Last minute victory in Islamic Nigeria.
With six hours to go until the first meeting would start, we were in trouble. Muslim leaders had been complaining for several days that our Gospel Campaign was held on a field less than 200 meters from the cities largest mosque. The city offered us another stadium, however, that in effect cancelled our Gospel Festival, and everyone knew it. It was a tactical move to shut us down.
You see, to change venue with just a few hours to go is easier said than done. A big crane would have to be brought in from another city to hoist our generators. Dismantling the platform and loudspeakers, moving lights, and digging up cables that had been laid underground would take at least two days.
Some muslim leaders suggested violence will break out if we didn’t concede. This was not a vain threat. Fifteen years ago a Gospel Crusade one hour away was cancelled and the ensuing violence killed five hundred. The evangelist at that time had made an unwise statement that “God is going to tear down Islam”, and the local muslims did not respond well. Since that time there have been no large Gospel events in this area.
As recent as last year in another region two hours away, three hundred were killed in clashes between Christians and Muslims. Well, welcome to campaigning on the front-line. We are in northern Nigeria, this is area has been muslim for a thousand years.
With just one hour to go, God had given us favor with the Regional Chairman of Ikara, and he arranged a meeting between myself and 31 imams, muslim scholars and some politicians. Again God gave us favor, and the meeting ended with an official welcome to myself and our team. Once they understood my approach of an uncompromising Gospel, but with friendship and respect their attitude change.
Then it was off to the first meeting. Only a few thousand were present, as word had spread that our Gospel Campaign was cancelled. But at the time of the salvation call, virtually everyone responded.. By the second night the attendance had at least tripled. When I prayed for the blind it was almost chaotic, as the platform filled with people who had been healed, and most had been blind from between one to twenty years. It was quite spectacular. Jesus is awesome! Well, that’s all for now. More in my next blog, Let me hear from you.