‘Shocking Behavior’: Only 1.5 Percent of Syrian Christians Accepted into Western Nations

‘Shocking Behavior’: Only 1.5 Percent of Syrian Christians Accepted into Western Nations

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Only 1.5 percent of Syrian refugees granted refugee status by Western countries in 2016 were Christians.

The charity Barnabas Fund said the United Nations has “failed miserably” to protect those refugees— of which many are Christians.

“This is shocking behavior by the U.N. and U.K. officials,” said Barnabas Fund’s Martin Parsons in an interview with Express.

“In 2005 the U.N. adopted the responsibility of states to protect citizens from genocide and crimes against humanity. These statistics show that it has failed miserably in this. Christians and other minorities have been treated shamefully by the U.N. And the U.K. has outsourced its own responsibilities in spite of repeated representations.”

According to figures recently released from the charity, Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population.

In the United States, only 125 of the 15,479 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. were Christians.

In the United Kingdom, the country sheltered more than 8,000 refugees in 2015 and 2016, but only 70 were Christians. There were only 22 Yazidis, another religious minority.

The United Kingdom’s Home Office responded to the numbers this week, saying: “We are clear that our scheme will prioritize the most vulnerable refugees, and that is why under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees identifies people using established vulnerability criteria.

“We are working with the UNHCR and other partners to reach groups that might be reluctant to register for the scheme for fear of discrimination and unaware of the options available to them. These groups include all religious minorities.”

Many Christian organizations have said that these “promises” are not helping other believers enough.

“We don’t see anything. It’s not happening,” William Hollander, who partners with persecution watchdog Open Doors in Iraq, told The Christian Post in October.

“The big frustration for the Christians and everybody at the moment is that [they] are being betrayed by the political powers.

 

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Film about Unique Christian Charity Wins Award for Best Human Interest Documentary

Film about Unique Christian Charity Wins Award for Best Human Interest Documentary

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Last night at the International Broadcasting Awards, held in London, a film about the work of Christian charity Mercy Ships won the award for Best Human Interest Documentary.

Mercy Ships’ website describes the work they do this way: “Many people in Africa have little or no access to healthcare. There are only 2.5 physicians per 10,000 people in Africa, compared to 25 physicians per 10,000 in the U.S. So the Africa Mercy brings volunteer medical teams and sterile operating rooms directly to people who would otherwise go without care.

It’s the world’s largest civilian hospital ship providing state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need—free of charge.”

The documentary, titled The Surgery Ship, chronicles how patients are helped aboard the hospital ships. It is comprised of eight episodes.

“’I’m delighted to receive this award -– we are immensely proud of the series. Documenting the extraordinary work of Mercy Ships has been a privilege and we hope it continues to be seen widely,” said the producer of the documentary, Madeleine Hetherton.

‘”We are hugely excited that The Surgery Ship has won this award. We would like to thank National Geographic for commissioning the series, and Media Stockade for doing such a fantastic job at capturing the work of the heroic volunteers on our hospital ship. I am confident that this will lead to The Surgery Ship being aired more widely, and that it will help us to expand our family of Mercy Ships supporters who make our work possible,” added Mercy Ships UK executive director Lea Milligan.

 

Written by: Veronica Neffinger

Billy Graham Prepares to Celebrate 99th Birthday This Month

Billy Graham Prepares to Celebrate 99th Birthday This Month

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In anticipation of Billy Graham’s 99th birthday, Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, released the following statement about his father:

Nov. 7 will be a big milestone for my father as he turns 99 and enters his 100th year. As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us. His mind is good but he’s quieter these days. He can’t see or hear well, but his health is stable.

“On his birthday, some family will be with him and we’ll give him his favorite cake—a lemon cake with lard icing. He loves those cakes—but it has to have the lard icing.

“At the Billy Graham Library we’ll have a special celebration that day, as this year is also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library. We’ll have birthday cake for everyone who comes by.

