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Preaching to the Hungry: An interview with Evangelist Matti Wendelin

PneumaReview.com: Please tell our readers about your ministry.

Matti Wendelin: My ministry, Full Gospel for All Nations, was founded 1990 in Finland. I have been preaching the gospel since 1977. This is still a small ministry, but thanks to God we are wining many souls around the world, especially in Asia. My vision is to do mass crusades and I love when I see people being saved and healed. We often see that everyone attending our crusades wants to get saved.

 

PR: When did you sense that the Lord was calling you into ministry?

Matti Wendelin: When I was a child, the Lord spoke to me through many different ways about my calling to preach the gospel. I used to go alone to forest where I had collection of empty bottles. I preached to those bottles and at the end of the service, I pushed them down. When I grew up, I wanted to do something else with my life until Lord took me for a visit to Heaven. In Heaven, one angel took me to the room where there were a lot of crowns. He took one crown and came to me saying, “The Lord has prepared this for you.” I liked it and it was very beautiful in my eyes, but he put it back and took another crown and said to me, “This is for you.” Immediately I could see there was a big different between those two crowns, like night and day. He continued, “That first one was prepared for you, but because you did not want to do the will of God and you were not willing to go to Pakistan, India, Papua New Guinea, and wherever the Lord would send you to preach the gospel, so someone else is going to do what you were asked to do, and they will receive what was prepared for you.”

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Revelation 3:11 NKJV

At that moment, for the first time in my life I realized I can be saved by the mercy of God and get in to Heaven. But Heaven is also a place of reward where I can forever lose what was set aside for me. That visit changed me for the rest of my life. After that, I started to seek and pray to receive an anointing to do God´s will. One night, the Lord woke me up and I could see with my eyes the glory of God and two big shining wings slowly coming on me. It was the Holy Spirit, I received my anointing. I was really “drunk” in the Spirit about two weeks, and I could mostly only speak with tongues. After this, the Lord came to me in a vision one night and gave me some paper scrolls saying to me: “These are your letters of attorney from God. Take this, eat it and go.” After few weeks I found in my Bible: “And he said unto me, Son of man, eat that which thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 3:1). The Pentecostal church in my city invited me to preach in 1977, and I have been doing it by faith ever since then.

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Category: Fall 2014, Ministry

About the Author: Matti Wendelin, M.Th. (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu), was ordained as an Evangelist in 1978 at the Pentecostal church of Norrköping, Sweden, and has been in fulltime ministry ever since. In 1990, he founded Evankeliumi Kaikille Kansoille, Full Gospel for All Nations, and has preached the good news about Jesus Christ with signs accompanying in many nations including Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, India, Australia, Russia, Sweden, Finland, USA, and throughout the African continent. www.wendelin.org @MattiWendelin

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