From Edmond Gyebi
Tamale, the capital city of the Northern Region of Ghana, is not only likely to be turned upside down with over 600,000 people expected to throng the city for the Reinhard Bonnke Gospel Crusade with Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, but is also expected to witness yet another unimaginable outpouring of God’s glory.
The great epic crusade, which is being spearheaded by Christ for all Nations (CfaN) in Africa, is divinely conceived to bring salvation, healing, repentance, spiritual emancipation, and heavenly blessings upon the Northern Region in particular, and Ghana as a whole.
Starting from 26th to 29th January 2017 at the forecourt of the Tamale Sports Stadium, the Reinhard Bonnke Tamale Gospel Crusade is mainly targeted at winning unbelievers across Northern Ghana for Christ, and to free those in demonic captivity.
Many people are expected to travel down from Wa, Bolgatanga, Walewale, Savelugu, Yendi, Bimbilla, Salaga, Buipe, Kumbungu, Nanton, Gushegu, Tolon and Northern parts of Volta Region for the crusade.
The crusade is already receiving massive publicity and public attention, following the great outcome of a previous one held in Tamale by Reinhard Bonnke himself, some 30 years ago.
Apart from taking over the mass media (television, newspapers and radio), the CfaN officials are also mounting giant billboards, banners and posters, as well as distributing leaflets and invitation letters to all churches, mosques, chiefs and other identifiable groups to be part of the crusade.
Major stakeholders like the Ghana Pentecostal and Christian Council (GPCC), National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC), Christian Council of Ghana, Council of Independent Churches, Women’s Aglow International and Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International are also offering support to CfaN for a successful crusade.
Speaking at the official launch of the crusade at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, the Executive Director of Christ for All Nations (CFAN) in Africa, Rev. John Kwesi Darku, said that at least 50,000 Christian workers from all participating churches are mobilised for various roles, because of the anticipated large crowd.
Different committees, including that of Prayer, Counselling, Security (dominated by men and women from the Ghana Police Service), Media, Sanitation, and Music among others have also been formed and inaugurated.
Rev. Darku noted that the core mandate of Reinhard Bonnke and CfaN was to ensure the fulfilment of the Great Commission, by directing all souls to heaven and making hell empty.
He indicated that the hundreds of souls that would be won at the Reinhard Bonnke Tamale crusade would be planted in the participating local churches.
Rev. Darku noted that several dignitaries from all over the world accompanied Evangelist Daniel Kolenda to Tamale, most of who, he said, were investors, who could identify possible areas of investment in the north of Ghana.
The crusade is expected to bring unity among all the local churches, transform lives, restore hope, heal the sick, and ultimately, reveal Christ to the people of Tamale and beyond.
There will be a Fire Conference for pastors and people who are desirous to do the work of God.
On his part, Bishop James Kofi Abbrey, Coordinator for the Reinhard Bonnke Tamale Crusade, charged all the participating churches to own the event and publicise it extensively in their local churches.
He was of the strong conviction that the Tamale crusade, which is to be held in the first month of 2017, would accelerate the peace and blessings Ghanaians are yearning for.
“Ghanaians cried for change in government, and God granted it. So it is not about who is on the throne that matters to us, as Christians, but how we can pray fervently to God so that the change can impact positively in the lives of the entire people in the nation.”
Bishop Abbrey emphasised that the City of Tamale was going to be blessed spiritually, physically, economically and socially. He indicated that every time the Reinhard Bonnke crusade had visited the people, the land became blessed, and the power and anointing of God came upon the people, for which Tamale would not be exceptional.
He was particularly happy about the peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the Northern Region, and Ghana as a whole. Bishop Abbrey said that the Reinhard Bonnke Crusade with Evangelist Daniel Kolenda was open to all people, including Muslims, who love to be part of the event.
“Anyone who has ever witnessed our crusades sees that Muslims are brought on board, because we have a good relationship with them. They are our brothers. We are not coming to invade the land or scatter the Muslims, but we are going to invite the blessings of God upon every dweller.”
Meanwhile, the Tamale crusade was heralded by a four-day crusade by Evangelist Daniel Kolenda at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, in November 2016.
The Sunyani crusade saw the power of God touching the whole region, and multitudes flocking to the crusade ground to experience it for themselves.
There were testimonies after testimonies, as broken bones were mended and cripples walked.
The crusade was also used to pray for a peaceful election in Ghana, as the nation was preparing for the December 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
However, the last time the Reinhard Bonnke Gospel Crusade hit Tamale and other parts of Ghana, was in 1986 (30years ago).