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Dr. Kurt E. Koch (1913 – 1987)



GOD AMONG THE ZULUS
By Dr. Kurt E. Koch


1966-1976
by
Kurt E. Koch Th.D.

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English translation of the German book,
Gott unter den Zulus,
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ISBN 3-924 293-62-7
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Dr. Kurt E. Koch

Kurt E. Koch, born 1913. After studying theology and after further studies in medicine, received a Doctor of Theology degree at Tubingen University, Germany.

22 years pastoring in the state Lutheran Church, predominantly in youth work and in evangelism. Founding and directing of a Bible mission, financing of the printing or own publication of Bibles or parts of the Bible into approximately 30 languages, particularly into languages of Stone Age tribes.

Itinerant missionary and evangelistic work in over 100 countries, lecturing at universities, seminaries, Bible schools and churches on all 5 continents.

With God's help, author of more than 100 books and brochures. As of November 1986, 96 copyrights awarded for translations into foreign languages.

Regarded by many to have been the world's leading authority on the occult.

Several international recognitions, among them Life Membership in the Academy of World Literature (Cambridge, England). Further, a number of international book prizes.

The central experience of his life: forgiveness of guilt and sin by Jesus Christ. The experience of being a child of God and the certainty of eternal life due to the mercy of the Lord. The faithfulness of God in the most difficult times. Experiencing"the exceeding riches of His grace" (Eph. 2:7).

The most important experience in his work was the visit to all present revival areas in the world and his books about these spiritual movements.

This book reports on his research into the revival which has been taking place in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa since 1966, now known as KwaSizabantu Mission.











PREFACE

This story is so important because it has meaning for the future. The church of Jesus remains alive through revivals.

China is a good example for our times. Although the congregations of Christ have passed through the fiercest persecution, they have not been blotted out as in previous history. One reason for this is the revival experienced at the beginning of the last century. Dr Jonathan Goforth writes on God's working in his book By My Spirit.

All revivals have similar trademarks: conviction and confession of sin, freedom from sin, the preaching and singing of the victory of Jesus through the Blood of the Lamb and the confirmation from heaven through signs and wonders. Prayer precedes all this.

We print this new book on revival that you may know that South Africa needs prayer. Not only do the Europeans in Africa need revival. If one looks around, one realises that each church needs revival. God's solution for Africa is also a solution for the whole church. Apartheid is not worse than homosexuality, adultery, the murder of innocent unborn children, hypocrisy, and so on.











HOW GOD ORGANIZES

On April 9th 1976 I sat together with my organizer in Pretoria planning our South African lecture tour. He mentioned, "We have to get into the universities so that the students can hear this special message."

That evening I was on board a Lufthansa flight back to Germany. This was going to be a tiring 13 hour flight. Feet tend to get swollen. After leaving Nairobi, the last of 365 seats was occupied by homebound students of German officials, and business people going home for the Easter holidays.

One thing on that flight helped me to forget my inconvenience. As I took my seat I prayed to the Lord,"Lord Jesus, please allow me to have someone in the seat next to me with whom I can speak about You. Please grant me that opportunity."

Barely ten minutes after take-off, my neighbour pulled out his Bible and started reading the Book of Esther. I couldn’t believe my eyes that my prayer was answered so swiftly.

I expressed my joy to him and said,"Just a few minutes ago I asked the Lord, ‘Please grant me a neighbour with whom I can share the Gospel.’ And here is His answer."

My joy was even greater when this disciple of Jesus said,"I prayed that way as well."

This wonderful experience was just the beginning. As we exchanged our addresses, my neighbour responded almost unbelievingly,"You’re not Dr Koch the author?" I told him I was.

“I have read both Revival in Indonesia and Between Christ and Satan. Are you going to return to South Africa? I am a lecturer at Pretoria University. I would like you to speak to the students."

This was a further miracle: Just a few hours previously my promoter had explained his intentions to take me to the universities, and here was the first opening.

I passed on the address of my promoter and organizer. Then the lecturer continued reading in the book of Esther, as I did in Chronicles.

The tiring flight that night turned out to be far more pleasant as we shared the wonderful guidance the Lord had granted us. Among the 365 passengers, two disciples of Jesus, a German and a South African, were seated together. This was indeed God's providence, and it became even more obvious as we continued our conversation. The forefathers of my new friend, the Röttchers, were German immigrants; two of the three generations lived in Muden in KwaZulu-Natal, which I had just passed through some days before. We even found out that he is distantly related to Erlo Stegen, who is a powerful tool in God's hand.

When the Living God does something, He does it thoroughly, and we are left to marvel.











MY WAY TO THE ZULUS

In 1963, Pastor Albert Brandt from Pretoria organized a lecture tour for me through South Africa. On this tour I received an invitation from Dr Peter Beyerhaus, now Professor at Tübingen University in Germany, to speak at the Theological Seminary in Mapumulo. I remember my last lecture on the theme"The Reality of the Holy Spirit in our Lives" very well. I myself was deeply moved. As I prayed in closing, I pleaded to God for a revival among the Zulus. Afterwards several Zulus came forward for counselling, saying that the message had touched both heart and conscience.

Among the listeners there was also a young white man whom I didn’t know at that time. He also remembered the last message about the reality of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Twelve years later he wrote,"The Lord has answered your closing prayer. We are experiencing revival among the Zulus."

On his tour through Germany in 1975, this brother, Erlo Stegen, invited me to visit the revival in South Africa. I also heard of some further incidents among the Zulus. Our common friend, Karl Stöckmann, said to me,"Similar things are happening to those taking place in Indonesia."

It has been my habit to visit the different revivals granted by the Lord. So I left to visit the Zulus in March 1976. There was no exaggeration in the things I had heard. After several weeks with the Zulus, I had to say with the Queen of Sheba,"…the half was not told to me..." After my report on Indonesia, I was heavily attacked by the new rationalists, the super-orthodox and others who were envious. Because of this I made certain I had witnesses of integrity and well-documented photographs.

On top of all this, I want to say that none of the testimonies or reports have been invented or exaggerated - they were well-researched, as in the Indonesian report. It is a tragic thing that, whilst serving the Lord, I have received the most violent opposition from Christians. Erlo confirmed the same thing to me in one of our quieter moments.

In the past ten years many similar miracles have occurred in both Indonesia and among the Zulus. In all these revivals it is the same Lord at work.











SOME ZULU HISTORY

Here is a short overview of Zulu history for those who are interested. The following books can be of help:

The Washing of the Spears by Donald R. Morris

Shaka Zulu by R. Ritter

40 Years among the Zulus by the missionary Tyler

500 Jahre Geschichte Südafrikas by Dr Müller

The tribal area of the Zulus reaches from the Pongola River in the north to Pondoland in the south, and from the Blood River to the coast. Those unfamiliar with these geographical details will find Durban on the East Coast. From there northwards to the borders of Swaziland is the domain of the Zulus.

We need to take a closer look at the origin of the Zulus. Around 1680, a sub-chief of the Nguni clan wandered towards the Indian Ocean. There were just a small number of about 100 people with him. When Mandalela, the sub-chief, died, his son Zulu became the chief of this clan. They proudly named themselves "Ama Zulu", meaning,"People of the Heavens". This is indeed a wonderful name, if one thinks of the great spiritual movement taking place among the Zulus.

One hundred years later this tribe had increased in number to about 15,000. In the 1780's, Senzangakona was the tribal chief. When he received news that a son by the name of Shaka was born to Nandi, a girl from a neighbouring tribe, he brought them into his royal kraal. Nandi was Senzangakona's third wife.

Six years later the tribe was hit by a terrible famine. Senzangakona expelled Nandi and her son, in order to reduce the number of people who ate in his kraal. This was the beginning of a time of terrible hardship for the two refugees. They did, however, find some shelter among their own tribe, the Elangeni, but they were despised. Shaka grew up without any accommodation or fatherly protection. He was ridiculed by those of his own age. Hatred against the tribe of his father and the clan of his mother began to consume him. He swore to himself to take vengeance when the occasion presented itself.

Things became intolerable for the two refugees, and Nandi decided to make a second attempt at being received in the clan of her uncle, Dingiswayo, of the Mthethwa. Here they were welcomed warmly. Now Shaka was a herdsman like all those of his age, but he towered above them with his skill and courage. Dingiswayo, the clan chief, discovered this as well. There were none like Shaka - he was especially skilled with the spear. At one time he killed a leopard in a tree with his spear. On another occasion he speared a black mamba, a snake well-known for its split second attacks and reactions. It hadn’t previously been known that someone had hit and killed a mamba with a spear.

Shaka wasn’t only a warrior, he often meditated, separating himself from the others and dreaming big dreams. These were not fruitless dreams. At the age of 23 he was recruited by the troops of Dingiswayo. In his six years of training, Shaka not only developed into an invincible warrior, he changed many things tactically and strategically, and developed and improved the weapons. Some of the changes that he introduced were: warriors had usually been equipped with three or four light spears to throw, now they would use a heftier spear to stab the enemy. Shaka explained,"One doesn’t throw away one's weapons…" Also, the shields were bent forward at the upper edge. The aggressors were trained to push the enemy's shield to the left with the bent shield, at the same time stabbing him in the heart with the right hand. This was a new method of hand-to-hand combat. Shaka also discarded his sandals, so he demanded that the other warriors go barefoot as well. This was a further improvement to get the warriors to be more agile. Because of the thorn bushes the soles of their feet got very tough.

Dingiswayo recognised Shaka's talent for leadership, and sent him back to the Zulu tribe at the age of 29. He hadn’t seen his tribe for 23 years, and his father had died in the meantime. Dingiswayo wanted him to become the leader of the Zulu tribe. But this was not an unselfish move. He wanted him to lead the Zulu tribe because he expected them to become a military force, and therefore a buffer zone between himself and the attacks from the north.

Shaka wasn’t welcomed in his home tribe because they hardly knew him. In the meantime, his half-brother had taken over the throne of his deceased father. As he arrived with a small escort, his half-brother was bathing in the river. Without regard to the icy countenances of the tribal leaders, he went and sat on the throne of his father. All opposition was avenged with the death penalty. No one considered opposing him. This was the beginning of a great Zulu era. In the twelve years from 1816 to 1828, Shaka built a monumental kingdom. He was called the Napoleon of the Zulus, and his soldiers the"black Spartans".

At the beginning of his rule, the Zulu tribe only had about 350 badly trained soldiers. A year later, Shaka had 2,000 disciplined men, scaring every neighbouring tribe. When he first banned sandals, there were complaints and murmuring, but he punished them by getting the reluctant soldiers to dance to music on a spot with many thorns. Men who were not able to keep in time to the music were killed without further ado. Now, every tribal chief was allowed to do this, but Shaka made use of this right too freely. The slightest offence could invoke the death penalty. Morris reports in his book that every barber that pulled his hair while cutting was executed. Everyone who sneezed during a meal would also be put to death.

In a span of three years he had expanded his troops to 20,000 of the best. This number was possible because many neighbouring clans joined the Zulus voluntarily. The training was so hard, that the troops could manage a march of 80 km a day on rough ground. The English troops and the settlers only managed 24 km. But Shaka didn’t require anything that he himself wasn’t able to fulfil or do. When his mother Nandi fell seriously ill, he was 128 km away from his mother's kraal. After receiving the news from a messenger, he covered the distance in 20 hours without a break.

Shaka had ample opportunities to prove his superior tactical skill. The tribe of Ndwandwe attacked him with 18,000 men. It was the largest army that he had had to battle against. They had invaded his area. How did he manage his defence? On the first day he didn’t attack. At night he sent many small interfering contingents to keep the enemy from sleeping, and removed all cattle and food stock from the threatened area. The next day he encountered a tired and hungry army. The Ndwandwe were badly defeated. With his strategy he even conquered the king's kraal. During the second night he sent his soldiers to the kraal of the king, singing the victory anthem of the Ndwandwe. Zwide, the king of the Ndwandwe, thought that his men were returning victorious. Before he realised his mistake, it was too late.

Now it is not the objective of this book to report on all the great tribal wars and conquests of the Zulus. At the age of 29, Shaka controlled 16 square kilometres. In the end he reigned over an area half the size of Switzerland, just to get a European comparison. Many clans and tribes voluntarily joined, calling themselves Zulus, enjoying the fame of this invincible king. But Shaka's victories went to his head. The experiences of his youth had caused such hatred that more and more he became a despot and a tyrant.

After the death of Nandi, his mother, it seemed that he had lost all sanity. During the funeral ceremony, he had the arms and legs of ten of his helpers broken and buried them alive with his deceased mother. During the following year, every woman who fell pregnant was killed together with her husband. He ordered the bodies of a hundred pregnant women to be opened, so that he could see the unborn child. These gruesome things are recorded on pages 98–107 of Morris’ book.

Shaka's end was like that of many tyrants. He was ambushed and killed by his half-brother and two accomplices. This happened in 1828, after Shaka had turned 41. He had reigned 12 years, during which time he had led his people to become a great nation. But kingdoms founded by tyrants never last long. 50 years after Shaka's assassination, the English and other European settlers conquered the Zulus.

There is not much that can be said about the religious condition of the Zulus. From birth Zulus are bound by heathen witchcraft. Shaka and all his clans made offerings to the spirits of the forefathers. After Nandi had passed away, Shaka killed 40 oxen to pacify the ancestors so that they would give her a dignified reception.

