Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Case for Travel Ministry - Evangelist

A case for travel ministry - Evangelist

And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.  - Acts 13:15 KJV

The above scripture seem to support that even before the New Testament the Jews welcome travel ministers into their synagogues. It is not clear whether Paul and Barnabas had introduced themselves or that the synagogue ruler discerned who they were, but we cannot but marvel at the humility of the later in allowing a visitor share his pulpit.

I have benefited from this kind of gesture, having worked among Assemblies of God Churches. In those days you can just enter a church and the pastor will discover you are a gospel minister. He will readily call you to the altar. It will most likely turn out that you will have the opportunity to preach that Sunday. In a situation the church has other programs lined up; the pastor will allow you to say a word of prayer for the church.

Soon some miscreants began to take advantage of this privilege, supposing that godliness as a means of cheap material gain. (1Tim6:5) and who worship their appetite as god (Phlp3:19). This really created problem for the church, in that some who became pastors were there because they failed in every other area of life. Some who became evangelist came in because of the honorarium they expected to get.
Stories abound where travel evangelists took advantage of the magnanimous gesture of the host and duped the members of huge sums of money. There are also occasion where the pastor invited an evangelist and tried to use him to extort money from the flock. When the evangelist refused, he turned him out and lied against him in his absence, so that people hear all kinds of unconfirmed bad report about the evangelist.
One time a man who linked me to churches as I visited his country came to my hotel room and asked for his share of the money collected in the last program we had. When I told him how much our host gave to me despite the fact I paid my hotel bills and travel cost, he did not believe and forced some money out of me. He was later to discover it was the host that kept back the money collected. I don’t know how they settled.

There are also travel ministers who seem to specialize in working where others have worked. They get into a gathering and try to teach them what their pastors were not teaching them. These do not go out to unreached people and when they come they plant confusion among the believers. Apostle Paul struggled a lot with these kinds of people. The letter to Galatians and 2 Corinthians were focused to deal with the negative influence of these groups. All these contribute to the distrust pastors have for travel ministers. It is not ruled out that there are occasions the travel minister actually brought a fresh revelation that can help the church but the pastors are afraid that if the congregation learns that truth, then they will lose their means of livelihood. Most genuine travel ministers carry charismatic gifts and the responses of host ministers are at times not different to that of the Jewish leaders against Jesus Christ.
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation John 11:47-48 KJV

Away from the bad news, let’s consider our brothers who visit from Australia, Europe and America. Andy Lane told me that the impression he had about churches in Africa is that of very remote. That was when I took him to a seven thousand capacity church. Some travel ministers from the West come with the mind set of those who had visited in the nineteenth century. Most parts of Africa have passed that level. We love you and wish that you visit but that impression is wrong.

Travel Evangelism is Good

Travel evangelism is good both for the local church and the evangelist. When the local church hosts the right kind of minister, it brings freshness and revival. It is also an opportunity for the host pastor to rest and be preached to. The evangelist himself may be a pastor in his home. It is opportunity for him to talk to fresh set of audience. From the scripture we read, it is an age old practice in the church.

The Challenges

There are two principal challenges in this relationship. From the angle of the visiting minister, some evangelists behave as if the host pastor allowed him his pulpit because he had lost his “Anointing”. In some cases that may be the case but not always so. But even if he had lost his anointing, he was the one that gathered the people for the evangelist. It is wrong for the evangelist to talk him down. The evangelist should remember that after he has gone, the congregation will still remain under that pastor. If I have some word of knowledge that can hurt the pastor’s reputation I don’t share from the pulpit. I call him later and then pray for him. I agree with those who opine that you should have been a pastor before you can function well as an evangelist.   
Let me share this experience. The revered man of God Brother, Gbile Akani, visited Port Harcourt city to run a conference. So I decided to attend since I have never heard him life in spite of reading his books. In an interactive session he held just for ministers, I made to contribute something and he said something like this, “Hey, sit down there. Instead of remaining on the subject, you are saying something else. These are the kind of people who go about copying messages they will go and preach somewhere”.

He did not know me, I may not be as “BIG” as he but I know I am not in the league of those who go copying messages. That scene became a landmark in my ministry. I told myself, “Emma, you see, you may enter a city and another Emma is sitting in the congregation. So watch how you talk”.

Another thing the travel minister can do is to see the possibility of sharing pulpit with some ministers that may have different gifts in the land. This is for those who operate like PNUR and trying to break new grounds. This goes specifically for our brothers from the West. Most times the people gathered with mind picture of Renhard Bonnke and Benny Hinn. When they come and all you have WORDS, though they don’t tell you but they are not impressed. We call it Grammar preaching and Grammar does not go down well with us in Africa. It is true some of our brothers are following that example but go see the kind of congregation they have. So bringing in ministers with power gifts will help your meetings and keep it from being boring. The spiritual realm over us is very hostile, so we need to cleanse it all the time through power gifts.
For the host minister, it is needful to point out that you note that your guest has problems and perhaps borrowed to come to you. I have been to churches where after ministering for days, my host will tell me he will see me later. In some cases I never hear anything from him after. Some of them who sent something later, sent what is not worthwhile, even though I raised a large sum of money in that meeting. There was even one case where I had no money to pay the taxi that carried me. To God’s glory, the driver asked me not to pay because he was blessed in the meeting. What would I have done if he had asked for his money?

