Civil war, hunger, AIDS, and poverty are some of the problems plaguing the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Located deep in the heart of Africa, the city is situated on the shores of Lake Kivu. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and filled with beautiful people, the city has faced more than its fair share of trouble. In his opening message, Dr. Youngren compared the second day of the festival with Biblical times.
Back then, the word was preached, people believed, and the sick were healed. Dr. Youngren announced to the crowd, Today I am preaching the word. Only believe and the sick shall be healed.
Sure enough, when he prayed for the sick, miracles happened all over the festival grounds. Screaming and shouting excitedly, hundreds of Congolese streamed toward the spots where the miracles were happening. Chaos ensued as soldiers beat back the crowd away from the speaker towers, until Dr. Youngren asked those who had been healed to come to the front to share what God had done. Dozens of miracles occurred as God confirmed His word with signs and wonders. A deaf/mute boy spoke for the first time in his life.
Cripples threw away their crutches. Deaf ears were opened. A woman who had walked stooped for many years straightened up as Jesus healed her spine. Dr. Youngren announced, Today, all things are possible!