1977 - Thursday 10 March - Min District, Papua New Guinea (Diyos Wapnok)
1979 - Wednesday 14 March - Elcho Island, Australia (Ginijini Gondarra)
1979 - Sunday 13 May - Anaheim, Los Angeles (John Wimber)
1984 - Thursday 14 June - Brugam, Papua New Guinea (Ray Overend)
1988 - North Solomon Islands Province, Papua New Guinea (Jobson Misang)
1988 - Thursday 4 August - Kambaidam, Papua New Guinea (Johan van Bruggen)
1988 - Madruga, Cuba
1989 - Henan and Anhul, China
Thursday 10 March - Min District, Papua New Guinea
Pastors from the Solomon Islands spoke about their revival at
a pastors and leaders conference at Goroka in the highlands of
Papua New Guinea. Diyos Wapnok attended from the Baptist Mission
area at Telefolmin. He heard God call his name three times in
the night there and realised that the Lord was drawing his attention
to some special challenge.
Later, on Thursday afternoon 10 March, 1977 at Duranmin in the
rugged Western Highlands, where Diyos was the principal of the
Sepik Baptist Bible College, while he spoke to about 50 people
they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and great joy. The
students experienced a light brighter than day, filling the room
where they were. Many simultaneously felt convicted of unconfessed
sin and cried out for mercy and forgiveness. All became aware
in a new ways of the majesty, authority and glory of God. Revival
had come to Duranmin and the Sepik. This glimpse of God's greatness
gave a new dimension to the students' preaching. The movement
spread beyond the churches to their unreached neighbours and to
most of the villages in the whole Sepik area. Many churches of
new believers were established and in the next three years at
least 3,000 new believers were baptised.
Wednesday 14 March - Elcho Island, Australia (Djiniyini
The Lord poured out the Holy Spirit on Elcho Island in northern Australia on 14 March, 1979.
Djiniyini Gondarra was then the Uniting Church minister in the
town of Galiwin'ku at the south of the island. He had been away
on holidays to Sydney and Brisbane, returning on the late afternoon
Missionary Aviation Fellowship flight. This is his account of
that Pentecost among Australian Aborigines, first printed in his
book Let my People Go:
'When we landed at Galiwin'ku airport we
were welcomed and met by many crowds of people. ...
'After the evening dinner, we called our
friends to come and join us in the Bible Class meeting. We just
sang some hymns and choruses translated into Gupapuynu and into
Djambarrpuynu. There were only seven or eight people who were
involved or came to the Bible Class meeting, and many of our friends
didn't turn up. We didn't get worried about it.
'I began to talk to them that this was
God's will for us to get together this evening because God had
planned this meeting through them so that we will see something
of his great love which will be poured out on each one of them.
I said a word of thanks to those few faithful Christians who had
been praying for renewal in our church, and I shared with them
that I too had been praying for the revival or the renewal for
this church and for the whole of Arnhem Land churches, because
to our heavenly Father everything is possible. He can do mighty
things in our churches throughout our great land.
'These were some of the words of challenge
I gave to those of my beloved brothers and sisters. Gelung, my
wife, also shared something of her experience of the power and
miracles that she felt deep down in her heart when she was about
to die in Darwin Hospital delivering our fourth child. It was
God's power that brought the healing and the wholeness in her
'I then asked the group to hold each other's
hands and I began to pray for the people and for the church, that
God would pour out his Holy Spirit to bring healing and renewal
to the hearts of men and women, and to the children.
'Suddenly we began to feel God's Spirit
moving in our hearts and the whole form of our prayer suddenly
changed and everybody began to pray in the Spirit and in harmony.
And there was a great noise going on in the room and we began
to ask one another what was going on.
'Some of us said that God had now visited
us and once again established his kingdom among his people who
have been bound for so long by the power of evil. Now the Lord
is setting his church free and bringing us into the freedom of
happiness and into reconciliation and to restoration.
'In that same evening the word just spread
like the flames of fire and reached the whole community in Galiwin'ku.
