Power in Senjaret!
Excitement and anticipation filled the air as our team loaded the bus to begin our first night of village outreach. We had piled into our bus, and began fervently praying as the rain was beating down and the winds blew. We knew that God had a specific plan for His people on this night, and wanted to see His Kingdom come in every way. As we were driving down the mud roads, plans quickly changed as the rain would prevent us from making it to the village we had planned to go to. It was decided that we would go to Senjaret, which is not far from where our team is staying in Northern Ghana. Many Muslims live in this place, and God had a divine setup for this night.
We continued praying that people would come, despite the rain and inclement weather. When we arrived, we could hardly believe our eyes! A captive audience had gathered underneath the market’s porch, waiting for the rain to stop. We quickly jumped off the bus, setup our sound system, and began to call others in. Before we knew it, a crowd not only surrounded us under the porch, but the Ghanians surrounded us on all sides, eager to see what was going on. I’m sure they wondered, “What’s going on? What is making these people stand here in the rain? Why have they come?”
Excitement and anticipation rushed through us as we began with Released, a powerful drama representing the freedom found in Jesus Christ. The crowd gathered in even closer, desiring to receive the message being given. When Pastor Bill and Pastor Mary Pat preached the Gospel message, 130 people responded, raising their hands to give their lives to Jesus. As each one stepped out, joining Pastor Bill to pray, our excitement continued to grow. It is the greatest miracle to see these precious people become sons and daughters of the Living God!
Many people were powerfully touched by the healing power of God as well. Men and women testified of their legs, backs, and waists being healed. Headaches were touched, pains in the stomach ceased, and pain left as the power of God rushed through them.
As our team loaded the bus, people continued to gather around to receive prayer for healing. A boy named Samora who had been deaf since birth came forward to receive prayer. As Pastor Mary Pat, Pastor Bill, and Pastor Samuel laid hands on him, the Lord restored his hearing! The crowd erupted as they realized how God had touched this ten- year-old boy. Many shouted, jumped up and down, and praised the Lord for His goodness. Samora’s eyes filled with tears as he realized what had just happened. What an awesome God!
As we drove back home, our team was in awe of all that the Lord had done. He knows just what to do in every situation, and always leads us in victory as we follow Him. He is truly amazing!
Victory Over Darkness
Five years ago, FMI visited Nyange, a village in Northern Ghana, that is known throughout Ghana and the surrounding countries as a hub for juju. Many people have suffered under this form of witchcraft, and have lived in bondage apart from the Lord. When we were there in 2004, we saw many people give their lives to Jesus.
On Saturday, we were able to return to Nyange, to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. We were believing that God would demonstrate His power and love to these people, as His power is far above any power of the enemy. We truly believe that the Lord desires to see the captives set free, as seen in Luke 4:18&19.
As the good news was shared, 120 people prayed to make Jesus their Lord and to renounce any ties with witchcraft. As the Holy Spirit moved, many received a touch in their physical bodies and were healed. The Lord not only showed His power to bring salvation and forgiveness, but to heal physical bodies and bring freedom from bondage. In a place of deep darkness, the Lord brought His light and demonstrated through His awesome love His power over the enemy. Even in a place of great bondage, the Lord always has the victory!
FMI and Life Christian Centre were able to return the next day to meet for church with these precious people. They now have a place to meet and a pastor who will continue leading them in the ways of the Lord. May His Kingdom continue to be established in Nyange!
Frontline Ministries International Kingdom Bible School
Though FMI has been to Ghana many times, God is doing something new in the Northern Region. In 2004, a Muslim chief gave us land in Sawla. We now have 12 acres, and for the first time we are holding meetings for pastors and leaders from various Life Christian Centre branches throughout Ghana. The students are staying on our land in tents, with food being brought throughout the day for them. It was exciting to see shower accommodations being built on our land, and a shelter that was made to hold the meetings.
There are 50 students, and they are being trained up in the Kingdom, receiving teaching from the Word, powerful impartation, and intense prayer ministry. We are seeing God move powerfully in their hearts, as they are learning more and more about the Father’s love for them. We pray that they will be filled with passion and fire during these 10 days, taking all they have received back to their villages.
SEALS Outreach in Sawla
During our first morning in Sawla, our team was able to split up into our SEALS groups, which are small group ministry teams. We left our compound and began walking through the trails, praying that the Lord would lead us to the people He desired for us to meet with. As we stopped at one house Drew, Jenna, and Rick met three men who were on their way to have lunch at the restaurant adjacent to our compound. Seizing the opportunity in front of them, they began sharing about Christ’s love with them, and how the Lord had changed their lives. The men were very interested, and listened attentively as the group shared their testimonies. These men saw and stated that they did not have a personal relationship with the Lord as the group shared, but wanted to hear more. When the group offered to pray with the men to receive salvation, two agreed and prayed to give their lives to the Lord. Their faces lit up as the Lord touched their hearts and filled them with His Spirit. They shared with them about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and prayed to receive that, with one man beginning to speak in tongues. We thank the Lord for this opportunity to share the Gospel with these men, and for showing His love to them. Pray that the third man will continue to remember the truth shared with him, and that he will also come to know the love and forgiveness of the Father.
Please also pray that the Lord would hold back the rain for the next couple weeks here in the North. Most of our ministry is outdoors and when it rains it makes it difficult for the local people to attend our outreaches. Many times on past trips, we have seen the Lord change weather conditions and we’re trusting that He will do the same on this trip.