In Depth with Rodney Howard-Browne

In Depth with Rodney Howard-Browne

Rodney Howard-Browne tells how the Spirit of the Lord placed in his heart as a child to come to America. Learn about his family, early years in ministry and revival breaking out across the world.

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Episode Notes

In-Depth with

Stephen Strang

Guest: Rodney Howard-Browne

Rodney Howard-Browne tells how the Spirit of the Lord placed in his heart as a child to come to America. Learn about his family, early years in ministry and revival breaking out across the world.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: In more than four decades of covering what we call the Charismatic movement, the work of the Holy Spirit in this country, I have met few people more on fire, more impassioned than my guest today on In-Depth with Stephen Strang. His name is Rodney Howard Browne. Everybody knows about him. He's probably most famous for what was called the Laughing Revival, which wasn't really a laughing revival. But there was kind of a manifestation of that back in the 1990s. His ministry has taken some twists and turns over the years, it's changed a lot. But in a way, it hasn't changed because he's been passionate, not only for souls and winning souls, but to see the power of the Holy Spirit. I was able to track him down recently and asked him if he would go in-depth with me. So, here's my interview with Rodney Howard Browne, originally of South Africa, and now of Tampa, Florida.

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Evangelist Rodney-Howard Browne: Holy Spirit Called me to America at 5 Years Old

 

Rodney, I want to thank you for your willingness to talk to me on my podcast and to go a little bit in depth. We've known each other for a long, long time. I remember hearing about these great meetings that were going on in Lakeland. That was my first introduction to you back in the early 1990s. You had just come over from South Africa. And I don't ever remember hearing of an evangelist that felt a call from South Africa to America, yet I've heard you talk about that many times since then. Can you just explain to me what it was that caused you to uproot your family and move over here to this new country where you didn't know very many people back then.

 

Listen to Other Strang Report Podcasts with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Europe Ablaze Part 1 with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Rodney Howard-Browne: Trust the Lord with Your Life

·         Final Force Resisting Rise of Antichrist, One World Government with Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne

 

Rodney Howard-Browne: What's so funny, and I even tell it in the stories now, is that when I was a little boy, all the American ministries that would impact us in South Africa from T.L. Osborn; the films that would come across, the messages from Oral Roberts like The Fourth Man …. all the miracle ministers … Kathryn Kulhlman … I mean, all of these things when we get in film footage or clips like that back in the 1960s as a kid growing up. I can remember, when I was five years old, I would take my teddy bears and I would line them up and I would preach to the bears. Then, I would lay hands on them, they'd all fall under the power. My brother, Basil, was with me and I'd hand the service over to him. He was only three. Then I would climb out the window and go preach in America. So, what was crazy was this was something that I felt from when I was five years old. I don’t even know how to even put it into words. It's like I felt that the Americans had been preaching to us. Somehow, as a kid, I had felt that fire come to me as a little boy. I always knew that I would come to America. I just knew it. I would talk about it. I told my parents I'm going to go to America. I can remember my mother saying to me, no, you don't want to go. I said, yeah, mom. I said not only will I go, you're coming with me. She said no, Dad and I will never leave here. We were born here and we will die here. Of course, I brought them all over here. Of course, Dad went on to be with the Lord back in 2005 on the night of Hurricane Katrina, and my mom left last year, she was 90 years old. But it's amazing. What I try to tell people, when you deal with children, don't write them off as though they don't know what's going on. God imprints things into children's hearts. That's why it's very important that we take kids and we point them in the right direction. So, this thing for America was on me from a little boy. In fact, when I heard the Star Spangled Banner played, I would start to weep and I couldn't understand why. There's not even my national anthem; why am I weeping over it? But it was really a call of God to come to America.

Rodney Howard-Browne Books

·         The Killing of Uncle Sam: The Demise of the United States of America

·         The Anointing

·         The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

·         Seeing Jesus as He Really Is

·         Thoughts on Stewardship: 26 Keys to Breakthrough and Prosperity

 

Stephen Strang: Well, that's interesting. Let's drill down a little bit. Your story reminds me of something that I heard you say and I hope I say it right or you can correct me that when you were a little boy, you would have maybe like prayer meetings in your home and the power of God would come and people would fall over and you would hide underneath the coffee table to keep the grown-ups from falling on you, or something like that. It was just such an interesting word picture.