“Also as my father enters his 100th year, for the year leading up to his 100th birthday, we are going to honor what God has done through him by highlighting significant moments of his life and some eight decades of ministry. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is moving strong into the future, but it’s also important to celebrate the past, so each month we will focus on a particular decade and highlight significant things like his 16-week evangelistic crusade in New York City, his impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father’s crusades. During this next year we’ll have special content on billygraham.org and in Decision magazine, so be sure to check those out. My father always wants the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on him; and so we will point to the amazing ways God has worked in lives around the world, through the ministry of Billy Graham.

“I know my father is grateful for all the prayers for him and birthday wishes on this special occasion.”

 

WE ARE NOT ASHAMED TO BE CALLED THE CHURCH OF THE RICH (Interview with Bishop David Oyedepo)

 

This is an interview with God’s anointed servant Bishop David Oyedepo, the interview session almost turned into a sermon session, as God’s servant, releases so many light and revelation to answer most of the Questions that were been asked!

WE ARE NOT ASHAMED TO BE CALLED THE CHURCH OF THE RICH.

Bishop David Oyedepo

It is foolishness to be shameful of what is gainful
David Oyedepo

Founder and President, Living Faith Church aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, in this interview talks about the church, corruption and wealth, university proprietorship, expensive tuition fees, boko haram and sundry issues

YOU PREACH AS IF YOU HAVE COMMITTED THE ENTIRE BIBLE TO YOUR MEMORY. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU READ THE BIBLE?

The Bible is an unfinishable book, you keep reading.

A student once met me after a meeting and said that I quoted 68 scriptures verbatim.

He asked if I memorised the scriptures, I said no, I eat them.

No matter how unintelligent you are, you can’t forget the food you ate last night, except you are mentally derailed.

If you are given three seconds, you could tell what you ate about five days ago, if you truly ate it.

So, the Bible is just not for reading, it’s actually for eating. I’m not among the people that have read the Bible three or five times, I don’t know how many times I have read the Bible and I’m not planning to know how many times.

I just know it’s my delight to feed on it daily, and I can’t claim to have finished reading it.

THE LIVING FAITH CHURCH IS 33 YEARS OLD, HOW HAS IT BEEN, PASTORING THIS ONE CHURCH FOR THE PAST YEARS?

The ministry is 35 years, the church is now in its 31st year. It started as an itinerant ministry before we were called into the church ministry. It has always been interesting.

These things work when you have the right perspective on them. Every pastor is ordained to serve the congregation, not to be served by the congregation.

When that understanding dawns on any pastor, and he embraces it, then, pastoring (pasturing) becomes a sweet adventure.

I’ve never looked towards what I can get from any member since inception.

But I’ve always longed for what I can give to the people.

I must say I’m jealous over them, I don’t want anyone to take advantage of them or play games on them.

I want them to just be the children of God that they are, serving God without duress or pressure.

IS IT TRUE THAT CHURCH MEMBERS HERE PRAY FOR THE DEAD AND THEY WAKE UP, EVEN IN THE MORTUARY, HOW DO THEY DO IT?

(Cuts in..) By tapping them and saying wake up (laughs).

We must know the source of everything that we experienced or observed.

No man has the power to raise the dead. Jesus is the only one that has the keys of resurrection and death in his hands. So, we rely on him to do those things and he quickens whosoever he wills; he determines who to bring back and who not to.

We only believe in God to bring back whosoever he wishes, if we have the key, we would be delighted to bring back everybody, and even open a clinic for bringing back the dead.

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY RICH PEOPLE IN WINNERS’ CHAPEL?

Because they know better than their contemporaries.

If you don’t know what you have, you won’t know if you are deprived of it. The Bible is an open chequebook, it is by revelation we access what belongs to us; by faith we take delivery of it.

Someone had access to our empowerment programme and she is a pepper seller, while others sell one basket a day, she sells six, seven. I learnt she had become the envy of all the pepper sellers in her area.

Such person has an understanding that whatever she does, she prospers and she knows that when she pays her tithe, she experiences open heavens.

But in case people don’t know, they perish for lack of knowledge, and in case they think when you are rich you miss heaven, then they perish for lack of knowledge.

SO , IT’S RIGHT WHEN PEOPLE CLAIM THAT THIS CHURCH IS ONLY FOR THE RICH?