Gelung and I couldn't sleep at all that night because people were
just coming for the ministry, bringing the sick to be prayed for,
for healing. Others came to bring their problems. Even a husband
and wife came to bring their marriage problem, so the Lord touched
them and healed their marriage. ...
'Many unplanned and unexpected things happened
every time we went from camp to camp to meet with the people.
The fellowship was held every night and more and more people gave
their lives to Christ, and it went on and on until sometimes the
fellowship meeting would end around about midnight. There was
more singing, testimony, and ministry going on. People did not
feel tired in the morning, but still went to work. ...
'The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Arnhem Land has swept further to the Centre in Pitjantjatjara and across the west into many Aboriginal settlements and communities. I remember when Rev. Rronang Garrawurra, Gelung and I were invited by the Warburton Ranges people and how we saw God's Spirit move in the lives of many people. Five hundred people came to the Lord and were baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
'There was a great revival that swept further
west. I would describe these experiences like a wild bush fire
burning from one side of Australia to the other side of our great
land. The experience of revival in Arnhem Land is still active
in many of our Aboriginal parishes and the churches.
'We would like to share these experiences
in many white churches where doors are closed to the power of
the Holy Spirit. It has always been my humble prayer that the
whole of Australian Christians, both black and white, will one
day be touched by this great and mighty power of the living God'
(Renewal Journal #1, 1993, pp. 21-23)
Sunday 13 May - Anaheim, Los Angeles (John Wimber)
In 1977 John Wimber began leading the fellowship of about 40 people
which had been commenced by his wife, Carol. It later became
the headquarters of the Vineyard Christian Fellowships. John
preached from Luke's gospel and began to pray for healings with
no visible results for nine months although the worship and evangelism
attracted many people. Then healings began to happen and became
a regular part of Vineyard ministry.
John summarised their story:
'Beginning some time in September of 1976, Bob Fulton, Carol Wimber,
Carl Tuttle, along with others, began assembling at the home of
Carl Tuttle's sister. The agenda was simple: praying, worshipping
and seeking the Lord. By the time I came several months later,
the Spirit of God was already moving powerfully. There was a
great brokenness and responsiveness in the hearts of many. This
evolved into what became our church on Mother's Day in 1977.
'Soon God began dealing with me about the work of the Spirit related
to healing. I began teaching in this area. Over the next year
and a half God began visiting in various and sundry ways. There
were words of knowledge, healing, casting out of demons, and conversions.
'Later we saw an intensification of this when Lonnie Frisbee came
and ministered. Lonnie had been a Calvary Chapel pastor and evangelist,
being used mightily in the Jesus People Movement. After our Sunday
morning service on Mother's Day 1979, I was walking out the door
behind Lonnie, and the Lord told me, "Ask that young man
to give his testimony tonight." I hadn't even met him, though
I knew who he was and how the Lord had used him in the past.
That night, after he gave his testimony, Lonnie asked the Holy
Spirit to come and the repercussions were incredible. The Spirit
of God literally knocked people to the floor and shook them silly.
Many people spoke in tongues, prophesied or had visions.
'Then over the next few months, hundreds and hundreds of people
came to Christ as the result of the witness of the individuals
who were touched that night, and in the aftermath. The church
saw approximately 1,700 converted to Christ in a period of about
'This evolved into a series of opportunities, beginning in 1980,
to minister around the world. Thus the Vineyard renewal ministry
and the Vineyard movement were birthed' (Vineyard Reflections,
July - Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Rodney Howard-Browne)
Rodney Howard-Browne has seen many, many thousands converted through
his ministry, many more renewed in their love for the Lord and
empowered by the Holy Spirit. His ministry remains controversial
because of the manifestations involved, especially laughter.
'In July of 1979, at eighteen years of age, Rodney M. HowardBrowne
of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, reached a crossroads in his life.
