There is an elderly Ethiopian evangelist who resides in the US and comes to my church once a year or at least once in two years. His story amazes me every time he tells it.
His story about how he fled Ethiopia with his wife and kids, leaving behind his flourishing bakery and all his family property. Eventually, the government took over all their property and he can’t go back to claim it because he is viewed as a traitor. Sadly, this is the same story for almost every Ethiopian who is residing, working or studying abroad.
As he was preaching in one of his recent visits, he stopped mid-sentence abruptly and stared into the audience that had gathered for the evening revival service. The silence was a long one.
He smiled and asked “what is your testimony?“
Almost everyone smiled.
He repeated the questioned and added “don’t tell me how you got saved. Tell me what God is doing now or recently in your life“.
90% of the smiles could not be traced any longer.
He added, ‘That is how you evangelise today because people are hungry for God and not miracles‘.
This statement took many present in the full sanctuary aback because this man of God has the gift of healing and many from our church and the neighborhood had come with their issues to be prayed for.
At the end of the sermon, he prayed for many and we have seen instant and continuous healings and testimonies.
- Are you stuck at your salvation story?
- What is your testimony?
- Are you counting your blessings or are your counting your issues?
- Most of all, have you shared your testimony with anybody else?
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11 NIV
End of short story.