Few things have brought me joy like the fact that this week I get to minister with the man of God, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in Kampala. As part of the mass choir that will minister at the Makerere II grounds in Bwaise, I hit two birds with one stone; the privilege to minister, but also have prime location at the crusade, given that the man of God is known to draw crowds in their millions for his crusades.
Bonnke, who came to Uganda more than 20 years ago and held a big crusade at Kololo airstrip and another botched one in Jinja, has focused his ministry on Africa and the great anointing on his life has impacted millions especially in West Africa.
During our rehearsals at Redeemed Church of the Lord Makerere, one minister told of the Jinja crusade that never was. Bonnke had arrived in the thriving town with his team and set up for a crusade, but the town’s leadership together with police turned him away, citing the loud noise from his public address system.
Now, the Bible says when you come bearing good news but are turned away, dust yourself off of that place and move on. The minister at Redeemed said that on this occasion, Bonnke did not dust himself off of anything, but he is said to have sorrowfully removed his jacket and left it in Jinja as he departed.
And anyone who knows Jinja and understands things spiritual, knows that the town has never been the same since. This jubilee crusade from June 6 to 10 is, among other things, expected to turn fortunes around.
As Uganda turns 50, the Lord wants to lift the curse off our nation and trigger a blessing sufficient for all of us. Above all, Bonnke is on a mission to win more souls for Christ. Born in Germany but based in the US, Bonnke is the founder of Christ For All Nations ministry.
He is coming with evangelist Daniel Kolenda, another amazing preacher. I don’t know how you will get there, but just be there and don’t miss this epic moment. From the composition of the mass choir (so many churches are represented), it is my hope that this crusade also unites the body of Christ in Uganda, which is currently so divided in ways that bring shame to the name of Jesus.