Faradia Toussaint felt confused about Jesus and God, but she found freedom on Independence Day after an unscheduled meeting with Assemblies of God ordained evangelist Chris Mikkelson and his wife, Amanda.
The couple had been conducting street evangelism when they came across Toussaint at a Kissimmee, Florida, park.
“I had just finished that week fasting to understand Jesus, to stop fearing Jesus, and to listen to Jesus when He speaks to me,” Toussaint recalls. “I was afraid to let go and let Jesus completely in my life.”
In a conversation with Mikkelson, the evangelist allayed her fears about connecting with Christ. The Mikkelsons invited Toussaint to Focal Point Church, in Orlando, where Mikkelson preached the next day. Toussaint, 37, came forward to accept Jesus when Mikkelson issued a salvation invitation during that Sunday service.
“Because of them, I’m seeking my Creator like I never did before,” explains Toussaint, who still attends Focal Point with her entire family, who all have become Christians since her conversion.
Mikkelson, 38, is based in Winter Garden, Florida, and preaches the gospel throughout the world. He has been married to Amanda for 13 years.
Mikkelson is also the founder of Salvation Today TV, which airs in 72 countries on Asia Sat 7 and on the Charisma Podcast Network.
Since starting the ministry in 2015, Mikkelson says more than 1.3 million people have made salvation decisions for Christ in large open-air crusades.
“We’ve seen countless miracles, including blind eyes opening, deaf people hearing, cripples walking, and people set free from demons,” says Mikkelson, who attends Faith Assembly Orlando. “Many people think these miracles happen more in other countries, but some of the most amazing healing testimonies we’ve seen have been in churches here in the U.S.”
Carl Stephens, pastor of Faith Assembly, calls Mikkelson’s ministry fertile ground for the gospel.
“When I heard about what God did through the crusades he conducted, we began to invest and pour resources into what he was doing,” Stephens says. “This is an incredible ministry that God has raised up in this end-time harvest to reaches hundreds and hundreds of thousands.”
Mikkelson says the pandemic has not altered his ministry.
“We decided to take a position of faith that we weren’t going to let some virus stop the call of God on our lives,” Mikkelson says. “People are dying and we need to preach the gospel now more than ever before.”
The pandemic only postponed a few of the crusades, but in November one in Orlando featured 478 salvation decisions.