Must, must read. I have to say I'm not typically a non-fiction reader. I can probably count on both hands how many non-fiction books I have read, ever! Compared to my 100 or so fiction books I have read, it's a big difference. The story has to be compelling enough for me to want to pick it up and engaging to keep me reading.
This book is a huge undertaking, 630 page. It may take you awhile but it's well worth the read!
I had the privilege to hear Reinhard Bonnke speak a few month back. I have to be honest, I had never heard of him. My in-laws mentioned how they were going to hear him speak and my husband had said how he wanted to go, so when the opportunity came we took it.
When Reinhard spoke he showed a video clip of his ministry in Africa (a little like the one above). I was blown away! The millions that he has reached is amazing! (At one time in his ministry 1 million came to the Lord in one service! Praise God!) My husband and me were talking after we heard him speak about how simple his message was. To the point and easy to understand. In his book he mentions that he speaks the ABC's of Salvation. As we talked I said, that may be how God is able to use him. He doesn't go over your head. Neither does God! His gift is free and easy to receive, why complicate it!?
I wanted to read his book after hearing Reinhard speak and then in my bible study we were encouraged to read it as well. So I borrowed it from a friend and I am so glad I did! It took me a full 8 days to finish it and it did get harder to keep up at the last 100 pages but man it's amazing to read his story and so many stories of others his path has crossed with over his lifetime! It was interesting to see when I was born what miracles were taking place and have continued over my lifetime in another country I had no idea about!
If you have ever felt over looked, pushed aside or in the background, you should read this book! Reinhard felt called to Africa at age 10! His parents did not believe him and he was a naughty boy. He always in trouble, yet God passed over the two oldest sons and went to the 2nd to youngest child (youngest son) to anoint with the calling of evangelism.
I love Reinhard's passion, despite all the opposition he had. Even as he drew crowds of hundreds of thousands people would stand against him. It's amazing how even in the house of God we can discourage those around us that have a true calling on their lives! It is sad. But Reinhard trusted God and God always provided and protected!
God has really been speaking to my heart about missions these last few months. Our children's pastor and another friend are working towards their goals for missions from our church! Another family that is friends of ours just went to live in China (my heart) from our church as well. I have another friend going to Africa and friends that are working on going on missions trips. I remember going to Brazil and El Salvador 10 years ago and I LOVED it! I would love to do again one day.
I'm not sure what God is teaching me these last few months, in my heart. We can be a missionary even in our lives with those around us. A few weeks back Jayden and Akayla-Joy both said that God told them to be missionaries! Akayla-Joy to Africa, Jayden said God hasn't said where yet! Who knows what God will do but I will not discourage it.
I just finished a bible study on Romans as well. We talked about our lives; being examples, reaching others through our lives. It was a great study to help remind us of our calling. Romans was a spark, this book sparked into a fire!
It is time, let's Live A Life of Fire!!!
Tanya, missionary to Cambodia from Harvest Church
Our amazing children's Pastor, Joyce
Holly, missionary to Africa