Thu, 10 April 2014
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GOD DOES NOT HAVE TO TELL YOU WHY
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What is God asking you to do?
In 1976 the LORD told me to go to Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, and preach the Good News with signs following. This, of course, included training people as Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission: instructing believers about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Many MIRACLES happened.
I believe lots of bloodshed was avoided as a result of my ministry there as it preceded the nationalization of the country. A white minority government used to control the country until 1979. Following a brutal guerrilla war fought with two rival African nationalist organizations (Robert Mugabe’s ZANU and Joshua Nkomo’s ZAPU). Rhodesian premier Ian Smith conceded to biracial democracy in 1978.
However, a provisional government subsequently headed by Smith and his moderate colleague Abel Muzorewa failed in appeasing international critics or halting the bloodshed. Finally, the Republic of Zimbabwe was established and has remained so since 1980. The economic condition of the country has suffered terribly under its recent socialist government, as will probably the USA under the economic policies since 2008 which could well result in hyperinflation or stagflation.
In Germany’s Weimar Republic, there was a three-year period of hyperinflation between June 1921 and January 1924 where the German mark went from 4.2 marks per U.S. dollar to 4.2 Billion marks to the dollar. This rampant inflation was one of the reasons Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party came to power in that country.
During my time in Rhodesia I was taken out into the rural areas where, at 1 to 2 AM in the dark night, I would see hordes of people marching silently, inspired by Communist leadership, preparing for socialist revolt and overthrow of the ruling party. Economic conditions seemed unfair to the mass of the populace then … but nowhere in comparison to the terrible economic status of the country NOW and since 1979.
Zimbabwe is a more recent example of inflation run wild. At its peak in November 2008, inflation was running at 6.5 sextillion percent. Zimbabwe still has no national currency; currencies from other countries are used. The economy is wrecked under socialist Mugabe but God can break the curse of civil war. Mugabe's death may bring it (he is 90). The young people I trained in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) can be God's agents to bring an anointing from The Breaker to bring the country forward. “With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” PRAY for Zimbabwe!
While I was in Rhodesia I was invited to speak at several public schools with age brackets corresponding to high school in the USA. In every one of the schools where I ministered the gifts of the Holy Spirit operated and God performed MIRACLES. At the first school where I ministered I taught on “Jesus, the Healer.” At the end of my teaching, I started to pray for students … but nothing happened. I asked God, “What is wrong?”
The LORD spoke to me and said, “I don't want you to pray for the students. I want you to teach them HOW to pray for each other. Because when you leave, they will just say, 'It was a white man who came to pray for us.'” I did what God told me. I began having the students lay hands on each other and every one I know of who needed healing was healed. In every school I went to after that, I did the same thing. God would give me a Word of Knowledge about a condition in a student that I did NOT know (a condition in their body); I would call them out, and then have another student or students lay hands on them in Jesus' name and they would always be healed. Many students received Christ as a result of witnessing the MIRACLES.
The saddest school where I went to minister was referred to as a “colored” school. The students were “mixed” from African and Caucasian backgrounds, with some from parents from India. You could feel the heaviness in the spirit of the students. They were persecuted by both blacks and by whites. But, praise God, after the Lord Jesus visited them they did NOT have that problem. The spirit of heaviness was broken and they experienced the JOY of the LORD!
One day while at lunch I overheard a man's name mentioned in a conversation. He was the head over ALL media in Rhodesia. His name was Val Lunn. The next day, the LORD told me to go see that man. I did NOT know where he was, nor how to find him (I had merely heard his name mentioned). I knew that he was head of Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation so I found out the address of that office. I did not have access to an automobile and there was no transportation available in the area where I was staying (it was a very exclusive area).
I started walking in faith. I was used to this as previously I had lived on the streets, preaching the Gospel, and used my feet to get me places for years. After walking a short distance, I heard an automobile stop beside me. A lady was driving, and she said in a very commanding voice: “Get in, sit down!” (I later asked God if he had any angels that looked like a lady!) She asked me where I was going. I told her the address but that I did NOT know HOW to get there. She drove me to the head office of Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation.
When I arrived at RBC I told the receptionist that I wanted to talk to Mr. Val Lunn. She responded by telling me that he alternated offices, flying between Bulawayo and Salisbury, the capital (after 1982 it was named Harare), every other day. She said that Mr. Lunn would be back in Bulawayo where I was staying the next day. I left a note for him saying, “I am from California, USA, and the LORD told me to come see you.”
The next day I received a phone call from Mr. Lunn inviting me to come talk with him. I went to his office and shared with him the Good News of Jesus Christ. He told me he wanted to be saved and prayed with me, receiving Christ as His Lord. Then, I laid hands on him and he received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and started speaking in tongues. While he was speaking in tongues, he had his eyes closed and I left his office and walked away. He did not know I had left.
A few days later Mr. Lunn called me and asked me to come to his home and baptize him in his swimming pool. He also requested that I lead his house servant to Christ, both of which I did. After being baptized, Mr. Lunn told me this: he said, “I want Christ to use me in the media.” Since he was head of ALL media in Rhodesia, including radio and television, I recognized it as a great open door for the nation to hear about Jesus.
When I returned to the United States I notified the top three Christian television ministries that Val Lunn wanted Christian videos and programming sent to him to air on TV. (Pat Robertson of CBN called me to ask about what God had done in Rhodesia while I was there.) None of the top 3 Christian TV ministries ever responded to Val Lunn's request for video teaching. I even re-contacted one or two of them, but no response. I asked God, “Why don't these ministries want to help?”
Then I realized, “God does NOT have to tell me 'WHY.'” But I soon found out “WHY.” While I had been in Rhodesia I was holding a teaching seminar with several young black nationals. These young people were brilliant (two of them were bankers and drew European wages) but they had NO money. We met for the teaching sessions in an underground basement (there was NO floor above ground). There were buckets on the floor to catch rain water from ground level above. Every session that I taught I was impressed by the Holy Spirit to teach them, “Do NOT trust the God of the United States for your finances; trust the God of Elijah.” And, I taught a lot about the life of Elijah.
After I had been back in the USA for a few weeks I received a letter from the people I had been teaching in the underground seminar. They said, “We just made our first five (5) television shows!” Then I realized: “That's WHY God did NOT want the top 3 TV ministries in the USA to send any programming to Rhodesia.”It was the time of nationalization. God wanted ALL BLACK programming. I had never connected these young people with Val Lunn … and I do NOT know whether he had sought them out … but GOD DID IT.
Even though there was a lot of bloodshed in the few years following, I believe lots of bloodshed was avoided as a result of my ministry in Rhodesia as it preceded the nationalization of the country, as many received the Good News on TV during this troublesome time.
By God's grace we published and distributed thousands of Wordless Books in Zimbabwe. We supplied thousands to one missionary who baptized over 2,000 people and started over 800 churches there.
What is God telling YOU to do???
Remember, GOD DOES NOT HAVE TO TELL YOU WHY. Just obey Him!
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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