A Brief History of Greater Evangelism

World Crusade Church



Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi Numbere was miraculously born again on Sunday 11th May 1969 at the Ibadan campus of the University of  Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Chapel through a powerful sermon preached by Rev. (Dr.) Mike Oye.


On the 3rd of March 1970, he knelt by his bed to say a short prayer before going to his lectures. Suddenly he was caught up in a trance (vision). The Lord Jesus appeared and stood by him. Together they were rocketed like a spaceship into the first heaven. At the prompting of the Lord, Apostle Numbere looked down. He saw spread before him a vast open plain. The entire plain was filled, jam-packed with human beings in a stooping, kneeling position with faces on the ground (like the posture of Muslims in prayer).


Without a single word from the Lord, they shot up into the second heaven. The horizon extended; so did the plain. Again this same crowd of people, in kneeling, face down posture filled the space – an innumerable crowd of people! At this point, frightened by the sight, Apostle Numbere broke loose and started running away from the Lord. He was allowed to run until he was tired. The lesson here is if the Lord called you and you are on the run, there is no distance that you will get to that the Lord’s arm cannot reach you. Jonah tried it and did not succeed; Apostle Numbere tried it and did not succeed.


Then the Lord stretched out his right hand from where he stood and as would a forklift, picked him up and placed him by his side and together they again shot up into the third heaven. Now the higher you go, the farther you see into the horizon. At this crowd simply unimaginable, with all of them still in the same kneeling face down posture.


Then the Lord spoke to Apostle Numbere to look again at this crowd and said to him, “These are all my creatures that are perishing. It is not my pleasure that as many as these of my creatures should perish”. Apostle Numbere asked the Lord, “What would you want me to do?” “ Go raise their faces that they may look up to me and that they might live,” replied the Lord. To another question as to where he might start from, the Lord replied., “Anywhere” . The Lord’s parting words to him were “I have chosen you, but be humble”.


Apostle Numbere came out of his vision and discovered that he was still on his knees in his hostel room. One full hour had lapsed and he had missed his lectures. He sat back on his bed, pondering over this vision over and over again. All interest in academic pursuit was lost and he knew his days in the University were numbered.


He left the University at the end of the session and went up to Northern Nigeria and picked up a teaching appointment in the wilderness of Gumel, Kano State (now Jigawa state), and a predominantly Muslim enclave. There he led many souls, especially Muslims, to the Lord and started the first Christian Church in his parlour which he later handed over to the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA). From then to 1972 (3 full years), the Lord appeared to him for the great task ahead. About July 1972, his stay was cut short for the Lord instructed him to go back to Rivers State to begin the work wherein He had called him.


On the 9th of September 1972, in the course of an all-night group prayer meeting in Port Harcourt, the name “Greater Evangelism Crusade” was repeatedly mentioned by the Lord in his ears. At the end of the prayer meeting, this message was shared and GREATER EVANGELISM was born that very night!


Some days later, the Lord gave him the Motto “TO KNOW JESUS AND TO MAKE JESUS KNOWN”.


On the 6th of December 1972 while he was on his knees praying, the Lord gave him the emblem “THE GLOBE WITH THE CROSS SPANNING IT AND DROPPING ON AFRICA AND NIGERIA”.


The vision was clear Greater Evangelism has three main phases of her mission just like the vision of Apostle Numbere’s call in which the Lord took him to three tiers of heaven; the Ministry is to span over Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.


Without a single word back from the Lord, they shot up into the second heaven. The horizon extended; so did the plain. Again this same crowd of people, in kneeling, face-down posture filled the space – an innumerable crowd of people! At this point, frightened by the sight, Apostle Numbere broke loose and started running away from the Lord. He was allowed to run until he was tired. The lesson here is if the Lord called you and you are on the run, there is no distance that you will get to that the Lord’s arm cannot reach you. Jonah tried it and did not succeed; Apostle Numbere tried it and did not succeed.


Then the Lord stretched out his right hand from where he stood and as would a forklift, picked him up and placed him by his side and together they again shot up into the third heaven. Now the higher you go, the farther you see into the horizon. At this crowd simply unimaginable, with all of them still in the same kneeling face-down posture.


Then the Lord spoke to Apostle Numbere to look again at this crowd and said to him, “These are all my creatures that are perishing. It is not my pleasure that as many as these of my creatures should perish”. Apostle Numbere asked the Lord, “What would you want me to do?” “ Go raise their faces that they may look up to me and that they might live,” replied the Lord. To another question as to where he might start from, the Lord replied., “Anywhere” . The Lord’s parting words to him were “I have chosen you, but be humble”.


Apostle Numbere came out of this vision and discovered that he was still on his knees in his hostel room. One full hour had lapsed and he had missed his lectures. He sat back on his bed, pondering over this vision over and over again, All interest in academic pursuit was lost and he knew his days in the University were numbered. He left the University at the end of the season and went up to northern Nigeria and picked up s teaching appointment in the wilderness of Gumel, Kano State (now in Jigawa state) he predominantly Muslim enclave. There he led many souls, especially Muslims to the Lord and stated the first Christian church in his pallor which he later handed over to the evangelical church of western Africa, (ECWA). From then unto 1972 (3 full years) ,the Lord appeared to him several times, teaching and instructing him of the great task ahead.


On the 9th of September 1972, in the course of an all-night group prayer meeting in Port Harcourt, the name “GREATER EVANGELISM CRUSADE” was repeatedly mentioned by the Lord in his ears. At the end of the prayer meeting, this message was shared and GREATER EVANGELISM was born that very night! Some of those he shared the message with were Elder Eluan E. Akpana, Evangelist Fubara Ibama, Evangelist Ben Iloh, Evangelist Lloyd Warmate (Nee Major). In later days, the motto; “TO KNOW JESUS AND TO MAKE JESUS KNOWN” and the emblem, “A GLOBE WITH THE CROSS SPANNING IT AND DROPPING ON AFRICA AND NIGERIA”, in that order were given.


The vision was clear – Greater Evangelism has three main phases of her mission just like the vision of Apostle Numbere’s call in which the Lord took him to three tiers of heaven. The Ministry is to span over Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.


With just the scanty clothes on him and a raffia bag containing his Bible and tracts as his only earthly possessions, he struck out to the field, beginning with Rivers State, his own Jerusalem and Judea. Accompanied by a few dedicated young men and women, his first thrust was into the Ogoniland and amidst much opposition and persecution even from the few Christians there were then, he moved on, taking the gospel to every hamlet, every nook and corner, to the downtrodden, underprivileged and forgotten people of the numerous islands and villages of Rivers State. From Rivers State his Ministry has reached out to other States of Nigeria and is now into other parts of Africa.


That this vision which started with one man, Apostle G.D. Numbere, eventually metamorphosed into a full-fledged Ministry that has gone, not just beyond the boundaries of Rivers State, but beyond the shores of this nation, surely proves that, it was a correct vision.


The Ministry of Greater Evangelism World Crusade is a Ministry with a vision that has dimmed or died, “To Know Jesus and to Make Jesus Known” is our priority. We desire that being an Apostle Ministry, we should in the end be able to say like Paul,


“We have fought the good fight, we have finished our race, and we have kept the faith” (I Timothy 4:7)


The harvest is plentiful, the time is short, calls are coming from different parts of Nigeria and Africa, but the labourers are few. Why not come and “join the chariot” (Greater Evangelism World Crusade) of evangelism and help us fulfil our God-given vision of reaching the unreached in Africa, for the Lord Jesus Christ?