It would be fitting now to give some history of missionary activity in this area. A number of books have been written on this subject. About 50 different larger and smaller groups of missionaries have laboured in South Africa over a period of 150 years. But it isn’t the aim of this book to publish an account of their work.

There have been many pioneers in the Zululand area, such as the European missionary Merensky from the Berliner Mission in 1858. In the same year there were missionaries of the Hermannsburg Mission in the Transvaal and later in KwaZulu-Natal. In a place near Pietermaritzburg they founded a mission station and a school, which today still has over 300 schoolchildren. Mostly they were children of German settlers.

Many towns in KwaZulu-Natal have German city names, such as Hermannsburg, New Hanover, Harburg, Lüneburg, Uelzen, Wittenberg, Wartburg and others. One can understand why it wasn’t hard for the Lutheran Mission from their homeland to get a foothold among the settlers who needed spiritual care. Erlo Stegen and his brothers also attended the Hermannsburg School. The Stegen family, which is still involved today in active mission work, has its roots in the Lilienthal Lutheran Church.











THE GLORIFIED LORD

This book is a report of the spiritual happenings among the Zulus in the present time. Our eyes need to be fixed on the exalted Lord and not onto man. It is idolatry and a mockery of God to glorify man.

In mentioning the names of those used by the Lord, it is for the sake of clarity and simplicity. Although it would seem that honour is sometimes given to man, it is the Lord who is honoured by humble men.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:7:"What do you have that you did not receive?" The things that have happened and still do happen among the Zulus are done by the exalted Lord. For this reason our eyes need to be fixed on the originator of this movement, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Where man is glorified in a cult-like manner, revival will end abruptly. For this reason a God-given revival does not come easily, but it can easily be lost. The Bible says:

Deuteronomy 32:3:"For I proclaim the name of the LORD: ascribe greatness to our God."

Psalm 16:8:"I have set the LORD always before me…"

Psalm 115:1:"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your Name give glory..."

Isaiah 42:8:"I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another…"

Matthew 17:8:"When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only."

Revelation 4:11:"You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power."

Just a brief example which highlights the meaning of the above portions of Scripture: Many years ago I conducted a Christian meeting high up in the Black Forest region in Germany. After the meeting, a Christian brother accompanied me down the steep slopes to the valley. It was so dark we could barely see our hands before our faces. So we held each other by the hand so as not to topple down a gorge. To find our way we would look heavenwards. There between the tree tops one could make out the slightly brighter sky, which helped us to keep course on the pitch black track.

This minor experience has become a great parable to me. The times in which we live are getting darker and darker. Therefore we need the help of a companion, and we need landmarks, which we receive by looking to the Lord.

Regarding the revival among the Zulus, a truth has become clear. As Jesus sent his disciples two by two, the Zulus do the same. In addition, we need guidance by looking unto the Lord. Erlo Stegen has a number of co-workers, and each one looks to the Lord for direction and not to one another. In this book it will be noticed how that guidance brings unity and glory to God in all that has happened.

Philippians 2:9:"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name…"











THE JUDGING LORD

In Judges 7 we read about the battle against the Midianites. As the war cry sounded,"The sword of the LORD and of Gideon," the army of the Midianites staggered and fled in disarray and bewilderment. We read in Judges 7:22:"…the LORD set every man's sword against his companion, even throughout the whole camp…"

It was God's judgment that they were thrown into confusion, killing each other.

In Isaiah 37:37-38, we read again about the judgment of God. Sennacherib was before Jerusalem, mocking the living God. The Lord slew his army of 185,000 men in one night, so that he withdrew to his country. But he didn’t escape his own judgment. As he was worshipping in the temple of his idols, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, slew their father.

With the Midianites, it was the swords of the members of their own tribe against each other.

With Sennacherib, it was the swords of his own family members against each other.

Amongst the heathen, warring Zulu clans, one gets the impression that all this happens because of God's, judgment when they are not prepared to open up for the Gospel. Let us consider tribal warfare at the present time.

I personally know of three incidents.





1. The Murder of a Prince

In March 1976 I was travelling with Erlo and the team to Mahambeni in the Transkei. On the way, while passing a kraal, Erlo told of how a man was murdered by his wife.

A tribal chief had invited Erlo and the team to preach among his tribe. This was of such significance because this tribal chief had 30 chiefs who served under his rule. This was a large area to be reached with the Gospel.

After a journey of some hours they were passing a kraal in which men were busy digging a grave. A co-worker said to Erlo,"I have the impression that the Lord wants us here." Other co-workers supported the idea. Erlo replied,"We are late, the tribal chief is expecting us, there is no time."

When they arrived at his place, the tribal chief apologized over and over again, saying that it was impossible to organize a meeting. He said,"I don’t have any time for you because government officials have arrived." Erlo said, "This is no problem at all; we know where the Lord wants us to be."

The team rushed back to the kraal and a police car was already there. Erlo asked,"What has happened here?" The police said,"A man has been murdered."

“Do you have someone taking the funeral?"

“No."

“Can we take it?"

“Gladly!"

Some of the co-workers helped to complete the digging of the grave, while the police went to get the murdered man out of the police car. Erlo asked to see the deceased. The sheets that covered him were taken away. Here was a man with a badly fractured skull and a lacerated face. Erlo was told what had happened.

The son of the king had fallen in love with a girl from the enemy tribe. He agreed to meet her."Tonight I will come to you," he said.

That evening he knocked on the door of her round hut. Every member has their own hut, except the small children. The desired girl opened and left immediately. She said,"I’ll be back in a moment."

The girl hurried into the neighbouring huts and said,"The king's son is here - come with your bush knives!" This was the moment of vengeance against the king's family, which they hated. Years before, a relative of the king's family had murdered a man from this tribal enemy. They took their long bush knives and entered the girl's hut. The prince, as was the tradition, had left his weapons outside the hut. The women massacred the young man, splitting his skull so badly that his brains fell out. Then they dragged the corpse out of the hut and left him near his kraal.

It was an easy thing for the police to solve the case. They just had to follow the blood trails. They found parts of his body, some skull, some bone and parts of the brain. A few of the women were arrested.

No woman was allowed to attend this funeral, because it was a disgrace to be murdered by a woman. Erlo preached the Gospel and a great miracle occurred. The wife and mother of the reigning king were converted, as well as many others. The co-workers had gone into the huts to bring the Gospel, because the women hadn’t been allowed to attend.

This makes it very clear that this was the leading of the Holy Spirit, as the co-worker had said,"I have the impression that the Lord wants us here."

In the revival among the Zulus, the guidance and leading by the exalted Lord often occurs, even predominates.





2. 24 Years of Tribal Feud

On this same mission trip with the co-workers during March 1976, we went to the farm of Hogart Joosten, a farmer of Dutch lineage. The farm is called Mount Elias and is 256 hectares in size.

Eight kilometres away, two clans, which were previously one, were at war. The smaller tribe, Ntanzi, was surrounded by the larger tribe, Ngubane.

This smaller tribe had hardly any freedom to move around, which is the reason why the killing had been going on since 1952. It was said that they had had peace in the past year, but hatred had broken out again in 1975. This meant that men were unable to rest at night, continually expecting clashes.

Men working in faraway cities such as Johannesburg or Durban would continue their fighting there. If a worker returned to his home, he had to stay wide-awake to avoid being killed.

Hogart Joosten reported that a worker coming home from Durban was warned. He had, however, neglected the warnings, was ambushed and killed. As we were on Mount Elias in March 1976, we were told that another three people had been killed in the first half of the current month. One case seemed to be especially tragic:

A young man fled with many women and children when he was hit by a bullet. He was still alive as his mother threw herself over him to protect him, begging for his life. The adversaries pushed her aside and stabbed him to death. Women and children were not killed, only men.

The murdering comes to the farms at times. Hogart told me that one day seven Zulus appeared on the farm, searching for the tractor driver who belonged to the enemy tribe. They forced themselves into the house and fired ten shots. Only four went off, the other six bullets falling to the ground. The firing device had failed to work properly. The victim, a father of five children, was shot through the hand, and has had to hide since. Some white people offered to give him a job on another farm, although they also risked being killed for hiding a wanted man.

After these series of murders, the chief of the Ngubane was questioned by the chief of police. He was reproached for all these murders, upon which he laughed and said,"This has happened since 1952, and there's not much that can be done." But from that day on he increased his personal security.

Many tribal chiefs have seen the power of the Gospel. They realise that only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can end these tribal conflicts. Various chiefs have asked Erlo Stegen,"Please come to us, so that the Gospel will end all this strife and warfare."





3. The Hundred Year War

We know about the 30 year war from 1618 to 1648 in Europe, and all the harm that was caused. The older generation will also remember World War One and Two and the horror that accompanied them.

The Zulus know the hundred year war from 1872 to 1972. This war didn’t end with an atomic bomb, but through the conversion of a king. Because of its uniqueness, this story must be recorded.

I am grateful that, through the merciful leading of the Lord, I have been able to experience the revival among the Zulus, and especially that I have been able to get to know this Christian king.

Here is some background to the war. The Tembu were a tribe with 13,000 people, south of the Tugela River. The Mabaso were about 6,000 strong, and live to the north of the Tugela River.

In 1872 the Tembu wanted to have more living area because of their large population. They approached Sir Theophilus Shepstone, the government official, and asked to have the area of Jozini that belonged to the Mabaso. Their request was granted. This forced a change of land ownership and led to many future clashes. From that day on these two tribes were deadly enemies.

In 1898, the government official responsible wanted to settle the matter. He gave the Mabaso their land back again, which in turn angered the Tembu. They now continually entered into the Jozini and Mabaso area, killing people and burning their houses.

This would happen as follows: around midnight the aggressors would knock on the door. The inhabitants would come out, knowing that the houses would be set on fire. Women and children were let free whilst the men would be shot or stabbed. Sometimes even boys of eleven were killed.

During these raids, some men would clothe themselves as women. Because of this, everybody was forced to undress. Women with infants had to show the gender of their children. At times all males were killed.

Amongst these terrible tribal clashes certain occurrences stand out. In 1922 the Tembu attacked the Mabaso. They managed to get right through to the kraal of King Cikazi. Because he was out hunting, they went after him. Cikazi was alone with his horse. With his gun he killed 12 Tembu and then rode over the cliff edge and plunged into a gorge, just to avoid being captured by the Tembu.

The death of the king caused another series of murders. About 120 died on both sides in the clashes that followed. Every two or three years, new waves of murdering, violence and arson rocked the area. The land of the Tembu and the Mabaso were the areas of the greatest unrest in South Africa.

Every attempt was made by the South African government to end these bloody vendettas. On one occasion the police came with 4 helicopters, and 70 policemen searched houses. Guns and rifles were confiscated and owners taken into custody.

One of the largest police actions had about 200 policemen - an all-out attempt to stop the murdering. This was in the area of Xobonayawo, where 21 men from the enemy clan were chased over a precipice.

It is officially stated that from February to June 1972, 921 houses were burnt and 16 men killed. The actual death toll among the tribes is not known.

The ongoing eruptions caused great uncertainty among the Zulus. Often the men and their families would seek protection at the white people's houses or buildings. During the night they would sleep in hospital corridors, police stations, courthouses or the gardens of whites. This caused sanitary problems, and the need to get vaccinated against typhus. The people were told to use the toilets. The excrement in the gardens not only fouled the air but also attracted vermin, especially rats. The shops sold food and nothing else. People would say,"Everything will be destroyed or burnt during the next raid."

Not only did the Zulus suffer under these insecure circumstances. The whites were also affected. Government officials would try to resist to the utmost being moved into the violent areas. If they were forced, they would demand to be replaced after three months. Public life and commerce seemed to come to a complete standstill. It was also very dangerous to move around in the villages. A regular job was virtually an impossible thing.

During these terrible times, Erlo came to Tugela. This was in 1966. An attorney who recognised him as he was travelling by stopped him. He said to Erlo,"Come with me - in this building there are many corpses. Can’t you men of the Gospel do something to end this carnage?" Erlo had suspected something was wrong as he passed the many smoking kraals. He answered that he would bring his co-workers and start a crusade in Tugela. A tent was brought for the evangelistic meetings and stayed there for the next two months.

This was the beginning of a visitation of God. Hours before the meeting, members of the team checked the tent. On previous occasions the heathen had plotted attacks on the tent. Although the meeting was to begin hours later, many had already gathered, waiting for the message. Had the hardships made them ready and receptive to the Gospel?

A woman in traditional dress asked,"Is this the spot where we can unload our sins? I have found no other help - will I receive help here?" Although this heathen lady couldn’t read or write, she bought herself a Bible. She took the Bible to someone who could read and said,"Read this for me! The Lord has said that I should hear this." She did the same in church meetings, bringing her Bible to the preacher and asking him to read a certain passage. Amazingly, these passages always matched the sermon. This was the sign that the Holy Spirit had inspired them. From 1964 to 1966 only women were converted in the Tugela area. Only after the beginning of the revival were men also gripped by the Gospel.

In 1967 there was a meeting 40 km away from Tugela. After the meeting, which lasted till midnight, the preacher went around the house to pray. As he was praying he felt an invisible hand lifting his arms, turning them in the direction of Tugela. Then he heard a voice saying,"Where you are pointing, I will work mightily. The men will now come and accept salvation."





4. The Conversion of Gabajana Mabaso

The following report was given to me personally by Gabajano, as I was visiting the team in Tugela.

