As part of a ten-year campaign to saturate Africa with the Good News of Jesus Christ, Andrew Palau is joining with hundreds of churches and thousands of believers in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to hold a multi-year, multi-city, interdenominational evangelistic campaign.
Evangelistic efforts this year are focused on Yamoussoukro, the political capital of Côte d’Ivoire. NGA partner evangelists will join in the effort by focusing on the nearby city of San Pedro. God willing, this will feed into even great evangelistic opportunities in 2018 as we focus on the larger, economic capital of the nation, Abidjan (population 4.7 million).
Scroll down for updates from Côte d’Ivoire.
October 29: Final Festival Report from Yamoussoukro
October 28: Report from Day 2 of the Festival in Yamoussoukro
October 27: Report from Day 1 of the Festival in Yamoussoukro
Day 1 of the festival was a great success! Great crowd. Great spirit. Great response to the Gospel. Reports of attendance and decision numbers are still coming in, as well as photos from the evening. Below are a handful of the first few photos from the night.
October 26: Report from the Basilica in Yamoussoukro
October 25: Video Update from Andrew Palau
October 24: Update from Wendy Palau
Hello prayer warriors from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. We arrived last night and this morning was the press conference here in Abidjan. Andrew did an amazing job sharing the vision for the festival and also clearly sharing the Gospel with all the press in the room. Very powerful time. The welcome we've received is humbling and our great joy and pride is to tell the people of Côte d'Ivoire that there are many praying for them. Andrew did so in the press conference and we will continue to encourage the local leadership with this truth every step of the way. It means so much to them to know you are praying! So please don't stop. Of course there are many little obstacle being thrown up along the way, as always seems to be the case. But the Lord is with us and will lead us in triumphal victory.
Now we drive to Yamoussoukro this afternoon. We'll meet with the mayor and executive committee. Please pray for the women's dinner tomorrow night and business dinner on Thursday. Thank you all. You're a blessing.
Oct 23: Report from Festival Director Tim Innes
Thanks for praying for us here in Côte d’Ivoire. It’s been a great few days since we all started arriving in country. On Sunday we were in 6 churches preaching and saw many decisions for the Lord. There is good publicity all over town and people know Love Côte d’Ivoire Festival is happening. The team is amazing and I am so thankful for everyone on the ground who is working super hard.
Today Doug Horley (Duggie Dug Dug), Vic Murphy, John Andrus and Dustin (BMX team) began in the schools. This is a huge victory all by itself. One week ago we received permission to go into the schools from the education dept in Abidjan. Initially we were told we would not be able to have any programs in the schools. We now have a full program arranged. This morning they were will around 1500 kids and this afternoon two more schools.
I decided to stop in and visit the programs today and as I was watching Duggie Dug Dug I was introduced to a leader who was very excited. It turned out he was the President of all the primary schools in Yamoussoukro. He stopped by to see the program and told me he was going to go and call every headmaster in Yamoussoukro to send all the children to the festival Saturday and Sunday. He also wants to send all the teachers to supervise the children. Thats a miracle and a huge blessing. Let’s pray that thousands will come and we see a huge harvest for the kingdom.
Keep praying for the 100,000 Bible’s to be released from the border. We have a clearing agent now working to get them through.
Andrew, Wendy, and the rest of the team arrive today. Tomorrow we have our press conference in Abidjan, followed by meetings with various dignitaries.