It’s for all the people who believe that Jesus already paid for them to be rich.

And those who don’t believe, when they come they start believing when they see it happen in a lot of people’s lives. And we are not ashamed to be called the church of the rich. If they call your family poor, will you be excited?

Nobody would be excited.

Even when a family is poor, they hate to be called poor.

No man in his right mind enjoys being called poor, and nobody truly wants to be poor, people may pretend.

Which is more honourable between being a giver and a beggar? Most of us came in very poor, but the light of God’s word came on us and we walked out of poverty in grand style into wealth and riches.

HOW COME THERE IS SUCH WEALTH IN THE CHURCH DESPITE THE POVERTY IN THE NATION?

The kingdom of God is funded by God’s resources.

We are not funded by the economy of the world, but by the economy of the kingdom, which has a budget for all of its agenda on earth. We’ve been here (Canaanland) since 1999 and we have never had power outage or water shortage.

The main players are Nigerians, the builders are Nigerians.

There is no building here that any foreign expert took part in.

There is no foreign company’s presence here, including the (Faith) tabernacle.

Some of the revered foreign companies here in Nigeria are technicians in Germany, and they are all political contractors, not that they have something special to offer.

IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN TRANSLATE THIS INTO THE NIGERIAN SYSTEM?

It is possible by believing in the capability and capacity of Nigerians to do whatever they need to do. This is the largest church auditorium in the world. It’s 104m free span wide.

Even one of the reputed foreign construction companies (Julius Berger) came here to take pictures.

Nigerians have unusual capacity to match any expertise in the world in any field they are involved in.

Most of us go to school in foreign lands and we beat them, is it that when they get here, they become smarter?

It’s just for the authorities at the various levels to believe that we cannot develop ourselves seeking foreign aides for everything.

We must take advantage of the opportunities around us to develop the capacity of our men and women.

This office (Church Headquarters) was built in 2001 and it’s neat and there is no crack on the wall, so, what is the problem?

But if we want to do anything, we must give it to people from foreign countries so that those who award the contract can have a deal and share the money and at the end of the day, they are still poorer than poverty because any money stolen never enhances a man’s value.

WE LEARNT YOUR CHURCH MEMBERS ONCE DONATED ABOUT 700 CARS AS SEED AND THAT THE CARS WERE GIVEN TO THE PASTORS?

It’s important to mention that there was no time that I know in the history of this church where there were 700 cars. There is no such story.

People can make anything out of anything.

There was a time they said we had six planes, and I said they didn’t count them well, they should be up to 30 so that we use one each day of the month.

Those are things that make news in the social media even when they are lies.

People give here because they are taught to give, because we understand from the scriptures that it is the only way to increase.

Every normal Winner takes good care of his parents.

We also give to the poor.

My family has sponsored close to 150??

people out of university and others at Landmark University are on scholarship on our own ticket because of our commitment to agriculture. It is a lifestyle; it didn’t start yesterday or two days ago.

Since 1992, I have been consciously sponsoring students in various universities in Nigeria.

The church is blessed because the church is a giving church.

Just today (before you came), I signed millions for people who have health needs from the welfare account. And that continues.

For instance, the church gives scholarships annually, not N100m or N150m.

And it’s not in the news.

And that we have been doing for years.

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN PEOPLE ACCUSE YOU OF FLYING IN JETS AND SPENDING CHURCH MONEY TO MAINTAIN THE JETS?

I feel very good. It’s an opinion. Let me tell you what my understanding of persecution is; it’s simply an opinion harshly expressed.

And everybody has a right to his opinion.

People who are walking in the truth are hardly bothered when things are said negatively about them because they have nothing to hide. The truth is I have never felt it, some say it’s not human, but I have not.

I can’t be wasting my time trying to reply lies because I have too many things to do.

They are doing their work, let me be doing my work too and before they wake up in the morning, I’ve done the next one, so, it doesn’t matter. My idea of it is that, in a football match, you have only 22 people playing with thousands of spectators.

And that is the way it is in the journey of life.

In every field, you find just few players and many spectators, multitudes. If we don’t know where to place opinions, they will displace us.

