Acts 8:26-28 – But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Get ready and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he got ready and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading Isaiah the prophet.

There is something very special about Africa. I have been to South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia but I have to say that there is an indescribable specialness about Africa. The land, the people, and the animals somehow will all grab your heart. Today’s passage reminded me of the beauty of Africa as I read Luke’s description of Africa’s first convert. This Ethiopian man was the first of millions of African converts to Christ. Today an unprecedented revival is burning on the African continent. Rhinhard Bonnke played a huge part in opening Africa for today’s harvest. Here is how the publication Mission Box describes Bonnke.

“Reporters from Christianity Today attended a Bonnke evangelistic campaign in Lagos, Nigeria, in October 2000 that may be “one of the largest gospel gatherings recorded in modern times.” An estimated 1.6 million people attended that night, exceeding the 1.3 million who had been present the previous evening. Attendance for the entire six-day event was six million people. Bonnke never took credit for the vast numbers. When he was 60-years-old, he proclaimed that “This is harvest time, and Africa is my destiny.” He had been overwhelmed with a passion for Africa many years ago when, as a young man, he served as a missionary in Lesotho, South Africa. He explained the burden on his heart was to see the entire continent of Africa “washed in the blood of Jesus.”

The amazing thing to me is that this Great African Awakening began with a deacon hearing a word from the Lord to go down a desert road. On that road he had a divine encounter with one African man. This Ethiopian “happened” to be reading from the book of Isaiah describing the death of Christ. Phillip was at the right place at the right time with the right word. The rest is history, Africa’s awakening began and it is in full bloom today. Africa is being washed in the blood of Jesus.

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