Gabajano comes from a royal background. In 1967 Erlo came back to preach the Gospel among the Mabaso tribe. When Gabajana heard the message he realised, "This is what I need." And he accepted Jesus.

Before he was converted, he would go from one sorcerer to another. He acquired so many idols and witchcraft fetishes they could have filled a room. He practised ancestral worship and offered cows and goats to the spirits of the ancestors. Nothing would help, and he became more and more restless.

Shortly before he got converted he had two dreams. In the first one he saw two Bibles come down, and a voice saying,"Read this! Go to the Christians!" Some time later he saw a second dream in which he was told,"Don’t go to the Christians. Stay faithful to the ancestors!"

Gabajana decided to follow the first dream and tried to get connected to a church. However, he was disgusted that during the church meetings they would beg for money. So he stopped going there.

Then Erlo came to Tugela for a crusade. In his services they never take a collection. The Zulus often refer to the Gospel that churches which take collections preach as being"dead"; but they call it a living Gospel that Erlo and his team preach. But to clarify things, the decision not to collect offerings came from the Zulus, and not from the whites.

This reminds me of an example back home. 20 kilometres away from my birthplace, in a village called Spöck, a revival occurred through a Reformed Pastor. People would come near and far to Spöck. This was told to me by my grandmother. The surrounding ministers and pastors accused Spöck's Pastor Henhöfer:"He's taking all the members away from us." At that time the Archduke of Baden was also the Bishop of the Reformed Church. Henhöfer and his accusers had to go to the castle for interrogation. As the main charge was read, Henhöfer defended himself by saying,"Feed your chickens, and they will stay with you. They will recognise if their food is sand or wheat." That was the end of the matter. The revival couldn’t be stifled.

The Zulus also know what sand or wheat is, or to express this in biblical terms, what chaff or wheat is. That is why they go where they receive bread and not stones. These are biblical truths:

Matthew 3:12:"…and…He will…gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Matthew 7:9:"Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone?"

There was tremendous change in the life of Gabajana when he accepted the Gospel. He destroyed all his idols in obedience to the Lord, and professed his faith in Christ. In 1972 when he became king, his influence spread.

His predecessor was a drunkard and remained a heathen. One day this drinker went to a witchdoctor, but he couldn’t be helped. He died in his kraal. The witchdoctor begged those who carried the king:"Please take him to hospital immediately and say that he died on the way, otherwise this will mean jail for me." The South African government at that time did not allow any witchcraft. So the bearers granted the witchdoctor his request.

All the regiments came to the funeral to bury the king according to the heathen rituals. But Gabajana, who was now the legal successor to the deceased king, refused to have a heathen ceremony. He raised his hands and said to all the people, including the soldiers,"In future we will not bury our descendants according to heathen traditions, but with the Gospel and prayer and singing."

Some soldiers murmured, but the generals ordered them to be quiet. After this courageous proclamation, no heathen funerals were held again. God granted authority to this king, and the army and the people complied.

The king also got rid of all other evil traditions. At weddings, because of the alcohol consumed, there would usually be fighting, even knifing. Since Gabajana became king, these clashes have come to an end in his tribe.

King Gabajana also ended the 100-year-old war. This is no small matter that the murdering, the plundering and the burning of houses have come to an end. How did this all happen? One evening the king heard that a group of young men intended to attack the Tembu the next morning. He sought them out and pointed out to them how much grief this hundred year feud had caused, and he strictly forbade them to attack.

The Tembu got news about this and sent messengers to the king, thanking him. They said,"Never before have we experienced that a king was sober-minded and willing to stop all this murdering. We respect this, and we will also not attack again." This brought about peace between the traditional tribal enemies.

This all happened in mid-1972, not long after Gabajana had become king.

These marvellous things were not the result of diplomatic negotiations, or the success of military action, but the grace of the Lord to His faithful witness. It reminds one of Zechariah 4:6:"…not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts."

These tribal feuds reveal the folly of many globetrotters, ethnologists and adversaries of Christian missions. How often don’t we hear it said,"Let the heathen live happily amongst their primitive races, and don’t force western culture and religion on them. Two things are wrong with this: none of the heathen are forced to believe in Jesus; secondly, we recognise how"happy" these primitive races are without the Gospel. It was the Gospel that ended all the murdering. Many would point to the terrible wars in the"Christian" countries and say that they were not able to prevent them. It is easy to contradict such arguments. Name a Christian country! There are none! There are Christians but no Christian countries. Presidents are seldom Christians. There are very few, such as South Korea's first president, Syngman Rhee, and King Gabajana Mabaso.











THE PLANNING LORD

It should be emphasized again that this book was written looking up to the exalted Lord. All ministries in the church derive from the Lord Jesus Christ.

This chapter heading speaks about planning. God's planning in the Bible, in the church and in mission work is predominant. If a book were written about all the blessed planning of the Lord, it would make marvellous reading. We would come to the same conclusion as John, who says:"…I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen." (John 21:25)

A few examples of God's planning: In Genesis 15:18, God promises Abraham -"…to your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates." Because of God's planning there are still great things in store for Israel - a country that will extend from the Nile to the Euphrates according to God's promise, and no Arab or Russian will prevent this.

Let us consider some planning from the New Testament. Jesus promised His disciples in Matthew 10:19-20:"But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak: for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."

On many occasions since then, in persecution, witnesses of Jesus have experienced being the mouthpieces of God.

Erlo Stegen has often been mentioned because he has been the chief instrument that God has used in the revival among the Zulus. Therefore we need to describe his spiritual development. I have said to Erlo, if he or any of the co-workers should become proud because of the many blessings of God, this would mean the death of the revival.





1. Youth and Conversion of Erlo Stegen (FOR A MORE DETAILED BIOGRAPHY, CLICK HERE)

Through the Lutheran mission work, churches such as the congregation in Lilienthal, about 55 km from Pietermaritzburg, came into being.

In the vicinity of the church of Lilienthal there was a farm called Paardefontein, the home of Karl Stegen and his family. His forefathers had immigrated from the Lüneburger Heide in Germany. They were strict Lutherans and were attached to the Hermannsburg Mission. Karl Stegen's five sons (including Erlo) and one daughter attended the Hermannsburg School, where they were given a German education.

One day, at the age of four, Erlo had a terrible fall. He became unconscious with a serious concussion and paralysis which lasted for eight days. It was several days before he regained consciousness, and from that time on he suffered ongoing severe headaches. The accident also left him somewhat uncertain whenever he fell or bumped his head. It also clouded his whole school career so that he had to quit after his ninth school year, although he would have loved to go further.

This congregation at Lilienthal had, in 1949 and 1950, a deeply-believing minister, and the whole area was touched by his message. Through this Christian pastor Erlo was converted, as a fifteen-year-old, in 1950. In the following years he worked on his father's farm. One day his mother gave him a book by W. Heukelbach, Vom Gottesleugner zum Evangelisten (From an Atheist to an Evangelist) as a present, and it was a great blessing to him. Erlo at this time began to feel the calling to serve the Lord. He shared this thought with his minister, who took him shortly afterwards to a Christian conference in the Transvaal.

During this conference a great struggle went on in Erlo's heart. He asked himself,"Should I really become a preacher, or rather earn money as a farmer and support the Lord's work financially?" At a quiet spot on the conference grounds, he laid out his plans before the Lord. He asked,"Lord, please put Your seal on this. I would like to convey this plan of mine to my pastor and my parents as my final decision. Please give me a verse from Scripture confirming that this is the right way for me." He randomly opened the Bible, and before him was Matthew 4:19:"Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’"

After reading these words, Erlo became defiant. He told me as he related this incident,"It was only the mercy of God that I didn’t throw the Bible away. I was so annoyed that I thought: I will show You that I’m not going to obey - I’m going my own way without You." Shortly afterwards, he went to the minister and said,"I am going home." The minister asked,"Are you absolutely sure that this is God's way for you?" He answered,"Yes."

So Erlo went home. After he had arrived, his mother asked him,"Are you sure that this is the correct way for you?" He got so irritated that he replied brusquely,"Don’t you want me here any more?" Then he went to his room and slammed the door.

From 1950 to 1952 Erlo went through terrible torment. He had deliberately gone against God's call. If he heard any unusual sound anywhere, he would imagine that the day of final reckoning had arrived.

As he was kneeling one day in his bedroom, Erlo was reading a text about the love of God. The resistance in his heart crumbled at the realisation that God still loved him, in spite of his disobedience and rebellion. He burst into tears, overwhelmed by the love of God. Shortly afterwards, he withdrew into his room and asked the Lord for guidance. He opened the Bible at John 21:15-17 and read,"Feed my sheep!" He stood up, went to his parents and said,"God has called me." There was no doubt after this. He was enrolled at the Bible House in Pretoria and was trained as a pastor and evangelist. However, his inward development was by no means completed.





2. Disappointments in the Ministry

Erlo's first evangelical activities took place over a period of about twelve years, from 1954 to 1966. In 1955 the Bible School was moved to Claridge near Pietermaritzburg. This lovely place became familiar to me during my two South African visits - KwaZulu-Natal is, of course, known as the garden of the country.

Erlo's first depressing discovery was that the preaching of the Word today and its results do not correspond with what the Scriptures say. Erlo compared the Acts of the Apostles with Christian life today and had to admit that we have sunk far below the standards of the New Testament. As he studied the Bible he would stop at certain promises, asking himself why they are no longer fulfilled today, especially three verses in the Gospel of John:

John 15:7:"If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."

John 7:38:"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’"

John 14:12:"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father."

Erlo sought the key to the life of the first Christians. He read every book on revival he could get. In biographies of great men of God he searched for the secret of their authority and power. He practised intensive prayer and used every opportunity to proclaim the Gospel.

Some believers had donated money for a tent. With this he began his tent crusades, always with the yearning for revival. He extended the crusades to ten, twelve and even fourteen months, thinking he could force a spiritual awakening.

Perhaps it was not quite right to stretch these Gospel missions to fifty-two or even sixty weeks, with services twice daily. Elias Schrenk preached six weeks at the most. It is easily possible to preach people"to death", as it were. In any case it worried Erlo very much that less people would come to the meetings as time went by.

On a mission tour through South West Africa (now Namibia) he learned a very important lesson from a farmer there. He showed him a bore-hole from which the farm had its water supply. He said,"This water is so rich with minerals and chemicals that plants die if they are continually watered with it." Erlo thought,"That is just as it is with my ministry. The longer I preach, the less people are attracted by the Gospel."

The thing most lacking, the young preacher realised, was power in ministry and counselling. One day a mother came to Erlo after a service and asked,"Is it true that Jesus is still the same today and still answers prayer." Erlo confirmed the truth of this. The mother rejoiced and said, "Please heal my daughter." The Zulus are childlike in their faith, and they accept the Bible just as it is written.

Erlo accompanied the woman to her home. There he saw her daughter tied to a pole with wire. The wire had cut deep into her flesh, because the demented girl was tearing on the wire to get loose. Erlo asked the mother,"Why do you bind the girl with wire?" The mother explained,"My daughter (about 20 years old) runs around naked in the schools, breaks into houses and pulls out vegetables in the neighbouring gardens, and she becomes violent." But Erlo persisted,"But can’t you use a rope, which won’t cut into her flesh like this?" The mother answered,"She breaks whatever else we tie her with." Erlo decided to take the girl to his parents’ home in order to pray for her continually. Her mother was very grateful.

At his parents’ home Erlo and three of his co-workers prayed. As she wasn’t tied up, things quickly became chaotic. The demented girl smashed furniture, tables, chairs and windows - even the bed and bedding. Eventually they locked her in an empty room to prevent everything in the house from being destroyed.

Four people prayed almost day and night for three weeks. Eventually, Erlo was virtually a wreck, and at the end of his physical strength. Spiritually, too, he was exhausted. Nobody was able to answer the questions and the cries of his heart,"O Lord, why are we today so utterly powerless?"

That was the situation after twelve years of service."I’m on this side," he thought to himself,"and on the other side is the early church, which lived in the fullness of Jesus and in the Spirit. ‘O Lord, if there is no access to the events of the early church, if there is no bridge from the twentieth to the first century, would it not be better to just give up?’" Erlo began to doubt as he had done fourteen years before. Were the Bible critics and the modernists right after all to claim that all these miracles were nothing but mythological humbug, with no basis in reality?

Nevertheless, this spiritual bankruptcy was in Gods’ plan. As long as we persist in doing things our way, even if we work with the best intentions, fulfilling our duty to the utmost, the power of the glorified Lord cannot be revealed in our ministry. The moment we come to a dead end, to the end of ourselves, where self-reliance is shattered, then and only then can the Lord begin. Erlo was to experience this. The Lord did not abandon him in his doubt and distress.











THE BLESSING LORD

There are men in the Bible who fought hard for the blessing of God. We would like to mention two of them.

In 1 Chronicles 4:10 we read,"And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your Hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested."

This striving for the blessing of God is even clearer in Genesis 32:26, where Jacob wrestled in Peniel. Jacob cried out:"…I will not let You go unless You bless me", and his prayer has been an encouragement to believers throughout the ages.





