I have been going to Africa for over 25 years and I must admit it is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) places to minister. I love Africa. My first stop on the mainland was Ghana but the first country I ever ministered in that great continent was Cote D’Ivoire, in the summer of 1991 if my memory serves me right. The first thing I saw was the passion for worshiping God and the demand for the supernatural. I saw this phenomenon among the rich and the poor in Africa. The same attitude is prevalent today. Back in the early nineties when I started traveling within Africa I saw much poverty but as the Gospel made its way through the region many of these countries began to experience change in government and change in their economy. I also enjoy South Africa which I have been to many times.
In October 1992, my destiny changed for the better when I had the privilege of ministering in Lagos, Nigeria, courtesy of Rev Dr Christ Tunde Joda, the Senior Pastor of Christ Chapel International Churches. I will forever be grateful to Dr Joda, who was the door for me to enter the fullness of my destiny. It was like the missing piece of the puzzle and as of 2017, I have been to Nigeria 105 times. I feel at home when I am in Nigeria and the people respond well to me. Many years ago, Dr Mike Murdock made this statement ‘Go where you are celebrated and not where you are tolerated.’
I love Africa and I have thoroughly enjoyed Ghana and Madagascar but Nigeria holds a very special place in my heart. Many have asked me, ‘Why do you love Nigeria so much?’ Here are my reasons:
- I learned the Word from American ministers such as Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Jerry Savelle, Oral Roberts, Frederick K.C. Price and Jimmy Swaggart to name a few, but I learned ministry in Nigeria. The teaching I heard was believed and activated aggressively by the believers in Nigeria
- I love their hunger for the Word and their passion for prayer. Nigerians can pray for hours and days. So far I have not seen any nation that can rival their hunger for the Word and prayer.
- Nigeria has produced phenomenal ministers that are presently shaking the world. What I love most is their level of understanding of the Scriptures. I remember my shock when I was in Nigeria in 1992, when I saw children quoting from the book of Habakkuk. Most people in the West would not have a clue that Habakkuk is actually in the Bible!
- I love the aggressiveness of faith and unshakable confidence in the Word of God. By nature Nigerians are very assertive and that applied in the kingdom has unleashed a wave of revival in that nation.
- Africans by nature are jovial people. Over the years they have had to put up with a lot of problems, bad governance, non existent infrastructure and corruption but the spirit of Africa is unquenchable and generous. I have found Nigerians to be a most generous people and the same can be said about the rest of Africa. They believe in God and they look up to God. The average African believes in God and has a healthy respect for God even though he may not know the way of salvation. In the West, people in general have no respect for God and absolutes.
- I am in awe when I see the level of respect towards the elders and people in ministry in Africa as compared to the West.
- The reason why I love Nigeria so much is because it is part of my destiny. When you are called to a particular nation then the joy of the Lord will be present when you are there.