Nov. 7, 2012
-- Hundreds of thousands pack a huge sports field in an African town, some carrying children, most standing with eyes glistening, a few leaning on canes, all attentively focused on the large stage ahead. “Who really is this man, the Jesus of the Bible, that they are singing about?” some wonder, and “How can He give me hope and healing?”
Then, with exuberant warmth and passion, the Bishop Dag Heward-Mills steps on stage as huge loud speakers boom his welcoming message of praise and exaltation to God. Simultaneously, a roar of cheers and applause resounds through the crowd, and thousands more on surrounding rooftops and balconies beam their approval. Over a span of four days, thousands give their lives to Christ. All these find healing in their souls from their sinful lifestyles or lives of despair, for their eternal destinies. Dozens also experience visible, authentic healing from blindness, diseases, infirmities and more. Unbridled joy abounds as scores of amazing miracles take place.
No, this scene is not taken from a recent Hollywood movie or lifted from the pages of a fictional novel.
In fact, this time in Dakar, Senegal in July 2012, another life-changing “Healing Jesus” evangelistic campaign has begun. Hundreds of thousands come to Christ; a two-day pastors’ conference bolsters the ministry of hundreds of local church leaders; the Healing Jesus Medical Missions Team provides free healthcare and medications to thousands; a huge supply of “Pastor Dag’s” books are distributed seeking to reach as many households as possible; and incredible stories of blessings, hope and healing come pouring in.
“In His amazing love and grace, the Lord Jesus Christ is allowing His message to sweep across Africa and the entire world,” Heward-Mills smiles broadly. “Through His Spirit, He wants every nation to hear, see and experience His saving power!”
Indeed, not only are seven ground-breaking “Healing Jesus Crusades” such as the one in Dakar taking place in the depths of west Africa in 2012, but, since 2004, forty-five of these crusades have resulted in over six million decisions for Christ, both in Africa and other emerging nations across the globe. With six “Healing Jesus Crusades” planned for the remainder of 2012 and twelve for 2013, the momentum continues to soar.