The 19th of June 2011, marked the third and final day of the evangelical crusade that was held in Kiev. Powerful and moving, the crusade was filled with transformative testimonies. Testimonies that spoke of the wonders of God’s glory – healings from chronic bronchitis, micro stroke (paralysis), pancreatic disease and other debilitating illnesses. These miraculous healings and many more, were just the beginning of the many testaments to God’s powerful presence at the crusade.
New Yorker Warren Bird, author of over 20 books on ‘Christianity and Growing Churches’, was in attendance and received a warm welcome from the members of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God Church in Ukraine.
“Christians around the world are watching and learning from you. What happens in your church is a source of inspiration and encouragement to many around the globe. Perhaps, your church may even be the closest to the standards of heaven because of its activities.”– Warren Bird.
Another foreign guest present at the crusade addressed the audience with these words:
“The Living Church is one that evangelizes, multiplies and grows amidst persecution and only a living church will become the bride of Christ. My prayer today is that the Lord will strengthen you in difficult times. Get ready church! Greater and better things lie ahead of you. Expect the outpouring of God’s glory and for God to wipe away your every tear.”
After worship, Pastor Kumuyi, general overseer of the Deeper Life Ministries, was also welcomed to the stage by members of the congregation. His message centered on the importance of supporting the minister of God and the need for greater unity amongst the brethren in order to overcome all spiritual battles.
He further referred to the story of Moses and the liberation of the Israelites from slavery, and the subsequent events that followed.
Pastor Kumuyi’s lesson is an important one:
We learn a great lesson from this story, and that is, the need to remain “fit”. We are in a constant battle against the forces of evil and it is important not to stop after one victory.
“If you have received an answer from God satisfying your need, do not stop seeking and waiting on God. Always be ready to use your God-given authority to keep your miracle and to keep winning in the name of the Lord.”
It is very possible to win the battle but lose the war. In other words, it’s not how a person starts that’s important, but how he finishes. It is not wise to celebrate victory in battle straightaway, for the final battle is yet to come. In this way, we MUST be Heaven-oriented!’
In addition,Pastor Kumuyi also mentioned that despite all the power that rulers of this world seem to possess, believers are the ones that truly bear the power of God – the rod that Moses carried was a representation of God’s power and authority.
“Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” (Exodus 17:8-9).
“It is important to be assured that the last word always rests with God!”, said the pastor.
He again re-iterated the need for unity and willingness on the part of fellow believers in helping to support the hands of their leaders.
“So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Mosesheld up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.“(Exodus 17:10-12).
Here, we see that supporting those in spiritual authority over us is equally important in being victorious over the wiles of the devil.
“Stay close to your pastor. Support his hands because he also has weaknesses,” Pastor Kumuyi admonished. “You always see your pastor strong in spirit, fun, inspired, ardent and enthusiastic. But believe me, it’s only what visible. Much remains inaccessible and invisible to your eyes.”
We must not allow our spiritual leaders to carry the weight alone. Instead we need to support them not only in prayer but in any other way that the Lord may lay upon our hearts.
Towards the end of the service, Pastor Sunday prayed for unity to reign among his members. He also prayed that each of them would find their calling, follow and eventually fulfill it.
The service finally ended with even more testimonies….the blind received their sight, the deaf had their hearing restored and a woman was completely healed from fibroids of the uterus.
Our God lives!
Report from the evangelical crusade that took place on the June 19, 2011
Press-center of the Embassy of God Church.
Translated by Iryna Panasyuk
Edited by Lara Ige