Benny Hinn Witnesses Miracles in Indonesia
In July, Benny traveled for the first time to Papua, Indonesia located on the western half of the island of New Guinea. Papua’s Governor Lukas Enembe and a delegation of dignitaries traveled to meet Benny during a 2013 conference in Jakarta and invited him to hold services in their region. The event was sanctioned, approved, and promoted by the government, as well as sponsored and organized by Governor Enembe and a local committee composed of nearly 4,000 distinguished pastors and community leaders. The results of that initial invitation and the promotional advertising, highway billboards, banners, and more were all truly spectacular! A huge permanent stage was built. Governor Enembe and his organizers provided transportation for us as well. Huge crowds, remarkable healing testimonies, and packed altar calls for salvation have marked two historic Benny Hinn Ministries miracle healing services! News reports and government authorities heralded the event, “The largest gathering in Indonesia history!” Benny says it was a time he will never forget. “After nearly a year of preparation, on July 25-26 I was able to minister to more than 1.6 million people and saw the intense power of God in action,” shares Benny. The sponsors had hoped for at least a half-million for each of the two services. Actual attendance the first night was over 645,000. The count by local authorities for the second night’s service rose to between 900,000 and one million. In addition, untold millions watched as the services were broadcast live through the national television systems of Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Asian-Oceania nations on both nights. This was on primetime throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, and more countries. Many pastors have reported they have been flooded with messages on their social network from people throughout Asia and Oceania who saw what was happening on the broadcasts.
Government officials attended all of the meetings, as the crusade was actually held on an air force base in Indonesia. Governor Lukas Enembe attended the event and reported that this was the largest public gathering in the history of Indonesia. The nearby city of Jayapura, in Papua, for the first time in its history, was absolutely empty of traffic and pedestrians, as everyone from the host city attended the crusade. Altar calls for salvation were overwhelming with thousands upon thousands praying to receive Jesus Christ as Savior!
•A lady, blind in both eyes, who was suddenly healed and seeing clearly.
•A lady, paralyzed for 17 years, began walking as the healing anointing swept over the memorable audience.
•A man stricken four years ago with a stroke and unable to walk was completely healed.
•Deafness, blindness, and tumors vanished.
Because of the crush of each service’s crowd, many more testimonies of miracles—healing from diabetes, deafness, pain, sight problems, and more—throughout the audience did not even make it to the stage to testify of God’s healing touch. The anointing and power of the Holy Spirit for miracles was awesome. A great anointing was evident, and the intensity of the services was unusual. Benny says, “This was one of the greatest crusades in the history of our ministry.”
TRIP TO ISRAEL IN SEPTEMBER
Benny has taken large tour groups to Israel for many, many years. In the late summer, after the war with Hamas in Gaza ended, the Minister of Tourism invited Benny to come to Israel to meet with leaders – including Prime Minister Netanyahu and a top general – to learn the truth about what had taken place. Benny went to stand with them as Israel has become even more isolated after the war. Benny says as the body of Christ we must stand with Israel and be very supportive – in fact, more supportive than ever. We must understand the importance of what is happening in Israel and the rise of anti-Semitism that has now eclipsed even the anti-Semitic feelings of World War II. They are God’s people and the Bible clearly tells us that He will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3).
Benny Hinn was born on December 3, 1952, in the port city of Jaffa (part of modern Tel Aviv), Israel, where his family had set up residence as immigrants to Palestine from Greece. In 1968, not long after the Six-Day War, he moved with his family to Canada. In February 1972 Benny Hinn’s life took on an entirely new meaning when he surrendered his heart and life to Jesus Christ as high school friends prayed with him. Soon afterward, he was called to minister the Gospel. In April 1974, young Benny received a vision of people falling into a roaring inferno and heard the words: “If you do not preach, every soul who falls will be your responsibility!”
On December 7, 1974, four days after his 22nd birthday, Benny Hinn first stood behind a pulpit to preach the Gospel—his stuttering problem suddenly healed. From that moment, he would fearlessly seek to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission.