I am Lukas Repert. Some of you know me from the Bootcamp Blog earlier this year. Together with 51 other participants, I successfully completed the Bootcamp. Now it is indeed time to put what has been learnt into action!
Total Attendance: 250,000 Documented Decisions: 65,210 Biggest Crowd: 95,000
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda and the CfaN Gospel Campaign team arrived in Nakuru, Kenya earlier this week. They were greeted with great joy by the local churches and officials, and there was a tremendous sense of anticipation. Everyone is expecting an unforgettable encounter with God this week.
Total Attendance: 710,000 Documented Decisions: 603,670 Biggest Crowd: 350,000
If anyone wants to get to know West Africa at its most typical, then they should visit the city of Ogbomosho in the Nigerian province of Oyo. Aside from a couple of churches, the town hall and a few mosques, there are hardly any tall buildings.
About 500 pastors and leaders from different denominations and cities in France gathered in Mulhouse for the annual leaders conference organized the church “La Porte Ouverte Chrétienne” with Daniel Kolenda as the main speaker.
This Summer, Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda came to support the vision for Europe that burns in the hearts of Evangelist Ben Fitzgerald and his GodFest ministry – organizers of the Awakening Europe Festivals.
Total Attendance: 320,000 Documented Decisions: 113,700 Biggest Crowd: 135,000
This week was filled with many challenges and obstacles, but the Lord gave us victory after victory. Thank you for standing with us so faithfully in prayer. We are shoulder-to-shoulder in this harvest.
Total Attendance: 530,000 Documented Decisions: 269,679 Biggest Crowd: 220,000
The final meeting here in Sunyani, Ghana was attended by 220,000 people tonight. That is quite remarkable considering that the population of the city is less than 250,000. Indeed, it seemed like the entire region was present on the field tonight.
CfaN’s Fire Conference, “Fire16,” took place in the Eulachhallen in Winterthur, Switzerland on 10 and 11 June 2016. Daniel Kolenda, Todd White and Peter Vandenberg brought the messages over the two-day course of meetings.
Total Attendance: 710,000 Documented Decisions: 381,610 Biggest Crowd: 300,000
Ashaiman used to be a district of Tema. But due to rapid growth, it has become its own municipality and is known as Ghana’s poorer area. And that’s just where we want to take God’s message of hope and love – the wonderful Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Total Attendance: 180,000 Documented Decisions: 101,855 Biggest Crowd: 80,000
The city of Blantyre received its name from the Scottish birthplace of David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer of Africa. He was the first white man to come to the Malawi Lake in 1859. His reports on slavery and the need for mission made the region internationally famous.
Total Attendance: 660,000 Documented Decisions: 384,110 Biggest Crowd: 250,000
European settlers founded Lusaka in 1905. It is located about 1250 meters above sea level on a plateau in southern Zambia. About 1.5 million people live there. With its modern office and commercial buildings, it is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.
Total Attendance: 130,000 Documented Decisions: 67,994 Biggest Crowd: 55,000
The town of Mbarara is a regional center in southwest Uganda, located at the Tanzanian border. It is the capital city of the ancient Ankole kingdom, and is the administrative center of the corresponding district of Mbarara. Approximately 400,000 people live there.
Total Attendance: 1,060,000 Documented Decisions: 583,480 Biggest Crowd: 400,000
We have received the report from Kumasi that 583,480 decision cards were registered during the campaign – each card representing a decision for Jesus Christ! We are rejoicing with Heaven over the many lives that were changed for eternity.
Total Attendance: 570,000 Documented Decisions: 313,550 Biggest Crowd: 200,000
Burundi is one of the smallest countries in Africa (smaller even than Belgium), but is densely populated. It counts nearly 11 million inhabitants. With 379 people per square km, its dense population almost rivals India’s.
Total Attendance: 368,000 Documented Decisions: 170,650 Biggest Crowd: 125,000
We thank God that we have been able to impact a city and a nation with the Gospel. I want to once again say Thank You to YOU – our family around the world that carries this work forward through your prayers and finances.
