Billy Graham Center
Transcript of the Conclusion of the
July 21, 1974 Plenary Session of the International Congress on World Evangelization
BISHOP FESTO KIVENGERE
OF UGANDA: I hope that as you clap, after these testimonies, you
mean the clap is to Jesus, not to the testifier. [applause]
KIVENGERE: I want to invite a number of people from Tanzania, Uganda,
and Kenya to come forward and stand around here. Men, women, bishops, archbishops,
laymen, nobodies , come right around here. You’re going to sing Tukutendereza
[Yesu] to this crowd of brethren as a testimony when I am through.
KIVENGERE: I have got a few minutes, and I’m rather talkative.
[laughter] I want to praise the Lord for the testimony, and all I want to share
with you in the short per...time before, is the glorious work of the Holy Spirit
in bringing new life to a dead church, which you call, traditionally, revival.
You can call it renewal, you can call it the vale of Ezekiel, the coming alive,
whatever you like to choose. I want therefore to take a few moments and praise
the Lord Jesus for Miss Kim [Wickes]’s song. [Slightly earlier during the
session, Kim Wickes had sung “The Love of God” in Korean.] As she
sang that wonderful song from the bottom of her heart, she was actually singing
the theme of the East African revival, because that is how it all began. The Lord
Jesus in His risen power, through the power of the Holy Spirit, began to visit
a church which was scattered like bones, the members of that church. Each in his
own little corner. It was utterly lonely. Men and women separated from each other
because of tribe, because of race, because of doctrine. And then there was no
life, no testimony, no movement, no joy. It was a miserable existence in a church
with a name of being a Christian church, and particularly my church was very evangelical
and very dry. That may surprise some evangelicals that you can be evangelical
and dry. You can.
KIVENGERE: And then Jesus Christ came. How and why? It all began
through the love, as Miss Kim sang it. The attraction, the growing power came
through a simple presentation of the New Testament, and the Holy Spirit took men
and women, including myself, from our isolation, drawing us to the center, the
cross. The theme of the East African revival was the cross, and we needed it!
There was no medicine to heal our tribal separations and resentments. There was
no possibility of uniting the black and the...the pink.
KIVENGERE: There was no possibility of bringing men and women....
Africans are chiefs by nature, and the husband is a chief at home, none of them
were polygamist, of course. And therefore, there was no fellowship. There was
a name, but there was no fellowship. Then, the Holy Spirit drew men and women
from isolation, judged us. Sins were seen in the glare of God’s love. And
hearts were melted. My brother [ a previous speaker] talked about mashed potatoes.
It takes the Wounded Hand to mesh human lives. There is no other way of softening,
melting, drawing together, except through the love of Jesus on Calvary, and when
that happened, do you know...? May I use a simple illustration? Each man was like
a balloon. A pastor, a balloon in his ministry. Laymen, all over there. And of
course, laymen in the congregation became little balloons, and you cannot have
fellowship. You simply bang on each other and fly away. Bishops were balloons,
big ones, you see.
KIVENGERE: And husbands were big, big... balloons, controlling and
ruling by force. And the black man became a balloon in his particular character,
and the white man was balloo...a balloon in his superiority. You never have fellowship
that way. And then, the mercy of God and the love of Jesus Christ, by the power
of the Holy Spirit, He drew us to Jesus, and in discovering Jesus we discovered
ourselves and our miserable separations and our mean attitudes, and we began to
repent. Repent, that word. A pastor standing before his congregation, weeping.
A very embarrassing experience for a man who wants a reputation in the ministry.
A husband kneeling before his wife, repenting. And how...what came out of this?
A fellowship. A song of joy. Even in the Anglican church, people began to clap
KIVENGERE: And people began to love each other. Yes, thank you,
Pentecostals, for clapping.[laughter] Things were moving, but at the center was
Jesus Christ, and out of this came a fellowship of love. The bleeding Savior uniting
these men and women, and out of isolation...isolated balloons could get a broken
group of men and women who love each other deeply, and then the Holy Spirit began
His tremendous work of baptizing us all in the love of Jesus Christ. He filled
us with that love, and in that love we sow the world, and men went out like fire,
evangelized their neighbors, evangelizing the businessmen, talking to uncles and
aunts! It became one huge crowd of evangelists! We praise the Lord. That is what
has happened in East Africa. And out of this has grown a fellowship which knows
no color, no race, no denominational barrier, and the people who are going to
come and sing with me here belong to anything. You name it. [laughter] Brethren,
[applause, East Africans in the audience come to the platform]
KIVENGERE: Quite a choir, isn’t it. I can see them still coming.