Something happened in my city few years ago. An evangelist and his host were quarreling over the money raised in a program. The guest minister had told his PA to flee with the large sum. When confronted, the evangelist said that the pastor invited him every year for that special program. It was a five days program, at the end of which people gave to support the church and for the evangelist’s up keep. For the past five years, the pastor gave him only ten thousand Naira which could barely pay his transport. The people did not know what happened after. So on this particular year, he prepared to teach his host a lesson. He came in with a PA with a clear instruction. So immediately they took the money into the pastor’s office, his PA went off with the whole money. When asked like how much the total sum could be, they said, more than seven hundred thousand Naira.

In some cases, the people give more when there is a guest minister, the guest minister should be kind enough to share with the host. In some cases, I let the host have a larger portion. That is if I discovered he needed the help more than I do.
It is observed that because of these discrepancies some pastors block their congregation from visiting ministers. The result is that people who had needs he had no gifts to address suffer in the church. Soon they begin to wander from place to place seeking help. Most often than not, they fall into wrong hands.
Let us cooperate to help the flock under our care.

Emma your brother @PNUR

Emma N J Nwosu is the international President of Prayer Network for Universal Revival PNUR

Monday, May 1, 2017

God and Church people - The contrasting views

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and am grown rich, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art the wretched and the miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me gold purified by fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white garments, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not be made manifest; and eye-salve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see Rev 3:17-18

I beg my good friends to forgive my outburst but it is becoming dangerous what the church of our day has become. The scripture here simply capture the state of churches in Nigeria, which is the model for churches in most part of Africa.
How do we rate churches today?
Fine building and church auditorium – Have you noticed like I have that when a pastor want to tell the public how God moved in his last program, he posts a picture where he is handling a microphone while standing behind an expensive pulpit. Are these the standard the Apostles left for us as evidence of the presence of God?
Have you heard that big churches have it as a policy that they don’t accept poor people as pastors? So who do they accept? Busy medical doctors will work in their clinics from early morning till late evening and still be the head pastor over a young man who has spent most time of the day in prayer. If you ask for anything, the available pastor will have to get answer from the unavailable senior pastor. Some of these senior pastors work at the rig with oil servicing companies; they work two weeks in the rig and then two weeks in the church. Yet, they are senior pastors. Any surprise then why our church auditorium are like cemeteries on week days. I asked after a pastor in his church; the young man told me, “To day is our prayer meeting by 5pm”. I asked, “Should I then wait to see him”, and he replied, “No! he may not even be there by 7pm”. We then leave the auditorium to whomever.
Have you noticed that most churches have it as a policy that only graduates are accepted as ministers in their churches? Jesus took ignorant men and trained them in Kingdom principles; today’s churches take men the world have trained and make them leaders. We run upside down to the bible principles. I now wonder why Jesus Christ took illiterate fishermen and ignored Pharisees, teachers of the law and Sadducees of His time. I bet, we are teaching Jesus how to run His church. The argument here is that the poor pastors steal church money. What a shame. Is it right that the rich businessmen, doctors, lawyers etc should bring in their money to support those that God has called in to full time ministry?
I would not have bothered myself if churches I hold in great regard are not part of this. There are churches with long term legacies and today, their leaders are ignoring the principles of the fathers.
Talk of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deeperlife Bible Church, Assemblies of God and many more.
Let me make it clear to Dr. Chidi Okoroafor of AG that a lot of men he has in his gang are thieves. Some years back he ministered in conference PNUR funded in 91 Nelson Mandela, Calabar but the then Assistant District Superintendent deceived him that the church sponsored that program. The ADS, now a DS of a district took my wife and I into a room and tried to brain wash us to pollute our ministry so we can have money. When we refused he took steps which I can’t mention here to make us pay for our “Stubbornness”. In fact, we laterally ate poison in that meeting. Only God saved my wife and I. The name of that minister is Rev. Dr. Christian Kalu. He is among those that are supporting Chidi Okoroafor. Will Chidi Okoroafor say he does not know that God called him as a nondenominational intercessor? He is repreaching all the messages he preached long ago just because of church politics.
When will Lazurus Muoka of the Lord’s Chosen obey the bible he preaches and stop hunting his former father in the Lord for whatever reason? Does the righteousness he preaches not include respect for elders and unity of the Body of Christ?
I was once in Deeperlife Church Group forum in Port Harcourt, specifically Rumudara, I watched in bewilderment how they honored so called Bishops, some of them women who have walked out of their marriages, in the meetings. These were things they had warned us to avoid. When did God change His standards? Why did they not tell us God has changed His standards? I saw pastors who had left the world and her system asked to give way to these “Abomination in the holy places” as they were given seat in the front row. All these are in the name of winning them over. How many have they won over since then? Those men and women walked in few minutes into Pastor Kumuyi’s message and left soon after they have received special recognition and gifts.
Red eyed policemen who do have regard for God and His children are employed to protect Christian leaders and church property. How come we have lost our focus so? So much that we value church properties more than human souls. We no longer care how we hurt enquirers.
Is this what you want to leave behind for us?
Let me ask Pastor E A Adeboye of RCCG, Pastor Kumuyi of Deeper Life, Mike Okonkwo, Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor and the rest of the fathers who I respect; Is this the kind of church you inherited from those that ministered before you? Yes, this message is not for the counterfeit ministers and churches. It is not for the thieves parading as prophets. It is for those who have tested the truth.
Is this the kind of church you want to leave behind for us?
You brag about the many branches you have planted almost in every country, expensive music system, large followership, international cable network and many more. All these are very good but I want to know if this is the kind of church you inherited from those that ministered to you
Let me warn us that what you call prosperity may not have value before God.
Emma your brother @PNUR
Note – This script is deliberately written to attract attention of those mentioned. Someone may say it put the Church in bad light, understand also that the world and the devil is already making mockery of us

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