Eternity Minded Ministries
with Dan Owens recently returned from Gitega, Burundi on a truly
miraculous mission trip complete with humanitarian aid, five evening
festivals, discipleship training, and community ministries. Eternity
Minded Ministries (EMM) is a non-profit faith based organization founded
and led by Dan Owens. Dan Owens reveals, "The Lord was clearly leading
us to expand our ministry to Gitega." Carl Dawson, EMM's ministry
director, shared "The enemy was working against us and tried to keep us
away. We were told that Gitega is a cold city unreceptive to the Word
and that we would be wasting our time." Eternity Minded Ministries
obeyed the Lord and sent in the troops with the largest EMM ministry
team to date. Twenty nine volunteers supported this mission trip along
with Dan Owens, Carl Dawson, and EMM's pastoral representative in
Africa. This mission was certainly not a waste of time as the Lord was
truly glorified in Gitega.
Dan Owens says "Gitega was a
festival of prayer. Over 5,000 came to Christ because of prayer." The
enemy set a number of stumbling blocks to keep EMM from ministering in
Gitega. For example, the team was asked to postpone the festival for
three months due to raining and flooding in the area. It has also been
said that the demonic activity in Gitega has been so great over the
years that many evangelists have avoided the area. But our Lord is
greater and He won in Gitega.
Our Lord equipped EMM with a
spirit-filled team ready to go and fight for Him and a faithful prayer
team at home. Local pastors were surprised on the first night when
nearly 15,000 people came on the grounds. People were hanging out of
trees to see Dan Owens and listen as he gave the message and laid out
the plan of salvation. Pastors may have been surprised at the turnout;
but at the end of the first night when nearly 2,000 people came forward
-- they were astonished.
Because rain was a concern,
prayer warriors were vigilant in asking the Lord to hold back the rains.
During the five day festival it rained in the morning, in the evening,
in areas around the grounds, and it even rained at the end of the
festival. Praise the Lord -- it NEVER rained once during the Gospel
message and not one day of ministry was lost due to rain.
During the day the ministry
troops went to schools, prisons, hospitals, orphanages and military
barracks to share the love of Christ and be a witness; and ground was
broken on the new Christian school in Gitega that is being built with
funds raised by Eternity Minded Ministries. By the end of the last
festival night over 75,000 people heard the Gospel and over 5,000 people
came forward to receive Jesus Christ and prayer. Thousands received
spiritual as well as physical healing during the festival evenings. Dan
Owens says "I was especially touched after watching a woman receive
prayer for physical healing and then immediately throw down her crutches
and run over to me with complete joy on her face as she walked for the
first time in years. Our God is truly amazing and ALL things are
possible through Him."
The Lord was truly glorified
in Gitega and He made His salvation known. Eternity Minded Ministries
will continue to minister in Gitega as churches are planted and pastors
are trained. Contact EMM for more information about the Christian school
project and the Seed and Seeds programs that will continue to glorify
the Lord in Gitega.
About Eternity Minded
Eternity Minded Ministries is a non-profit
501(c)(3) evangelistic ministry founded and led by Dan Owens,
evangelist, author, and speaker. EMM is devoted to proclaiming the Good
News of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world, providing humanitarian
aid, training disciples, and promoting renewal and spiritual growth in
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