They must stop or the platform will be too small. Let us sing the chorus very
simply (it is short) in Luganda. Luganda is one of the languages. Then we’ll
sing it in Swahili, just a very short one. And then we’ll finish in English
so that we may not think we are all doing interpretation in tongues.
KIVENGERE: [to interpreter] You interpret it. I’ll once say
it in Luganda. Put it in English and then....
KIVENGERE: The meaning of the chorus: the chorus is about Jesus
Christ having cleansed one from one’s sin. And it goes like this: [Phrase
in Luganda] We thank you, praise you, Lord Jesus. [Phrase in Luganda] Jesus, the
Lamb of God. [Phrase in Luganda] You’re precious blood has now cleansed
me. [Phrase in Luganda] I praise you my Savior.
[Group sings chorus in Luganda]
Swahili now, Utukufu, Swahili.
[Group sings chorus in Swahili]
Now, in English please.
[Group sings] Glory, Glory, Hallelujah Glory, Glory to the Lamb Oh the cleansing
blood has rinsed me Glory, Glory to the Lamb.”
KIVENGERE: And we are going to sing that English one...last one
last, and we will do it in the East African way, waving to you, and you wave to
[Group sings] Glory, Glory, Hallelujah Glory, Glory to the Lamb Oh the cleansing
blood has rinsed me Glory, Glory to the Lamb.”
CLIFF BARROWS: “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah Glory, Glory to the
Lamb Through the cleansing blood of Jesus Glory, Glory to the Lamb.”
BARROWS: I almost learned it. Not quite, all right. Give me A-flat,
and we’ll sing Hallelujah, and then Mr. Graham is coming to present Corrie
Ten Boom to you.
[All sing]“Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah”
BILLY GRAHAM: I never cease to be amazed and thrilled at the diversity
of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how God is working in so many different ways
throughout the world. And here we are sharing them together during this time today.
While we are gathered here, the headlines of the newspapers outside are dangerous
and ominous. A war has already started in Cyprus, and I think that we should be
praying. The Americans have alerted their fleet. The Russians have alerted theirs.
Diplomats are meeting. One British diplomat said last night “The cork has
popped out of the bottle, and it may never go back in again.” And I believe
that we should be in prayer during this day that if it please God, that this trouble
may be confined to a relatively small area of the world, and not drag the whole
world in. The second thing, is I’m asking all of you to be in prayer a great
deal about the service this afternoon, people are coming from France, all the
way from Paris by the hundreds. They’re coming from Brussels, and from Belgium,
and from all over Switzerland, and parts of Germany. We don’t know how many
people will be there, it is an evangelistic service, and this afternoon when the
appeal is given, I’m asking all of you to be in a spirit of prayer, and
that we may see people come to Christ this day, in this city of Lausanne. This
meeting is much on the hearts of the believers of this great city. Now, this morning
has been one of the high points of this congress, and the best is yet to come,
because seldom in one’s lifetime does one have the privilege of meeting
or working, and hearing, a person who is a legend in her own lifetime. Corrie
Ten Boom was the first official woman watchmaker in Holland. [scattered applause]
And during the Second World War, she and her family helped protect and save many
Jews. Because of that, she and her family were condemned to the concentration
and the death camps. Her father was killed, her sister, and the week that she
was to die, she miraculously escaped. Since then, she has toured the world, preaching
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, winning many to Christ, by both her writings
and her preaching, and now a motion picture has been made on her life, that we
think is the finest religious motion picture ever made, and will be in contention,
we believe, for an Academy Award this coming year. It’ll be released early
next year. It’s called The Hiding Place. And many of you are going
to want to see that in many languages. But Corrie Ten Boom, there’s a new
book about her, and by her, called A Tramp for God. And I want to introduce
her today as one of the great women that it’s been my privilege to meet
in secular or religious life, but I want to introduce her as what she fondly likes
to be known as, a Tramp for God. Corrie Ten Boom of Holland.