1. The Struggle for God's Blessing

Erlo was driven into this battle for God's blessing. As he travelled around with his tent seeking for the believers he had previously counselled, he would usually find them in a deplorable spiritual state. Often they had quarrelled and were at enmity with one another. Sometimes it would take a fortnight to straighten things out again. Those who did not belong to a church he would organize into Bible groups. Often during later visits the same corrections had to be applied. Often the troubled preacher would ask the Lord, "Must things continue in this powerless and lifeless way? A continual life of falling and rising? Not one victory after another, but usually one defeat after the next?"

But the time of a divine new beginning had arrived.

In the fall of 1966 Erlo was in Mapumulo. After all the bitter experiences of the past years, he began a Bible study with the Christians, so that they might examine their lives in the light of the Holy Scriptures. They began to read the Acts of the Apostles. The place that they were gathering in was an old cowshed, and they had cleaned out the dung and whitewashed the walls.

In the third chapter they read about the healing of the man lame from birth. Erlo related an incident he had heard about. A well-known padre held a mass in a cathedral, and the people had given generously in their offerings. In the vestry there was a table with a huge pile of banknotes ready to be counted. The padre said to the young priest,"Peter can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none...’", to which the young priest responded,"Neither can he say, ‘Rise up and walk!’"

Those times of Bible study became hours of self-examination for all that were present, and for Erlo as well. The shed in which they were gathering had a window facing the tennis courts, where the more well-to-do of the town would often play. As their prayers and pleadings could easily be heard outside, Erlo wanted to close the windows. The Lord reprimanded him and said,"Then I’ll remain outside, as it seems to be embarrassing to you for those outside to hear. You worry about what others think." On another occasion Erlo was walking past when they had already gathered to pray. He wanted to quickly shave and change his clothes before going in. Again he was reproached in his heart, "There is still pride in you. You are ashamed to come before the people unshaven!"

The exalted Lord had begun to purify His children. The hours of prayer became more and more hours of repentance and weeping over their uncleanness. Things became so intense that everything else was forgotten. They often forgot to eat, drink and sleep, and even Christmas was forgotten in these times of prayer. Here were twenty to thirty people who were gripped by a spirit of repentance and prayer.





2. The Heavens Open

A few weeks before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit a woman in the prayer circle stood up and said,"I can no longer stand this condition of powerlessness. Can’t I pray?" They willingly granted her request. Then this woman, who had come to the Lord only three months before, tearfully pleaded that the Lord would reveal Himself again as He had in the Bible. Erlo was gripped by this prayer. Later he said to his brother,"My heart burned in me, like it did in the disciples on the road to Emmaus when Jesus spoke to them. I believe that this prayer was from the Holy Spirit, and if it was, then we will soon experience what the early church experienced."

Erlo's impression was confirmed. A few weeks after the prayer of that woman, those gathered together in prayer experienced something beyond description. The Spirit of God came over them, and they sensed a strong wind and heard a sound. A tremendous conviction of sin came over them and at the same time an inexpressible assurance of the presence of God. All the trials and anguish they had gone through were swept aside by the power of the Holy Spirit. A new era in Erlo's and his co-workers’ ministry had been ushered in.

When the expression"the outpouring of the Holy Spirit" is used, often there is criticism from conservatives and the orthodox, who maintain that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred only thirty-three years after the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ - never to be repeated. They say that the Holy Spirit is alive in His Word and in His church. I do not disagree with this theology, but I would like to say a few things in this regard.

Why is it that things that occur during great revivals remind us of the happenings in Jerusalem? For instance, in a meeting on the Solomon Islands in August 1971, the Holy Spirit came down upon a gathering of 3,000 people like a gale. People were lying on the ground weeping over their sins. American theologians who were exponents of dispensation theology declared this to be an untrue report. To me it is inconceivable that spiritual experiences which have been a reality in the lives of many thousands of people can simply be discounted by a few men who are caught up in their fruitless theologies.

The great event in Jerusalem does not have to be repeated. The point at issue is that the Holy Spirit comes to dead congregations, to nominal Christians and to the heathen. No orthodox theologian can prescribe to the Holy Spirit how to act. We often forget the lesson that Nicodemus received from the Lord in John 3:8:"The wind blows where it wishes…" (the wind being likened to the Holy Spirit). We could just as well add,"…when and where He wishes". I have the impression that certain theologians want to hide their spiritual barrenness behind their theology.

Not only the orthodox, but some other spiritual enthusiasts will have questions concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Mapumulo. They will want to know,"Were there any spiritual gifts manifested?" This can be answered in the affirmative. Many examples will be referred to.

The great happenings in Mapumulo in the beginning of 1967 have been repeated on a smaller scale in other places. This can be fully supported by the Bible. In Acts 2, we read of the outpouring in Jerusalem. Then in chapter 4:31 we read,"And when they had prayed, the place where they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness." This was a repetition of the occurrences in Acts 2, in a smaller measure.

So those who hold that the occurrences in Acts 2 may not be repeated find themselves corrected by the book of Acts itself. Those who haven’t experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives can and may experience it. This is repeated in Acts 8:17. 10:44 and 19:6. Paul writes to the Ephesians, who had received the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 19, and, in Ephesians 5:18, urges them again,"… be filled with the Spirit." All the theological problems concerning receiving the Holy Spirit are not dealt with here. (But I have dealt with them in my book"Charismatic Gifts".)





3. Results of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

The great spiritual experience in Mapumulo immediately began to yield a rich harvest of blessing. Such fruit can be compared with Luke 9:1-2. Authority and power became apparent in a threefold manner: in preaching, healing and deliverance.

a) Preaching

The power of the Gospel was so apparent that people from far and near streamed in to hear the Word. At times, when Erlo came out of his house, two hundred people were already waiting, without any invitation - simply out of an inward compulsion to come and hear the Gospel. After the preaching, many would stay behind for counselling, confessing their sins and making their lives right with God. This repentance and confession continues up to the present. As I travelled with Erlo and the team I witnessed personally that hundreds, even thousands, found the Lord. One of the co-workers, previously a storekeeper, counted 3,900 people who remained behind for counselling in a period of nine days. It is not a matter of focusing on numbers. The angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents. The numbers just reveal how mightily the Lord is at work in this revival.

Once I was at a place called Nyanisweni in the Transkei. A white South African travelled from far away to meet me. He had read my books and wanted to see me personally. When hundreds of people stayed behind for counselling at the end of the meeting, he said to me,"Only God can do that - such a thing only occurs in times of revival."

I experienced the same in one of the meetings. On Saturday, March 27th 1976, Erlo asked me to speak at KwaSizabantu. I spoke on witchcraft, because all heathen Zulus are affected by this from childhood. After the sermon, Erlo addressed the crowd of about a thousand,"All who haven’t confessed their sins of witchcraft can stay behind for counselling."  In Germany perhaps four or five might stay behind, but at this meeting, between four and five hundred remained behind. Now this was definitely not the result of my preaching, but the presence of the Spirit of God and the atmosphere of revival which was experienced by Erlo and his team. Erlo travels with a large team of co-workers because of the many people seeking to be counselled.

b) Healing

In Nqutu Maposwane two sick women lived next door to one another. One of them suffered severe internal pain. She needed to be picked up and brought back after the service by car. As she heard the Gospel, she opened her heart to the Lord Jesus. At a later stage Martin Stegen took this lady to a service in Tugela Ferry. Erlo prayed with her and immediately this woman was free of her pain.

This instantaneous healing encouraged her neighbour to ask for prayer as well. She was completely paralyzed and unable to provide for her six small children. She asked if someone from the team would come and pray for her. Erlo was busy with a service in the Kranskop area, so Martin Stegen offered to take her there. They carried the lame woman on skins to a truck which took her to Kranskop. As they were travelling, she lost her scarf when the wind blew it away. They drove back, picked it up, and just made it for the beginning of the service, which was held in the open. They carried her to a place among the people. She listened to the message and remained for counselling. One of the female co-workers spoke with her, and afterwards the whole team prayed for her healing. After the prayer, she stood up and walked back to the truck. They arrived back at her home late that night, and her relatives came out to carry her back into the house. She climbed down from the truck without any help, and walked back and forth in front of the headlights of the truck. Nobody uttered a word at first, and then eventually somebody said,"Do you see? God really does exist!" There will be more examples in later chapters.

c) Deliverance

Erlo had no previous counselling experience with demon-possessed people. After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Mapumulo, a witch came for spiritual help. She had a school for training young witches, and she possessed strong mediumistic power. When she requested help, Erlo called five of his co-workers into the room. They sat down in a circle and prayed and sang the song,"My Jesus lives, why should I be afraid?" As they sang, the witch stood up and moved into the centre of the circle. Then she went down on hands and knees, and the expression on her face became like that of a ferocious animal. This is what spiritists would call a transfiguration, a change of appearance. There are examples of this in my book Occult ABC (Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, www.kregel.com).

When these six believing men and women saw this devilish appearance on her face, fear clutched their hearts, so that one of the co-workers jumped up to leave. However, Erlo called out,"The Lord is victor! Don’t leave!"

The witch came from an area where no English is spoken, so she was unable to speak any English. While they carried on praying for her, she suddenly began to speak in excellent English. Then the sounds of many animals were heard coming from her. At first it was dogs barking, and afterwards pigs grunting. Erlo then commanded the evil powers to leave her, in the name of Jesus. A mocking voice said,"We will not leave; no power can drive us away!"

As they continued praying, Erlo repeated the command to leave in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The spirits then said,"God the Father we know and God the Son we know, but we have not encountered the Holy Spirit until now, and because He has come, and because of the Triune God, we are in the fire. We have to leave the battleground."

The witch's appearance changed immediately. Her face beamed and she cried out,"How wonderful! I am completely free!"

The evil spirits never came back again, and after this many witches who had heard about Jesus’ victory came to be delivered.

Salvation - healing - deliverance. This was the threefold message and authority of the first disciples of Jesus. Theologians often say that this is no longer applicable in the 20th century. But they can keep their theology. It is better to have the living Lord -"Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

We experience the blessing Lord as a fulfilment of God's Word in Malachi 3:10,"’And try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’" Blessing in fullness is here indeed in the revival among the Zulus.

d) The Extensive Blessing of the Gospel of Christ

The Apostle Paul speaks (in Romans 15:29) about the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. As we have noticed, this blessing has a threefold impact. It is a great gift of God in the Zulu revival that this threefold stream of blessing has been manifested in very real experiences. Here is an example of it:

A fourteen-year-old heathen girl by the name of Mjuda had lain ill for three years. Witchdoctors, fortune-tellers, Zionists and doctors were consulted, but to no avail. The witchdoctors said the reason for her sickness was that she hadn’t brought a sacrifice for her deceased mother. If she didn’t perform this duty quickly, the spirits of her ancestors would demand her life as a sacrifice. This illness, they declared, was the beginning of that process.

Mjuda had the same symptoms as her deceased mother and grandmother. Her sister had also been ill for a long time. The witchdoctor said that the spirits wanted her sister to become a witch. It is an amazing thing that sick Zulus often recover quickly when they surrender themselves to the spirits. However, Mjuda's sister strongly resisted that suggestion. Things became worse with Mjuda's sister, and she walked about stooped and twisted like an aged woman. Her skin colour darkened, almost turning black. Then a Christian woman told her about KwaSizabantu. She came to KwaSizabantu and experienced a sound conversion, and was also healed and set free from the attacks of the evil one.

Here again is clear evidence of the threefold nature of divine help: Salvation - Healing - Deliverance.

The healed girl immediately hurried back to Mjuda to tell her about Jesus, that He is the only Saviour. Mjuda was at this time under the care of a Zionist. In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I must point out that the Zionists in South Africa have nothing to do with the Zionist movement in Israel. The South African Zionists are a sect, mixing the biblical with the occult. For example, they practise fortune-telling and call it prophecy, believing it to be a gift of the Holy Spirit. This is a grotesque distortion of the truth!

Mjuda was brought by her sister to KwaSizabantu. As she was being prayed for by the team, it was revealed that she was possessed. When the demons were commanded to leave her, they asked:"Allow us to take Mjuda with us, because she has been our dwelling and our home. We are her rightful owners and have lived in her since childhood." They then laughed scornfully. The expression "Take her with us" meant that the demons planned to kill her as they were driven out.

With great determination, the team commanded the demons to leave Mjuda. Then the demons pleaded:"Let us sleep in her for another day, for we are now burning - it is extremely hot here. We also fear this place KwaSizabantu and all who live here." Again the team commanded them to leave. This time the demons asked,"But couldn’t we at least return to her parents’ home? There it is nice and cool - not burning hot like here. There we will be able to rest."

After this battle with the demons, Erlo asked Mjuda if she was still clinging onto any hidden sins. Then she brought two more things to light. After she was prayed for, the Lord Jesus set her completely free and healed her at the same time.

The conversion and deliverance of Mjuda also had a sequel. Her father, also a heathen, had forbidden his daughters to attend school, with the result that they were illiterate. The heathen believe that schooling simply makes their children proud, so that they no longer honour their parents. The father was also convinced that the heathen belief was better than Christian teaching. Mjuda really suffered under this conviction of her father's. She had already tried to get friends to teach her how to read and write before she became a Christian, but without success. She was just unable to grasp it. When she surrendered her life to Jesus, a miracle occurred; she found that she was able to read, write and count money.

This account shows that Mjuda and her sister had experienced a threefold miracle - the threefold blessing of the Gospel: salvation from the power of sin, the healing of a long illness and deliverance from the power of demons.











THE SAVING LORD

The sign of a genuine revival is that thousands of people repent, recognising and acknowledging their sin, and in faith accepting Jesus as their Lord.

