My friends, Jesus is good. And He lives! I begin to write this on my way home from Burundi, Africa, which is a small country in east Africa, west of Tanzania and south of Rwanda. My dad was there in 2000 when he went for the second crusade that our ministry ever conducted. Burundi is a beautiful country, with rolling hills everywhere and trees that look different from ours in North America. The people there are very kind and welcoming. Burundi has faced some very difficult times; the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990’s took place in Burundi as well. There is also great poverty. But in the last few years, things have begun to improve. One really significant thing is that the country now lives in peace.
August is an exciting month for us as we begin our busiest season in our ministry’s history. We are planning 12 crusades in the next 12 months, averaging one major Gospel crusade each month. This is something we have been praying and working toward for a long time and we are excited to see what the Lord is going to do as we minister in some of the most unreached areas of the world. If you would, please keep us in your prayers as this season begins. Just this month, Kevin will be conducting a large crusade in a strong Muslim nation in Asia and Daniel will be doing a crusade in Burundi, Africa.
Something which is often on our hearts is the ongoing spiritual health of those who come to Christ through the evangelistic campaigns we conduct. When a person embraces Jesus at one of our meetings, the obvious question is “What now?” The Lord meets people when we preach the Gospel and those who have never known Jesus call upon Him.
A little over one year ago, a project I had been working on for over two years finally became a reality when I published my book: GO. I have been so encouraged by the way that the Lord has used this book in just one year! We have devoted our lives to the Great Commission, but this is not just our job; the Great Commission is for all believers. This book is for you!
God bless you, my friends! I want to start off by saying a huge “thank you” to those of you who were praying for our Crusade in Ethiopia last month. Jesus certainly heard your prayers, and delivered a strong, miraculous Crusade—Hallelujah! Let me tell you all about it…
I write this as I am returning from Egypt. The past week of my life spent in Cairo and in Luxor, Egypt, has taught me so much and has left me with a full spirit. When I landed in Cairo, I had no idea what to except from Egypt or from its beautiful people; this was my first time in Egypt, and in Northern Africa generally, and I was expectant for what the Lord had in store for the week. And in true divine fashion, the Lord did not disappoint.
Last month, I preached a Crusade in a large, Islamic nation in Asia. Thousands recorded public decisions for Christ at the event, and I would like to share 3 dynamic stories with you from those wonderful days of soul Harvest…
I bless you, dear partners, in Jesus’ name! I hope your New Year has started off well. This month, we are celebrating the Great Commission Network (GCN): A Ministry of Wagner Ministries International (WMI). Last year, GCN chose to merge with WMI. It has now become the primary online Evangelistic Ministry of WMI.
I bless you, dear partners, in Jesus’ mighty name! I hope your Christmas holiday was truly a blessing for you and your family. Recently, our Ministry conducted a wonderful Crusade and Leader’s Conference in the nation of Myanmar. Myanmar has a long history interwoven with the history of Buddhism. Today, out of a population of 52 million, over 80% are Buddhist.
Abdul had been a Muslim for years. He was devoted to Allah. He was not only a nominal Muslim or a cultural Muslim, he was fully committed to the cause of Islam. In fact, he had devoted his life and occupation to the increase and spread of Islam. His job was that of a mosque planter. You may have heard of a church planter, someone who travels from one city to the next, starting new congregations, then passing off that church to a pastor so he can go to the next city and repeat the process. This was Abdul’s job, except instead of planting Christian churches, he was planting Muslim mosques. As I said, this was a committed Muslim man.
November is the month when we make a special invitation to you to partner with our Ministry financially. We know that as the end of the year approaches, many of you are looking for Ministries to partner with, and we want to invite you to include WMI as one of your places to give your tax-deductible donations.
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.