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Friday, October 3, 2014

God is Moving in Goma, Congo

Dear beloved:  Thank you so much for the prayers, God is moving here in Goma!  Yesterday was the first day of the meetings, and we had good turnouts for both the pastor training and the crusade.  About 100 pastors showed up for the morning session, and the first day of the crusade there were several hundred in attendance despite it raining off and on all through the meeting.  Many came forward to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, many more came forward for prayers for healing.  The worship teams are really a blessing, will have some good video to share when we get done.  I expect the crowds to grow and the anointing to get stronger as the weekend progresses.
The security situation here in Goma is much improved since I was here in 2012.  Goma is the capital of North Kivu state and has been the focal point of the rebel civil war of the last 20 years.  But there seems to be a relative peace and stability here not seen in years past, that is a fulfillment of the work we did here in 2012 and also other prophetic words spoken over the Congo in general, that peace would be coming.  Praise the Lord I believe it is here!  I have seen only a couple of armored troop carriers with UN troops, there are still lots of UN vehicles and trucks and other aid agency vehicles, but overall the security situation is much improved.  We are in a very safe place, a very nice hotel on the Lake Kivu where there are no security issues.  We are back at the hotel each night by dark and have been very comfortable here, and the food is excellent.  Had anchovie and black olive pizza last night, can you believe that in the Congo?
I thank God for the brothers the Lord has provided for me on this trip, brother Robby from Kansas City is a bit of tech specialist, so he has been helping with the newsletters and the pictures, besides giving his powerful testimony.  Robby is a graduate of my prison ministry, he was incarcerated for the first time at a Christian reform school at age 14,then eventually served time in the state prison,  and has now turned his life around and is ministering for the Lord.  Brother Roger from Scotland is is a former Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot in Africa, he is bringing some good messages in the pastor training, and he is also fluent in French, which is the language spoken here in Congo.  All the messages are being translated from English to French and Swahili.
Will try to get some pictures out as soon as we get my computer figured out, Robby has been working on that.  Continue praying that the Lord would bring many to the crusade and they would come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The time for breakthrough in Goma is at hand ! God bless you, Jim

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