A person's salvation takes priority over his healing. We dare not reverse the biblical order.

Artificial and emotional stimulation of spiritual power is a sign of a fake revival. Outward tumult with a lot of noise often covers inward poverty and need. I have encountered more fake revivals than genuine ones.

In the great biblical theme of salvation, it is not compromising the truth of John 3:16 (“…whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life") by also including 1 John 1:9:"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." It is the same apostle who brings both truths.

I have become acquainted with all the revivals of the present day. In God's undeserved mercy He has allowed me to visit them all, on every continent. As a result I am able to compare them and notice their different characteristics. The revival among the Zulus is especially sober and free from sentimentality. The fundamentals have remained, namely that we must acknowledge that we are lost, and that we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, and allow Him to rule in our lives.

I am deeply grateful that through the years this revival among the Zulus has not waned. Many revivals, especially in the western world, have cooled off after a short period of time!

The next chapter will be looking at this central theme - salvation for the lost, in this life and for eternity.





1. Dubulile Zuma

Dubulile was a cook in the Scottish hospital at Tugela Ferry. Over the years she stole a lot of groceries. All in all it amounted to fifteen full sacks. At night her mother would come to the fence and pick them up. This simple system proved to be very effective. As time passed this larcenous cook stole two dozen cups and plates, also four to five dozen knives, forks and spoons. She even managed to steal six steel-tube chairs.

In 1974 her mother passed away. The daughter was twenty years old at the time. The evangelist Barney, whose testimony we shall hear later, conducted the funeral. Among other things, he mentioned that one should put one's life in order before one died, even stolen things. This wouldn’t be possible afterwards, in hell. He knew nothing about the daughter's thefts. He was obviously preaching under the guidance of the Spirit.

After the funeral service, Dubulile could find no rest. For six months she endured the torments of an aroused conscience, then finally she went to see Bill Larkan. He is one of the leading Christians in Tugela Ferry, and he was a witness of these happenings.

Dubulile confessed all that she had done. She then asked Bill, who speaks both Zulu and English, to accompany her to the hospital. (The hospital supervisor only spoke English.) Bill had to take his pick-up to load all the stolen things. The cook knew that this could land her in jail if the police got to know what she had done. Nevertheless, she wanted to confess everything.

The matron who had been summoned wept for joy and forgave her everything. However, the supervisor looked at her sternly. Bill couldn’t make out his reaction as he listened to the confession, but he, too, forgave the girl. He took back all the stolen articles - chairs, plates, knives and forks. Then Dubulile sought to pay for the stolen groceries, but the supervisor was happy to write off the whole amount.

Afterwards, the supervisor called the whole staff together, including the servants, and told them what had happened. He said,"This is the first time that a black thief has ever come and confessed everything." To Bill he said,"Every year we have things worth thousands of rand stolen. We don’t know how to stop all the thievery."

During this public confession the supervisor showed himself to be a spiritually- minded person. In front of all who were present, he took a stone and placed it on his desk and said,"I have put this stone on my desk to remind me continually of what Jesus said, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.’"

This Bible passage has great meaning for me, too. I wish that many of our fellow ministers had a similar attitude, and would also have such stones on their desks. Less harm would be done.

Back to the cook Dubulile. Her confession and putting things right had three consequences. From that time on, she was given a position of responsibility in the hospital, with the matron putting a lot of trust in her. Other thieves in the hospital, however, troubled her, simply because they were unable to steal as before, the supervision having been tightened.

In addition, Dubulile's confession encouraged other employees to confess their thefts and begin a new life with Jesus.

The hospital was blessed by this cook's conversion. Bill Larkan visited a village 300 km away, where he was asked whether Dubulile was still following the Lord Jesus, so far had the news spread. Bill was able to affirm this. Later, when Erlo's crusade tent came to this village, there was a great haul of souls. Many came to faith in Christ. This, too, was the fruit of Dubulile's conversion.

The cook worked in the hospital for another year and then was called into full-time ministry. She has been in the Lord's service ever since.





2. Barney Casuyise

Barney is a member of Erlo's team, and I had the privilege of being with him daily. He was the man who conducted the funeral of Dubulile Zuma's mother.

Barney told me that his father was a leader in ancestral worship. As a heathen he wore heathen clothing. He even forced his children to wear heathen skins instead of the usual clothing. When Barney came from school he had to change immediately. When he was sent to the neighbouring village he also had to wear these skins. On the way he would undress behind a tree, having taken his trousers with him secretly. On his way back he would change again. During one of these walks to the neighbouring village he met another youngster with whom he began to quarrel. This is quite common among the proud, aggressive and heathen Zulus. His opponent hit him over the head with a bush knife, causing a deep wound. He still has the scars.

One day Erlo's tent came to his village. Barney opened his heart to the Gospel, but was terribly afraid to become a Christian. His father, who worked in Johannesburg, had threatened to stab any of his children who abandoned ancestral worship.

Then the tent arrived a second time. This time Barney decided to follow Jesus, forgetting all fear for his father. When his father came home, he asked for forgiveness for all his wrongdoings and confessed everything. The father was so impressed he forgot about his threat.

This was the first son of the family who turned to Christ, and he became a living example to the others. By and by, all seven brothers and sisters came to the Lord. Eventually he went into the ministry of the Gospel full-time, working with Erlo in their different evangelistic campaigns. His father is also a believer now.





3. Thembani

Thembani visited me with her son, and Erlo was the interpreter. Her husband was an alcoholic, and the family suffered extreme poverty because of it, not even having blankets to sleep under. They weren’t able to buy themselves food or clothing. Their first three children died of hunger - there was nothing to eat. Before they died, a doctor had been consulted, and had diagnosed malnutrition.

When the husband came home he would often beat his wife and children, and they would flee into the forest. After the three children had passed away, the tent came to their village. Thembani attended the meetings and was spiritually stirred, eventually going for counselling to Erlo. The Lord's servant said to her:"Don’t look at your husband. Trust fully in the Lord, and God will take care of him and lead him." The woman got converted.

The second change in the family came about when she asked her husband for forgiveness, having often been ill-tempered with him. Her husband then became restless, following this confession.

He went to Erlo and said,"I am sick." However, he wasn’t sick at all, but half drunk. In his jacket he still had a half bottle of liquor. Erlo knew nothing about this, but learnt about it later.

The counsellor then said to him,"If you are sick, then let us pray and ask Jesus to touch you." They then knelt and prayed together.

When the alcoholic went back to his hut, he gave the left-over liquor to his neighbour, who was amazed and asked him,"Why do you give me this liquor?" He answered,"A man prayed with me, and I cannot drink alcohol any more." The liberated drunkard then went to the tent and gave his life to Jesus.

Thembani had another three children. She prayed,"Lord, give me a sign and grant that at least one of my children gets saved, in order to kindle a fire among the others." Her prayer was answered. The oldest son came to the Lord, and soon the others followed. The fire kept going further. A grandchild, the son of her oldest boy, is a four-year-old boy who is already working for Jesus.

I also came to know Thembani's husband, the one-time drunkard. After quitting his drinking, he began working diligently. Today he is a wealthy man.

This is a family finding salvation through three generations. This reminds us of 2 Timothy 1:5 where Paul, writing to his co-worker Timothy, refers to Timothy's believing mother Eunice, and his believing grandmother Lois.





4. The Testimony of an Illiterate

A young man frequently attended Erlo's services, but he was impenitent. He opposed this way of preaching the Gospel. One day, on the farm where he worked, he had a unique experience, in bright sunlight. Suddenly it became dark around him, and he saw a slate on which all his sins were listed. He is illiterate, so he cannot read, yet at this moment he was able to recognise all his wrongdoings. Deep conviction of sin came over him and his whole body trembled. Then it became bright around him again.

That very moment he determined to get his life in order. Immediately he wanted to go and see a Christian nearby, but then he remembered that he was to be a faithful servant and complete the assigned work given to him by the employer. After work, he rushed to see this Christian, who was able to write, and explained to him this experience."Please write all my sins down on paper. I want to send it to Erlo." This was done. The next step was, as far as possible, to set about putting right all the wrong things he had done. To reconcile with his family and relatives he had to walk 172 km.

The enemies of revival say that Erlo compels people to confess. This is nothing but slander. Often such enemies opposing confession are nominal Christians, not prepared to bring their sins to the light as mentioned in 1 John 1:9.





5. The Conversion of a Minister

In a place called Nxamalala there was a pastor serving in a church, with his wife also helping with counselling. One day the pastor had a stroke and was paralyzed down one side.

A Christian lady recounted this to Barney, and he and Bill set off to visit and to conduct a Bible study at this man's house. There were about ten to twelve people present. Suddenly the pastor broke out in tears and confessed,"I haven’t understood and grasped the Gospel up to now. For the first time it is becoming clear to me."

He brought many sins to light, after which he said,"I cannot preach until my life is sorted out completely." After this confession, the pastor received forgiveness and salvation. His paralysis disappeared as well. Since then, he is a transformed man, his life witnessing that the Lord is with him.





6. Schools Experience the Gospel

During one of my travels with Erlo, we stayed with his brother Heino near Mtunzini. From there visits were made to different schools.

One afternoon the team was scheduled to be at Impande High School. As the Gospel was presented, the students and some teachers were overcome by the Spirit of God and began to confess their sins. There was such sorrow for sin and weeping that Erlo had to comfort them. All the students confessed their sins. The team, consisting of forty co-workers, had been brought by Friedel Stegen (Erlo's brother) in a bus. They helped with all the counselling, which took about three and a half hours. One person could never have coped alone. Among the counsellors were Erlo, Friedel, Joe, Horst, and Trevor. The others were Zulu co-workers.

Friedel observed how a girl, after putting her life right, went to her boyfriend from the same school, and said,"Now it is finished."

The students were between the ages of 14 and 20. Erlo and his team were asked to return soon by the principal of the school.

That same evening, the team was at Kwa Dlangezwa High School. This too was an all-Zulu school.

The principal, with whom I was able to speak, was a respected man among the students, No student had ever seen him agitated. The whole school had exemplary discipline. I asked him how many students were gathered, and he responded,"Six hundred and forty - the entire school is present."

After the preaching, Erlo, as he usually did, announced,"Those who want to surrender their lives to Jesus may stay behind."

Only about thirty students left the hall. For forty to counsel so many in one evening is not an easy thing. So Erlo said,"Because so many have stayed behind, I propose that some of you write out your confessions. It isn’t possible to counsel so many in one evening. The ones that really need a counsellor can stay behind." About seventy remained and were counselled by various co-workers. Because I do not speak Zulu, I waited nearby. Immediately some students came for counselling, and began to put their lives right in English. All the students in this high school speak English.

The experience we had at a third school needs to be reported. The principal of this school wasn’t prepared to have the team come, but because of the persistence of the vice-principal, the team was allowed to speak to the students for fifteen minutes, but without any counselling.

Thoko, a 22 year old co-worker, took the message. In closing she said, "All who want to make their lives right with God may write to the team." She then gave the students the address of the mission.

What happened? The team received 611 letters, all containing confessions, seeking to straighten out their lives. Because it was impossible to answer all of them, the students received a general letter.

Never had I heard of such happenings in revivals, where after just one meeting, hundreds of young people at such a critical age turned to the Lord.

Only our exalted Lord, only the Holy Spirit, could work in such might and power to humble young people. Any human praise has no room here whatsoever. Anyone who claims even a smattering of credit insults the Lord.

I ask all readers to pray that no human honour creeps in. Such a thing would bring a quick end to revival.

The exalted Lord is the Saviour, and not one successful missionary.











THE HEALING LORD

So often, healing through faith has developed into a false doctrine. Extremists reject doctors altogether, although God has given us understanding to use. Others make healing by faith a criterion upon which to decide whether a church is alive or not. Some go so far as to say that illness is a result of specific sin.

Erlo and his co-workers, and I include myself, reject such extremes. Many healings through faith do occur in revivals, especially among the illiterate. These parallels have been noticed in Timor, Indonesia, and among the Zulus.

The Bible often refers to extraordinary healings - there are 125 recorded in the New Testament alone. We shall mention just two from the Scriptures:

The healing of Naaman's leprosy (2 Kings 5)

The healing of the two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31)

It is not possible to mention all the healings performed by the Living Lord among the Zulus. Just as an introduction, I would like to mention two that I was privileged to witness myself.

On 29th March 1976, I accompanied the team to Mahambeni in the Transkei. After the service, the tribal chief, Sibizani, Erlo and I sat in a small tent. Then a young man, 22 years of age, came and reported as follows:"Five weeks ago you were here. During the message, I realised that something was happening to me. I had been an epileptic, and from that moment on I have been healed." Then he added,"I have come to thank you." Erlo responded,"You have to thank the Lord. It was He who healed you - follow Jesus from now on."

The second example in Mahambeni stirred me even more. A man arrived on horseback. He stopped in front of Erlo and me and said,"When you were here five weeks ago, I received my sight during the service. I have come to thank you. I want to follow Jesus." He then put his life right, being counselled by a co-worker because Erlo was busy.

Many Christians in Europe and America do not believe such accounts. Erlo and his co-workers and I are not liars. There is a judgment on those who do not believe the truth. Because of their unbelief they do not experience the full blessing of the Lord's salvation.

