The future of Newfrontiers was our theme as 10 of our international leaders gathered for three days this week and enjoyed excellent fellowship and a very real sense of God’s guidance as we prayed, prophesied and discussed our future together.
As ever, when we gather from among the Nations there is always so much news to share. John Kpikpi from City of God Church, Accra, Ghana, shared two excellent stories which I share with you.
One night while praying, Emmanuel, our evangelist, felt God give him a telephone number and a name both of which he had never known before. He called and introduced himself to the voice who answered to the name he had – Simon. Emmanuel then told him that God wanted to use him powerfully.
Simon later recalled this was so outrageous to him because he had just returned from a drinking binge in town. At daybreak, he told his mother about this unusual call and she encouraged him to find out more. He arranged a meeting with Emmanuel who led him to Christ.
Simon then invited Emmanuel to come to his town, Dodowa, about 30 minutes drive from the northern outskirts of Accra to preach to his friends as well. Out of that relationship a 2 day crusade was organized which saw over 150 people respond to the gospel.
A new church plant had started. Over the next few months, the new converts were bussed regularly into our Sunday morning meetings in Accra while Emmanuel, Kobby and others met with them during the week in Dodowa to teach and encourage them. Then during our annual conference this February, we planted them out as City of Light Church, Dodowa. Glory to God.
Emmanuel was called by a young man who knew him and asked for prayer for his mother who lived about 45 minutes from Accra in a town called Amanokrom. Emmanuel asked for the phone to be given to the ailing lady as he prayed for her. She was healed instantly. Because of this the family invited Emmanuel to come and meet them. When Emmanuel got there, at least 50 people were gathered in the house.
He preached the gospel and prayed for several people, many being healed. When he returned to the town the following week the numbers had grown to over 70 people. Emmanuel then began a regular Sunday evening meeting with his evangelistic team and within a few weeks over 100 people were gathering. The team has just started to teach our foundation course to all these newly saved people. We have a potential church plant on our hands.
(I’ll be sharing more about the future of Newfrontiers in due course)