Mar 26, 2011

Made a Liberian Chief Here in Monrovia

It is official; I am a Liberian Chief...in a spiritual sense! That is what a group of Liberian pastors said as they adorned me with an official Liberian Chief outfit this morning at an impromptu church ceremony attended by about fifty Liberian pastors here in Monrovia.


About 10,000 people including Liberian President
and Vice President attended the First night of Liberia
for Jesus Festival on Friday night.

The international Committee for the End-Time Revival in Liberia are a group of evangelical and Pentecostal Churches both in Liberia and in the United States that have extended an invitation to SWIM ministries to partner with them in a nationwide evangelism, reconciliation and healing Festival in 2012 touching several cities across Liberia.

During the civil war, the group was able to mobilize a nation-wide campaign called Liberia for Jesus that saw prayer rallies held across several cities as well as the gospel proclaimed simultaneously across all the provinces of Liberia in 2002 as they called for the end to the civil war at that time.

R.V. Brown (left) and Franklin Graham right during our
team prayer time
As Liberia rebuilds from the ruins, there is the need for reconciliation and healing from the scars and wounds that are still fresh. They feel that God directed them to Shine in the World International Ministries as the right partner organization with the churches in Liberia for this major campaign scheduled for the Fall of 2012.

On learning that I was here travelling with Franklin Graham for the All Liberia Life Festival, the pastors convened an impromptu reception gathering this morning and invited me to the occasion. May the Lord honor their hearts that are full of passion and joy in Jesus Christ.

On a different note, Franklins' festival is going very well. Yesterday we had about 10,000 people that attended the opening Crusade. 2700 people made decisions for Jesus Christ (my unofficial estimates).

This morning I estimated more than 25,000 children at the Children Fest with Franklin's Associate Evangelist R.V. Brown. Several thousands of kids responded to the invitation. You can watch my webcast segment on Tuesday March 29th at www.billygraham.org. God is moving!

Mar 25, 2011

"Hallo team, We are only a few hours away before the start of the All Liberia Life Festival with Franklin Graham here in Monrovia. In about six hours I need to be with the Camera crew reharsing for the broadcast. It is a full day ahead. But at this time I am feeling sick with a cold/flu, losing my voice, and abit miserable cause I can't sleep. The weather here feels suffocating in the day. I need your prayer right now. Could you take a few minutes and stand with me? There is no question that there is spiritual warfare going on. The gospel must however, go forth unhindered! Thank you! Sammy Wanyonyi

Mar 22, 2011

Stand with Us for Liberia this Weekend

I am currently on my way to Monrovia, Liberia accompanying Franklin Graham and the team from the Billy Graham Association and Samaritan's Purse conducting the All Liberia Life Festival this weekend. I will be serving as your broadcast host for the Festival. Pray with us for a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom.

In recent months, Shine in the World International Ministries (SWIM) received and is seriously considering conducting Festivals of Hope in this West African nation in 2012. Travelling with the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham teams to the nation gives us a head start in understanding the need and preparational details.


Liberia has recently gone through two civil wars that resulted in thousands of people dying, millions emotionally traumatized due to the brutal violence, whole populations displaced, thousands emigrating as refugees (more than 30,000 Liberians now live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul alone), a devastation of Liberian economy with dire implications for the remnants, as well as collapse of infrastructure, institutions, churches, and families.

Since 2005, the nation has been in rebuilding mode following successful ceasefire and transition to democratically elected leadership. But the wounds are still fresh as millions of Liberians hang on in hope against hope.

Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization has been here helping communities rebuild in socio-economic ways since the end of the war. Yet as Liberians and all of us know, true hope lies beyond the socio-economic recovery. It lies in the spiritual transformation.

This weekend marks a significant moment in the healing process of this nation as thousands look to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation. The gospel will be proclaimed and thousands of Liberians invited to place their faith and confidence in Jesus Christ. Many others watching the broadcast around the world will be invited to do the same.

Pray that hearts and minds will be open to the persuading power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for Franklin as he proclaims the Good News that he may connect with the thousands in the stadium and around the world.

Pray for me as I host the broadcast to articulate the reality of God's grace being presented to the multitudes in attendance as well as to connect well with the viewers around the world on the need for faith and salvation through Jesus Christ. For more details, visit www.billygraham.org or www.samaritanspurse.org.