Minister believes in miracles

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2001

Charles Ndifon walks past rows of photos tacked on the walls at Abundant Life Church. &uot;This lady was blind and deaf,&uot; he says, a soft accent in his voice. &uot;Her eyes were opened.

&uot;This man was totally crippled when I was praying. While I was speaking, he got up and walked.&uot;

He seems to remember every person he has seen, whether in Denmark or Denver. And he says each one has been healed.

Ndifon, who is leading nightly services at Abundant Life this week, believes the power of Jesus is healing the people who come to him each night. Ndifon says he does not believe he himself is a healer.

&uot;The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,&uot; Ndifon says. &uot;He healed people in the Bible. If he’s alive, he will do the same miracles. … Every believer is called to preach the same message.&uot;

Ndifon, who is originally from Nigeria, began his career in engineering and computer science. He began preaching after hearing a speaker at his university speak about the Bible and about healing.

Ndifon says he learned that day how to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

&uot;The best news I’ve heard is that every mistake I’d ever made was forgiven,&uot; Ndifon says.

&uot;I never had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ before,&uot; he says. &uot;A lot of people believe in Jesus but never really let him live in their life.&uot;

But Ndifon believes that many of the people he sees at services he leads are hungry for God, and for a deeper relationship with Him.

&uot;God wants to heal them; God wants to reveal himself to them,&uot; Ndifon says. &uot;Inside of them there’s a hunger to know truth. Truth is not in philosophy. Truth must take on human flesh. Truth is a person. He comes and lives inside you and reigns in you.&uot;

Ndifon now is pastor of a church in Providence, R.I., but he travels most of the year leading healing services at different churches throughout the world. For example, he spent last week in Denmark, and next week will travel to Canada.

Ndifon knows many people are skeptical of what he believes are miracles.

&uot;People live in a cynical world,&uot; he says. &uot;I never blame them.&uot;

He relates a story about a television news crew in Denmark which tested his claims of healing by bringing a blind man – who, the news crew said, had been examined by a doctor – to be healed. According to Ndifon, the man was healed that day, and doctors were baffled.

His explanation for such healings: &uot;It’s simple: Jesus heals today.

&uot;We see over 200,000 miracles a year,&uot; he says. &uot;Over 200,000 people come to know Jesus every year.&uot;

To Ndifon, knowing Jesus and being healed by Him are both miracles.

&uot;It’s the same thing,&uot; he says. &uot;’Salvation’ in Greek is the same word as ‘healing.’&uot;

Kerry Whipple is news editor of The Democrat. She can be reached at 445-3562 or by e-mail at kerry.whipple@ natchezdemocrat.com.