When we started Covenant University, so many people said it would not work, now, we hosted two Nobel Laureates this week, whereas no Nigerian university has ever hosted one in the history of university education in Nigeria.

Now, it is the most pronounced and preferred private university in Nigeria.

In fact, they say this is the university of the future; that is what they say in the university community.

Those who said it could not work now have their children here because they have changed their mind.

Some people say how can you tell children how to dress?

We have to do that so they won’t behave like mad people on the street.

They say how can you tell them they can’t use phone?

We tell them so they would be disconnected from cultism.

Ask me anything, I can tell you why we did it.

Where are you going to find the President of a nation with a woven hair?

I can tell you that in the next 100 years, you won’t find a male president using earring because they would count you as irresponsible, even in the secular world, they won’t see anything in you.

As free as America is, have you ever seen any minister there with earrings?

The person may be qualified, but he will be termed irresponsible.

But if you train these children how to carry themselves, it will open up their future.

Everywhere you get to in this world, people are looking for responsible people, who don’t only say so, but prove so.

So, all the opinions on Covenant University have died now because we didn’t stop pursuing what we believe was right and now it has become a standard.

IS THAT WHY THE COVENANT UNIVERSITY HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF FIRST CLASS GRADUATES THAT WON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SCHOLARSHIP TWICE NOW?

What we do first is to package the man to suit the future that he is dreaming of. And that we do by injecting our seven core values into them, and we used “SIM CARDS” as the acronym for it:

Spirituality,

Integrity,

Posssibility Mentality,

Capacity Building,

 

Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice.

We package that into them so that right from here, they have two things; character and capacity working for them.

With those two, you can go to any level in life. Here, there is time for everything.

WE LEARNT THAT THE UNIVERSITY WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE TOP 10 UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD IN 2020. DON’T YOU THINK THIS IS A TALL DREAM?

Where we are today, Harvard was not there 100 years after it took off.

I studied the world class universities in depth.

So, we are closest to it.

The two Nobel Laureates that came signed up as visiting professors at Covenant University, we have about five of them in different areas.

That somebody has never done it does not mean it cannot be done.

We are believing God for it, not by using strength and power.

There is a particular university in the US that never takes anybody from outside North America for postgraduate studies, but we have 19 Covenant University graduates there.

Prof. Okebukola shared that with me at the conference last week.

A Covenant University graduate is the overall best graduating student in a school in Britain.

So there is increasing expression in the quality of training that they receive in their respective areas.

Except the dream is taller than God; if it’s not taller than God, it’s a cheap possibility.

WE EVEN LEARNT THAT THE CHURCH IS PLANNING TO ESTABLISH TWO MORE UNIVERSITIES?

It is actually seven in our vision plan.

ARE UNIVERSITIES NOW SECONDARY SCHOOLS THAT YOU ESTABLISH HERE AND THERE?

We are trying to avoid having too many students on one campus so that we will not lose the quality of the training programme.

Otherwise, the quality would wear down gradually.

But because of the present security challenge that the nation is facing, it’s normal for us to review our approach in a manner that does not create tension for workers and anybody else. We believe God to help us out of the crisis.

So if there are no adequate mentioning of our programmes, it is to create adequate room to see these security issues overturned.

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE FAITH-BASED UNIVERSITIES CHARGE HIGH TUITION THAT SOME OF THEIR MEMBERS CAN’T EVEN AFFORD

They should bring the comparison. You know people talk all kinds of things. Compare what they pay here and there and what those payments cover.

The rate of power consumption in the hostels alone is out of this world. All we need to juxtapose this is that they should rent the room and pay for electricity and they would pay ten times the amount. People should just sit down and find out what exactly they are paying for. The church has not drawn anything from Covenant University since inception in 12 years.

But this year, the church reserves about N1.6bn stakes in its development.

So, it’s not a business, it’s a service platform. In every nation of the world, the government subsidises education to all the stakeholders, not in this country, not a dime has ever crossed from government to any private university in Nigeria.

And ask those who are in it how much profit they are making, they would explain to you how it has been wonderful to pay staff salaries and keep the system running.

