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Blessed be the Cambodian poor - because they maketh for great video

Blessed be the Cambodian poor - because they maketh for great video

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

Cliff Revival).

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

no-one died.

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.

However, Mauro

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

Olympic Stadium."

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.

"There is

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."


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