Over a period of several months, an increasing spiritual hunger
had been developing within him, and while at an interdenominational
prayer meeting with about eighteen young people at this time,
he cried out to the Lord, "God, either you come down here
tonight and touch me, or I'm going to die and come up there and
touch you." ... Describing this incident at his camp meeting
fifteen years later (July 18, 1994), he said it was as though
all of a sudden somebody had taken gasoline and put a lighted
match to it. The fire of God fell upon Him instantaneously, and
he was immersed in the liquid fire of the Holy Spirit. He became
completely inebriated in the Holy Ghost. He was beside himself.
Overflowing, he laughed uncontrollably. He went from laughter
to weeping to tongues, back to laughter and weeping again. Four
days later, the glory of God was still upon him, and by this time
he was saying, "God, lift it. I can't bear it any more.
. . Lord, I'm too young to die, don't kill me now." For
a twoweek period, he felt the presence of God. He said
that, although these things became the basis of his later ministry,
this was not really evident until about ten years later.
'In December of 1987, Rodney M. HowardBrowne arrived in
the United States to engage in evangelistic work, but it was not
until April of 1989 in Clifton Park, near Albany in upstate New
York, that he began experiencing continuous revival during his
meetings. In a 1994 interview on TBN with Paul Crouch, Rodney
HowardBrowne said of the outset of the revival that, while
he was preaching, "The power of God fell in the place without
warning suddenly. People began to fall out of their seats. .
. . rolling on the floor. The very air was moving. People began
to laugh uncontrollably while there wasn't anything funny. . .
. The less I preached, the more people were saved."
'From this point onward, these phenomena accompanied his ministry
regularly' (Riss 1995: WWW)
Thursday 14 June - Brugam, Papua New Guinea (Ray
Ray Overend describes part of a revival in the Sepik area.
'I will never forget June 14th, 1984. Revival had broken out
in many churches around but Brugam itself, with many station staff
and many Bible College and Secondary School students, was untouched.
For a whole week from 8th June a well known preacher from New
Zealand (Fred Creighton) had brought studies on "Life in
Christ by the power of His Spirit". There was much very
thorough teaching. On Tuesday afternoon in prayer I had a real
peace that the Lord would break through in Brugam. Then early
on Thursday night, the 14th, Judah Akesi, the Church Superintendent,
invited some of us to his office for prayer. During that prayer
time God gave him a vision. In the vision he saw many people
bowed down in the front of the church building in the midst of
a big light falling down from above just like rain.
'So after the ministry of the Word that night Judah invited those
who wanted to bring their whole heart and mind and life under
the authority of Christ to come forward so that hands might be
laid on them for prayer.
'About 200 people surged forward. Many fell flat on their faces
on the ground sobbing aloud. Some were shaking as spiritual
battles raged within. There was quite some noise...
'The spiritual battles and cries of contrition continued for a
long time. Then one after another in a space of about three minutes
everybody rose to their feet, singing spontaneously as they rose.
They were free. The battle was won. Satan was bound. They
had made Christ their King! Their faces looked to heaven as they
sang. They were like the faces of angels. The singing was like
the singing of heaven. Deafening, but sweet and reverent' (Overend
The whole curriculum and approach at the Bible School for the
area changed. Instead of traditional classes and courses, teachers
would work with the school all day from prayer times early in
the morning through Bible teaching followed by discussion and
sharing times during the day to evening worship and ministry.
The school became a community, seeking the Lord together.
Churches which have maintained a strong Biblical witness continue
to stay vital and strong in evangelism and ministry, filled with
the Spirit's power. Christians learn to witness and minister
in spiritual gifts, praying and responding to the leading of the
'Many received spiritual gifts they never had before. One such
gift was the "gift of knowledge" whereby the Lord would
show Christians exactly where fetishes of sanguma men were
hidden. Now in Papua New Guinea sanguma men (who subject themselves
to indescribable ritual to be in fellowship with Satan) are able
to kill by black magic... In fact the power of sanguma in the
East Sepik province has been broken' (Overend 1986:2324).
In 1986 a senior pastor from Manus Island came to the Sepik to
attend a one year's pastors' course. He was filled with the Spirit.
'Shortly afterwards he went to Ambunti with a team of students
on outreach. There they were asked to pray for an injured child
who couldn't walk and later in the morning he saw her walking
around the town. He came back to his course and said: In my 35
years as a pastor on Manus I had never seen the power of God!'
North Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea (Jobson
Jobson Misang, an indigenous youth worker in the United Church
reported on a revival movement in the North Solomons Province
of Papua New Guinea in 1988:
'Over the last eight weekends I have been fully booked to conduct
weekend camps. So far about 3,500 have taken part in the studies
of the Living in the Spirit book. Over 2,000 have given
their lives to Jesus Christ and are committed to live by the directions
of the Spirit. This is living the Pentecost experience today!
'These are some of the experiences taking place:
''1. During small group encounters, under the directions of Spiritfilled
leadership, people are for the first time identifying their spiritual
gifts, and are changing the traditional ministry to body ministry.
'2. Under constant prayers, visions and dreams are becoming a
day to day experience which are being shared during meetings and
'3. Local congregations are meeting at 4 am and 6 am three days
a week to pray, and studying the Scriptures is becoming a day
to day routine. This makes Christians strong and alert.
'4. Miracles and healings are taking place when believers lay
hands on the sick and pray over them.
'5. The financial giving of the Christians is being doubled.
All pastors' wages are supported by the tithe.
'6. Rascal activities (crimes) are becoming past time events and
some drinking clubs are being overgrown by bushes.
'7. The worship life is being renewed tremendously. The traditional
order of service is being replaced by a much more lively and participatory
one. During praise and worship we celebrate by clapping, dancing,
raising our hands to the King of kings, and we meditate and pray.
When a word of knowledge is received we pray about the message
from the Lord and encourage one another to act on it with sensitivity
Problems encountered include division taking place within the
church because of believers' baptism, fault finding, tongues,
objections to new ways of worship, resistance to testimonies,
loss of local customs such as smoking or chewing beetlenut or
no longer killing animals for sacrifices, believers spending so
many hours in prayer and fasting and Bible studies, marriages
where only one partner is involved and the other blames the church
for causing divisions, pride creeping in when gifts are not used
sensitively or wisely, and some worship being too unbalanced.
Thursday 4 August - Kambaidam, Papua New Guinea
(Johan van Bruggen)
Johan van Bruggen, a missionary at the Lutheran Evangelist Training
Centre, Kambaidam near Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands of Papua
New Guinea, wrote in his circulars:
'There came Thursday 4 August (1988), a miserable day weather
wise, although we had great joy during our studies. Evening devotions
not all students came, actually a rather small group.
I too needed some inner encouragement to go as it was more comfortable
near the fire. We sang a few quiet worship songs. Samson, a
fellow who by accident became one of our students last
year he and Paul had wanted to go to another school, missed
it, and ended up in our Evangelist Training Centre and stayed
on, although at times felt miserable, as we all do well,
this Samson was leading the devotions. We had sung the last song
and were waiting for him to start. Starting he did, but in an
unusual way. He cried, trembled all over! ... Then it spread.
When I looked up again I saw the head prefect flat on the floor
under his desk. I was praying in tongues off and on. It became
quite noisy. Students were shouting! Should I stop it? Don't
hold back! It went on and one, with students praying and laughing
and crying not quite following our planned programme!
We finally stood around the table, about twelve of us, holding
hands. Some were absolutely like drunk, staggering and laughing!
I heard a few students starting off in tongues and I praised
the Lord. The rain had stopped, not so the noise. So more and
more people came in and watched!
'Not much sleeping that night! They talked and talked! And that
was not the end. Of course the school has changed completely.
Lessons were always great, I thought, but have become greater
still. Full of joy most of the time, but also with a tremendous
burden. A burden to witness.
'What were the highlights of 1988?
No doubt the actual outpouring of the Holy Spirit must come first.
It happened on August 4 when the Spirit fell on a group of students
and staff, with individuals receiving the baptism of the Holy
Spirit on several occasions later on in the year. The school
has never been the same again. As direct results we noticed a
desire for holiness, a hunger for God's Word which was insatiable
right up till the end of the school year, and also a tremendous
urge to go out and witness. Whenever they had a chance many of
our students were in the villages with studies and to lead Sunday
services. Prayer life deepened, and during worship services we
really felt ourselves to be on holy ground.
'The fact is that our school is not just another church institution.
As one of the students remarked recently, the real head teacher
at Kambaidam is the Holy Spirit. Well, he certainly did a good
job! Our 35 new students were again fascinated by the new life
they discovered among the second year students. The Word of God
did the rest. During the month of March real repentance took
place. One week before Easter the Holy Spirit moved mightily
among the students and staff. There was a lot of crying during
that week. Each night the students met in small prayer groups.
The aim was to get them prepared to go out to seven small Easter
camps that were planned for the Gazup area our area here
around the school. Well, God's Spirit really prepared them well!
I have never seen and heard so much crying. Many students had
listed all their sins. I must confess that some of these lists
really shook me. There was witchcraft, magic, adultery, stealing,
drunkenness. It once again showed me how deep and far the world
has invaded the church today. There was tremendous relief as
students were assured of forgiveness and were filled with the
A young student, David, in his early twenties from the Markham
Valley had a growing burden for his village of Waritzian which
was known and feared as the centre of pagan occult practices.
He prayed earnestly. As part of an outreach team he visited
nearby villages and then went to his own people. He was concerned
about the low spiritual life of the church. He spent a couple
of days alone praying for them.
Then as he was teaching them they heard the sound of an approaching
wind which filled the place. Many were weeping, confessing their
sins. They burnt their fetishes used in sorcery. This area had
been a stronghold of those practices. Many people received various
spiritual gifts including unusual abilities such as speaking English
in tongues and being able to read the Bible. People met for prayer,
worship and study every day and at night. These daily meetings
continued to be held for over two years.
In November 1990, Johan van Bruggen wrote:
'This is what happened about 2 months ago. A new church building
was going to be officially opened in a village in the Kainantu
area. Two of our last year's graduates took part in the celebrations
by acting the story in Acts 3: Peter and John going to the temple
and healing the cripple.
'Their cripple was a real one - a young man, Mark, who had his
leg smashed in a car accident. The doctors had wanted to amputate
it, but he did not want to lose his useless leg. He used two
crutches to move around the village. He could not stand at all
on that one leg. He was lying at the door of the new church when
our Peter and John (real names: Steven and Pao) wanted to enter.
The Bible story was exactly followed: "I have got no money,
but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walk!" Well, they acted this out before hundreds
of people, among them the president of the Goroka Church District
and many pastors and elders. Peter (Steven) grabbed the cripple
(Mark) by the hand and pulled him up. And he walked! He threw
his crutches away and loudly praised the Lord! Isn't that something?
What a faith!
Their testimony was given at a meeting of elders when Kambaidam
was discussed. Mark was a most happy fellow who stood and walked
firmly on his two legs. He also had been involved in criminal
activities, but in this meeting he unashamedly confessed his faith
in the Lord Jesus.
Later I talked with them. Steven (Peter) told me that the Lord
had put this on his heart during a weeklong period of praying.
"I had no doubt that the Lord was going to heal Mark, and
I was so excited when we finally got to playact!"
And Mark? He told me that when Steven told him to get up he just
felt the power of God descend upon him and at the same time he
had a tingling sensation in his crippled leg: "I just felt
the blood rushing through my leg, bringing new life!" Mark
is now involved in evangelistic outreach and his testimony has
a great impact.
In 1988, revival broke out in a small church in Madruga, Cuba.
'People would begin to weep when they entered the church,' said
their pastor. More than 60 churches experienced a similar move
of the Spirit. And today the Holy Spirit's presence is still
being felt. Despite gestures of tolerance towards Christians,
believers in Cuba still experience much hardship and oppression.