Move to the next country where people rush to study, look at how much they pay and what they get for it. Whether they have teachers or not doesn’t matter.

But every visiting professor here takes more than N1m.

We are not talking about top individuals, Nobel Laureates and others.

So, it’s where we find ourselves and we want to make a difference, and we must make a difference. I want to believe that the private universities are doing the best they can.

Ask the federal universities how they get their allocations, what they calculate to train a child out of the university.

Ask them what it is and ask them who subsidises for private universities.

Most of them don’t have any equipment whatsoever.

There is no engineering equipment you are looking for that you won’t find here, bought brand new. If the government is not accepting responsibility, all we can do is to do the best we can to get these children trained, but at a cheaper cost than they do and with greater quality than they have.

Those who cannot afford it can go to government institutions and if they are committed, they will still come out with good results.

THE ATTENTION OF THE WHOLE WORLD HAS TURNED TO NIGERIA BECAUSE OF BOKO HARAM. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS?

I hope that we are willing to find solution to it. I would be the last person in this world to believe that government has not discovered those who are behind Boko Haram.

Otherwise, we don’t have any intelligence service in our country.

Are they sacred cows that cannot be brought to book? Until we cut the source of their supplies and get those who are involved, we cannot stop them. But the danger is this, and I must say it here, we are at the verge of a break up.

That is the truth.

It’s unfortunate.

The Nigerian nation is too intelligent to claim not to have discovered those who are behind this.

So, I really believe it’s all in the hands of the authorities to decide whether they want to confront the issue headlong or to keep watching it until Nigeria breaks up.

DOES IT MEAN THERE IS NOTHING THE CHURCH OR OTHER RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS CAN DO?

All that the church can do is to pray.

The church is not in power, it has no political power.

And when invited, we give advice, when required or called upon.

You can’t call someone and say can I advise you?

BUT PEOPLE ALSO CRITICIZE MEN OF GOD LIKE YOU FOR HONOURING THE PRESIDENT’S INVITATIONS

A president is a president, whether it is Jonathan or not, It would be stupid not to honour your President’s invitation.

So, what is wrong with honouring the president?

This is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He’s our President, not that he made himself President. It’s all nonsense.

We are not politicians.

We are men and women of God who are pursuing a divine call.

I honour President Jonathan as our President as a nation and as my president as a citizen, and so I have no regret and I would never regret being there at anytime he calls.

My understanding is that anyone who is the President of this country requires the honour of the citizens and no matter your political view, it doesn’t change it. If he is doing thanksgiving or marriage, he is doing it in the church, who would be with him if the men of God are not with him?

If I were in Canada or Australia, and I knew that my President was having an occasion that I thought I had to be there with him to honour him, I would fly down here.

Whether it is President Jonathan or somebody else, as long as it is the president, and he says please can I see you, it is an honour.

APART FROM INSECURITY, CORRUPTION IS ANOTHER PROBLEM IN NIGERIA. WE HAVE LOOTING HERE AND THERE WHICH IS ALSO CAPABLE OF CAUSING UNREST.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE CORRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY?

That comes down to the kind of education that we offer.

This is nothing but the expression of the content of the men. For instance, I have never given a bribe and I would be the last to give a bribe. I would rather die than give one. And those who collect bribe know that they can’t collect from me.

Corruption has stayed with us for too long and I think it is a breeding ground for revolution. There is nothing happening in any private university today that would not have happened more in public universities, but for leakages here and there.

But my understanding is that the church has a place of intense prayers because only God can change the hearts of men. People seek for appointment today not because of what they want to contribute but what they would have to share.

Everybody is bothered, I am bothered. The rate of corruption in our society as Nigerians and Africans is enormous. But the church needs to be the example of what it wants to see in the society as far as corruption is concerned.

Be that example; be able to say no and stand with it like Daniel.

Right now, unlike in the time past, there are many Christians occupying sensitive positions at all strata of both public and private sectors.

If the church people really come to a point of taking a stand against corruption, it would affect and impact Nigeria and the citizens positively.

SOME PEOPLE THINK THERE ARE TOO MANY CHURCHES IN NIGERIA AND THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MONEY IS TO ESTABLISH A CHURCH

Let them go and start one.

