Reformed church, the Queen Victoria Memorial Library and Museum, the National Archives, the University of Zimbabwe (which opened in 1957),  and the Rhodes National Gallery.

Harare is a hub of rail, road, and air transport and is the centre of Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce. It is also the main distribution point for the agricultural produce of the surrounding area, especially its Virginia tobacco. There are also important gold mines in the vicinity.

People:

Harare has a population of an estimated 1.7 million inhabitants. Zimbabwe as a whole has approximately 15 million inhabitants.  The majority of those inhabitants are Christian, followed by those who practise the countries traditional religions, and then other religions such as Islam.

[Protestant 82.7%, Roman Catholic 6.7%, other Christian 4.6%, traditional religion 0.6%, Muslim 0.4%, other 0.1%, none 4.9% (2015 est.)]

The three main languages spoken throughout Zimbabwe are English, Shona and Ndebele.

Land and Climate:

Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is located in the north eastern part of the country.

Harare has a warm temperate climate. Its high altitude and the prevalence of a cool south-easterly airflow maintains temperatures that are rather low for the tropics. The average maximum daytime temperature in January is 25°C, dropping to an average maximum of around 20°C in July. There are three main seasons—a warm, wet season from November to March/April; a cool, dry season from May to August; and a hot, dry season in September/October.

Economy:

Harare is Zimbabwe's largest city, as well as its administrative, commercial, manufacturing, communications, and educational centre, and serves as a distribution point for the surrounding agricultural and gold-mining areas.

The city is a trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactures include textiles, steel, and chemicals. Factories produce processed food, beverages, clothing, cigarettes, building materials, and plastics. Gold is mined in the area.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the religious tensions that are in the area, and that people of other faiths will receive Christ during the Campaign.
  • Pray for the needs of the people both physical and spiritual, the EU and US are having to provide food based on a humanitarian grounds.
  • Pray also that the Gospel undiluted and potent will be preached and carried to those who don’t believe making followers of Jesus, and also to those who do, to strengthen them and add more fuel to a passion to see Zimbabwe affected for Christ.
  • Our team will be driving thousands of miles across the treacherous African roads with our technical equipment and flying to the Campaign from across the world.  Please pray for their safe travel.
  • Many churches and church leaders will be involved in the organising of the Campaign and follow-up system of new converts.  Please pray for the logistics and relationships involved.
  • Logistically, every Campaign is a challenge.  Please pray for smooth running of the operations.

 

Sources: 
https://www.britannica.com, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook, http:// www.newworldencyclopedia.org

Hungry for a move of God

The people of Harare, Zimbabwe are hungry for a move of God. Please pray for a mighty harvest of souls coming into the kingdom as the Gospel is preached this week. Pray that God would meet the precious people of Zimbabwe with his presence and power. 

Yours in the Gospel,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team

Back After 30 Years

June 22, 2017

Dear Mission Partners,

Tonight, was the first meeting of our Gospel campaign here in Harare, Zimbabwe. The weather is quite cold here – only 3°C (about 37°F). It’s quite amazing that the people came out in such cold conditions, both in the morning and night, to stand outside for hours! It is a remarkable demonstration of the tremendous hunger here.

Christ for all Nations was last in this nation more than 30 years ago! God did many wonderful things at that time, but we are expecting even greater things this week. Tonight, we got a taste. Tens of thousands of people surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, and wonderful miracles happened.

An elderly lady’s arm was partially immobile. She could not lift it past shoulder level. Tonight, during the prayer for the sick, her arm was completely healed.

A man, who had a fist-sized lump in his stomach for the last 21 years, said that it instantly vanished during the prayer!

During the service, I had a word of knowledge for someone with pain in the right wrist. A young lady came forward, and said that she was the one. She testified that the pain was completely gone!

A young lady came to the meeting deaf in her right ear. Her ear opened tonight.

These are just a few of the many wonderful things that Jesus did. We are rejoicing, and looking forward to another day of wonderful meetings tomorrow. Please pray for us, and for Zimbabwe!

Yours in the Gospel,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team

Deadly Accidents!

June 23, 2017

Dear Mission Partners,

Tonight, on our way home from the meeting, we passed three terrible accidents. An epidemic of drunk driving causes many deadly crashes here. I’ve never seen anything like it. As we drove past one accident, a dead body was lying face down in the road in a jumble of shattered glass. At another scene, body parts were strewn across the street. I thought of the families that would be grieving. I wondered about the souls of those who had died. The fragility of life, the brokenness of our world, and an urgent need to preach the Gospel gripped my heart as we drove. These grisly sights stood in stark contrast to the beautiful scene that had unfolded minutes earlier at the crusade field, where many thousands of people received Jesus as their Saviour and many wonderful miracles happened!

The demon possessed were delivered, a woman bent over for three years stood upright for the first time (pictured), growths disappeared and much more. At the same time, not far from our meeting, Satan was claiming yet another life. These are the parallel realities that we experience as Christians. We preach the Gospel in the middle of a world torn apart by death, pain and sin. We bring light right into the midst of the darkness, and offer the Kingdom of Heaven at the gates of hell. This is where the rubber meets the road. The world needs Jesus, and time is very short. This is why we are here. This is why we go. This is why we preach the Gospel. Thank you for continuing to pray for us.

Yours in the Gospel,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team

A Witchdoctor Receives Jesus!

June 25, 2017

Dear Mission Partners,

Our Gospel Campaign has just come to an end here in Harare, Zimbabwe. Despite the bitter cold weather, the attendance almost doubled over last night! The government minister of religion attended two of the evening meetings this week. It is an epic event in this region that has gotten lots of attention. The services are being broadcast on the radio. It seems everyone has heard of what is going on.

As I was leaving the meeting tonight, a young man approached me and said, “I am an evangelist. With your permission, I would like to start preaching all your sermons.” I was thrilled. I pray the Lord would raise up many evangelists here in Zimbabwe and that the work that began here this week will continue through the local ministries.

I have had a couple of wonderful guest ministers with me this week. Rev. John Wilds led us in wonderfully anointed worship and Evangelist Tamryn Klintworth both spoke in the Fire Conference and ministered to the sick last night. They were a great blessing.

Tonight, in the final meeting, many thousands accepted Christ and many wonderful miracles took place including several lame and paralysed that were totally healed. The miracles were far too many to mention.

One of the local leaders brought his father to me last night for prayer. He was lame. I prayed for him and Jesus touched him. Today, the son told me that his father is actually a local witchdoctor. He was healed, but still had not accepted Christ. I asked him to bring the father back tonight so I could speak with him. I had the chance to pray with him to receive Jesus one-on-one at the end of the meeting. What a wonderful testimony. A local witchdoctor healed and saved – one of the many thousands of lives touched this week.

Our next Gospel Campaign will be in Lagos, Nigeria. It is Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s “Farewell Campaign” in Africa. We are expecting a massive attendance, and I am believing that it will be the beginning of a whole new season of super massive Gospel Campaigns in West Africa. Please pray for that event. There is so much work to be done.

Thank you for praying for us and supporting us. Heaven is rejoicing.

Yours in the Gospel,

Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team

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