The renowned Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills was warmly received by the pastors and chiefs of Ijero, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He made known that he was believing God for 2 things from the Ijero crusade: First, that miracles would already begin to take place, with the arrival of the Healing Jesus Crusade team and secondly that many, many souls would be saved.
This is exactly what happened during the evening crusades. There was great excitement and expectation in the air as people from Ijero and beyond gathered to hear the word of God each night. With great passion and his usual simple down to earth presentation, Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills preached about "Greater Love", emphasising that God's love is different from the love of any man.
So many souls were touched by this moving, much needed word of God and they gave their lives to Jesus Christ. And it did not end there. Once again, God demonstrated his power through the great Healing Evangelist as he ministered under the Anointing and there was a record of so many marvellous miracles! The lame walked, the deaf heard, the blind saw and indeed, there were several Bible-type miracles and testimonies. Just to mention a few....
1. A young man had been in a fatal accident and as a result of injury ended up with a limp. After the prayer for the sick he decided to take a few steps in faith only to suddenly realise the limp was no longer there!
2. A man suffering from a stroke with consequent paralysis on the left side experienced the touch of God. He could previously not lift his hand but after the prayer for the sick, he was able to lift his once paralyzed arm, up and down!
3. An elderly man, totally blind, upon instruction from the Evangelist, decided to lay his hands on his eyes during the prayer. As he believed God to heal him of blindness, he took his hands off his eyes after the prayer of faith, turned to look at his wife and discovered to his amazement and joy, that he could see.
4. A woman, totally paralyzed for over 3 months was carried to the crusade by her husband. Healed by the power of God during the crusade, she ran and rolled all over the stage, out of excitement!
5.An elderly man (now 60 years old) got into a fight when he was 15 years old and was slapped by someone. He lost his hearing in both ears after that slap. For several decades, he had lived as a deaf man. Suddenly after the prayer for the sick, his ears were opened and he could hear. Very excited, delivered from a bondage of many years, he testified of the goodness of God. By the end of the crusade, there were over hundred people still waiting, in a queue, to give testimonies of healing, miracles, deliverance from captivity and many more, but the Evangelist could not take them all.
The religious and civil leadership, as well as the people of Ijero, Ekiti, indeed demonstrated a lot of appreciation and respect for the great ministry of Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills. The King of Ijero for example, attended the crusade night after night, together with his entire household and other sub-kings. He eagerly received the messages and was seen to have taken down some notes during the preaching. Never had the crusade team ever seen such a rare sight.
To God be all the glory.