Missions

Nigeria

A Wave of God’s Healing Power

I’m expecting blind eyes to open, deaf ears to open, the lame to walk.  I’m expecting the miracle power of God to show itself forth during this Healing Rally.”
Those were the first words out of Richard Roberts’ mouth as he spoke at a news conference upon his arrival in Ibadan, Nigeria.  His great expectations were broadcast, via television, to millions of people throughout Africa and Europe.
“I’m ready to preach tomorrow night at Liberty Stadium,” Richard continued enthusiastically.  “Just turn me loose!  And you watch—God will confirm His Word with miracles, signs, and wonders.”
But before the crowds could even assemble the next evening, God’s healing power was already on the move in Ibadan.

A miracle that couldn’t wait

Later that day, Richard visited Ibadan’s police headquarters, where he had a special time of prayer with the police officers.
Just as he was about to walk out the door, he turned back to the police commissioner with a word of knowledge from the Lord.
“Have you been having difficulty with your back?” Richard asked him.
The police commissioner nodded yes.
“The Lord is healing your back right now,” Richard told him.  “You’re the first healing in Ibadan!”
The commissioner was stunned.  His back was instantly healed.  And the miracles had only begun…

A warm Nigerian welcome

At the invitation a year ago of Dr. Samuel Abiara, pastor of Christ Apostolic Church, and 1,300 other local pastors, Richard led an Oral Roberts Ministries healing team to Nigeria.  The 40-member team—five doctors, including an eye surgeon, a dentist, several nurses, young evangelists, and others—came to bring God’s love, hope, and healing power to the precious people of Ibadan.
And after a year’s anticipation, when at long last Richard stepped off the plane onto Nigerian soil, he was warmly embraced by his host, and welcomed by many local pastors who had helped to sponsor the meetings.
As healing team members began preparing for the free medical and dental clinic, Richard toured the nearby University College Hospital, where some of the team’s doctors would perform surgeries and hold teaching seminars.  He also made a special visit to the ICU, where he prayed over each patient.
He then met with the governor of the state of Oyo at the state capitol.

“We’re here because of love.”

During the next four days, the ORM medical team treated over 1,000 people at the free medical and dental clinic, and gave out hundreds of thousands of dollars in medications.
“We’re here because we love these people,” said Dr. Mike McGee, a Tulsa physician, “and we want them to know God’s love for them and His healing power.”
The medical team was joined by local doctors in an effort to see as many patients as possible.  They also prayed for each patient individually and encouraged them to attend Richard’s healing services in the evenings.

‘I once was blind, but now…’

Tulsa ophthalmologist Dr. Lin Brister brought a unique and precious gift—the gift of sight—to many people in Ibadan as he and his team performed 61cataract surgeries.
“It’s a miracle-working surgery,” said his wife, nurse Clair Brister.
The morning after her surgery, when one patient’s bandages were removed, her smile told the happy story.
“It’s very fine,” she said, “I can see clearly now.  Now I can see everybody!”

‘It’s like a celebration!’

During the four nights of the Healing Rally held at Liberty Stadium, over 25,000 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ, and countless others received healing.
Each night the ORM medical team sang a special song they had learned in the Yoruba language, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.
Brenda Isaacs commented on the spirit of the people at the services.  “They’re so exuberant in their praise,” she said.  “There’s no holding back their zeal and their enthusiasm.  It’s like a celebration.”