Rodney Howard-Browne: Yes, I would lie underneath the coffee to play with my little cars while bodies were falling under the power. My parents would have prayer meetings at the house. So, people would come to our house for two reasons. Number one, to get delivered or get baptized in the Holy Spirit. So, we always had a prayer meeting going on. I'd be lying there, and I would often see a a six-foot four man falling down under the power onto the carpet. I would look at his ear and would wonder if my car will pop in his ear, you know, as a kid, you would try to find a garage for your car to park in.

Stephen Strang: So, your family was obviously Pentecostal. I don't know much about South Africa or its history, except that we know there was a war that Winston Churchill was involved with. Just tell me a little bit about how your family got there, where they came from, how they got involved in Pentecost.

Rodney Howard-Browne: My ancestors came in the 1700s to Southern Africa. So, I've got five great grandfathers going all the way back to 1700s. Basically, our whole roots are there, people that impacted the country. But people like John G. Lake and Smith Wigglesworth had a profound impact. Then my uncle was actually the moderator of the Church of God of Southern Africa. He died back in the 1990s, and he was 93 at the time when he died. So, I know that he came and spoke at the National Conference in Memphis, in the Church of God here in 1966. It was my uncle that touched me back to Southern Africa. When that became popular, the whole song He Touched Me. So, he had started the Berean Theological Seminary on his front veranda right after the Great Depression, and had built a church during the Depression in the city of Pietermaritzburg, in southern Africa. So, our whole heritage on this side was Pentecost. But we actually were not Church of God to begin with. We were part of the group, the Apostolic Faith movement, which was the group that was founded by John G. Lake. So, I was part of an English assembly, that our pastor back in the 1960s, he was a man of miracles. Of course, he's gone on with the Lord now, but he'd gone in the 1950s and emptied this deaf school. He went to this deaf school, prayed for everybody and they all got healed. The whole deaf school got shut down for six months because there was no deaf students to teach. So, he was a fiery Pentecostal preacher. My parents got the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The story was actually my father, my mother, and my two older brothers. My second-oldest brother is 12 years older than me and we were sitting in the living room and my dad said to me, when he got baptized in the Holy Ghost, it was like the roof disappeared and he said he looked up he saw the stars. He said what started out like a star just got bigger and bigger till it was like brighter than the sun and he said it come right through the roof and hit him. It hit him once and then another one hit him. Then a third one hit him, which I said, that's Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Then my dad began to speak in other tongues. And my mother began to speak in tongues and my brother counted 13 different languages that my mother spoke, one after the other.

My dad was an engineer. My mom ran several businesses and should have been in the ministry but they were counseled by the denomination who said, look, you won't be able to support your sons because there's no money in the ministry kind of thing, which obviously, we don't believe that. But that's what they were told at the time. But they were 100 percent behind church pastors, helping mission means. Our house was a place where people would come: drug addicts, alcoholics, there was always strangers in our house. I was always wondering what they were doing there. Many of those people actually got saved, delivered and went into full-time ministry, Also people would come and sit in the house because this was in the days before television, just because of the presence of the Lord that was there from the prayer meetings. Their commitment to the Lord, my mom and dad, was of such that they never skipped a service ever. We always went to church; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night prayer meeting, we never missed, even on holiday. When we go on a holiday, my dad would drive around to find a church. I said, what are we doing? Now? We're going to find the church to go to tomorrow while we're away on holiday. Of course, what would be so funny back in those days, we'd walk in there, a family of four, and then the pastor would think, I've got some new people so I’ll preach a soul-winning message. Meanwhile, we’re all saved. The pastor would be hoping that we would get saved only to find out later that we were already saved.

