Guinea-Conakry & Monrovia-Liberia
The plan to visit the western
part of West Africa came in the early part of 2017 but was halted by
the passing away of my beloved mother (Sister Comfort Akpan Nice).
I was introduced to speak in a gathering of over 600 people of different denominations, Muslims and some African traditionalists. They usually gather every Saturday morning to receive prayers from a "prophet" named Ray, who was the organizer of the meetings. I sensed that the people were there to consult this "prophet", the same way they could have visited the marabou (witch doctor). I spoke on confession and repentance, and the atmosphere was different from what they were used to.
The usual charismatic shouting of “preach on” was missing. Some sick fellows were laying by the side waiting for the prophet to come and touch them, but as the Word was coming forth, their faith seemed to have been re-directed towards the Word of God. At the end of the message, the people that were ready for water baptism were over half of the crowd, but when we met with them to discuss when to go for the baptism, they said it must be after the Muslim fast, I quickly understood who I was dealing with.
The next morning as I was preaching over the radio, I decided to give them a "Ramadan message" being that the nation is a Muslim nation. I talked on the promise/covenant of Abraham, how that the promise was to Abraham and his Seed (singular), and that the seed was neither Ishmael nor Isaac. Therefore, we had nothing to fight for in the flesh because we, as Gentiles living in Guinea, would be deceived if we want to be in that seed of Abraham by becoming Jews, Muslims, Catholics or any of the other groups in this world.
I concluded by telling the people how Saul of Tarsus was delivered from the Jewish traditions by the revelation of the Seed of Abraham, which is Christ. With these words I ended the teaching by saying “therefore, it is needless for anyone to be a Jew, a Muslim, a Catholic or a Protestant, when the seed of Abraham is Christ”. As soon as I ended, the phone lines started ringing and questions dropping like fireworks; and the host announced a 3-day conference from 14th Wednesday to 16th Friday June 2017.
Private Interviews (12th
God did heal a sick woman among the people, during the interdenominational open-air meeting, and she decided to meet John Kembe and I secretly in the church. She was accompanied by another woman and a female preacher (Virginia Maomou) who was asked to help interpret into the local language.
I was inside praying when they arrived and Bro. John sat with them waiting for me to finish. I came to join them but somehow Bro. John said he wished not to be there, that he wanted them to be free to speak their minds. As I bowed my head to pray, I saw a vision in which the woman was seated to my right on a plastic chair, and suddenly a force pulled the chair from her and she fell.
I tried to concentrate because I was praying with them before we could start talking, but again I saw another vision of her kneeling by an open grave, and a little boy of about 4 years was lying in it. I had to share the vision through the interpreter, and the woman screamed. It was the very dream that she had a night before, and that was the reason she wanted to see me. I told her that she could only find peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. The same thing happened with the other 2 women; and as we looked into the scriptures, they believed and were among those that were baptized on Saturday, 17th June 2017.
God revealed the secrets of these two people, and Mr. Bah fell on his knees, under great distress, and with tears, started repenting. He faithfully attended all the meetings and believed deeply in his heart. I could not baptize him on Saturday morning with the others because he had a secular appointment to keep. Bro. John Kembe later baptized him on Monday morning.
I continued teaching on the covenant of God with Abraham during the 3 days conference, which was well attended by all those who had come for private counseling; and some denominational church pastors. The Muslims simply believed on the Name of Jesus Christ, but the denominational preachers were angry, and they threw questions to disrupt the meeting.
ONE SPECIAL MIRACLE (Friday
16th June, 2017)
Since we could not understand each other, I just spoke by faith and gestured with my hand, what I just saw at that moment, concerning him. The little kettle (containing water for his washing before prayer) that he held in his hand, fell to the ground. One of the French-speaking preachers who was with us, joined us. I told him what I saw so that he could translate it to the man, but to our amazement, this man said he understood everything. He told the preacher that what I spoke to him by gestures was true, and he demonstrated the experience he had in his dream a week ago. He said that he had gone to consult a witch doctor, and the events kept re-occurring. The vision, I saw at that moment, was a female dog dragging him along the street by his leg, and the same dog also ate up his hands, while everyone watched without rendering any help.
