Huntington native Sharon Mathews has created the Bandana Hosanna Mission for Africa.
Mathews is collecting bandanas for a revival on June 10, 2020, in Yalinga, a village the in Central Africa Republic at the heart of Africa, she said.
“These bandanas are for God’s kingdom to shine, for God’s glory only,” Mathews said. “We will give out the bandanas at the revival. They will wave the bandanas in the air saying, ‘Hosana,’ a cry to God’s kingdom for those that want to receive salvation, healings, signs and wonders. There is power in His name.”
A founding piece of Scripture for the ministry is Psalms 20:5: “We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.”
“Bandanas have been released on all four corners of Africa,” Mathews said referencing other revivals held since 2014. “Now it’s time to get ready for the heart of Africa, to beat for God.”
Banners are used throughout the Bible as a sign, she said. She hopes the bandanas will be a spark that starts a fire of revival in the people of Central Africa.
“God has told me to collect the different colors for the people. I want to see people over there reach out to God in a mighty way, to spread the news of hosanna throughout the land,” she said.
Mathews’ grandfather, Marshall Ivy, was a preacher. Ivy built a box for Mathews’ grandmother to hold the quilts she made. She plans on placing the bandanas in this box.
“One day, Feb. 4, 2019, I was reading Exodus 37 that states the measurements of the ark — 45 inches long, 27 inches wide and 27 inches high,” she said. “God tells me to add them up, 99, then go get the measurements of my box — 50 inches long, 26 inches wide and 23 inches high — 99.
“I was so happy when God revealed this to me that I danced. I know nothing is impossible with God. He can move that mountain. Therefore, I need the body of Christ (churches) to come together in unity for this revival.”
Mathews has already sent out letters to several churches in town, and she hopes to reach more, asking believers to collect bandanas.
“This will be the unity of towns and states combining together, a breaking power of God’s anointed banners flying in the air saying a hosanna,” she said. “Pass the word. The U.S. can come together for the souls that are lost and need to be set free.”
As Mathews doesn’t often operate a computer or social media herself, she asks that believers help her spread the word online, as well.
For more information about donating to Bandana Hosanna Mission for Africa, contact Mathews at 876-3416 or 671-3028.
In addition to collecting bandanas, Mathews has partnered with James Robertson to raise funds for 10 wells around Central Africa. One well costs $4,800, so they are looking for companies and individuals who would be willing to donate.
For more information on gathering funds for wells, contact Robertson at (800) 947-5433.