Bishop Olu Lawrence
A Table in the Presence of My Enemies
World Wells Fund
(A Project of
Olu Lawrence Ministries)
1-9 - Central America
11-13 - Palestine Church, Palestine, TX
14-15 - Vision Church, Austin, TX
18-22 - Palestine Church, Palestine, TX
24-31 - Torina, Italy
1-6 - Novara, Italy
9-12 - Evangelist Temple Ministries, Youngstown, Ohio
15-19 - Mount Pleasant, TX
23-27 - Mount Pleasant, TX
The Bishop out of Africa
Olu finds generosity and kindness in U.S.
Lawrence, who is here in south Alabama participating in
crusades and revivals, said his first visit to the state has
been "a wonderful experience."
"Back in Nigeria, my uncle is a king of his town. But here,
you have treated me like I am a prince, of
the same blood, like
Bishop Olu Lawrence
am a c ousin
or uncle down the
Evangelist Carolyn Griffin
said in his lilting
The bishop, who has served in the Christian ministry since
1984, said he felt God calling him to a fresh ministry and the
building of a new church in Sapele, Nigeria.
"Around 1990, I felt the call to begin an international
ministry. I was able to get a U.S. visa and visit the U.S. for
the first time," Lawrence explained.
The U.S. ministry was slow to develop initially, he says, but
has blossomed in the last four or five years.
"I have taught programs on prayer in many cities, prayed over
their leaders. I have prayed with the mayor of Jasper, Texas and
flown over Grand Island, Nebraska in a helicopter to pray for
that city," Lawrence said.
"As the years have passed, I have more and more opportunities
to visit places in your country. You know, most visits have been
in the woods - and I like that. So different from Africa," he
said with a broad smile. "I like the peacefulness. It is a good
place to pray."
Lawrence has also traveled extensively in other parts of the
world, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, South Africa,
Germany, Italy, England and has upcoming trips planned to
"Every year God takes me to at least one other country. What
I love most is the opportunity to serve God and to pray
intensely. And I can do that better in the United States than
anywhere else in the world," Lawrence, who had been up since 1
a.m. in prayer, said.
"In Africa, we have to often pray for the most basic things -
food, clothing, electricity, clean water - every little thing in
life. When I am here in the U.S., I do not have to worry about
those physical needs, and I can focus on the spiritual. This is
This citizen of the world says he loves the U.S. "with all my
"I always say, 'God bless America,' and He has and I believe
He will keep doing so. Americans' generosity and kindness is so
great. I saw what you did for the people in Haiti - the food,
the doctors, the emergency people - no country can compare to
the U.S. That is not flattery or adulation, it is simply true."
The bishop will be participating in a
Healing and Deliverance
Revival on Sunday, July 11 at 4 p.m. and Monday, July 12 at 7
p.m. at Harrison St. Christian Church. The event is sponsored by Labour for the Lord Ministries and Warrior Ministries.