He held my jacket crying that I must help him. I told him the kind of help he needed was not from any man but from the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ. I told him the connection he had with that dog, and he cried the more. He asked how he could become a Christian from that moment onwards. I asked him about the prayers he was going to attend, he said he's done with that. I spoke with him a little and as I started to walk back into the tabernacle, he followed me. I told him I was not sure of his faith and was not going to have him baptized; he pressed and was baptized by Bro. John Kembe on Monday along with others.
BAPTISM (Saturday 17th June, 2017)
My flight back to Lagos was scheduled for 2pm. Because I have promised the new converts, especially those converted from Islam, to baptize them before leaving. They were already in the church by 8am waiting for us to come. I made sure that the books we brought were given out to those who needed them before rushing to the seaside to conduct the baptism. I encouraged them to continue steadfastly in the faith of the Apostles, that people all over will read their testimonies and join them in their faith and prayers. I got to the airport at 12 noon.. The flight was safe and after a stopover at Abidjan, I finally arrived Lagos at 12:50am and by 1:15am Sunday morning I got home.
MONROVIA, LIBERIA (June 21st – 27th 2017)
Bro. Kingsley Nlemeke returned from his eastern trip where he had spent a month and 3 days. As he was familiar with the coastal West African countries, I had to include him in the trip. We both left Lagos 3 days after my arrival from Conakry with a total of 104kg of Christian materials for the saints. It was my first time visiting Monrovia, but Bro.Kingsley Nlemeke had lived there, as well as in Conakry.
The airport in Monrovia looked more like a makeshift motor park, and one could see the level of damages the civil war had done to this small country. The more we moved into the heart of the city, the more we discovered the decay, both spiritually and physically.
After the Immigration and Police had cleared us, we came out to call the phone number of the pastor who was to receive us at the airport but no one answered. We met a pastor from the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Movement, who flew on the same aircraft with us; we requested him to assist us in getting a taxi to the city, which was an hour drive from the airport. We took the same cab to Monrovia and on the way we were able to contact our host, Pastor Patrick High, who took us and lodged us at the Lutheran Church Guest House.
The revival meeting commenced and I was led to teach on the visit of Nicodemus to Jesus in relation to the new birth. At first, the ministers and other church leaders who were invited showed some form of resentment. Prior to this meeting, I saw in a night vision, men walking in the streets of Monrovia without their heads. It was revealed to me that the men of the city were in that condition because of their women who were possessed by a strong spirit of witchery. These women trapped their victims through immorality, both spiritually and physically. Indeed this was clearly noticeable everywhere, from the streets to the churches.
Pastor Patrick High giving me the pulpit
Talking about the new birth, I told the preachers that they and their followers were pretending to have the Holy Ghost by involving themselves in spiritual exercises outside the True Word. As I preached, I hit out hard at sin, prevention, self-deception in Christian life; one could sense the discomfort of those possessed with evil spirits. As I closed my Bible to go, I told them that, with what I had spoken that night, I doubt if the meetings would continue; I also apologized to the pastor, if in any way I had offended him, but that I was not apologizing on behalf of the Word.
As the pastor drove us back to the lodge, he said to us that he had, for a long time, desired to hear what he had heard me spoke, and that he did not care who was offended; so I asked him to invite other preachers for the meeting.
The next day we received Bishop Melton Seleweyan, who was introduced to us by Bro. John Kembe of Conakry. He spent time with us at the hotel. He left, promising to see us the next day. We were surprised to find him waiting at the church in the evening for the meeting. He stayed through the meeting that day; a very humble servant of God. He followed the teaching, confirming the words with the scriptures; and when the service was over, he requested Pastor High that his people must also hear this old time Gospel.
BISHOP MELTON SELEWEYAN
Bro. Kingsley Nlemeke was
scheduled to preach in Pastor High’s church on Sunday morning, while
I was taken to the outskirt of the city to a village called
Thinker’s village to minister to the congregation of Bishop
Bro. Kingsley was sharing with me the events that took place during the morning session; and how that the heavy downpour had disrupted the planned baptism for that afternoon. We felt that our labour was fruitless without the converts being baptized before we left for home. In the quietness of the room, we started singing a short chorus titled: ‘The dawning of a new day’.
The Sunday evening was to be a farewell meeting as that was the last meeting before our departure. Having spoken against the Trinity doctrine as not being a Bible teaching, questions were coming from every angle. I taught on the 3 Guests of Abraham from Genesis 18. Oh, it was a special night, and the people did not want the meeting to end. The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ was lifted that night, and many came out on their own accord to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.
