M IKE EVANS' "God Bless Cambodia" crusade last November - when he scuttled out of
the country early after repeated riots - is now a slickly-packaged earner for
Mike Evans Ministries (MEM).
The video "MIRACLE: Explosion Cambodia" is
now on sale in the United States as part of a four-piece set costing $80 (the
others being Explosion Zaire, The Holy Ghost Explosion in Holland, and the Oak
The video blurb goes: "See what the World Press did not
report! Over 180,000 hear the Gospel during this historic first national crusade
in the Buddhist nation of Cambodia. Witness awesome miracles of power and see
the behind-the-scenes story about the demonic attempt to kill Mike Evans and
Almost an entire issue of Evans' glossy Commission: 2000
magazine is devoted to interviews and stories that paint a very different
picture than what many witnesses saw happen in Cambodia.
The Post was
with Evans on stage at the "salvation" concert on the first of four scheduled
nights and saw a crowd - hyped up after weeks of sensational, blanket
advertising and Evans' own exhortations of miracles - that was simply too big,
too desperate and uncontrolled. Women pushed deformed and blind babies at
journalists on stage, pleading that they be given to Evans.
Evans made a
series of gross misjudgements that threatened the lives of attendees, and would
later rebound to threaten him. The only miracle the Post witnessed was that
Evans at one stage asked people to come up to the stage - a
request that would arguably have been criminally negligent had another of his
staff not immediately got him to stop.
He was shaking, drained of color
and clearly frightened when he realized the situation was out of control and ran
off the stage, in the process knocking down at least two crippled
However, Evans' followers are now being told that it was all the
fault of the "devil" Khmer Rouge.
MEM's "international coordinator" Greg
Mauro said he had been told by a "high-level representative of the Ministry of
Interior" that 10 KR guerrillas had infiltrated the stadium with a plan to blow
up Evans with bombs. He said 30 "suspects" had eventually been arrested
"including several armed with grenades and pistols".
In a demonstration
outside the Cambodiana Hotel later on the first night, crowd members said that
they had followed Evans back from the stadium on motos.
said: "This was not a spontaneous riot made up of unrelated individuals who all
coincidentally had the same idea at the same time and came to the same
"There is no doubt in my mind that this angry group of rioters
was an extension of the Khmer Rouge threat which was originally focused at the
He said the press did not have access to the high level
government intelligence that was available to the MEM team and that he believed
the press "was potentially duped by the Khmer Rouge."
Mauro said that
reports about "unfulfilled promises of faith healing" were "highly
Mauro said: "I... witnessed some of the most glorious,
undeniable miracles I have ever seen."
"I would encourage any reader of
the Commission: 2000 report to order a copy of the 'God Bless Cambodia
Crusade Highlights' video and see for themselves!"
A published letter
from a Khmer in California, Linda Eve, quoted her cousin who had traveled to
Phnom Penh saying: "There were two monks who wanted to tear their clothes in
public because they felt so sorry about picking the wrong religion instead of
taking Jesus as their personal savior."
Eve wrote that news reports of
the Cambodian crusade that did not show pictures or run stories of "cripples
being healed" were "the devil's work because those reports were from the
unbelievers". She indicated that the most accurate stories were run on an
evangelical channel, TBN.
The magazine's lead story is a personal account
of the Cambodian crusade by Revered Jerry Barnard, a "powerful preacher and
anointed singer" and part of Evans' team along with Reverend L.W.
Barnard said that when the team arrived in Phnom Penh "Brother
Mike" led a "powerful prayer right there in the airport VIP lounge" and "all the
jet lag was... replaced by a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit".
said that seeing the "100,000" people in the stadium on the first night "I was
witnessing spiritual history".
"As Brother Mike preached the Word of God,
a holy hush came upon the stadium." He said the crowd that swamped the field
"were not riotous people, but simply precious Cambodians who, like in Bible
days, wanted to touch the hem of Jesus' garment to receive their
Barnard also told the story of the "healing"of a Buddhist monk
who testified to receiving Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
no question that this bold public proclamation rocked the principalities and
powers of religion over Cambodia," Barnard said.
Barnard talked about a
"war waging in the heavenlies (sic)" as "Brother Mike prayed... and laid
prostrate across the crusade platform interceding before the throne of God for
the desperate needs of the Cambodian people".
"The press of the world
looked on as I imagine the prophets of Baal did as Elijah stood upon Mount
Carmel, calling upon the God of power."
He described "miracles" on stage
of a mute girl talking ("This was a Book of Acts miracle") and a second girl and
old women recovering lost sight. Journalists present at the time noted that
these people did not seem to come from the front of the crowd, but seemed were
already present somewhere near the back of the stage. No mention was made of the
Khmer man who claimed to have been dead for nine days before being healed by his
wife's prayers to Jesus.
Speaking about the riots, Barnard said:
"Although we knew of the Khmer Rouge threat through a US State Department
briefing before leaving for Cambodia, the news was absolutely heart-breaking. We
were in the midst of a glorious time-end Holy Ghost revival and the devil was
On the third night incident when the stage was destroyed and people
again rioted, Barnard said: "The floodgates of Hell had
Barnard finishes his story with a previously unknown
description of Evans leaving Cambodia - hiding behind an airport counter at five
o'clock in the morning.
"At 5am, police with AK47s escorted us from the
hotel to the airport under the cover of early morning darkness. This was a
swift, well-organized, high security operation. Upon arrival at the airport, we
found it closed, and many more armed policemen present. We were asked to hide
behind airport counters and finally our team was escorted to a private VIP room
in the airport. The presence of the Lord overwhelmed us and we had a glorious
prayer time and shared our hearts together, recalling the mighty works of God we
had seen in Cambodia."
Mike Evans, in a front-page article signed "Under
Divine Appointment", said: "God has not called me to preach in air-conditioned
cathedrals to the comfortable - but in hell holes like Sao Paulo, Brazil; Phnom
Penh, Cambodia; and Kinshasa, Zaire - places no one wants to go - to the broken,
the bruised, the dying".
Mauro was asked whether MEM planned to return to
Cambodia in the future. He said: "We currently have invitations pending from
more than 40 nations of the world. In Cambodia, the churches of Jesus Christ
numbered less than 5,000, but within 48 hours we witnessed the church multiply
several times over. When Jesus says, 'GO BACK', we will obey."