Nevertheless, God is moving amongst the 10 million people of
Cuba, just like in the early church recorded in the book of Acts.
The revival has generated more than 2,400 house churches - more
than all the official churches put together. Though open evangelism
is still outlawed, teenagers and joining the children and adults
to witness boldly in parks, beaches, and other public places,
regardless of the risk.
There is a 'holy and glorious restlessness' amongst the believers,
said one pastor. 'The once defensive mood and attitude of the
church has turned into an offensive one, and Christians are committed
to the vision of "Cuba Para Cristo!" - Cuba for Christ!'
(Open Doors, September 1993).
1988 saw astounding revival. The Pentecostals, Baptists, independent
evangelical churches and some Methodist and Nazarene churches
experienced it. One Assemblies of God church had around 100,000
visit it in six months, often in bus loads. One weekend they
had 8000 visitors, and on one day the four pastors (including
two youth pastors) prayed with over 300 people.
In many Pentecostal churches the lame walked, the blind saw, the
deaf heard, and many people's teeth were filled. Often 2000 to
3000 attended meetings. In one evangelical church over 15000
people accepted Christ in three months. A Baptist pastor reported
signs and wonders occurring continuously with many former atheists
and communists testifying to God's power. So many have been converted
that churches cannot hold them so they must met in many house
'In Cuba in 1990, an Assemblies of God pastor whose congregation
never exceeded 100 people meeting once a week suddenly found himself
conducting 12 services per day for 7,000 people. They started
queuing at 2.00 a.m. and even broke down doors just to get into
the prayer meetings' (Robinson 1992:14).
Henan and Anhul, China
Dennis Balcombe, pastor of the Revival Christian Church in Hong
Kong, regularly visits China. He has reported on revival there.
In 1989 Henan preachers visited North Anhul province and found
several thousand believers in the care of an older pastor from
Shanghai. At their first night meeting with 1,000 present 30
were baptised in the icy winter. The first baptised was a lady
who had convulsions if she went into water. She was healed of
that and other ills, and found the water warm. A 12 year old
boy deaf and dumb was baptised and spoke, 'Mother, Father, the
water is not cold the water is not cold.' A aged lady
nearly 90, disabled after an accident in her 20s, was completely
healed in the water. By the third and fourth nights over 1,000
Enchuan, 20 years old in 1990, had been leading evangelistic teams
since he was 17. He said, 'When the church first sent us out
to preach the Gospel, after two to three months of ministering
we usually saw 2030 converts. But now it is not 20. It
is 200, 300, and often 600 or more will be converted.'
Sister Wei, 22 years old in 1991, spent 48 days in prison for
leading open air worship. She saw many healings in prison and
On 12 March 1991, The South China Morning Post, acknowledged there
were a million Christians in central Henan province, many having
made previously unheard of decision to voluntarily withdraw from
the party. 'While political activities are coldshouldered,
religious ones are drawing large crowds' (Hong Kong and China
Report, March 1991).
Dennis Balcombe reported on 27 August 1994:
'The persecution of the church has not ceased since our arrest
in February. Many home churches have been raided, Bibles confiscated
and preachers put in prison... For example, one of the Henan preachers,
a 28-year-old sister, has been given a 3 year prison sentence
for distribution of Bibles. Many house churches in Guilin ...
have been closed down and the leader imprisoned. ...
'This year has seen the greatest revival in Chinese history.
Some provinces have seen over 100,000 conversions during the
first half of this year. Because of this, the need for Bibles
is greater than ever. This year we have distributed to the house
churches over 650,000 New Testaments, about 60,000 whole Bibles,
one million Gospel booklets and thousands of other books.'
Revival continues in China with mighty signs and wonders amid
severe persecution, just as it was in the early church.
(c) Geoff Waugh, Fire Fell: Revival Visitations. Brisbane: Renewal.
PO Box 629, Strathpine, Qld. 4077, Australia.
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