A wave of God’s healing power

At a chapel service held the day before Richard left for Africa, Dr. Frank Hultgren– one of several intercessors who paved the way in prayer for the journey—had a special word of prophecy for Richard and his trip to Ibadan:
“In the second or third meeting, I saw, in a vision, the power of God hit the crowd.  People were healed.  Eyes were opened.  Ears were opened.  Crippled legs walked.”
On the second night of the healing rally, the prophecy came to pass.
“The minute I touched the microphone,” Richard recalled, “miracles started happening almost instantly.  Just as Dr. Hultgren prophesied, I saw healing coming from the left side of the stadium—a wave of it—and people instantly started to get healed!”
Dr. Leanne Benton, worship leader, was on the platform with Richard.
“There was a wave of healing in the stadium,” she said. “Dr. Hultgren had prophesied it, and Richard recognized it.  I saw it—there was an actual physical breeze that came across the stadium.  The tangible presence of God came in as a wind.  God’s healings were instantaneous.  I’ve never seen or experienced it before.”
Healing team member Dominic Russo described it this way:  “The second night, Dr. Roberts didn’t even preach.  All of a sudden, a wave of healing came—people starting yelling all across the stadium.  People were being healed everywhere!”

‘Can you hear me now?’

One of the miracle healings that night was a young girl who had been almost completely deaf much of her life.
When she came to the platform to testify, Richard asked her, “Can you hear me now?”
“I hear you, sir,” the little girl replied.
Richard handed her the microphone and moved further away.  “Can you hear me now?” he asked.
“Yes, sir,” the girl replied.
Each time, Richard’s voice became quieter and quieter as he asked, “Can you hear me now?” And each time she replied clearly and without hesitation, “Yes, sir.”
“Shout hallelujah!” Richard cried.  “God is a good God!”    Laughing, he swung the little girl up in his arms as the whole crowd rejoiced together.

‘Nigeria’s finest hour’

By the third night, more than 50,000 people were packed into Liberty Stadium.
When Richard, dressed in native Nigerian clothing, declared, “Tonight I am becoming an honorary Nigerian,” the audience roared its approval.
At his invitation, they stood to their feet to give God praise for His goodness.
Looking out at the vast sea of people waving their white handkerchiefs like freedom flags toward heaven, Richard exclaimed, “I wish my wife and daughters were here to see this!
“Tonight is a night to pray for Nigeria,” he told the crowd.  “But before we pray for Nigeria, I am beginning with you.  Tonight is the night to give your heart to God.  The miracle starts with you.”
In response, thousands gave their hearts to the Lord, and their eternal destination became heaven.
At midnight, the service was still going strong.  One team member sent this text message home to the States: “It’s midnight, and nobody has left yet.  What a service!”
At 5 o’clock the next morning, many people had still not left.  They had stayed for an all-night prayer vigil for Nigeria, organized and led by local pastors.
On the last night of the rally, all the team members joined Richard on the platform as he thanked the people for their warm reception in Ibadan.
“God has a due season,” Richard told the crowd. “The Bible says, ‘If you don’t give up, you shall receive in due season.
“Expect a new miracle every day!”

Freed from years of suffering

Over the four days of the rally, multitudes of people came forward to share their healing testimonies.
One man had had tormenting pain in his head for 23 years, but when Richard prayed, the pain was gone.
A woman who had had asthma all of her life was able to breathe freely.
Another woman who was struck with blindness three years ago had her sight restored to her.
One after another, people came forward to tell how God had set them free.  Many had suffered for years with their conditions, but now there were tears of joy and relief as they celebrated their healing.

Stepping up and reaching out

Upon his return to the United States, Richard reflected on his experience in Nigeria.
“I thank God for the anointing.  I thank God because I know that He is still in the saving, healing business.  I know He’s still performing miracles, and I expect that anointing to get stronger and stronger—not for me, but to be a blessing in the lives of people everywhere.”

Thank you, Partners!