I had prayed the previous evening for the sick. Since the people on the prayer line were so many, I decided to make a general prayer, considering the time and the narrowness of the place.I also commented that healing was something very simple to get, as Jesus did not have to die for us to be healed. He died to save us; He is also the Healer. I rounded up the Sunday message by telling the saints, that since a Saviour had died for us; He is our Lord and Master, and we are members of His Body, His Wife; and no wife can refuse the name of her husband.
High, Nice and Chukwudi
Baptism and Testimonies
A brother had a growth inside his throat region that caused him not to eat certain foods, and this have kept him sick for years. He was one of those on the prayer line who felt nothing had happened to him, but in his dream he had an angelic visitation. He was asked to drink a bitter substance from a cup and he objected but the drink was administered to him forcefully. When it got inside his belly, he felt strong bitterness and he vomited. The brother woke up to find out that he had really vomited strange things, and he called the attention of his brother from the another room to help him. He also discovered that the pain in his throat for the first time, in a long time, had disappeared. He rushed straight to the seaside to testify and was baptized.
Bro. Daniel told other church
members on Sunday evening that the issue of the Trinity doctrine is
delicate, and he cannot be quick to believe or be carried away because
the pastor has denied the Trinity. He went home that night after bidding
us farewell and also wish we would come back for more clarification in
the near future. The same night he had a dream, he saw that he was in a
long queue, and up in the front people were being received and allowed
into a beautiful gate, but when it got to his turn, he was told he
had not the seal. He argued and cried to the man, begging and trying to
explain, but the man told him that these ones, pointing to those inside,
that they have the Name of Jesus Christ marked on them; and he woke up.
He called his wife and told her that he must be baptized at once, and
they both rushed to meet us, to the surprise of the other believers.
This fellow was the first to get to the church auditorium the next day, and as he shared his dream with me, I also received a message from the Lord that he had things to make right before his baptism.
I counseled him and he opened up and was prayed for, before his water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.
KINGSLEY, NICE AND A BELIEVER
Pastor Chukwudi the overseer of Christ Way Assembly, who also was re-baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, had requested our presence in his church. The believers were seated 2 hours before our arrival, some of them having heard of the meetings in Pastor Patrick High’s church in the city center. The host pastor stood up to introduce us and also testified of his re-baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ. He did not fail to tell the church that most of the things he taught them were challenged by The Scripture in the last one week; and since it was proven by Scriptures to be wrong, he himself announced that such things, and many more that shall be revealed, must be thrown out. The assembly was dumbfounded, and there were murmurings, especially when he mentioned the word ‘trinity’.
Then I called to preach and as I understood the state of the minds of the congregation at that particular time, I tried to explain to them to bear with their pastor because most things are better taught from the Bible than just plain talking on Bible topics. I preached from Galatians 5:7 “Ye have run well, but who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth”.
PASTOR CHUKWUDI ADDRESSING THE CHURCH ON WHAT HE CALLS DOCTRINES OF DEVILS
The Lord granted me utterance and the Spirit of God moved in the building, touching lives and convicting sinners and hypocrites. I closed my bible, and told them that the Church of Jesus Christ was one True Church and not an organization, so if ever they wanted to belong to this one True Church, they must be born again. Hands were lifted up for prayers, and we left joyfully knowing that a great revival had struck the land of Liberia. The pastor testified to Brother Kingsley concerning those who were preparing for baptism the following weekend.
We left the Lutheran guesthouse at 12pm to the airport, in a car driven by Pastor Patrick High. There was a heavy downpour. God saved us from a terrible accident when the car in front of us came to a sudden stop; He kept us from any vehicle ramming into us from behind. The flight was delayed due to bad weather for an hour.
The Lord brought us home safely, and our joy knew no bound, for the sweet victory recorded in Conakry and Monrovia (Liberia)
We have been requested to send preachers to assist these churches in Monrovia and Conakry.
The Lord Jesus Christ has blessed our small assembly with over 10 preachers who are seasoned in the Present Truth. We are making plans to assist these churches with teachers of the Word to help position them in the Body of Christ, and for this we humbly request your support. God bless you all in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run in and is saved!
Shalom! Shalom!! Shalom!!!
Bro. Blessing Nice Akpan
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