Jesus Festival in Kozhikode Day 2
The second day of the Jesus Festival in Kozhikode (Calicut), India, began with Power Conference, at which more than 500 pastors, leaders, and eager believers gathered together to listen to the teaching of pastor Henry Madava, the president of the Christ for All Cities Ministries. The title of pastor Henry Madava's sermon—The Servants of the New Testament—was based on the verses from the Bible recorded in 2nd Corinthians 3:4–7. “To serve God, it is not necessary to be official. Our officiality comes from God,” said pastor Henry. At the end of the service, pastor Henry prayed for the people, laid hands on pastors and proclaimed the blessing of expansion into their lives. The Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way in the hall, even while the pastor was preaching.
Since today was a holiday, even more people were able to come to the Jesus Festival. Many people, who just walked around the city, came to the territory of the Festival and had an opportunity to hear the good news about Jesus—because He is the main acting person of this Festival. Jesus came to restore the broken lives of people. There were so many people who needed this restoration, salvation, healing, and deliverance.
Pastor Henry preached about God's love towards people. He read the Gospel of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God's love towards people was manifested in the fact that He gave His Son for the atonement of man from sin. “The love of God is compassionate, doing good, and tender,” the pastor preached. But God does not just manifest His love, He also has the power—the power by which He heals diseases, sets people free, and resurrects the dead. Pastor Henry read a story from the Gospel of Luke 7:11–15 on how Jesus raised from the dead the son of a widow, who was in a hopeless situation. Jesus had compassion for her, as well as for each of us!
Even during the sermon, people already received their healing. One man had only one kidney in which there were stones, and he felt severe pain. He felt a touch from God during the sermon, and the pain was gone. Pastor Henry prayed that the missing kidney might be re-created as well. Another man had a heart attack, and as a result he had chest pain. He also received his miracle of healing.
Having finished his sermon, pastor Henry made a call to all those who wanted to receive the blessing of forgiveness of sins from God. Hundreds of people responded and went out to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior! At the end of the service, each person who went out for prayer received a book “Saved! Let’s Lay the Foundation” written by pastor Henry. This book was printed in the local Malayalam language.
Then the prayer for the sick began. In the meantime, pastors who were present at the morning service and ministers who came with pastor Henry cast out unclean spirits in a special tent. Our God is great, and today He healed a large number of people! A woman, who is 57 years old now, had had fear since the age of 12 because of the demonic spirit, and she could not smile. Today she has received complete freedom, and she became joyful and started to smile. Joshua had had a problem with eardrums for two months, so that he felt pain when it was loud around. When the pastor mentioned the eardrums during the prayer, the pain went away and the man’s hearing was fully restored. Another man had chest pain and a stomach problem. He felt someone put his hand in his stomach during the prayer, everything fell into place, and he felt better. A young girl had an accident on a rickshaw a month ago, and after that she had a headache on her right side. As people listened to the testimonies, she laid her hand on her head, and the pain went away. A little five-year-old girl, Victoria, had stomach pain, so that she could not even drink water without pain for the last four months. When pastor Henry prayed, the pain went away. An elderly woman, Alice, had been blind for a year. God touched one of her eyes during the conference in the morning and the second eye in the evening service. Now she can fully see with her both eyes! This is only a part of the miracles that Jesus has done today, and we expect even more miracles on the last day of the Festival!
Many thanks to all partners and believers who support the Jesus Festival and participate in it with their prayers and finances! God bless you! You are doing a good deed for expanding the kingdom of God!