Not Just For Women

On July 1-9, 2017, I,  Shem Mabongor went with Bishop Apollo Masa and Miracle Life Ministry along with a team of other pastors to Mbarara in Western Uganda.  Our mission was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Banyankole (the same tribe as the president of Uganda).  Apollo Massa has a large PA system and a mobile stage that he can load on a truck and take to all parts of the country.  My main duties were as driver and intercessor.  I knew it was spiritual warfare and prayers were needed to break the evil spiritual powers principalities in the area that have been binding the people in religion, traditions and all kinds of perversions so that people can be freed to come and accept Jesus as their personal savior.

Our team left Mbale at 7 p.m and reached Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at midnight.  We stayed with Bishop Apollo’s brother that night then took off again at 9 a.m. the next morning.  We arrived at Mbarara at 4 p.m.  I had been driving for seven hours, but there was no time to rest.  I immediately went to the field where the stage was being set up and began to pray.

We found those of another religion were holding a crusade there as well.  They had a bull horn type equipment declaring their religions mantra.  The other religion declared they wanted to work together with the Christians who had just arrived.  When our team set up our PA system the other religion wanted to break their machines.  They didn’t want to cooperate, they wanted war instead.  The other religion said that true believers preach during day, but told everyone that the  Christians want to set up their disco now.  They were calling our worship a disco.

2 Corinthians 10:4King James Version (KJV) 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

We reminded ourselves that our war is not physical and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.  Instead of exchanging words with the leaders of the other religion, we pressed into spiritual warfare and prayer.  The other religious leaders boasted about the one convert they had made but we didn’t mind about them.  One of their own tribe stood at in the pulpit and asked the other religious leaders questions and faithfully challenged them with the true Word of God.  The man was not one of our team but soon began helping us.

At 8 p.m. I stepped up to the microphone and began praying.  I cleansed the area and the atmosphere with the blood of Jesus.  I opened the conference by inviting the local pastors to come and partner with us.  We wanted them to own the crusade and work together with them.  They called the choirs from their churches.  Five pastors stepped forward to work with us.  After a time of worship, I called Bishop Apollo Masa to come and preach.  Twenty-one men came forward to receive Christ.  Not old men, but strong energetic males who were in the prime of life.  Usually women are the first ones to come and mostly women are the ones to get saved.  But this crusade was very different.  All throughout our time there, the entire seven days of ministry, it was mostly men who responded to the Gospel.

During the day, the area where we were preaching was used as a main market place for selling produce and goods.  But as it got dark the prostitutes came and began selling themselves.  There were lodges surrounding the field where we were preaching.  Both male and female prostitutes where standing on the edge of the field waiting for customers near the main road.  We could see they were listening to the messages from the preachers.  At first the prostitutes were boldly displaying themselves, but by the third day they were shy and looked ashamed.

One of the churches that hosted us had not even 20 feet from their door to the door of a homosexual lodge where male prostitutes did their work.  The pastors in the area that we worked with thanked us for coming.  They said when they preach no one comes but the Lord Jesus Christ had sent us to the area with power.  We didn’t see large crowds.  Maybe 100 would show up during the worship time, then 70 would be left to hear the preaching and by the time we made the altar call 10 – 20 people would come forward to receive Christ.  But what really struck me was the area of society from which the people came.  There is a pride in the Banyankole tribe because they are the ruling tribe.  They have all the cows, they have all the money.  So it was unusual for men to come to Christ, but those are the people we saw coming forward to give their lives to Jesus.

On the last day, we told the people we would be leaving soon.  We began on Sunday and finished on Friday night.  The local pastors told the crowds, “This is the last day for the crusade and God sent these people for a reason.  If you miss this appointed time, it is up to you.”  That’s when people really got serious.  Over twenty people came forward, including a number of female prostitutes (7 or more).  After the group of prostitutes came to the Lord Jesus Christ, we had a spiritual deliverance service for them until after midnight.  These women were bound by demons and spiritual covenants with all kinds of evil that had to be broken.  It was getting late and one woman still needed prayer.  We had a long journey ahead of us.  So we loaded the woman in the car and took her to the church of the hosting pastor.  This pastor’s wife had just delivered a baby two days previously.  So he really had his work cut out for him; with a new baby in the hospital, hosting us and the main pastor we linked with for the crusade.  He assured us that we could leave the woman in his church.  She was free from the demons but just needed some time to rest.

Luke 8:1-3New International Version (NIV) 8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;

We wanted to return home that night, but felt a check in our spirit.  We all agreed to travel the next morning.  As we were coming home, both tires on one side of the van blew out at the same time after hitting a speed bump.  I was able to navigate to to the side of the road and we found help to replace the tires.  It was just the grace of God that we did not have an accident or were not stranded in the middle of the night on the deserted road.

We continued on our journey and reached home safely rejoicing that the Lord Jesus Christ had done His work.  We entrusted the sixty (60) people who gave their lives to Jesus Christ, to the care and discipleship of local pastors.  We are planning another crusade, this time in Tororo, for the first week in August 2017.

A crowd beginning to form at the open air crusade in Mbarara in Western Uganda

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