Aug 7, 2013

Musanze, Rwanda, Enthusiastically Responds to the Invitation to Follow Christ!

Sammy preaches at Sunday's opening rally.
On Sunday at the opening rally, they streamed steadily into the stadium from all across the city.  Those who are already believers walked from their churches singing in groups.  Non believers filled the bleachers.  The city mayor was on hand to officially welcome our team and declare the evangelistic campaign week open. 

"As Rwandan people, we humbly recognize our need for God in the governing of our affairs and well-being of our individual lives and nation!" she declared in her welcoming remarks.  "Today we say Musanze belongs to Jesus!"

Local pastors and evangelists that participated in
Evangelism conference hosted by GoodWord Partnership,
Open Air Campaigners, SWIM and Rwandan
partners Africa Enterprise 
Later I presented the Good News of Jesus to the thousands of eager listeners.  Drawing from Luke 18: 35-43, I told the audience that Jesus's invitation is for them.  As with Jericho, Christ was passing through Musanze.  He is able to lift the curse for those that reach out and call on His name as did the blind Bartimaeus.  To the glory of God, over three hundred responded the first day. 

Hundreds respond to invitation at Sunday's opening rally.
As we enter the fourth day of the mission, over three thousand people have responded to the invitation to follow Christ so far in the hamlets and villages surrounding Musanze. 

SWIM children evangelist Stanton Petersen
and staff Ceallaigh Anderson creatively presenting
the gospel in a Musanze village on Tuesday
Monday afternoon while preaching in a poor neighborhood dominated by a muslim population and prostitution, one woman responded in great tears.  A prostitute, she saw herself in the message I preached on the woman caught in adultery in John 8.  She embraced Jesus' forgiveness as did over one hundred and fifty others in the neighborhood.

Please continue to pray for a great move of God as our team presents Christ throughout the city and small and large settings.  In His power and for His glory!