The Harvest Is Plentiful

What can playing a tape do? It did a whole lot 60 years ago when believers would go into hospitals, gathering areas, and even the homes of their friends to tell them about a modern-day prophet who discerns the secrets of the heart and reveals the hidden mysteries of the Bible. How many of our parents, grandparents, pastors, or friends came to know the Message of the hour by hearing one of those old reel-to-reel tapes? Millions!

The tape ministry is stronger today than it ever has been. People are hearing the prophet with their own ears and giving their hearts to the Lord in all areas of the world.

As we all know, Brother Branham had a special place in his heart for the people of Africa, and as we can see from the amount of believers on that continent, they have a special place in their hearts for him. Our African friends LOVE to hear the prophet preach. One little country in East Africa is in the middle of a revival that has started by doing what thousands have done over the decades: playing tapes.

Brother Mustapher Saidi, VGR office manager in Blantyre Malawi, regularly holds tape services in the remote villages of his country. It could be at a village or a market, or recently they even had meetings at a government roadblock. The team sets up their audio equipment and generator, and then begin singing songs of worship. With no electricity in most of these places, the people come from near and far to see what all the commotion is about. Once the crowd has gathered, they introduce the prophet and play a translated tape.

Brother Saidi and the brothers that travel with him often baptize well over a hundred people in a weekend. New churches are constantly forming after these meetings. This happens week after week, and month after month.

The brothers baptized 138 in their latest weekend tape meetings. Here is Brother Saidi’s report.

Our VGR tape outreach team had a very successful weekend, baptizing a total of 138 people in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The team started off from our Blantyre base on Friday, May 13th at around lunch for a long weekend. This was in response to invitations that we had from several places.

We were fully equipped, ready for the long weekend. Apart from our usual tape outreach equipment and Message books, our checklist also included: water, food, kitchen utensils, etc. The boys were mentally geared up to venture into this mission and serve the Lord, and to give the people an opportunity to hear the voice of the prophet for our generation. It is always an honor to invite the voice of the prophet to speak to a multitude, pulled to a venue by the magnetism of quality sound equipment.

Our first point of call was Likhonyowa, situated 10 kilometers away from Mozambique border. People from the Mozambique side crossed the border and came to attend the meeting. We camped along the rail line into Mozambique. Because we had come a long way, the meeting started late.

People had been waiting for us at this place since mid-day, Some people held their patience and kept hoping that we would be there before it was too late, while others had decided to go back home. Nevertheless we went ahead with our meeting, and by the time we played our tape, it was already dark. The day's harvest did not reflect our circumstances: 32 people were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They came back on Sunday for a service after we were long gone.

On Saturday, May 14th, we moved further to Mwenye. This was another long and hectic drive along a bad road, and understandably we were late again. We hurriedly assembled our equipment and soon we were on duty. We baptized 59 people at this place, including the chief of the village. On Sunday, the people that were baptized walked to a nearby Message church and had fellowship.

On Sunday morning, May 15th, we moved on to a place called Mangámba. We had previously had a tape outreach meeting here and we had baptized about 12 people. We decided to have a Sunday church tape service with the people that were baptized. These people gather at the makeshift church. It was a blessing to fellowship with them and the service was glorious.

In the afternoon of that day, we moved into the main trading center and conducted a tape outreach. Thirty-eight people were added unto them, and they were hugely encouraged. We advised them to look for a much suitable place for their fellowship. This is a Muslim dominated area, and it was awesome to witness some Muslims being baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ after they had heard the voice of the prophet.

On our way back home on Monday, 16th May, we stopped by at Ntaja, and had our last outreach meeting, where 9 people were baptized.

To sum it up, 138 people were baptized in water baptism, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your prayers and may God bless you.

Brother Saidi

VGR Malawi