November 06, 2017
Love Cote d'Ivoire Festival Report
Written By: Betsy Kost
NGA members collaborated for an unprecedented week of evangelism and outreach in San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, October 29 through November 5. Evangelists Keith and Joan Cook, Richard and Ginger Hamlet, Alan and Vicki Greene, Reid Saunders, Vic Murphy, John Andrus, Dustin Orem, and Zach Blickens and his band White Ribbon Day joined together for a week of 37 outreaches, plus a four-night large scale festival. Throughout the course of the week, thousands made the decision to follow Christ.
The goal was to use every possible means to saturate San Pedro with the gospel, and though the week was not without obstacles, the efforts saw tremendous fruit.
The team went into schools each day, performing BMX stunts, singing, playing with the kids and sharing the Gospel. In public markets during the week, the team rolled in to share the Good News, utilizing a truck with a PA system mounted on it. In military barracks, Richard Hamlet preached to Ivorian soldiers. The team even went to men standing in line for day jobs at the port facility, sharing the Gospel with them in the early hours of the morning.
Radio opportunities allowed the team to promote the upcoming festival while also sharing the Gospel over the airwaves. A business and civic dinner featuring Richard and Ginger Hamlet saw a fantastic turnout, and the opportunity to speak the message of Jesus directly to business and civic leaders of the city. The team even fit in a visit with the Governor!
A women’s conferencewas held during the week and Ginger Hamlet, Joan Cook, Vicki Greene and the ladies of White Ribbon Day shared truth from the Scriptures with the women in attendance about their worth and value. In addition, a pastor’s conference was also held for local pastors in the area, and Alan Greene, Richard Hamlet, Keith Cook and Reid Saunders challenged and encouraged the pastors in attendance.
An especially amazing highlight, however, was the marriage conference. As Alan and Vicki Greene and Richard and Ginger Hamlet shared about what it means to have a Christ-centered marriage, the crowd began to swell. Though 500 chairs had been set up, it was standing room only as the NGA couples fielded difficult questions about marriage, and by the end of the evening, a total of 750 people were crammed in and listening intently to the message of hope shared by the evangelists.
The finale of the week, of course, was the festival. It was four evenings of large-scale outreach incorporating BMX, live music, and the message of eternal life through Jesus brought by the NGA evangelists. Approximately 47,000 people came to the festival over four days, with over 5,200 making public decisions to follow Jesus.
We praise God for this incredible harvest, which does not yet even include the number of decisions from the outreach events leading up to the festival! We ask you to continue to pray for those who made decisions. Pray that those who came forward would be the future spiritual leaders who would help bring revival to the nation of Côte d’Ivoire!
Another collaboration opportunity in Côte d’Ivoire is opening for NGA evangelists in 2018. If you are interested in partnering with NGA to reach more cities in Côte d’Ivoire, please reach out to us at [email protected].
Photo Credit: Alan Greene, Hennie Venter, John Andrus