My heart is still soaring when I think about what God did in Nigeria—the thousands who gave their hearts to Jesus Christ, and the miracles of healing.  This Healing Rally was what God’s called us to do through the merging of God’s healing streams of prayer and medical science, and I want to thank you for your partnership with us.
We still need your help.  Next year, we plan to go to the country of Niger and hold the first-ever national healing rally.
Dr. Mike McGee, a Tulsa physician who lived in Niger for a year doing medical missions, plans to be part of our team again next year.
Our free medical clinics are a real door-opener to areas in need.  Dr. McGee hopes our team can bring in some much-needed medical equipment, and by working with the local doctors and medical students, have an opportunity for some real “relationship evangelism.”
You don’t change a country—you change people, and then people change countries.  And when you sow seeds to this ministry, you help us to reach out to people across the world.
Thank you, Partners, for sending me—because preaching and praying for the sick is what I was born to do.  And when you send me through your financial gifts and your prayers, I believe you get a harvest on every soul won to Jesus.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.                                                   —Richard Roberts

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Ivory Coast

When God spoke to Richard Roberts and said, “Go to the Ivory Coast in West Africa and I will pour out My blessings,” Richard obeyed. And God kept His promise!
Richard received a special invitation from 1,000 pastors and the Ivory Coast’s President Gbagbo to bring the message of healing and prosperity to the recently war-torn nation.
He brought along a very special crusade team made up of 40 people—doctors, dentists, nursing students and staff, faculty, singers, television technicians, and more. For four days and nights the people of the Ivory Coast experienced medicine, ministry, and miracles.

Meeting Medical Needs

During the day, thousands of Ivorian citizens were drawn to the Oral Roberts Ministries-sponsored medical clinic in the capital city of Abidjan. Because of financial donations from ORM Partners and friends, in addition to medical attention, the team was able to dispense much-needed medicine, vitamins, and supplies to children and adults.
Dr. Scott Cordray, an ORU graduate and medical doctor, said the reason he joined the crusade team was to serve the people of the Ivory Coast.
“In the Bible, Jesus said that when you’ve done something for any of His people, you’ve done it unto Him,” said Dr. Cordray. “So we treated these people as if we were treating Jesus. Our goal was not to lift up ourselves, but to lift up Jesus so that people could be drawn to Him.”
ORU graduates Dr. Mark Babo and his wife, Doreen, were also part of the medical team. The Babos currently run Faith Medical Hospital in Benin City, Nigeria, with Bishop Benson Idahosa’s widow, Margaret. “We came to this crusade without a second thought,” said Dr. Babo. “We knew we wanted to be a part of what God was going to do in the Ivory Coast.”
One of the greatest needs in the Ivory Coast is quality dental care, and hundreds of patients were helped each day by the team of dentists led by ORU graduate Dr. Glenda Payas.

Teaching Business Skills

Another way that the crusade team reached out in the Ivory Coast was to teach business skills to local businessmen. Dr. David Dyson, Dean of the ORU School of Business, held business seminars during the day, helping teach businessmen how to prosper God’s way.
“Scripture says, ‘Give, and it shall be given unto you,’” Dr. Dyson told the businessmen. “When we get into that rhythm of giving and receiving, running our businesses becomes one form of worship for us.”

Pastor’s Conference

While the medical clinic was going on in the mornings and afternoons, Richard was involved in a special pastors’ seminar in Abidjan with more than 1,000 ministers in attendance each day.
On the last day of the seminar, Richard laid hands on almost 1,200 pastors, anointing them with oil and speaking God’s Word into their lives. One minister said, “It has been such a great honor having Richard Roberts come to the Ivory Coast. His visit will have a great impact on this city and this nation.”

