Aug 30, 2010

God is Glorified in Rwanda- Final Report!!

Sammy speaks at the closing rally in Huye, Rwanda, Sunday August 29th as Rwanda's
national director for Africa Evangelistic Enterprise and Huye Mission director John Kalenzi translates.
The final day of the Huye Mission for Jesus was a cellebration and thanks giving as an estimated 6500 people, including the city mayor, gathered for the Jesus march through the streets of Butare and for the final rally at the city soccer stadium. 

To cap the week-long messages off and given the history of Rwanda, I spoke from the book of John 8:1-11 highliting the fact that God is the God of second chances.  He does not condemn us because of our history nor does He bent to our accusers, right though they might be. Rather, he extends His amazing grace to all who are willing to heed His command to "go and sin no more."  

Earlier, believers from all churches in Butare led by their pastors
prayer marched through their city. Pastor Harman Kabutware
president of pastoral forum holds the mic.
I stated that God is the transformer of human character and giver of new identities to both individuals and nations.  As God's people humbly respond to their calling in Rwanda, God is pouring out His mighty Spirit both to heal their genocide wounds and to restore them to a glory greater than they or any other nation in Africa has ever known.  At this final event, 120 more others responded to place their faith in Jesus Christ.

Gary and Cany Kellen participate in the 3 mile prayer
march with local believers on Sunday afternoon
Overall, nearly 50,000 people participated in the public outreach events including the prison outreach and preaching in churches.  A total documented 10,035 people have made decisions for Christ.  250 pastors and 55 other leaders participated at the two-day leadership conference.  An estimated 3,000 students participated in the 5-day University campus revival conference.  

18 local evangelists were trained, equipped and worked alongside me taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to sixteen different zones around the city each day.  300 others were trained, equipped and went door to door around the city.  

On Saturday night, we hosted 50 provincial political leaders representing Rwanda's Southern Province.  They included the provincial secretary who represented the governor, the Mayor of Butare, leaders of Butare chamber of commerce, the military representatives, as well as the key pastoral leaders in the city. 

Following the preaching of God's word, dozens more people
responded to place their faith in Jesus Christ.  A total 10,035
people have come to Christ throughout the week.
At this event, I spoke from the book of Joshua 1:1-10, highlighting the three absolutes of public leadership as outlined to Joshua by Yahweh.  The leaders were touched by God as the provincial secretary later reiterated what she had learned.  The Mayor also testified publicly at the Sunday closing rally that God had ministered to him during the dinner and as consequence, he was going to make himself a plug with words of wisdom from the previous night. 

Following his public testimony, the president of the pastors forum took the initiative to present him with a Bible to the applause of the audience.  A total of 35 local congregations representing different denominations participated in the mission.  God was greatly glorified.
Earlier on Saturday night, Sammy shakes hands with the
Provincial Secretary representing the governor moments
after ministering to them at a special dinner.
Among the amazing stories of the mission was the deliverance of one demon possessed man and the conversion of four well known witch doctors to Christ.

Pray for me as I head to Malawi for the next phase of the mission.  After preaching twenty-two times in seven days, I feel a little warn out.  Pray for renewed strength, for spiritual as well as for physical vitality.  Please pray for another great harvest in Malawi.   

On Wednesday I will be preaching at the openning crusade in Malawi's capital Lilongwe.  Thereafter I will be sharing the week-long preaching responsibilities with friend and partner evangelist Nick Hall of Pulse Outreach as well as local evangelists who are being trained to cover different zones of the city.  Gary and Candy Kellen as well as Pastor Richard Munala who have shared the ministry with me in Kenya and Rwanda are heading back to the United States on Tuesday evening.  Pray for their safe travel.

Earlier on Saturday, Gary and Candy Kellen minister to
orphaned youth among them those infected with HIV AIDS.
As SWIM ministry, we are also in need of financial resources amounting to $ 8,500 to help us cover for this mission's outstanding expenses.  As the Lord speaks to your heart, please help us finish this mission successfully.  Follow the donate button on the right panel of this blog page.