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‘Gathering of the Nations Conference’ begins March 15 at Fairfield convention center

Mar 01, 2013

Lightning and Thunder Ministry will offer “Gathering of the Nations Conference” March 15-17 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The theme for the conference is “The Kingdom of Heaven,” and its purpose is to bring together and unify all peoples, nations and denominations where the reality of the kingdom God is proclaimed and manifested in unity with oneness and purpose of heart.

The event includes speakers and music from different nations.

“Friday night [March 15], we will kick off with a worship band, Piercing the Darkness,” said Rose Kessler, who founded Lightning and Thunder Ministry with her husband Richard. “The African music groups from Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo will be playing throughout the conference, as well as the awesome Hispanic group from Templo Elim Assembly in Rock Island.”

The speakers will include Richard Kessler, the Rev. Peter Ndikumana, the Rev. Bill Chilcote and the Rev. Jacques Bagaza.

“Each speaker carries an awesome tangible anointing that brings breakthrough and manifestations of the power of God,” said Rose Kessler.

Richard Kessler is a prophetic revivalist who is called to be a voice to the nations. He and his wife founded Lightning and Thunder Ministry, an interdenominational ministry, in 2003, and have taken the gospel to nine different nations in Africa, to India, Honduras and Cuba. After many repeated trips to Africa, the ministry is now internationally based and building a school for 100 children and a Supernatural Training Center for making disciples in Lusaka, Zambia.

Ndikumana was born and raised in Rwanda, Africa. He did not have a personal relationship with God until in 1994 at the age of 13 when he witnessed the Tutsi genocide. When he was going to die along with his father and uncle, he made a vow to God that if his life was saved, he would serve God for the rest of his life. Ndikumana, his wife Ruth and children now live in the United States.

Chilcote and his wife Ann are the founders and pastors of My Father’s House International in McConnellsburg, Pa. He is a prophetic revivalist, with a desire to bring others into an encounter with God.

Bagaza is not only senior pastor of Zion Temple Celebration Center in Rock Island, Ill., but he also is an anointed worship leader. In the summer of 2012, he released his first album called: “Ijwi Ryiza.” He came to America from the Congo with his wife, and they have three children.

In addition to the Christian rock and worship band Piercing the Darkness, the band and worship teams also include Zion Temple Asaph Music, with Africa praise and worship from Zion Temple Celebration Center in Rock Island; and Eugene Kiruhura and The Messengers, a group of young people from refugee camps in Burundi, Africa, who celebrate with African-style singing and dancing.

The celebration is set at 7 p.m. March 15; 10 a.m., 2, 4 and 7 p.m. March 16; and 1 p.m. March 17. No registration fee is charged, but free-will offerings will be collected.

“There are many nations of the world represented in Fairfield for different reasons,” said Rose Kessler. “We invite everyone to attend and represent your community, state and nation.”

For more information, visit the website www.lightningandthunder.org.

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