He writes: In spite of the morning rains, about 25,000 people attended the New Year's Eve rally in the "Stade des Martyrs" in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo. The electric power shut off three times in the course of the afternoon which made us lose two hours of meeting time. When my turn came to preach, I had only 45 minutes. We had the use of the stadium only until 6:30 pm. The gathering was designed mostly for believers, but I also included a call to non-believers in my message. My text was from Deuteronomy 9: 3 "But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire, He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you."
We were not allowed to use the football field, so we called for people to stand up where they were as a sign of first time commitment or rededication. As far as I could see, practically the whole stadium stood up. The rally was televised live across the city and across the river to Brazzaville. It was also retransmitted twice daily for much of January, so a potential audience of several million people could see it.
The organizers told me how much they appreciated the fact that I pulled no punches when it came to laying bare the sins of the people without distinction of social class, and calling for repentance and restitution whenever possible and necessary. The organizers want to take advantage of this momentum and have me come back to Kinshasa, and they suggested August for a national pastors' conference and an open-air evangelistic meeting. If this is possible, I'm hoping that I can work together with Proclamation Evangelism Network on this venture.
I spent a couple of hours with the General Secretary of the Baptist Community (CBCO) which has had quite a long period of difficulties. We discussed how I might be able to help them re-launch their ministry of evangelism on a new track.
· Pray for Bill Thomas as he makes himself available to God’s people for the ministry of evangelism and the training of Christian workers all over the world.