Today I come to you with a special request. Over the next few weeks – in December and January – we will hold our West Africa Great Gospel Campaigns. These tremendous events will impact the region for eternity. But they will also incur significant expenses for our technical team’s travel and accommodation costs.
Our international vice president, Peter Vandenberg, recently wrote:
“After our Mbeya Campaign (4 – 7 August 2016)we are going to be very tight on funding the Campaigns until the end of the year. Over the next months every cent will be needed to make them happen.”
We have friends and supporters all over the world who give to make our CfaN Campaigns happen. Each Great Gospel Campaign costs between 700,000 and 1 million US Dollars. About half of that budget goes to our vital follow up program, which includes training for the local counselors. Another significant part of the expenses is cost of travel. Flights, accommodations and all incidental expenses combine into a considerable obstacle that must always be tackled. That is why we keep our Campaign team very small, but very effective.
Our technical team in particular often works under very hard conditions like dust, rain and extreme heat. Sometimes the humidity is almost unbearable, and frequently they must pass through malaria-infested areas. Our team also works in the middle of the so-called Harmattan – a hot Sahara wind that often carries dust and sand, causing problems for our technical equipment. Many times there are no suitable accommodations, so the team must sleep in their trucks or on top of one of the equipment containers.
The work of these faithful Gospel laborers is backbreaking. They must load and unload the massive equipment; set up the stage, generators, and other technical hardware; and raise the giant light and sound towers. By now the whole CfaN team is very experienced and trained to the fingertips. Everyone knows exactly what to do, operating together like a well-oiled machine. If you compare the size of each event to the size of our team, you realize it is truly a miracle that these events get accomplished with such excellence and success.
None of our technicians would ever complain or want another “job.” All of them know they are vital to this ministry. Because of their help, huge numbers of people can hear the Gospel message. Hundreds of thousands invite Jesus into their hearts in one of our meetings, then start living their lives following Him.
Not only is this true for our team in Africa, but it is also true for our entire international staff and everyone who partners with us around the world. This includes everyone working in our CfaN offices in various nations. And it includes you – our partners and friends – who support us through prayerand financial contributions. Our work is only possible when all of these people and resources combine into a mighty force in God’s hands.
The technicians and specialists of our CfaN Africa Crew
Martin (Germany) – Truck driver and locksmith, set up
Jacko (Kenya) – Truck driver and set up, electrician
Boafo (Nigeria) – Truck driver and mechanic
Friday (Nigeria) – Set up and mobile CD duplication
Blessing (Nigeria) – Electrician
Abe (Nigeria) – Electrician
Vincent (Nigeria) – Camp set up, loading and unloading, maintenance
Derek (UK, Germany) – Leading sound engineer
David (UK) – Sound engineer
Paul (UK, USA) – Sound engineer
Alan (UK) - Sound engineer
Kai-Uwe (Germany) – Video, camera crane
Peter (Germany) – Video
Julian (Germany) – Video, drone operator
Oleksandr (USA) - Photographer
Every time you support the work of CfaN, you take part in sending these highly committed, mostly freelance workers to the mission field. That is why no donation is too small or insignificant. Reinhard, Peter and I know we could never carry out these African events without their help – and without your help.
Now our staff at the CfaN office in Frankfurt are trusting God to cover the entire cost of the two upcoming Campaigns. With your help, we can meet the expenses for flights, general travel and accommodations for our technical team. That amount comes to about 200,000 €. Wouldn’t it be amazing to reach that goal together - for the sake of the Gospel in West Africa?
We are preaching the Good News of the Gospel. …and we really do need your help! May God bless you during this Christmas season,
Daniel Kolenda Evangelist
PS: Thank you for responding to this letter as quickly as possible. Especially now, in the preparation of the Campaigns, a major part of the actual cost for our African events is accumulating. Thank you for standing with us during this crucial time. May the Lord bless you!