"The Bishop of Kondoa, The Right Reverend Given Gaula requested another Kiwi team to his diocese to conduct rural evangelism, healing and teaching. The team consisted of John Mock (Rangiora), Rev Peter Akester (Rangiora), Rev Steven Wockner (Queensland) and was led by Rev Andrew Allan-Johns (Rangiora). This is the seventh such visit, the sixth for me and the second under SOMA NZ auspices.
Day One of the programme was a rest day on arrival but actually consisted of sharing with theology students and a healing meeting in the cathedral using words of knowledge. This resulted in about 15 people receive healing, including three with arthritis, three with breathing problems and one with very poor sight greatly improved.
Days Two to Four were spent in the Itolwa deanery (a two-hour drive from Kondoa town) where four parishes participated in seminars. The four-person team was supplemented by the bishop and the Director of Evangelism, Canon Lamech Masambe. Sessions included: The Kingdom of God has Come Near to you; How to heal the sick; Forgiveness and Reconciliation; Understanding Evil; Getting free from the demonic and curses; Coaching in how to do deliverance; Being filled with the Holy Spirit. In all 80 people participated with numbers growing over the three days. Peter translated for us into Swahili. Healing was demonstrated using words of knowledge in the first session with a result of four people healed. Following this demonstration 18 people responded to the invitation to be coached in healing others using the locally adapted John Wimber four step method – Jambo, Njoo, Habari, Asante. Fifteen people reported being healed in the first batch. This was followed by individual testimonies and 6 good questions which allowed further teaching on healing methods and theology.
The team was housed in a local teacher’s home. We were asked to pray for their daughter who had long term pain in the womb area. We found that, like many stomach and head complaints, it was demonic in origin. She was still without pain a day later. As in other regions we noticed that most people had issues with witchcraft and the occult which were significantly affecting their health. As a general practice we found that leading congregations through corporate repentance for this made healing much easier and faster."