In the 1990s, I began a ministry called “Pasadena For Christ”. In one of our earlier gatherings, we were privileged to have a mighty man of God from Argentina come and speak. His name was Omar Cabrera. He had experienced, similar to Argentina’s earlier revivalists, a deep sense of frustration in ministry with little breakthrough and fruitfulness. He tells the story of shutting down everything, going to Miami, and fasting 40 days on water.

Returning to Argentina, the hand of the Lord came upon him. He would go into cities, unite the pastors, and set himself apart to fast and seek God. He would stay in a hotel room and cleanse himself for days while his wife stayed in the adjacent hotel room praying for him. After deep cleansing, demonic spirits who ruled over the region would appear in his room. He would wrestle with them in the spirit and bind them (could this be what Paul was talking about when he said in Eph. 6:12 that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world”?). Cabrera would come out of his hotel having gained a spiritual victory. As a result, mass gatherings in stadiums and arenas began to take place in which people would be healed and saved before he even stood up to preach.

One story passed on, as I recall, declared that before their very eyes a man without an arm had a new arm grow out!

Recently, while mobilizing for The Send in Argentina, I was telling his story. A pastor interrupted me, saying, “Lou, this man who’s interpreting for you right now is Omar Cabrera’s son!” I was so moved. Omar was one of the earliest firebrands who ignited the vision of fasting in my own soul. I felt as if I had come back to the original flame.

I pray that even in the reading of Argentina’s history, you may light your candle to the torch of the bright flame of these pioneers of fasting and evangelism and put that candle on a lampstand for all the world to see.

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