I returned from Nicaragua last month and only two weeks later traveled to the country just to the northwest of it: El Salvador. This country, while close in proximity to America compared to most the countries in which we minister, has experienced the sort of problems that are so prevalent in other parts of the world. This country has been ravaged by political corruption, drug cartels and gang violence. It is currently the murder capital of the world—more people are murdered in El Salvador, per capita, than any other country in the world.
I have just returned from Nicaragua for what was the most historic week in this nation’s history! In 2013, our ministry joined with many others to converge upon the nation of Honduras for One Nation One Day, a nationwide evangelistic event. In 2015, we joined 2,000 missionaries and did the same thing in the Dominican Republic. Last week, more than 2,500 missionaries from 33 nations around the world flooded the nation of Nicaragua with the love of Jesus. It is difficult to describe in words what Jesus did last week, but I will try.
Throughout the years, we have traveled to some of the most unreached parts of the world sharing the Gospel with those who have never heard it. While many have supported us throughout the years, there are those who have been skeptical that crusade evangelism is effective. “What happens to those who have been saved, do you just leave them to fend for themselves?” “If you are only in a country for a week, how do you think you can make a long-term impact?” “Crusade evangelism does not work because it does not produce true disciples of Jesus Christ.”
We have some exciting news to share with you! As you know, for 17 years we have been ministering all over the world, and we have had such great fruit throughout the years. We have seen God do amazing things in the lives of the people we have had the privilege of ministering to and God’s power has been so present in every place we have gone. That being said, we know God has even more in store for us. There are a number of things we are doing to expand our ministry, but one of the most important things we are doing is integrating more prayer into our ministry. Six months ago we mentioned that we were launching an intentional prayer initiative with our partners and we have seen great effectiveness in that already.
This month, 2 of our staff members--Daniel and Luke--will be embarking on month-long Ministry trips with Oral Roberts University. Daniel will be leading a team to Chile, and Luke will be part of a team traveling to the Philippines. We’d like to tell you about these trips this month, so that you can be in prayer for Jesus to use them and their teams mightily for the Lord! Here’s what Daniel has to say about his trip to Chile:
I recently got back from a great crusade in the mainly Hindu nation of Nepal, and want to thank you so much for praying for its success! About 2 years ago, you may remember that a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal. Christian Ministries from around the world flooded Nepal with aid and the love of Jesus, and because of their witness, Nepal has now really opened up to the Gospel! Our crusade there was in a big field alongside the busiest street in the city. Everyone passing by got to hear the Gospel—it was awesome!
The last seven months have been a whirlwind for our ministry. It has been the busiest time in our ministry's history, not because we love being busy, but because we know the urgency of the Great Commission. All over the world people are dying without Jesus and going to Hell. That reality motivates us to GO and tell this world about Jesus.
The devil is no match for Jesus! If you have served the Lord for any amount of time, I am sure you have come to realize this truth. As an evangelist, I have observed this reality time and again. On my most recent crusade trip to Cuba, I saw Jesus consistently defeat the works of the devil and I want to tell you some of these stories.
Well, I just got back from a great Crusade in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar, and want to thank you so much for praying for its success! Through your faithful prayers, Jesus did amazing works there, and I am confident in the days to come that this great nation in Southeast Asia will experience a great Spiritual Awakening—it is indeed so ripe for Harvest! I am already planning to go back to a different city there in the Fall for another Crusade, God willing.
I hope you had a great season of Christmas celebrations! To add to your joy, I’d like to share with you a report from our Crusade in Ethiopia last month.
I hope this letter finds you well and that you are enjoying this holiday season and spending lots of time with family and friends. Recently, Joshua, Anna, and I went to El Salvador to minister across the country for the week. We were preaching at Nuevo Pacto Christian School all week, at a youth conference and at churches across the entire country. I also got the chance to lead worship several times, both in Spanish and English.
We have some exciting news to share with you! As you know, for 17 years we have been ministering all over the world, and we have had such great fruit throughout the years. We have seen God do amazing things in the lives of the people we have had the privilege of ministering to and God’s power has been so present in every place we have gone. That being said, we are ready to take our ministry to the next level. There are a number of things we are doing to expand our ministry, but we believe that perhaps the most important thing we are doing is to start an intentional prayer initiative with our partners! We know that many of you have already been praying for the ministry we are doing, but we want to help you pray more specifically and intentionally.
As the end of the year approaches, we are so thankful for all that the Lord has done this year and we look forward to what is ahead. As the year ends, I want to share a word with you on the tremendous value of partnership. Partnership is a wonderful gift created by the Lord to greatly expand the resources, abilities and rewards of every one of His children.
I just got back from preaching another Revival in Cuba, and after spending another set of fruitful days in Cuba, I am convinced that I need to ask you all to do something absolutely vital: I’m asking you to pray fervently that the people of Cuba—nationwide--would choose to serve Jesus Christ at this pivotal time in their history! Let me explain…
Nothing is impossible with God! I have just returned from our crusade in southeast Asia, which is a miracle, years in the making. For the past two years our ministry has requested visa access to this country three times, and each time we were denied by the anti-Christian government. It would have been easy to give up, but we could not, not after hearing about the city awaiting us. The pastors and churches in this city were begging for us to come. Each time our visa was denied, they were devastated, but they refused to stop praying and believing. They joined with us in fasting and praying for this crusade to come to their city. You see, this city is one of the most remote places we have ever been. Less than 1% of the city is Christian as almost every person is either Hindu or Muslim. This city was so remote that it does not have a hotel, many of the people have never seen a white person before, and almost all of them have never heard the name of Jesus.
First of all, I want to thank you so very much for praying for our Crusade last month in the capital city of Madagascar—Antananarivo! Jesus truly did awesome things at this event. In 3 days, we had 60,000 people attend! And 10,000 of those same people received decision cards, indicating that they had repented of their sins and made either first-time or first-time-in-a-long-time decisions for Christ! Hallelujah for Harvest!
I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our ministry. Without the financial and spiritual partnership of people like you, what we do would be impossible. This month begins one of the busiest stretches in our ministry’s history and we need your help in order to accomplish all that the Lord has in store. I want to highlight what we are getting ready to do so that you may pray for us and give as you feel led to do so. We believe in the power of prayer and we are asking for you to join with us in prayer for the upcoming months. Let me tell you about what is in store!
In July 2013 our ministry partnered with many other ministries for an historic event in the nation of Honduras: 1 Nation 1 Day. We took a team of 25 to the island state of Roatan, while other ministries simultaneously did the same in each of Honduras’ other states. The entire week culminated with crusades in each of the states’ capital cities where hundreds of thousands received Christ. What is so encouraging is the sustainability of what occurred. A year later violence had decreased by 40%, school attendance was at an all-time high, the largest gang in that nation disbanded and for the first time in decades, the country had a peaceful election.
We have had the privilege of traveling to many incredible continents, countries and cities over our 15 years of ministry. Many are surprised that we have ministered in so many different places, many of them very dangerous places, and one of the more common questions that we get asked is, “How do you decide where to go? Why do you choose to go to the places that you do?” This is a great question, and I want to answer it today. There are a number of factors that go into our decision of where to minister, but one of the primary reasons is because of the prayers of the people to whom we are ministering. We truly believe that when we go to minister, we become an answered prayer to the people in that place. Let me explain.
I have some great news for you—Our Crusade in Ethiopia last month was sensational—Praise Jesus! Thanks so much for praying and giving so that we could go. It was probably the most obvious week of spiritual warfare I have ever been a part of. Let me tell you all about it…