As an international evangelist who preaches the gospel in some of the most unreached and dangerous nations on the planet, Chris Mikkelson's foremost ministry goal is to see souls saved. And while he has preached in perilous places in the Middle East where Christians are often persecuted, including Pakistan, he is well aware of the need for Jesus in his own backyard in Orlando, Florida.
This weekend, Mikkelson—a protege of Christ for All Nations' Daniel Kolenda and the late Reinhard Bonnke—and his ministry team are hosting the Salvation USA Good News Gospel Crusade in a much smaller setting than they are accustomed to. Yet, the results have been the same.
The first two nights have indeed seen salvations, deliverance and physical healings reminiscent of Mikkelson's Middle East crusades, where hundreds of thousands have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and many are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Friday night, Mikkelson says he was greatly encouraged at the enthusiasm of the crowd that came to hear the Good News.
"We had an epic first night," Mikkelson says. "I'm not sure if I have ever seen a crowd as excited and energetic as at a gospel crusade. Eddie James and his worship team did an amazing job leading us into the presence of God. My friend, Evangelist Steven Hurlburt, did an amazing job working the crowd and getting them excited. After I preached the gospel, the response was incredible.
"From the stage it looked like at least 70% of the crowd raised their hands to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior," he adds. "When I asked them to come forward, the altar was full of people—many crying, receiving Jesus Christ into their hearts. It was a beautiful sight to see.
"After the altar call for salvation, I prayed for the sick, and many people testified of being completely healed," Mikkelson says. "One woman came with severe arthritis all over her body. She said she hadn't been able to dance or walk without pain and tonight she danced on stage with me, completely headed and pain free. Praise God!
"Many others testified of being healed of various pains and issues," he says. "One crying mother asked us to pray for her son who was on life support in the ER. We all prayed for her son to be healed, and we got word from her at the end of the night that the boy was taken off life support and the doctors said he was completely well. Hallelujah!"
The Salvation USA Good News Gospel crusade will conclude Sunday night, and Mikkelson says he believes the "best is yet to come."
Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma Media.
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