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The following is a report on Global Outreach Day, in which millions were mobilized to reach the world for Jesus on May 25.
Psalm 126 describes our overwhelming feelings of the second Global Outreach Day: “We were like those who dream" (v. 1). It’s like being in a dream!
According to the figures provided by our partners, we estimate more than 15 million Christians were active on Global Outreach Day. If each one spoke to only two people, we were able to reach 30 million people with the gospel.
We printed more than 22.7 million tracts and 760,000 training booklets to reach out to people and to train Christians in evangelism. One of the first fruits of this great harvest was a Mexican customs officer who, when processing our shipment, saw our tract, read it and got saved.
Saturday, May 25, was the kickoff day to reach the entire nation of Nepal as well as Mexico City, the world’s second-largest urban area. We also reached a huge region in Asia of 100 million people and a village in Switzerland. Of course, completing Mexico and the Asian area took longer than a few days, but all of those projects started together on the Global Outreach Day.
Nepal: The Impossible Becomes Possible
Nepal has 5.4 million homes, and 8 million tracts were printed. We saw that most of the regions had been covered in a short period of time. Special teams went into the mountain areas, with 500 churches traveling into the Himalaya regions to reach many people with the gospel for the first time.
In one village, a mentally ill woman received prayer, and the Lord healed her completely. That same weekend was a Buddhist religious festival, where Buddha’s birthday was celebrated. It was the perfect opportunity to proclaim the truth.
In Mexico City, 1,000 churches have been active to reach the lost. They set their goal to reach every one of the 6 million homes there before this Christmas. A total of 3 million tracts have been distributed there. Our national coordinator reports that 90 percent of the churches he spoke to said they have had new visitors following the outreach.
Also in Mexico, Global Outreach Day brought many churches together to work in unison. Many decisions were made for Jesus. One of our workers says that up to 95 percent of the people he had spoken with received Jesus. One teenager reportedly distributed 2,000 tracts and met a man who had for years sought real Christians. He gave his life to Jesus.
A small child gave his alcohol-addicted father a tract, and he was so moved and convicted that he called a pastor the next day at 5 a.m. to get right with God.
Many Ideas, One Goal
Winning people for Jesus was what it was all about. A wedding couple went to prostitutes with roses. Facebook was used. People went into hospitals and retirement homes. Others used family celebrations and open-air events to proclaim the gospel.
Some supernatural things also happened on Global Outreach Day, according to the following reports.
In Moldova, teenagers prayed for a woman who was unable to walk. After the prayer, she walked again. At an open-air event, 200 people made a decision for Jesus. A young man prayed for another man who was deaf in one ear, and his hearing was restored.
In Mozambique, a group of Muslims came to faith, after which 48 people were baptized in the name of Jesus. A 12-year-old girl received prayer, and her father testified the next day that she was healed and could hear again.
In Zurich, Switzerland, 50,000 Christian newspapers were printed and distributed. Believers reached out to prostitutes in nightclubs, bringing them roses. A huge flash mob organized in the downtown area, as did one in Tokyo, Japan.
In Brazil, a 20-year-old believer mobilized Christians in more than 300 cities. One church movement alone organized 40,000 evangelistic events all over the country.
In the United States, members of the International House of Prayer were active with an open-air gathering of 3,000 people in Kansas City, Mo. In Israel, Christians spoke with Holocaust survivors seeking restoration and a heart for forgiveness.
On Solomon Island, a teenager took to the streets and reportedly led 102 people to Jesus. In Pakistan, many thousands of Christians boldly testified of their faith and reached more than 100,000 people, including Muslims.
In one city in Austria, 1,000 people gathered for a human chain around the city center and proclaimed Jesus’ love.
Global Outreach Day 2014 has been set for June 14. The vision of reaching entire cities is now globally advancing. Please pray about possibly reaching an entire city with the gospel in 2014.
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