Signs, Wonders & Miracles

There was a tremendous spirit of expectation each night of the Healing Crusade. Each night the crowds nearly doubled, and as word of the miracles spread, an estimated 30,000 people flooded the crusade grounds on the last night.
Sponsoring pastors had specifically asked Richard to preach on Seed-Faith, and God gave Richard a special message on prospering a nation through sowing and reaping.
“Do you want to see the economy of this nation grow and change?” Richard asked the huge crowd through his interpreter. “Do you want to be an example to other nations? Then begin to sow unto the Lord. And believe that when you give, the Lord will open you the windows of heaven.”
He also spoke to them of healing. “I am expecting people to be healed in this place! Not because of me, but because of God, because He is a good God. I have never healed anyone, but I have seen God heal thousands.”
Each night as the crowd soaked up God’s Word, a wonderful thing began to happen. Miracles came forth by the hundreds.
One woman who had never walked before got up out of a wheelchair and walked, completely healed. Another woman had been deaf in one ear since birth, but she came up to testify that she now could hear perfectly out of that ear!
One man had medical papers declaring that he could never bend over again, but as Richard held the papers, he bent over double and moved his back every possible way before the delighted crowd.
Another woman came to the crusade wearing glasses in order to see, but after Richard prayed, she could see perfectly without them!
One of the most moving healing testimonies was that of a four-year-old boy who had never spoken a word in his life. On the platform, held by his mother, he clearly spoke his first words into the microphone: “Mama” and “Papa,” which caused the crusade grounds to erupt with shouting, weeping, and rejoicing.

Thousands Come to Jesus

Each night as the healing services came to a close, Richard gave an invitation for people to come forward and receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
And each night the area in front of the platform was filled to overflowing. It was estimated that more than 20,000 people came forward over the four nights to give their hearts to Jesus!
Richard called local pastors down to surround the new converts, get their names, and invite them to their churches to receive the free French Bibles provided by Partners of Oral Roberts Ministries.

The Largest Church Building in the World

After the final night of the Healing Crusade, Richard and some members of the team left the Ivory Coast for Lagos, Nigeria, to minister at the invitation of Bishop David Oyedepo. He is the founder of Faith Tabernacle and Covenant University, located on the grounds of a large campus and ministry complex called Canaan Land.
It has grown to 3,000 students in just three years. The 50,000-seat Faith Tabernacle auditorium is the largest church building in the world.
Miracles abounded during the Sunday morning service in the huge auditorium. Richard said, “It was as powerful as any healing crusade I’ve ever seen. There was a tremendous atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move in—I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in my life.”
That evening Richard also preached to the university students in their chapel service.

Never the Same

The trip to West Africa was wrapped up with visits to the countries of Benin and Ghana, where Richard met with government leaders, national media, and local pastors in preparation to conduct future crusades in those nations.
“It was a tremendous team effort,” Richard said of the trip. “Not only were thousands healed by the miracle-working power of God, but we were able to touch the nation as well through medical science, business and education, and ministry to the pastors. I believe the Ivory Coast will never be the same!”

Missions

Ghana

Five Miraculous Days in Ghana

by ORM staff member

We’ve come to Kumasi, Ghana, for five days and a single purpose: to bless the people!
Kumasi is the second largest city in the West African nation of Ghana and home to its largest tribe, the Ashanti. I’m here as part of a 27-member team accompanying Richard Roberts on invitation from the King of the Ashanti tribe and the President of Ghana.

Day One: Spreading the Word

As soon as we land at the airport, local television reporters meet with Richard to spread word throughout Kumasi about the miracle healing crusade and the 21,000 Bibles we have brought for those who get saved at the crusade.
“It is an honor to be here in Kumasi,” Richard tells reporters. “God is a good God, and I believe He has something good for Kumasi this week”
Richard then goes to four local radio stations in Kumasi for live interviews to talk about the crusade, the free medical clinic, and the money and school supplies the Oral Roberts Ministries plans to give for the children of Kumasi.
Then the government has sponsored a parade to show the people of Kumasi that Richard Roberts is, indeed, here in Ghana, just as he said he would be. So now the word is out: Healing, salvation, and miracles are at hand!

Day Two: Setting Up the Medical Clinic

It’s an early start for the medical and dental team members today. As they get the free medical clinic ready in the basement of a church, there are already several hundred people waiting to see the doctors.
After prayer, we bring the first patients in to speak to our nurses. The ministry has brought free medicine—antibiotics, insulin, and pain medications—enough to fill thousands of prescriptions.
The turnout for the first day of the clinic is almost overwhelming.
“There are so many things that we can’t do for these people,” says Dr. Clay Powell. “Medicine falls short, and when that happens, you need a miracle.”
Team member Brenda Issacs, a registered nurse, adds, “When we see a patient we can’t help through medicine alone, we invite them to the crusade. We tell them that we believe God will show up, and we hope they’ll show up too.”