CORRIE TEN BOOM: And this all what you heard has taught me to obey
the Lord. In the Bible we read, in Colossians 1:11, “As you live this new
life with Jesus Christ, we pray that you will be strengthened from God’s
boundless resources, so that you will find yourselves able to plan through any
experience, and endure it with courage.” God’s boundless resources
we find when we obey the commandment: “Be filled with the Spirit.”
This is not a suggestion. The Bible has no suggestions, only commandments, and
this is the most happy commandment of the whole Bible. When the Lord told us to
witness, and make to disciples over the whole world, He promised, “You will
receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” To me, a little
story of a bird, a woodpecker, has helped me in this. That woodpecker picked with
his beak against the stem of a tree, like they are used to do, but that very moment,
a lightning struck the tree, and destroyed it. And the woodpecker flew away, and
said, “I didn’t know that there was so much power in my beak.”
TEN BOOM: I don’t ask you “Have you the Holy Spirit?”
but “Has the Holy Spirit you?” When I was a little girl, I remember
that my father [clears throat] that I would talk with my father, and I said “Daddy,
I will never be strong enough to be a real witness, and a martyr for Jesus.”
And father said “When you go to travel, when do I give you the train tickets
or the money for it, three weeks before?” I said “No daddy, the day
that I go to travel.” And Father said “That is what God does. You
don’t need to be...have the power to be...a sufferer for Jesus at this moment.
But the moment that you have the...the great honor to be a martyr for Jesus, the
Lord will give you everything.” And I have experienced the Holy.... We hath
not a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind. And the Holy Spirit
is there always, to do the job, to make us ready. We live in a time that we can
expect the Lord Jesus coming very soon. Many of the signs of the time are very
clear, and it’s very important that we are ready for Jesus’ coming.
Peter writes “Because you have a hope like this before you, I urge you to
make certain that such a day would find you at peace with God and with man, clear
and blameless in his sight.” Sometimes I tremble when I think that that
is necessary, to be right with God and right with man. But in the...in Russia,
I once got a great...comfortable...story. A Russian said: “There was a big
apartment house, many people lived there, and they all put their junk in the...in
the basement. But there was in the basement also a beautiful harp, but it was
broken, and nobody could repair it. Once there came a tramp, and said ‘May
I sleep this night in your house? It is such a terrible snowstorm.’ And
they said ‘We have no guest rooms, but you can sleep in the basement.’
After some hours they suddenly heard beautiful music in the basement, and the
owner of the harp came down and said ‘How can you...could you repair that
harp?’ And the man said: ‘I have made this harp, and when you can
make...have had made something, you can also repair it.’” Who has
made you? Wasn’t it God? Wasn’t it that nothing has been made without
Jesus? Do you think He is able to make you good and blameless and right with God
and man, so that you will be ready for Jesus’ coming? He is able, and he
will do it. For it is written that Paul prayed “May the God of Peace make
you holy through and through, may you be kept in spirit, soul and body, in spotless
integrity, until the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.” Is that possible?
Is spotless integrity? You, and I? Yes. For the rest of the text is “He
who calls you is utterly faithful, and He will finish what He has set out to do.”
TEN BOOM: The Holy Spirit shows us many things, as it were, from
God’s point of view. The Holy Spirit gives you wisdom to cast your burdens
on the Lord, because he gives us spiritual insight and understanding. I was in
Vietnam, and I was there not a thermometer, but a thermostat. Do you know what
I mean? The thermometer kind of goes with the heat and the cold, up and down.
A thermostat brings a cold room immediately in contact with a source of heat,
and so restores the temperature. I carried the load of suffering that I saw in
the hospitals, in the tribes, in the front line. And the Holy Spirit showed me
that I had to cast my burden on the Lord. We are not called to be burden-bearers,
but cross-bearers and fruit-bearers. So I could be used as an open channel of
streams of living water. In my work to do...bring the Gospel in many places, I
sometimes feel weak and old. Not adequate to speak in so many different meetings.
But I trust what we heard today again and again, “You shall receive power
after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” The Holy Spirit gives power, and
we can never expect too much from him. He points to the Cross where Jesus finished
all for our redemption. And obedience and surrender is the answer. I was comforted
by a story told in New Zealand. A little boy went with his father over a bridge.
