EVANGELISTIC SANTA CLAUS IN JIMMA CITY ETHIOPIA.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7 The apostle of Faith Smith Wiggworth that wrote, “The book of Acts of Apostles was written because the apostles acted.” It pains me when I see Christian reluctantly hiding in their kitchens and sitting around in the church shouting Hallelujah when the devil throws just a word of opposition at the church. My eyes bleeds, watching all governmental positions that has connection with the move of God taken over by men and women possessed by the Ismael spirit (Muslims). On these positions, they try to hinder every move of God by enacting wicked and devilish laws. Interestingly, 7/01/2020 was Ethiopia, Egypt and Russia Christmas Day, therefore a holiday in these mentioned nations. While I was worshiping God on Sunday in the church after we have thanked Him for His mighty works and sign during Bonga City outreach, He said, “Rush in for Jimma city Christmas Eve Evangelistic Match.” At first, I was bothered, as the last mission cause an uproar in the Entire nation of Ethiopia, my university has threatened to depot me back to Nigeria, if am found preaching the gospel as they consider it a disturbance of national peace. Nevertheless, my whole being has been wired to obey God at all cost. How we need to pray down the spirit of the just man made perfect on the church that says’ “if I perish, I perish”. I went ahead to ask him how do I do that? He said with that baritone voice, “Dress like Santa Claus”. This made me smile, as it sounded crazy. “.. The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25). I have never imagined a preaching Santa Claus and one walking on the street distributing gospel tracts as gifts to the people. Same day right from the church I matched to the supermarket to ask for the prize of Santa Claus costume. The Church needs to learn the act of prompt obedience if we must outrun and defeat our enemy. I called my team immediately, notifying them our next mission, some reacted negatively as I expected. The country situation is not good, the political situation is not good, Jimma city administration does not permit such moves. They complained, but I have learnt the act of blocking both ears to unbelief and faith suffocating words especially from follow workers in the vine yard. Warfare prayers was intensified for this outreach and prayers of enquiry on how best to go about the evangelistic Santa Claus Christmas Day tour without causing an uproar in the city as well as how to invade the entire city in 2 hours before the devil wakes up from his slumber. God gave us, a clear cut plan on places to go. These places are Islamic strongholds in Jimma town but God has promised to, give us any place our feet steps on. Deuteronomy 11:24, Joshua 14:9 We tried to get clearance from the city administration but the officer in charge of such movement involving the church is a Muslim and seeing the letter, made an open mockery about it and vowed to arrest us if we embarked on the journey, but God threw him into panic as he shortly began to say, “I usually tear such applications if I receive them, but this one, I don’t understand why am still looking at it.” He then advised that we try not to embark on such movement as he was afraid some Ismael possessed youths will mob us. But it is written, “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him” Act 28:31 On the early hour of the Christmas day, we invaded the city of Jimma with the gospel wearing Santa Claus costume without any permission. How the dying world needs to be shown love and care. The people were happy to see Santa Claus dishing out gifts as well as the gospel. Evangelistic Santa Claus was giving both Muslim imams and everyone on sight Christmas hugs. How the dying world wants to be hugged by a loving heart. They gladly took the gospel tracts without resistance even the police on patrol were happy to see what God was doing. They took the tract and the gift with gladness. God has already said, “I am giving back the church the lost voice.” But until we start doing our part, this prophesy may not be fulfilled. The harvest is ripe but we have few laborer. This is not because we lack people in the church. It is because the people in church have decided not to make moves for God. Warlords are empowered to take nations and rebuild ruined cities.
Evang Chukwunyere Ebube Oliver.
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