Here is a recap of how it all began…
- Our friends Marla and Larry Haak challenged us to embark on this endeavor, with them taking on the huge responsibility of securing the donations needed to bring this to pass. Please remember them in your prayers!
- Mr. Carlos Ungson, a precious fellow believer, has graciously supplied a huge plot of land at the entrance of the city, right next to the highway, free of charge, for use during the crusade from now until next spring. Please ask for God’s blessing on Mr. Ungson and his family for their kindness.
- We were told we would never be able to get Carlos Annacondia, but one of the foremost evangelists in Latin America, with a long standing, sound, reputation is coming in spring 2016.
- We have met weekly for the month of April with the area pastors and their energy and cooperation in this effort has been notable. They too, believe this could be the beginning of The Last Day Harvest!
- Just before we started this endeavor, Pastor Carlos Maciel told us about a brother in the Lord who had just came to the area pastors’ alliance meeting with this account: The Lord had spoken to his heart to take his plane and fly over the southern Baja Peninsula, pouring oil out upon the land as he flew over Baja California Sur (our state), as a picture of what the Lord was about to do with His Spirit!
- Hope is rising in the hearts of the area pastors. They are already challenging their congregations to prepare their hearts, to bring in their unsaved friends and relatives, and to disciple those who accept the Lord. The spiritual atmosphere is already changing, so the fruit will be ripe even before Carlos Annacondia comes.
Below is an excerpt from an article by Peter Wagner, along with the link to the full article. The article is long, but well worth reading. It will greatly bless your heart. This account is what we have prayed for – what we moved to Mexico for!
“After observing the ministry of Carlos Annacondia for several years, I am prepared to offer a hypothesis: Annacondia may well be the most effective citywide interdenominational crusade evangelist of all time. If this turns out to be only approximately true, his approach to winning the masses of the cities to Christ deserves close scrutiny.
Annacondia was the committed Christian owner of a prosperous nuts and bolts factory in Quilmes on the outskirts of Buenos Aires when he was called into evangelistic ministry. It was probably no mere coincidence that the day he launched his first public crusade was the day the British sunk the Argentine battleship General Belgrano in the 1982 Falkland Islands war. He was 37 years old at the time.
When I use the term "effective evangelism" I follow the lead of Donald McGavran and the Church Growth Movement in arguing that biblical evangelism involves bringing unbelievers to a simultaneous commitment to Christ and also to the body of Christ. Making disciples involves bringing men and women to faith in Jesus and into responsible membership in a local church. Carlos Annacondia is highly successful in seeing this happen. On a recent visit to Argentina I worked with pastors of four cities. Without any leading questions on my part, in each of the four cities I heard Christian leaders in a matter-of-fact way refer to recent trends in their cities as "before Annacondia" and "after Annacondia". In more than 20 years of studying urban crusade evangelism I have never heard such consistent testimonials of one evangelist across the board. Single instances of effective evangelistic crusades such as Tommy Hicks in Buenos Aires and Stanley Mooneyham in Phnom Penh have been recorded. But Annacondia's ministry seems to be unique.
Several pastors showed me new sanctuaries they had constructed to contain the growth after Annacondia's crusade in their city. One showed me a basketball stadium they had been leasing for six years. Another church now holds 17 services a week in five rented theaters. Another pastor reports "a notable change of attitude among the people of our city as a result of Annacondia's ministry."
What Is Different?
What is Carlos Annacondia doing that other urban evangelists do not usually do? Annacondia has a great deal in common with traditional crusade evangelists. He preaches a simple gospel message, gives an invitation for people to come forward and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior, uses trained counselors to lead them to Christ and give them literature, takes their name and address and invites them to attend a local church.
Like Billy Graham and Luis Palau, Annacondia secures a broad base of interdenominational support from pastors and other Christian leaders in the target area. Like Dwight Moody and Billy Sunday he has had no formal academic theological training. Like Reinhard Bonnke and T. L. Osborne he features miracles, healings and deliverance from evil spirits in his meetings. He is not the only one who preaches in the open air, conducts three-hour services, or has on-the-spot intercessors praying for the ministry.
If I am not mistaken, the major difference is Carlos Annacondia's intentional, premeditated, high-energy approach to spiritual warfare.
A permanent fixture of Annacondia's crusades is what has to be one of the most sophisticated and massive deliverance ministries anywhere. Under the direction of Pablo Botari, a wise, mature and gifted servant of God, literally hundreds of individuals are delivered from demons each of the 30 to 50 consecutive nights of a crusade. The 150-foot deliverance tent, erected behind the peaker's platform, is in operation from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each night. Scores of teams whom Botari has trained do the actual hands-on ministry.
I have never observed a crusade evangelist who is as publicly aggressive in confronting evil spirits as Annacondia. With a high- volume, high-energy, prolonged challenge he actually taunts the spirits until they manifest in one way or another. To the uninitiated the scenario might appear to be total confusion. But to the skilled, experienced members of Annacondia's 31 crusade ministry teams, it is just another evening of power encounters in which the power of Jesus Christ over demonic forces is being displayed for all to see. Many miraculous healings occur, souls are saved, and so great is the spiritual power that unsuspecting pedestrians passing by the crusade meeting have been known to fall down under the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The full article may be found here: http://www.evanwiggs.com/revival/history/argintin.html