What Does It Mean To Be A
was the title of my graduation address to
the Class of 2005. The Power of The Lord swept
into the auditorium and people both on the platform and
in the audience began to respond with anointing and
emotional support. It was filled with Holy Ghost
manifestation throughout. Students in cap and gown
came out of their seats and were in the altar weeping
and worshipping. One student needed healing and I
went into the audience where he was and prayed for him.
He was healed! An eruption prevailed and the Holy
Ghost Baptism was received by a number of people in the
audience and healings took place from the back to the
front of the auditorium!
Brother Mwangi Stephen Irungu from
Kenya Africa, a fourth year graduate, had never received
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost though his daughter and
wife were filled. His family had been water
baptized in Jesus' Name for the remission of their sins.
Stephen came to the altar and began to pray during the
spontaneity of the students and audience. I saw
him from the audience where I was ministering to others
and immediately went to him. Putting one
hand on his back and one hand over his heart, I began to
pray fervently transmitting faith to him in his reaching
for Jesus. Within less than five minutes after
four years, he began to speak with tongues as the Spirit
of God gave him the utterance. Electrifying to all
who were near. When he realized that he had the
Baptism of the Holy Ghost, he began to jump up and down
and then fell to the floor in ecstasy continuing to
with tongues. WONDERFUL!
Brother Stephen's face literally shined with the
Presence of God. Unmistakable and contagious was
the joy, evidence, and Presence of the Spirit of the
Lord upon his countenance when he came to say, "Thank
you, Brother Stoneking for praying for me. God
sent you all the way here just for me." I am
Blessed... it is people like Stephen the world
over who make this Evangelistic ministry all worth while
for me personally! AMEN!
Someone ran for Stephen's wife and
when she came and saw him so gloriously filled, she
became mightily blessed and fell before the Lord - three
others fell with her and they worshipped among all those
there for some period of time. It was a crowning
touch to the graduation and the students!
In their Graduation Service, the
students saw in demonstration what they had studied and
learned throughout their ABI School days. I shall
never forget the happiness and excitement that swept us
away in celebration of this great occasion - ABI
Graduation 2005. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
It is my understanding that a CD of
the graduation address is being sent to all alumni
students worldwide. Thus we will continue to
rejoice the world over for the Might, Truth, and Power
still manifested in our day of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ! AMEN!!!
Personal Note To Me From Gerald Grant, President
many thanks for allowing God to use you in an
Apostolic Ministry. The impact of this
Graduation weekend will be felt around the
We so much
appreciate you arranging your schedule to
include ABI in your field of labor."
Sunday Afternoon Commencement
commencement service, held on Sunday afternoon,
was unlike any that we have ever seen.
During this service, a year of prayer and
fasting by ABI students was powerfully rewarded
by a tremendous move of God. Our
commencement speaker was ABI graduate and
world-renowned evangelist Reverend Lee
Stoneking. Brother Stoneking preached to
us about our heritage as believers, and about
the miraculous things that God can do through us
if we step out on faith. As the message
drew to its conclusion, the power of God swept
through the audience. the handing out of
degrees was forgotten, as our students--caps,
gowns, and all--poured out of their seats to
mlinister to others. Souls were filled
with the holy Ghost and bodies were healed.
Stephen Mwangi, a graduating senior from
Kenya, was gloriously filled with the
holy Ghost on his graduation day!
Stephen came to the states four years
ago to earn a PhD. He soon felt
God directing him to study the Bible
He withdrew from college and moved to
Minnesota, where he considered his
options at various colleges and
seminaries. All were willing to
accept him, but none seemed to be right.
Someone told him about ABI.
When he read our catalog, he said, "This
is what I need." He met with Bro Grant,
enrolled, and changed the course of his life.
He will go back to Kenya with this Apostolic
message and the power of the Holy Ghost.
truly a memorable graduation weekend, and a
fitting close to a great year at ABI!
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