I would like to report on the following different kinds of healings:





1. The Healing of Leprosy

In one of the meetings at Kranskop, the following incident took place. The gathering place was crowded to capacity. Martin Stegen stood at the door to allow the seriously ill to gain entrance. As he was standing there, a leper came, his whole body full of ulcers (as the Bible says, full of sores). Martin considered warning the other people not to touch the man lest they become infected, but it was too late. The throng just pushed the man forward. Martin prayed:"Lord please grant that nobody becomes infected."

When the man with leprosy left the meeting, he was healed and beaming with joy. The scars were everywhere, but his skin shone like that of a small child.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:8,"…cleanse the lepers…" Why do so many Christians, especially those who hold to dispensation theology, believe that this only applies to the first century? Does the Bible need to be divided into the time of the early Christians and our modern age? The devil is full of guile and he is wily. He well understands how to use apparently biblical theology to undermine the Bible. This robs Christ's’ church of much fundamental truth.

Those Christians and theologians should unconditionally read Revelation 22: 19, where it says,"And if anyone shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things that have been written in this book."





2. The Healing of Kidney Disease

Martin Stegen is my reporter, not a relative of Erlo's, but a blessed co-worker.

The Gospel spread in the Mfolozi valley as people heard of the miracles that were happening in the revival. A sick man returned from Johannesburg, having been discharged from hospital. The doctors were unable to help him any more. He was so weak that he was unable to walk, and he had blood in his urine. His relatives had heard about the tent campaign and planned to bring the sick man to Erlo.

Transporting him was exceedingly difficult. On the first part of the journey there were no roads, and he had to go to the main road by sled pulled by an ox over rough terrain. This was a distance of 18 kilometres and it took hours. After some time along this bumpy trail, the man lost consciousness. "Shall we return or continue?" his relatives asked themselves. Opinions differed until the majority decided to continue."If he dies," they said,"then let him die where the Word of God is preached."

At last they made it to the main road. From there it was another 260 km to KwaSizabantu, the centre of the revival. Amazingly, the desperately ill man survived the perilous journey.

At KwaSizabantu he heard God's Word. The following day he was counselled spiritually. After twenty-four hours he could feel life in his feet. He swung his legs out of bed, stretched them and sensed that he had strength to walk. He got up, dressed himself, and walked. He was healed.

After hearing of this miracle, many people from the Mfolozi valley, including those that were sick, were drawn to hear God's Word and experienced the power of the Lord.

There was a family named Sibiya who brought their 15-year-old son, who was mentally deranged. Martin picked him up from his home village and took him to his home to stay for the night.

Before going to sleep, Martin suddenly thought,"What would happen if this young boy died without hearing the Gospel?" So he got up again and spoke to him about his salvation. The youngster was prepared to make his life right with God, but didn’t confess everything. Nevertheless, the following morning, when he went to the toilet, a cluster of worms came away.

Martin brought the boy to KwaSizabantu, where he confessed everything. His mind became completely clear, and he went home healed.





3. The Healing of Dropsy and of a Cripple

A man who grew up in a Christian home rejected his parents’ faith and went back to witchcraft. He used his black magic on blacks and whites, but said that it was especially difficult to treat whites with it, because with them he needed especially strong medicines. When asked what type of medicines these were, he answered,"Flesh, fat and hair from white people."

“Where do you get these things from?" one of the team asked,"Surely you can’t murder a white person just to get some flesh."

He explained it this way,"I bribe a black helper in an operating theatre to provide the necessary body parts. The second procedure is less difficult. From these parts I create a ‘medicine’ which is put into the white person's food - this really works."

The quality of the ‘medicine’, however, is shown by the fact that he himself could not cure his own illness. His dropsy became worse and worse, and his body was so badly swollen that it was impossible to find suitable trousers for him. In the end he wore a large coat. This condition caused him to seek Christian counselling. After his confession and his declaration to part unconditionally with witchcraft, things became better. Within a day he lost a great deal of water.

After having dealt with the main problem, his faith began to cool, and immediately the dropsy began to return. He now realised that he was dealing with a holy God, so he once again confessed and made his life right, becoming serious about his discipleship. This brought relief and complete healing.

He now ceased all witchcraft activities. When people came to him seeking help, he would point to Jesus and recommend that they go to KwaSizabantu. This is how he helped a woman who had been ill for 23 years. He testified to her of his healing by Jesus, and she was encouraged to seek help from Him as well.

This then is her story:

This woman comes from Busisiwe, a village 20 kilometres from Tugela Ferry. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and was so crippled that in order to move from one room to another she had to be supported on either side. If there was no one to help, she would crawl around in terrible pain. Her husband was a well-known witchdoctor, earning a great deal of money from his craft. He used to spend about R30 a month on medicine for his wife, but without success.

In the 23rd year of her illness, she had a dream. She saw a huge tent in which a white man was preaching the Word of God. There were one or two whites, but otherwise the tent was packed with Zulus. Among them were many women with sicolos. (Sicolos are beautiful but uncomfortable hairstyles, often worn by married Zulu women. The hair gets woven together with coloured fibres to create a hat-like form; this is worn for life, and they even have to sleep with them. They also carry burdens by placing the burdens in empty cans balanced on the front part of their heads. I have been able to take many photos of women with sicolos).

In her dream, she heard a voice saying,"Find this man - he will show you the way of salvation." This rather worried her because she had no idea how to go about the matter. Then this former witchdoctor explained the dream to her, and spoke to her about the Gospel. He promised to inform her when the tent came back to Tugela Ferry. It was to be another two years before that happened.

When Erlo returned to Tugela Ferry this former witchdoctor asked one of the co-workers to get this lady. At first this brother hesitated to drive such a distance for one person, but in the end agreed.

So the woman was brought in the co-worker's car and carried into the tent. Here this woman recognised that which she had seen two years before in her dream. Without anybody in particular praying for her, the power of God came over her, and she was able to walk without any help. She was a bit disappointed, though, when it was said that there was to be no special prayer for the sick at the end of that service. But Bill carefully explained to her,"Don’t worry; your time will still come. Ask God to reveal the sins in your life, and then put them right." Bill visited her several times, and she confessed her sins, her health improving after each occasion. Three weeks later there was a meeting in Kranskop to which she was brought. As they were travelling there, the Lord touched her and she was fully healed without anyone praying for her.

This completely changed her life. She needed no further medicine, and she opened her home to the evangelists. Six months after her healing she testified in front of a large congregation and brought all her witchcraft articles to be burned.

Her husband was overjoyed at his wife's healing and that the Gospel was preached in his house. However, he wasn’t prepared to make a decision himself yet. The woman was unperturbed at the resistance of her husband and wholeheartedly followed the Lord. It helped that her husband seldom came home, because he worked in Johannesburg.

Martin Stegen told me of another man with dropsy. When the revival reached the area around the Usinga Mountain, there were three sick men in the vicinity. One was blind, another lame and the third had dropsy, and was already bed-ridden. The first two had help from their families - the blind man had someone to lead him about, and the lame man had someone to care for him. The condition of the man with dropsy was so serious he was not expected to live much longer.

The three men heard that a preacher was holding services in their area and that he refused to accept offerings, but advised the people rather to spend their money on Bibles and songbooks. The three sick men said to each other,"If such a man doesn’t love money, then we have to hear him."

All three came to the service. It was a real challenge for the man with dropsy, because he could scarcely breathe, let alone walk.

All three asked for prayer. Naturally they were told that spiritual matters were to be dealt with first. The first session of prayer for the man with dropsy had no immediate effect. After some time he came again, went for counselling and was prayed for - this time, within a day, he recovered completely from his illness. A huge amount of water came away.

However, there was yet another, a third experience. After his recovery, he slackened in following the Lord and his abdomen became swollen again. This caused him great fear, and he travelled back to KwaSizabantu for the third time. He remained there for several weeks, while the Holy Spirit revealed many sins and omissions. Under a great sense of guilt, he put things right with God, and made a complete recovery - since then he has faithfully followed Jesus and attends the services regularly. He was also able to work and was employed as a shop assistant.

His wife also received help from the Lord. From time to time she was gripped by a compulsion to be destructive, smashing furniture and other things. After her husband finally decided to follow Jesus, she too was touched by the Holy Spirit, was converted and healed. Both of them come faithfully to KwaSizabantu, and two of their children are full-time missionaries.

We haven’t yet heard the end of the stories regarding the lame and the blind men. The lame one was eventually able to walk and to work again. The blind man was only partially helped. His sight was not restored, but the terrible pain which he had endured disappeared. There isn’t always complete healing, but no one leaves without a measure of the Lord's blessing. When Jesus is sought with all one's heart, something happens, even if not all desires are fulfilled.





4. The Healing of Heart Disease

In Kwahlati Elenge a family came to believe in Christ. The man had a heart disease and desired to be taken to KwaSizabantu. His condition, however, was very serious. At KwaSizabantu he was prayed for after confessing his sins, but then he asked to be taken home, as he preferred to die there.

Some days later Martin Stegen visited him. Again he confessed things that had come to his mind. Martin thought that he would soon pass away, and therefore planned to visit him two days later. However, because of pressure at work, he only managed to see him two weeks later. He was astounded to see the man, who had had such swollen knees, completely normal and walking around. This old man lived for some time after that, and died at the age of seventy-six - and his death was not caused by his previous heart condition.

Two of his children are also in full-time ministry.





5. The Healing of Deaf-Mutes

At KwaSizabantu many different forms of healing take place. Some get healed after confessing their sins and being prayed for with the laying on of hands. Others are healed during the service, often without the preacher even knowing of it. Usually these people would ask to be counselled after the service, and they would then put their lives right with God.

A third form of healing occurs on the way to KwaSizabantu.

Yet another form of healing takes place later. Often the sick, having been converted at KwaSizabantu, would travel home and receive their healing on arrival. However, we shouldn’t forget that it also happened that the sick were not healed. Healing does not depend upon the will of the counsellor or the desire of the patient, but on the will of God alone.

Here are some examples of how some deaf-mutes were healed:

a) A deaf mute girl was taken by car to KwaSizabantu. As she got out of the car, her mouth was opened and her ears were healed.

There had been no counselling as yet, but she then went for counselling, confessed her sins and gave her life to Christ.

b) A mother came to KwaSizabantu with her three children, all deaf-mutes. She opened her heart to the Gospel, was counselled and accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour. The co-workers then prayed for her and her children. One of the children spoke immediately, but the other two still had to wait. The mother and her children then came a second time. As they were crossing the river, one of the two deaf-mutes said,"This is wrong, we have to cross over there." The third child was also healed. So it can be seen that things never go according to a set pattern.

c) A wonderful healing occurred just weeks before these reports were written.

A man, blind, mute and lame, was brought to KwaSizabantu on February 29th 1976. A Christian brother brought him by car. In the middle of a sermon he looked around in astonishment. His eyes and mouth had been opened. Everyone rejoiced with him, and when he went home, he got out of the car without any help. While I was staying at KwaSizabantu he attended a service again. A daily reading for the 29th February read as follows,"…O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?" (2 Chron.20:6) Hasn’t this been fulfilled in this man's life?

These healings were spoken of in ever-widening circles, even though there were no modern means of communication in some of these areas.

Martin Stegen was asked to take people to a service. He went there with his small truck, which can take about fifteen people at a time. But when he arrived, there were a hundred waiting. A man said to him,"Don’t disappoint these people - please help them." So Martin held a short service for them. Then he had planned to take fifteen of them to the service. However, this was human planning. After the message, a spirit of repentance came upon them, and they all wanted to confess their sins. So Martin had to stay from morning till evening, counselling the people. The name of the place is Maposwane.

The conversion of these hundred people became another cornerstone in the revival. More and more people desired salvation. The healings were not the main thing, but the drawing of people by the Holy Spirit to get things in order with God.

Once there was a tent campaign at Efaye in KwaZulu-Natal. Martin had transported many people from far away. Through his experience at Maposwane he decided to use a larger vehicle. However, the truck he used was so full that the mothers had to hold their children up to prevent them from being crushed.

I want to mention something I observed personally. At Mahambeni, a truck arrived for a service with about 200 people on it. Some of the young people who had no room clung onto the railings. Martin drove this truck and its many people 250 kilometres to the service. Some of them arrived with swollen feet. Erlo preached the message, after which hundreds responded and accepted Jesus, and many were healed, even those with heart problems.

One of the most difficult journeys bears mentioning. After the service, at about 4:30 pm, Martin drove them all back home. The last one to arrive at home was an old man, who arrived at 6:45 the next morning. Nobody complained - they sang songs and were full of joy. Some of them had travelled fourteen hours. This is what happens when God's breeze blows through the land.

We have often mentioned Martin and his truck. Martin is a farmer on 680 hectares of hilly land, with mainly plantations and pasture land. He is the owner of the pick-up and the truck mentioned. One of the fruits of the revival is that farmers and businessmen are available for the Lord's work at all times. In the evangelistic campaigns in KwaZulu-Natal and the Transkei, businessmen Horst Witthöft, Trevor Dahl and Friedel Stegen were with us together with farmer Joe Newlands. Some brethren would take their wives along to help with the cooking for the team. Their priorities were not their own businesses, but the matters of the Lord. Men who owned pick-ups or trucks made them available to be used by the Lord. The Zulus were transported in them without having to pay. Nobody asks about the costs, but the Lord knows.