Almost every house in some parts of Nigeria is a mosque. So what is the complaint about? Multitudes still flock the roads on Sunday mornings going nowhere.

Are churches enough?

No.

Until everybody is saved and everybody is off the street on Sunday mornings, we don’t have enough churches.

So for those who are angry, they would be angry for too long because we haven’t seen churches yet.

A time is coming on Sunday morning that we won’t see anybody on the street, because they would be in church.

And those who go to church to make money go bankrupt before they start.

Church is not a money-making platform; it is a life-raising platform.

There are many men and women who are coming out to start stronger ministries than the ones we are doing.

So, you can’t say enough.

Enough of what?

Why don’t you say people in the market are enough?

Somebody else is starting shoe or wrist watch business today in spite of the millions that are in it in Nigeria.

Some barbers are just graduating today to join the company of barbers in the country already, yet we didn’t say they are enough.

So, what’s the headache?

My submission is that we don’t have near enough churches in Nigeria yet and the ones we have are doing well.

I can tell you that there are hundreds and thousands of vibrant and Bible-believing, heaven-focused and life-changing churches, founded by genuine people who are called by God and are pursuing their callings and ours is just only a little thing out of too many, and many more would still rise, so anybody that wants to be angry can just get ready to be more angry.

Church is not a money-making venture, those who are saying it is should open one and they would make a lot of money.

 

 

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More details about Reinhard Bonnke Farewell Crusade in Nigeria (November 2017)

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who happen to be the founder of Christ for all Nations (CFAN) will be coming to Nigeria for his final African Crusade in Nov. 2017.

Even though it is not really the final CFaN final African Crusade, the return of the world renowned Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke could also inspire another historical global attendance as that of the Lagos State in the year 2000, which was tag Nigeria Millennium Crusade.

This Crusade has been CFaN’s largest Crusade to date.

 

 

It was recorded that during the Lagos Millennium crusade in the year 2000, in the course of five nights over six (6) million people were in attendance, and 3.4 million decisions were also made for Christ.

CfaN in general anticipates that many decisions will also be made for Christ in response to the farewell Crusade of the great evangelist farewell message in this part of the world.

John Darku, the CfaN’s African Director, shared that; this crusade will be like none we have seen before. He made known that they are currently planning to recruit 500,000 counselors, 200,000 intercessors, a choir of over 23,000 and a security force of over 10,000, As they made known that they are expecting a spectacular harvest of souls for Christ our Lord Jesus.

He also made known that, CfaN will be releasing information about the crusade for those who will be will to be part of this glorious gathering. It recorded that the current population of Lagos State is about 20 million people currently, which they have chosen to be the converging point in Nigeria, so the potential magnitude of this coming is breathtaking to really consider.

The lead evangelist of CfaN and the successor to the world renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Daniel Kolenda also made his own comment about this coming event; he said he was thrilled to join with Reinhard Bonnke  in this vision, and know that the results of this crusade will be even more that what anyone could think of or imagine, he made known that ever since God gave Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke the vision for blood-washed Africa a continent washed in the blood of Jesus Christ over 40years ago, he has been filled with a burning commitment to win the continent Africa for Jesus Christ.

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke has said “Whether I am eating or drinking, awake or asleep, the vision is ever present. Since then, he and the CfaN team have organized events in Africa that have grown from humble handfuls of attendees to the winning of over 76million registered decisions for Christ in Africa since 1987.

Today, with much gratitude for what God has achieved through him, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke shares that;

The lord spoke to him that he should go back for one more crusade in Africa. He also said he didn’t only want to see a gigantic harvest of souls in the coming crusade, but to pass my burning torch to this generation.

He made known that he came to Nigeria recently to meet with Spiritual Leadership there, and they gave their unanimous support.

He made known that he strongly believe that God will be doing something that we have never seen before in this coming Crusade.

Peter Vandenberg, the executive vice president of CfaN, who has worked with Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke for over 35years added his own reflection leading up to Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s Farewell Crusade after looking back at where they began, Millions in Africa now know the Holy Spirit as a result of one man’s commitment to a God’s given vision and formidable team of anointed future leadership around that vision.