It was a very small bridge, and he was scared and said “Daddy, I’m
afraid. Do you see this water underneath us?” and the father said “Boy,
give me your hand.” Then he was not afraid any longer. But in the evening,
he had to go again over the bridge, and now it was pitch-dark. Then he said “Daddy
I am more scared than this morning” And then, the father took the little
boy in his arms, and immediately, the boy fall asleep, and awakened in his own
little bed. That is surrender to the Lord Jesus. And that is what the Holy Spirit
teaches us, how that we are safe in Jesus’ hands. When I was in prison,
where my sister died, and 95,000 women were killed or died, I experienced the
same what Paul has written to...to the Philippians when he was in a terrible prison.
The Holy Spirit had pointed him to Jesus, as He did with me. And I can say with
him what he wrote in the text: “I count everything as loss compared to the
priceless privilege,” (I am reading from the Amplified New Testament) the
overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and the supreme advantage of
knowing Jesus Christ my Lord and of progressively, more intimately getting acquainted
with him.” That happened when I was in that terrible prison. That can happen
with you when you let the Holy Spirit turn your eyes more and more to the Lord
Jesus, even when we are perhaps entering now a time of very great darkness and
suffering over the world [clears throat]. The world is very sick, very ill. Who
is it that overcomes the world? He who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
And I am sure that all of us believe that Jesus is the Son of God. That means
that you and I, that we all have to overcome our world, and that is hope for our
world. The best is yet to be. Jesus is coming, and He has said “I will make
everything new.” And that this world, yes, this sick, ill world will be
covered with the knowledge of God like the waters cover the bottom of the sea!
What a joy to know from the word of God that God has no problems, only plans.
There’s never a panic in Heaven. And [clears throat] we have to be right
with God, and we know it. That is because of the finished work of Jesus at the
Cross. And we have to be right with men also, because of Jesus’ presence.
“The love of God He will bring into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who
is given to us.” Romans 5:5. I love the Germans. There’s not a country
where I work with such a great joy. My greatest friends live in that, um...country.
But sometimes I find people who have been cruel to me in the concentration camp.
Once, I saw a lady in the meeting, and suddenly I saw that woman was the nurse
who was so cruel to my dying sister. And there came hatred and bitterness in my
heart. But when I felt that there was hatred and bitterness in my heart, I knew
I have not forgiven her. And I know, and you know that Jesus has said (you can
read it in Matthew 5) “If you do not forgive those who have sinned against
you, my heavenly father will not forgive you your sins.” But I said “Oh,
Lord, I cannot, I am not able!” And suddenly I saw it. I cashed the check
of Romans 5:5. I said “Thank you Lord Jesus, that you have brought into
my heart, God’s love through the Holy Spirit who is given to me, and thank
you Father that your love in me is stronger than my bitterness and hatred.”
And I could go to that nurse, and I could shake hands with her, and I had the
joy to be used by the Lord to bring her to a decision for the Lord Jesus. What
TEN BOOM: It is good to know to know that it’s not a trying
and trying heart. John Bunyan made a very good little poem:
Run, John, run the law commands
But gives us neither feet or hands
Far better news the Gospel brings
As it says “Fly,” and gives us wings.
TEN BOOM: Isn’t that good? I love that. When the Lord says
“Love your enemies,” He gives you the love that He demands from you.
There is an ocean of God’s love, and that love is available for you, and
that we can be made that we love our enemies, and that we can become ‘mashed
One of the most cruel things I have suffered was when in the concentration camp,
we had to stand naked. They stripped us of all our clothing. And I said to Betsy,
my sister, “I cannot bear this, this is so terrible.” But it was
suddenly as if I saw Jesus at the Cross. It was the Holy Spirit who turned my
eyes to Jesus. And the Bible tells that He...they hanged there naked, they stripped
him of all his garments, and he hung there for me, and by my suffering, I could
understand a fraction of the suffering of Jesus. And it made me so happy, so
thankful that I could bear my suffering! Love so amazing, so divine, demands
my life, my soul, my all. The Holy Spirit will turn your eyes to Jesus, whatever
happens. And then we are ready. We are even willing and we are able to suffer.
Emma Carmichael has written: “We have a scarred Captain, should not we
have scars?” Under his mighty banners, we are going to the wars. Lest
we forget Lord, when we meet, show us your hands and feet. And may the love,
mercy, and power of Jesus Christ be multiplied to you during this time of titanic
spiritual warfare. The Lord wins, and is able to hold us up and cause us to
triumph in all situations that we may have to face. Hallelujah! Jesus was victor,
he is victor, and he will be victor! Amen.
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