The First Night of the Healing Crusade

Tens of thousands of people do show up for the first night of the crusade, even with the threat of a thunderstorm.
“Tonight is a night of miracles!” Richard tells them from the platform. Within minutes a wave of healing spreads throughout the crusade grounds, and people begin to come forward and testify of God’s goodness. One highlight is a man who has had asthma for 35 years, but now can breathe freely!
The evening ends with countless people coming forward to give their lives to Christ.

Day Three: Standing Room Only

Twice as many people come to the clinic today. It’s another busy day for nurses and doctors to try to help as many patients as possible.
In the same church where we’ve set up the clinic, there’s a preschool with nearly 100 children, and each morning they are here to greet us.
The King of the Ashanti tribe has set up an education fund for the children of his nation. When we learned of the fund, Oral Roberts Ministries decided to donate 5,000 pencils and 1,000 copies of Lindsay Roberts’ children’s book The ABC’s of Faith to help the children.
Today we donate the first book to this preschool. Headmistress Alice Boahen reads it to the children, first in English, then in their native Ashanti.

Healing Miracles

Tonight at the crusade, the crowd has also doubled in size. Richard speaks about having victory over the devil, and it’s not long before God’s healing power begins to move.
One woman testifies that she has not been able to bend over for 16 years because of severe pain in her back. But tonight she is bending over all the way without pain!
After many other healing testimonies, the front is flooded with people who respond to Richard’s call to receive Jesus.

Day Four: The Busiest of All

Day four is our busiest day in Kumasi, and our most rewarding. Richard wraps up his two-day pastors’ conference with a message on what it means to be a spiritual leader. At the end of the service he lays hands on 1,600 ministers and their spouses, anointing them with oil.
After the pastors’ conference, Ashanti King Nan Osei Tutu II invites Richard for a visit. At that meeting Richard prays for the king, and he also gives an offering to the Children’s Fund—the king’s favorite charity.
In the meantime, on this last day of the clinic, the waiting room is full again. The doctors, nurses, and dental team manage to see more than 1,000 patients. Many of the patients are very grateful.
“We thank you very much for coming,” said one Ghanaian. “I think it is the will of God that we should be healed.”

At the Crusade

It doesn’t take long tonight for the healing power of God to flow through the crusade grounds, and soon thousands of people line up to testify.
One man has had chest pains for two years, but now that pain is completely gone. Another had a stroke six months ago and hasn’t been able to walk without a cane. But tonight he’s walking perfectly straight without it!
At the end of the service, Richard leads thousands in the prayer of salvation.
“The Bible says when a sinner comes to God, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels,” he said. “There’s rejoicing right now in the presence of the angels because of what’s happening here!”

The Final Day

Our time in Kumasi has gone by far too quickly. The people of Kumasi and their smiles have touched all of our hearts
Tonight at the healing crusade, Richard finishes preaching, and God’s healing power again begins to move. One woman who has suffered severe pain in her stomach for 12 years says she started shaking all over, and now the pain is gone!
Another woman was in the hospital yesterday for high blood pressure, so weak she could hardly move. She came to the crusade tonight believing God for a healing, and says she felt His power rushing through her. Now strength has returned to her body!
And when Richard again gives the invitation, masses of people come forward to receive Christ. Richard sums up this extraordinary visit by saying, “All that God laid on my heart has come to pass in this Ghanaian crusade. The power of the Lord has been present to heal, and through the preaching of the Word, thousands of people have given their hearts to Christ. This was a city-wide effort, and I am so honored to be involved in it!” MN