Kigali, Rwanda

Abounding Grace

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Dear Mission Partners,

Miracle healing day 1Tonight our Gospel Crusade began here in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. This is the city where the Rwandan genocide began 20 years ago. The scars of that tragedy still remain and the memories are vivid in the minds of the people. The spiritual ground seems a bit tougher here than usual. It reminds me a little bit of our crusade in Gulu, Uganda where Joseph Kony had conducted his reign of terror. Yet, in these places, where unimaginable evil has prevailed, there seems to be a special grace that “abounds all the more.” I believe that the Lord has sent us here for a very specific reason. We will see an extraordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s power and love this week.

Tonight after I preached the Gospel and prayed for the sick, we heard wonderful testimonies of God’s healing power:

  • Two women's large protruding tumours instantly vanished.
  • A man deaf in both ears for two years was healed.
  • An elderly man who could barely walk because of a broken leg was healed. He was so overjoyed, he danced, ran and hugged me.

Just as I was finishing the last testimony, we felt large cold raindrops landing on our heads. I dismissed the crowd, and as we were leaving the field the rain began to pour. As my intercessors are well aware, it has been raining here in Kigali over the past few days, and I had asked for prayer that the Lord would hold back the rain. Tonight, the timing could not have been more striking. It was a clear answer to prayer.

Please continue to pray for good weather, and especially for the precious people of Kigali. The Lord knows there are so many needs that only He can meet. We are trusting Him.

Yours in the Gospel,

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Pictures by O. Volyk

The crowd that gathered tonight in Kigali

Beauty for Ashes

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dear Mission Partners,

We’ve just returned from the field – soaking wet! In spite of the cold rain and lightning, the people came. They stayed, and many were saved and healed.

Preaching in the rain is never our first choice, but there was a “silver lining” this time. Next door, a large sporting event was taking place in the national open-air stadium. Thousands of people came out of the stadium to find shelter and were standing in range of our speakers where they could hear the Gospel. I pray the Lord touched many of their lives.

Before I preached tonight, I asked one of my apprentices and fellow evangelist, Daniel Mironichenko, to share his heart with the people. He did a wonderful job setting the stage for the main message.

We also had the chance to visit the genocide memorial today. 20 years ago, the genocide in Rwanda claimed almost a million lives – men, women, and children alike, innocent people. Most of them were hacked to death with machetes. We visited one mass grave where more than 250,000 unidentified corpses are buried. I took a bouquet of flowers to the grave on behalf of the ministry. As a team, we prayed for the nation and future of Rwanda. May the Lord take what the devil meant for evil and bring something good out of it. This is why we preach the Gospel – only Jesus can give beauty for ashes.

Please pray for us tomorrow. The weather forecast is calling for rain once again. Pray that the Lord would hold back the rain and give us one more shot to touch thousands with the Gospel. Thank you for praying!

Yours in the Gospel,

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Pictures by O. Volyk

Breakthrough!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dear Mission Partners,

We had a number of challenges in Kigali, including adverse weather conditions, that made it an unusually difficult week. We continued to press through however, and many of you were praying fervently for us. The last meeting was a huge breakthrough. First of all, the weather forecast was calling for a 90% chance of rain, and given the pattern we’d experienced throughout the week, it seemed a washout was certain. But not one drop of water fell on the campaign grounds. The crowd more than doubled from the previous night. One by one, it seemed as if the Lord gave us victory in each of the many areas where there had been resistance. Praise the Lord!

It was a packed night. Because we had been forced to shorten Saturday’s meeting (due to rain), we made up for it tonight. I asked one of the graduates from the Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism who was also born in Rwanda, to share her testimony for 10 minutes. I then preached the Gospel, prayed with the new converts, taught on the baptism into the Holy Spirit, and prayed for the people to receive the baptism.

Then Todd White (who is visiting), prayed for the sick and took testimonies. Many wonderful healings took place. Then we prayed over boxes full of prayer requests, prayed for the nation, and prayed for a blessing on the people of Kigali.

Whew! It was a full, blessed, and glorious night.

Yours in the Gospel,

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with Reinhard Bonnke, Peter van den Berg and the whole CfaN team

Pictures by O. Volyk

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