This is one in a series of daily excerpts from “The Legend of Morris Cerullo: How God Used an Orphan to Change the World.”
By Morris Cerullo
Port-au-Prince was abuzz the next day as word of the electrifying events in the stadium became the talk of the city.
The following evening the size of the crowd inside the stadium more than doubled, filling the arena to its capacity of thirty-five thousand.
The challenge match, however, was not over. The witch doctors may have been diminished on night one of the crusade, but changing a culture doesn’t happen overnight.
On the second evening the sky was menacing, with a thick layer of heavy-looking gray clouds hanging over the stadium. It seemed certain to burst into rain at any moment.
Morris had anticipated an upbeat, high-energy crowd on the second night. He was perplexed when he found the assembled people very reserved. Upon mentioning his surprise to one of the host pastors, the Haitian explained that his countrymen were very superstitious people, and being rained upon was a sign of bad luck.
Just before Morris took the microphone to present the gospel the clouds turned dark and ominous. Without warning, large numbers of people began to run toward the exits, desperate not to be rained upon and suffer the consequences of bad luck.
Not even realizing what he was doing, Morris leaped to the microphone and shouted into it, “In the name of Jesus I command you to stop running and stand still!” His interpreter quickly repeated the phrase to the audience.
As soon as Morris’s words echoed into every corner of the stadium everyone stood still and looked up at the man on the stage. The result looked like a children’s game where the music stops and everyone must freeze in place.