 

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By this November, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke will be in Africa and possibly leave for the very last time, for the farewell crusade to a continent of people he loves very much and have been the center of his life’s mission.

 

American mega pastor, TD Jakes, traces Igbo roots

 

American pastor, author and filmmaker, Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes, has reportedly traced his roots to Nigeria, where he has discovered that he is actually Igbo.

As posted on her Facebook wall on Friday, Mrs. Ifeanyi Adefarasin of the House on the Rock Church, notes that the bishop of The Potter’s House, a nondenominational American mega church, stepped on Nigerian soil for the first time this week.

According to his Wikipedia biography, T.D. Jakes, as he is popularly known, was born in South Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1957 and grew up in Vandalia, attending local Baptist churches.

Jakes spent his teenage years caring for his invalid father and working in local industries, the site says.

Concerning Jake’s Igbo root, Ifeanyi Adefarasin writes, “Since tracing his roots back to the Igbo land in Nigeria, it was Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes’ first time stepping on the Nigerian soil, with the knowledge that this is where he truly comes from.

“It was a special honour for me in particular, as a native sister, to present TD Jakes with a copy of Nigeria, Our Heritage…Our Commonwealth. Welcome home!

Okeosisi – Umunne gi na asi gi nno.”

Mrs. Ifeanyi Adefarasin, Bishop TD Jakes and Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on The Rock. Facebook photos

Bishop TD Jakes, Pastor Paul Adefarasin and a child

Bishop Jakes (centre) and members of House on The Rock

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OMOEGO Releases Debut Single ‘You Are God’

Talented singer/songwriter and worshiper,Omoego releases her much anticipated debut single, You Are God – a beautiful song of worship and praise to God Almighty.

This song will keep you focused on Christ Jesus, and stir your heart to tarry in God’s presence” – Omoego

Produced by viktur Sunday, ‘You are God‘ serves as the first of a line of new music to come from the anointed music minister as she preps her forthcoming debut project.

Omoego is a Gospel recording artiste who hails from Edo state, Nigeria and she is poised to take the gospel world by storm.



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​The story of the prodigal son and his journey into true fellowship with his father – Poju Oyemade


The story of the two sons one which we today refer to as the story of the prodigal son is a very powerful illustration of the forgiveness of the Father and His compassion. We should, however, be conscious of certain things that are also pertinent in the account.
First of all the fact that the son who was received and celebrated first repented. He came to a realization of what it meant to live outside His father’s presence. The Bible recalls he came to himself and said even the hired servants in my father’s house have enough bread having to spare that I feed with swines here. He walked back to his Father having realized the consequence of sin and a life of disobedience, saying I have sinned against my father and heaven. 
It wasn’t that the father was angry at his son and sent agents to punish him for leaving him, it is that a life in sin does have consequences. Apostle James said sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. It was sin and not God that rendered man naked in the garden. 
The Father who never stopped loving his son and whose heart was obviously always with his son never once sent substance to the son to try to help him. The father understood his son needed to go through the process to come to know what being in fellowship with him meant. The father always loved the boy through the process but it took the boy coming to himself and then going back to experience fellowship. 
Hebrews 12:7-9

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
The boy only experienced the party when he came back to his father even though the father always loved him. Allowing the son to go through the process of knowing what it meant to live outside his presence in a life of disobedience was part of the father’s love for his son. I seriously doubt if that boy will have ever again entertained the idea of walking away from his father. 
His love wasn’t just shown through the party but even in restraining himself from going to look for him even when the father knew this boy must be suffering out there. I mean we all agree the father always loved the son, why didn’t he seem to check up on him? Was he a control freak who only showed compassion when you came under his roof? To say the father only loved when the boy returned is to describe a conditional love. 
Those who will preach true fellowship with the Father must also teach that repentance must precede it where one actually realizes the true privilege of being in fellowship with God and having the priceless treasure of receiving direction daily from Him.
Poju Oyemade is the senior Pastor of Christian Centre, Lagos. Find out more on www.pojuoyemade.org