The Lord Jesus asked his disciples once,"Did you lack anything?" They replied,"Nothing!" All that we own is entrusted to us, that we might use it in the Lord's service. Blessed is the one that does so joyfully. He is blessed here on earth, and will be greatly rewarded in heaven, although we do not labour for the sake of a reward.





6. The Healing of Barrenness

It is considered a disgrace for Zulu women to be barren. So when a barren woman finds the Lord, she usually prays earnestly for children, and God has often answered before being asked. It has often occurred that when women have been converted, their barrenness has been healed.

I got to know one such woman from Tugela, and heard her testimony.

She had been married for several years, but was unable to have children. In a service conducted by the team, she found the Lord. Since then she has had a child every year, and they now have five.

Her husband was still an unbeliever, and his friends constantly urged him to stop his wife following the"religion of the whites", but he answered,"What can I say against Christ after experiencing these miracles."

Among the Mabaso, there was still a faction fight going on in 1971, but these were ended by Gabajana in 1972, as we reported. It took the police two years to get the names of all the participants. In 1973, eighty men were arrested, among them the husband of this woman who was so fruitfully blessed.

When he was in jail with his comrades, he told them about the faith and the experiences of his wife. He added,"There are people who worship a Living God." Then he wrote a letter to his wife, giving her the names of all his comrades, and asking if she would take their jackets to KwaSizabantu to be prayed over. According to his heathen view of things, he hoped to receive help for himself and the other seventy-nine.

The woman passed on this request to Erlo. His response was,"We do not pray for jackets, only people." However, the team came together to pray for the eighty imprisoned men and the miracle happened - they were all released.

This made a great impression on these eighty heathen men, especially on the husband of the Christian woman, who was filled with gratitude. He went back to his work in Johannesburg, bought a second hand vehicle and gave it to the preacher at Tugela Ferry. Although he was a heathen, he gave it a biblical name:"Noah's Ark". His explanation was,"Noah's ark carried the people of God - this vehicle shall carry the soldiers of Christ."

In May 1975, Barney picked the vehicle up in Johannesburg. Barney is a preacher at Tugela Ferry, one of Erlo's co-workers. He used the vehicle until December 1975, when the owner needed it for himself.

This vehicle was the means of teaching many lessons to its heathen owner. Barney said to him once,"You should give your life into God's hands, just as you have given this car for His ministry, and quit your ancestral worship. Do not thank the ancestors for your release from jail, but God. Nor should you hang a gall bladder in your vehicle for protection against evil spirits, but trust the Lord Jesus."

Now the vehicle owner had a driver, a heathen, because he didn’t have a driver's licence. Before they started the car the first time, the owner asked the spirits of the ancestors to protect them. The driver turned the ignition, but the engine wouldn’t start. Then the owner remembered what Barney had said, "This vehicle belongs to the Lord and is holy." So he said to his driver,"This vehicle was always started with prayer, so come on, pray to the God of the Christians!" The heathen driver answered,"I can’t." The owner then forced him by saying,"We have to get moving. I’ve hired you to drive this vehicle!" The driver then prayed, under protest, but nothing happened. The owner complained, "You aren’t praying properly. We’ll get my wife to do it." His wife came and prayed and the vehicle started. The owner, again impressed by the prayer of his wife, said to the driver,"You see, this vehicle only starts by prayer to the God of the Christians." From that day on the heathen driver had to pray to the God of the Christians before they got going!

To the European Christians who have been overcome by rationalism, this would all seem to be either childish or beyond belief. But it is the nature of the Zulus to be simple and childlike in their faith, especially when they have seen and experienced what God can do.

The team is still praying that the owner of this vehicle will become a Christian. He is not far from the Kingdom of God, and his wife is a living example to him.





7. The Healing of Cripples

There are many sick people among the Zulus. They are accustomed from childhood to go to witchdoctors, where they receive no real medical help, but in fact get more and more bound by witchcraft.

Because we have a merciful God, this situation is taken into account. As it was in Timor, Indonesia, many were healed at the same time as they were converted. On the island of Timor, approximately 30,000 were healed in a period of two and a half years from the beginning of the revival. This number was given to me by two servants of God, Daniel of Timor and Petrus Oktavianus from Batu.

Let us hear some more reports from among the Zulus:

a) A fifty-year-old woman was paralyzed on one side of her body. She was pushed in a wheelbarrow (with a steel wheel) for about thirty kilometres by several men, on a rough trail over mountains and through valleys. When she arrived at Mapumulo her body was sore and aching. After spiritual counselling and prayer, she stood up, but still slightly dragged her leg behind her. All the same, she was overjoyed and thanked the Lord for what had happened. The partial healing wasn’t the end of the story.

The day hadn’t yet come to an end when the blood circulation in her lame arm and leg began to take effect. Eventually she was able to move her fingers and toes, and before leaving Mapumulo to go home she was completely healed. The clear evidence of her healing was that she was able to walk all the way back home, over the same tortuous trail with its mountains and valleys. When she was two kilometres away from her home, her husband recognised her coming down from the mountain. He called out,"It's my wife - she's healed!"

Her husband was also ill with malfunctioning glands, was so fat that he could barely walk, and his knees were swollen and painful. After seeing the miracle his wife had experienced, he asked her to show him the place where she had been helped.

On a Monday morning they set out, but this was a very difficult journey. It was Wednesday by the time they arrived at the place where they could get a car to take them further.

On arrival, the man asked to be shown the way to Jesus. After being shown the way, the co-workers prayed for him with laying on of hands. They heard his knees cracking, and he said it was as if someone was cutting his knees with a knife. Then he got up, moved his legs in all directions with ease and flexibility, and he felt as if his body had become light.

In the revival among the Zulus it has often been seen that one healing succeeds another, and often a husband follows his wife to conversion or vice versa.

b) A practically helpless woman was brought to KwaSizabantu while youth services were taking place. A white teacher who had heard about the miracles taking place at KwaSizabantu came to visit his son, who was attending the meetings. This teacher happened to be passing by as this woman came from counselling, joyfully telling everybody that she had just been healed, so he was able to witness the power of the Lord first-hand.

c) Two siblings from Efaye were ill. The brother was lame and helpless and his sister needed to be fed like a baby. Both of them were brought to KwaSizabantu. Erlo first spoke to the brother, who confessed his sins. There was a slight improvement when he was prayed for, and his paralysis partially disappeared.

Then Erlo spoke to the sister, who seemed to be totally blind spiritually. When she was asked by a counsellor,"Have you ever given your life to Jesus?" She said,"No. I don’t have any sin." Shortly afterwards she became very ill, and asked Erlo to pray for her, but there was no breakthrough. The following day she lay on the floor vomiting, feeling as if she were about to die. Then she began to realise her sins, and went to Erlo a third time. This time she confessed all her sins, and also went immediately to her brother and put some matters right. From that moment on, all her health problems disappeared and she was healed.

Her brother then confessed a second time as he brought further things that he had remembered to the light. This time he was completely healed, after prayer.

The thought may arise that it is easy to convert the Zulus and for them to experience healing, but we need to remember that the Zulus are a proud nation, their national pride dating back to the time of their forefather Shaka. Missionaries have found it hard to reach the heart and conscience of the Zulu people.

No, these wonders and miracles among the Zulus reveal that a time of God's grace, such as never before in their history, is being experienced.

A similar, but smaller, happening has occurred just recently, while I have been writing, in another revival among the Bushmen in an area where the Dorothea Mission is active. God willing, I will be travelling there on my next journey to South Africa. I have previously reported on the Dorothea Mission in the book Jesus auf allen Kontinenten (Jesus on all Continents) (Bibel- und Schriftenmission Dr Kurt E. Koch, www.schriftenmission.de).

d) The healing of eighteen-year-old Anna Greta Khumalo was an amazing occurrence. Bill Larkan, a recruiting officer for a mining company in Johannesburg at the time, gave me this account, and Erlo filled in the rest of the details.

Anna Greta was completely paralyzed. She lay in bed, unable even to swat flies. From her childhood she had had to be carried to the toilet as well. Christians that knew about her visited her from time to time, and it was through them that Bill Larkan heard about her, and then visited her. Counselling her seemed almost impossible, because she could only whisper; sometimes she was not even able to speak at all. Later, one of Erlo's co-workers counselled her, asking only questions to which she could answer "Yes" or"No" by blinking her eyes.

Her parents had tried almost everything to help Anna Greta. Over a period of three months she was treated at the Baragwanath Hospital, the doctors assuming that she was insane. Then she was transferred to Dundee, but again there was no improvement. Eventually she was taken to specialists at the Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. But nothing changed - there seemed to be no improvement. Now and again her parents also tried witchdoctors, not realising that through this they were only worsening her condition.

One of the witchdoctors used an original but totally absurd therapy. He shaved some hair off the head of the paralyzed girl, then cooked a frog and tied the hot frog onto her head. It is not necessary to comment on such terrible healing methods, which bring no relief or help at all.

Bill visited her again and said that Erlo was coming to Tugela Ferry again for a tent campaign. She agreed to be taken there.

She was carried on a mattress to Bill's car, and from there likewise into the tent. After the service Erlo spoke to her while the team was interceding in prayer. As he was speaking to her, he was urged to say,"In the name of Jesus, stand up!" She hesitated, but then Erlo repeated the order and she stood up. Bill told me that he and others literally ran to the room where the miracle happened.

The same night her sister, a teacher in Dwaleni, was notified that she should come, but not told about the healing. She thought that the men had come to report the passing away of her sister Anna Greta. As she came to the room where Anna was, her healed sister appeared in the doorway. The teacher thought it was a spirit, and she lifted up her hands and retreated in shock - and small wonder, for she hadn’t seen her sister walking for three years, and for the last six months she had been totally helpless!

The next day some co-workers went with Anna Greta to see her father, who was working as a prison warden in the village of Pomeroy, about 25 kilometres from Tugela Ferry. On arriving at the prison courtyard they asked a man to call her father. When he opened the door, the co-workers and Anna Greta went to meet him. He stood as if turned to stone or as if he had seen a ghost. Then he understood that this really was his daughter."What has happened?" he asked as they fell weeping into each other's arms."Jesus has healed me," she answered. "Come into my room," he said,"and tell me all that has happened." In all the excitement he forgot to lock the gates of the prison.

This healing had a terrific impact on everybody. First, three court officials came to examine the case and cross-question the girl. There were, of course, certificates from the hospitals as ample evidence of her previous condition. The men were impressed by the healing, even though they were not believers, and they said to the girl,"Do you know who healed you? It is the One who can kill people or raise them from the dead!" They encouraged her, and said to her,"Cling to the God who has done this."

The spiritual effects were far greater than just the fact that three doubters came under conviction of the truth. Many people came running to see Anna Greta, and there was a great openness to the Gospel. Hundreds lined up for counselling, and about two hundred asked for prayer. Naturally only a small number of all those people were able to be prayed for by the laying on of hands, as in James 5:14. The others were prayed for collectively, and the laying on of hands was used only for the seriously ill and the blind. Some of the many healings will be recorded in the following sub-chapters.

These occurrences bear witness to Psalm 68:20:"Our God is the God of salvation; and to the Lord are the issues of death."





8. The Healing of the Blind

This account closely follows the previous one. After the healing of Anna Greta, many sick people streamed in from distant places, and from totally heathen areas messengers were sent with the request,"Send us men who have the living Gospel. We have heard what has happened among you."

Naturally, such times of great excitement are dangerous for disciples of Jesus. We remember the feeding of the 5,000 in Matthew 14:21,"And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, apart from women and children." The disciples were in danger of becoming too absorbed in their feelings, so Jesus "constrained…" them, compelled them to get into the boat and commanded them to go across the Sea of Galilee before him. He knew what awaited them - a fierce storm would rage, bringing fear and desperation to them. This was to be a beneficial lesson, providing inner correction to their souls.

Erlo knows the danger of great miracles. This is one of the reasons why he often takes the team aside for a time of quietness, where they thank the Lord for all that they have experienced, and prepare themselves in prayer for whatever lies ahead. I was able to see the old house near Kranskop in which the team gathers for prayer.

Here are some instances of what the Lord did for the blind:

a) The Healing of Eleven Blind People

On the second day after Anna Greta was healed, eleven blind people were brought. The power of God was so mightily present, that as soon as they entered the room, they called out,"I can see." Every one of the blind recovered his or her sight.

That same day Martin Stegen drove from Elandskraal with a group of people, a distance of forty kilometres from Tugela Ferry. The vehicle was already overcrowded, and as they were travelling, they saw a blind mother and her child standing beside the road. They waved down the vehicle and pleaded earnestly with Martin to take them along to the meetings at Tugela. Martin said that he really hated to leave them behind, but there was no space, and nobody was willing to get off either. So the woman had to be left behind, in tears.

On Sunday they heard that the blind woman who was left behind had been healed. When they investigated, to find out what time this had happened, they determined that it was at the same moment as when the eleven other blind people had been healed.

b) Grandmother Ntjali

An old, blind woman from Elenge was brought to KwaSizabantu. She stayed for some time and then went back home without receiving her sight. She came a second time to be at this blessed place, but still wasn’t ready for God to work. During her stay, she neither went for counselling, nor did she surrender her life to Jesus. Again she went back home disappointed. One day some Zulus came and sought help. They were asked,"How do you know that the Lord has revealed Himself here in this place?" They answered,"Grandmother Ntjali has told us about it; she has received her sight."  Soon after, Ntjali came to one of Erlo's co-workers, and after counselling, she surrendered her life to Jesus.

