His first series of meetings were to be held in Madras. Several team members went to do the advance preparations before Morris’s arrival. When he arrived he went directly to his hotel. He could already feel the overwhelming spiritual oppression in the country. Pastors from all over the area had sought a personal meeting with Morris, but he told his team that he was not to be disturbed for the next few days.
He fasted and prayed every waking hour during those days. One of his encounters with the Lord was a seminal moment for Morris’s ministry. The Lord provided another core truth on which to build his ministry: To achieve lasting victory in any circumstance, you must deal with the root of the problem, not settle for superficial solutions. This was one of those significant, life-defining moments that further set Morris apart. Each time the Lord blessed him with such a revelation it invariably changed the course of his life and ministry. This new wisdom would prove to have such an effect. Sensing the importance of this new disclosure, Morris devoted the rest of his prayer and study time to meditating on that truth.
On the first night of meetings seventy thousand people jammed the stadium — and the numbers grew from there. Throughout the week amazing miracles happened, stunning the Indian crowds. Because Indians believe in millions of gods and are a very religious and superstitious people, there was widespread interest in Morris’s words and works. Several hundred thousand people were ministered to that week. The spiritual fruit from the Indian meetings was unprecedented.
Yet, during the midst of the first meeting the Lord spoke clearly to Morris and told him not to take an offering at any time during the crusade events. India was one of the poorest nations on Earth, without a doubt, but Morris had fronted the money to rent the massive soccer stadium, the complicated sound system, the extensive security force, the airfare and hotel rooms for his team, and so forth. The expense was substantial. Morris was confused by the Lord’s command, but he was also determined to be obedient.
For ten days he never mentioned money. When Indian pastors asked if they could take up a collection for him, he adamantly refused to allow it.
At the end of the crusade he had a telling conversation with one of the pastors.
“You know, we pastors were expecting you to take up an offering. If you had done so, the Hindu priests would have come forward to tear apart your platform and beat you and run you out of India. Thank God that you did not take up an offering.”
Once again, the miracle-working power of God had intervened to protect Morris and extend the legend.