Healings occur not only when Erlo prays for the sick - his co-workers have similar experiences.

At one stage, Erlo wasn’t present at KwaSizabantu. A blind woman wanted to be prayed for by Erlo. However, because of his absence, a co-worker offered to help. She made a thorough confession, and while she was still busy dealing with her life, she suddenly said,"I can see the wall." As she looked around, she realised that she had received her sight and was fully healed. This was a special blessing from God, as she had been totally blind and her eyes had never been fully developed.

A similar example can be mentioned here. Martin was on a visit to KwaSizabantu. While he was there he took over the counselling of two blind men who were lying side by side in the mission hospital. First he spoke to one of them in a separate room. When that one came back, his neighbour asked him,"Can you see?" The first man answered,"I can see spiritually, and that is the most important thing - that our lives are put right with God." The second man rejoiced at this, but didn’t realise that he was to experience something even greater. As this second blind man was spoken to and prayed with, his eyes were opened, and his lameness disappeared. This man had found Jesus, received his sight, and been healed of his lameness. He told all the visitors at KwaSizabantu,"I have been blind since 1941 and lame since 1942. Now the Lord has touched me in this threefold way." Everybody rejoiced with him, and he became an impressive witness to both heathen and believers alike.

c) The Healing of Blindness during Counselling

A blind man was brought to KwaSizabantu. He wanted Erlo to speak to him, but Erlo at first declined, because he was busy with a matter concerning a co-worker. Eventually Erlo gave in, and the blind man asked him,"Please open my eyes."

“How can you ask me such a thing?" said Erlo,"I cannot heal anybody. Only Jesus can do that." The blind man said,"But I have heard of blind people who have received their sight here at KwaSizabantu." Erlo replied,"No, it doesn’t happen that way. First your spiritual eyes need to be opened. Have you ever seen and understood what Jesus has done for you?" But the blind man couldn’t grasp it. Then Erlo explained the Gospel to him,"God is holy. We are all sinners, which is why God in His love sent His Son to die for us." Before Erlo could finish speaking, the blind man called out,"Now I understand what you mean!" and he immediately began confessing his sins. While he was doing this, he suddenly leapt up and cried out,"I can see! Thanks be to the Lord - He has opened my eyes."

The psalmists sing much of the wonders of God. Let him who glories, glory in the Lord.

The word"alone" occurs many times in the Bible, and emphasizes that we should never rob the Lord of His honour.

Psalm 72:18:"Blessed is the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does wonderful things."

Psalm 136:3-4:"Oh give thanks to the Lord of lords; for His mercy endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders; for His Mercy endures forever."

Deuteronomy 32:3:"Because I will proclaim the name of the Lord, ascribe greatness to our God."

Nehemiah 9:6:"…You are Lord alone…"

One more jewel in closing off this section concerning blind people: A blind woman who was on her way to KwaSizabantu said,"I do not want to receive my sight. The first thing I want to be able to see is the Lord Jesus in His Kingdom."





9. The Healing of a Tumour

Shortly after the beginning of the revival the co-workers were gathered for prayer. Suddenly they heard a loud bang outside. They ran out and saw that the windscreen of one of the mission trucks had shattered. It was obvious that no external impact had damaged the glass, and there was nobody around, nor was there an obvious explanation of why this had happened. They returned to prayer and asked the Lord what this meant. The Lord answered that they should expect something unusual.

Soon afterwards, a man of forty-four was carried by several women to Mapumulo. He was ill and unable to walk because of a huge malignant tumour in his abdomen, and both his legs were paralyzed.

On that day, so many had come that the meeting place was too small, and many had to sit on the lawn outside. They heard the Gospel and the call to make their lives right with God. After the message, one after the other came for counselling. However, the lame man stayed seated because he couldn’t walk. Then one of the co-workers went to him and began to counsel him. The man confessed all his sins and revealed that he wanted to follow Jesus. The co-worker then prayed with him, and had hardly said"Amen" when the tumour burst open. It caused a dreadful stench, which permeated the whole area, causing those who were near to move rapidly away.

Many were flabbergasted as they noticed the healed man standing in the room for prayer unassisted. None of his lameness remained - his healing was complete! The people glorified and praised the name of the Lord, singing,"The Lord is mighty, there is none like Him."





10. The Healing of Toothache

In a letter to me, Erlo wrote,"Some years ago I was called to visit an elderly lady. I was told that she was sick and wanted to be prayed for. When I arrived I saw that one side of her face was swollen, and I asked her what I could do for her. She responded that she had terrible toothache. I advised her to go to the dentist and get the tooth removed. It was a small matter. She didn’t appreciate my comment, and answered rather sharply, ‘I haven’t called you to send me to the dentist, but so that you pray for me!’ I took this in good humour and found it quite difficult to remain earnest. So I prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, You see this woman. She would like You to heal her tooth, Amen.’ That was certainly a very brief prayer, and yet the Lord answered. The toothache and the swelling vanished completely. Since that time many years have passed and this woman hasn’t had toothache since."





11. The Healing of the Intestines

A fifty-five-year-old woman by the name of Xobisile had suffered for a long time from stubborn diarrhoea. Her condition deteriorated because no doctor was able to help her. Finally she became bed-ridden, and on top of that she developed phlebitis. Her leg became swollen and began turning blue, causing her terrible pain. Her neighbours would hear her loud groans. It seemed as if she was losing her mind.

On a certain Tuesday she received a visit from someone who told her that there was a white man who prayed for the sick. She was asked if she would like to be taken there.

Erlo used to take a service every second Wednesday in a neighbouring village, so she was taken there, although the journey was a difficult one. First she had to be carried up a steep hill and then to a road from where she could be picked up.

Many sick people had already gathered when she arrived. Before the Gospel was preached, Erlo told the sick people that they needed to cleanse their lives in the presence of the Lord and to mean business with Him. Then a song was sung. A young co-worker led the singing.

During the singing, the woman suddenly felt her swollen leg burst open, and a huge amount of pus streamed out. She said that it flowed out in four different colours, and the swelling disappeared immediately. Her intestinal problem was also healed. In addition, the skin on her healed leg started to peel off, and a new skin began to appear. This occurred in 1967.

Nine years later this healed woman had another experience. Because she is illiterate she cannot read the Bible. This is why the Lord sometimes spoke to her in dreams. On one occasion she was told that before she did anything, she should start with prayer. One day she forgot this lesson. She wanted a lift on a truck, and while she was running after it, as it was pulling away, she sprained the foot that had been healed nine years previously. Her foot became swollen and very painful. Then she prayed and asked herself what the Lord wanted to tell her through this. It was revealed to her that she had started on that journey without prayer. She repented and asked the Lord for forgiveness, and the Lord had mercy on her - the swelling and the pain disappeared immediately.





12. The Healing of Internal Bleeding

Sister Helga had worked for several years in South Africa and was part of the revival. After returning to Germany she felt sudden strong pains in both her legs, and at the same time she started running a high temperature. Holes began to form under both her feet, and she started haemorrhaging in her intestines. She was then taken to hospital. After a week both her legs were paralyzed from the knees downward, and she couldn’t even move her toes. The doctors were unable to make a precise diagnosis or treat the obscure symptoms. They were faced with a medical conundrum. All attempts at therapy and medication seemed to fail, and Sister Helga was transferred from one hospital to another, without significant results.

In this seemingly hopeless situation, Helga informed Erlo Stegen. Erlo prayed intensely for her, and intended to visit her while on a planned trip to Germany. One of the co-workers telephoned the Tübingen Hospital, and was quite amazed that Helga herself came on the phone. She reported joyfully that she was able to walk again, and that the internal bleeding had ceased. She told the co-worker,"On a certain day I felt that the Lord had touched me. A feeling of warmth flooded my whole body. From that day on my healing began, and I improved rapidly. The professor who was treating me as well as the doctors and nurses were greatly impressed by the healing. They said, ‘You have experienced a miracle!’" They had ruled out all possibility of recovery and had expected her to die.





13. The Slipper

The following story will no doubt anger many Christians. Erlo gave me a written account of it. If I myself did not agree with it, I wouldn’t have recorded it here. But for those who constantly criticize, I will mention another example beforehand.

In Acts 19:12 we are told how the apostles used handkerchiefs, which were laid on the blind and the sick, and they were healed.

This passage rightfully remains in the Bible. I have no criticism of it at all, but in the history of the church it has often been misused, which is to be rejected categorically. Instead of many examples from the five different continents, let me mention only one from the USA.

A well-known healer from an extremist group said after a meeting,"We are going to raise a collection now. But I do not want any money, just your handkerchiefs, no matter if they are dirty or clean. After I have prayed over them, you can have them back." The ushers collected all the handkerchiefs, and they were prayed over. Then this shrewd businessman said,"Now, you can buy the handkerchiefs back for 25 cents. Put them on the sick part of your body and you will be healed, according to Acts 19:12." There weren’t enough handkerchiefs to go around, because those who were first in line bought several.

This is not only mischief, but also a misuse of the Bible - one might even classify it as white magic.

From this negative story we come to a positive one. In Madras, a Christian leader, Father Daniel, spoke to me about his friendship with Sadhu Sundar Singh. In his younger years, Brother Daniel acquired this friendship with this well-known man of God. Before the Sadhu disappeared in the Himalayan Mountains, he gave a blanket to his young friend Daniel, which the Sadhu had used to sleep on and which had given him protection against rain and cold. It is a story similar to that of Elijah and his successor Elisha. One day Brother Daniel was called to a seriously ill person. He prayed for the man, laying the Sadhu's blanket on him, and the man recovered. Since this story seemed a bit strange to me, notwithstanding Acts 19:12, I asked Brother Daniel,"How often have you done this?" He replied,"Only once - I never repeated it." I was satisfied with that.

Because Brother Daniel is a sober man of God, I will leave the story as it is without criticism. Brother Daniel, who died several years ago, experienced many miracles in his ministry. I have written his biography in the previously mentioned book, Jesus auf allen Kontinenten (Jesus on all Continents).

There are many Christians who criticize Sadhu Sundar Singh. One can ask what man of God man doesn’t experience this. I need to add that many things occur in the life of this saint which I cannot always understand or follow. But I am not his critic or judge. Every person is accountable to the Lord.

Now to Erlo's account, which I firmly believe to be true, otherwise, as I said previously, I would not publish it.

Erlo was on a journey while a very sick person was in hospital at KwaSizabantu. Although many prayed for him, his condition worsened, and it became clear that he was dying. They carried him into another room, because he could not stay with the other patients. Some co-workers knelt down in the room and cried to the Lord. One of the co-workers saw a slipper under the bed. She remembered Acts 19:12 and prayed,"Lord if your servant was here, he would have prayed using the gift that you have given him." She took one of the slippers and held it over the sick man, and prayed again,"Lord Jesus, You worked through the handkerchiefs of your servant Paul - please work through what I am doing now." From that moment on, the patient improved. The co-workers rejoiced with inexpressible joy. They praised the Lord for being still the same today. It has to be emphasized that this matter was not handled lightly, but came from deep distress, and was never repeated again. Extremists misusing Acts 19:12 have no right to use this example to justify their actions. Although two people may do the same thing, it does not follow that it is really the same. Let those who are wise in their own eyes, and who scoff in arrogance at these things, remember the words of Jesus,"Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter into it." (Mark 10:15)

Many healings have been reported in this book, but we have to keep in mind that the most important issue is the salvation of a person. The renewal of the soul is a thousand times more important than the renewal of the body. And yet the gracious Lord helps His children. Matthew 9:36 says,"But seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion…" The Lord's ministry was full of compassion.

There are many forms of healing, but they all have one thing in common. Often when those who are healed do not fully surrender their lives to Christ, the malady returns. And not all of the sick are healed. At times the Lord lays burdens on us, and doesn’t take them away, but He helps us to bear them. There are many blessed"burden-bearers". Such burdens which the Lord does not take away have the purpose of preparing us for eternity.

We should not overlook the fact that in revival times great things occur - things that we spiritually stiff Western Christians only know from hearsay.

Perhaps the reader will grasp what it has meant to me to experience all these events in the different revivals.

Following the Lord Jesus, I have often experienced how the Lord has led me to countries in which I found open doors. On one occasion, I waited four hours in Djakarta (Indonesia) for a connecting flight. Next to me was a passenger waiting for the same flight. We introduced ourselves. When he heard my name, he said that I must have a namesake in Germany who had written the book Christian Counseling and Occultism, and another one, Between Christ and Satan. He was astounded to have the author sitting next to him. He invited me then and there to lecture in his church in Melbourne (Australia) for eight days. On my second Australian tour I was able to comply. I have often experienced this type of guidance.

I have had similar experiences from time to time as I have followed Jesus. I have an absolute abhorrence of writing books. There are so many desperately tedious books written - please excuse the expression - that I rebelled when asked to write down my experiences. A Christian in a high position urged me to get all this down on paper. Often he would say,"Just write as you speak." Two years later I gave up my resistance, and wrote the book Höhenflug (Soaring High), which was printed in 11 or 12 editions. I was always pushed into writing - it was never on my own initiative.

A third experience fills me with great gratitude. When I started writing, the Lord would send me the material that I needed. People who were unknown to me would send me reports from many continents, for which I hadn’t even asked, and the material would often fit in exactly with the topic on which I was working. Such an experience was the reason for my adding