Stephen Strang: That's interesting. I grew up in Pentecost too. That's what we did, too. We were at church every time the doors were open. In fact, last year on Easter, I was on MSNBC. I guess they were wanting a Christian leader to comment on the president. They showed him going to church on Easter and said, what do you think about the president only going to church on Easter? I said I think he and all Christians should go to church every time the doors are open, and I started talking about how I was a kid. And I said times have kind of changed. It's not so important to people anymore. So, it's just interesting kind of how our lives paralleled in many ways. But let me ask you one thing about your family that I've never had a chance to ask you, and that's about your name. As recently as this week, I was talking to someone about hyphenated names and mentioned yours. Your name is Howard hyphen Browne with an e at the end. We've had to memorize how to spell it here at Charisma. So, it’s alphabetized under H instead of under B. But probably you've had to deal with that your whole life. What is the history of how your family got a hyphenated name?

Rodney Howard-Browne: You know, there's a mystery surrounding this and one of my nephews did our whole family tree and we have come to the conclusion that my dad was the youngest of four boys; my uncle, who I told you about, he was 18 years older than my father and then the two middle brothers and my dad. So, when I was a kid growing up, we always heard about Granny Browne. But for whatever reason, from the time of my grandparents, which I never did meet my grandparents because by the time I was born in 1961, they were they had already passed away. But it looks like the four brothers put the name together. Howard was always part of the family name. The Howards go back into line, and Browne with an e on the end was always a part. So, it looks like they took the Howard and put the hyphen in. There was no trace prior, my dad and his three brothers, of Howard-Browne existing. I can still remember as a kid asking my dad about Howard-Brownes. It was always some kind of story. My uncles would make up some kind of a story of how the Howard-Brownes came about, but they would look at each other and it was it was like something going on that they didn't want to tell anybody about.

For the rest of Stephen’s in-depth interview with Rodney Howard- Browne, please click here.

Connect with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Revival Ministries International

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

In-Depth with

Stephen Strang

Guest: Rodney Howard-Browne

Rodney Howard-Browne tells how the Spirit of the Lord placed in his heart as a child to come to America. Learn about his family, early years in ministry and revival breaking out across the world.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: In more than four decades of covering what we call the Charismatic movement, the work of the Holy Spirit in this country, I have met few people more on fire, more impassioned than my guest today on In-Depth with Stephen Strang. His name is Rodney Howard Browne. Everybody knows about him. He's probably most famous for what was called the Laughing Revival, which wasn't really a laughing revival. But there was kind of a manifestation of that back in the 1990s. His ministry has taken some twists and turns over the years, it's changed a lot. But in a way, it hasn't changed because he's been passionate, not only for souls and winning souls, but to see the power of the Holy Spirit. I was able to track him down recently and asked him if he would go in-depth with me. So, here's my interview with Rodney Howard Browne, originally of South Africa, and now of Tampa, Florida.

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Evangelist Rodney-Howard Browne: Holy Spirit Called me to America at 5 Years Old

 

Rodney, I want to thank you for your willingness to talk to me on my podcast and to go a little bit in depth. We've known each other for a long, long time. I remember hearing about these great meetings that were going on in Lakeland. That was my first introduction to you back in the early 1990s. You had just come over from South Africa. And I don't ever remember hearing of an evangelist that felt a call from South Africa to America, yet I've heard you talk about that many times since then. Can you just explain to me what it was that caused you to uproot your family and move over here to this new country where you didn't know very many people back then.

 

Listen to Other Strang Report Podcasts with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Europe Ablaze Part 1 with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Rodney Howard-Browne: Trust the Lord with Your Life

·         Final Force Resisting Rise of Antichrist, One World Government with Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne

 

Rodney Howard-Browne: What's so funny, and I even tell it in the stories now, is that when I was a little boy, all the American ministries that would impact us in South Africa from T.L. Osborn; the films that would come across, the messages from Oral Roberts like The Fourth Man …. all the miracle ministers … Kathryn Kulhlman … I mean, all of these things when we get in film footage or clips like that back in the 1960s as a kid growing up. I can remember, when I was five years old, I would take my teddy bears and I would line them up and I would preach to the bears. Then, I would lay hands on them, they'd all fall under the power. My brother, Basil, was with me and I'd hand the service over to him. He was only three. Then I would climb out the window and go preach in America. So, what was crazy was this was something that I felt from when I was five years old. I don’t even know how to even put it into words. It's like I felt that the Americans had been preaching to us. Somehow, as a kid, I had felt that fire come to me as a little boy. I always knew that I would come to America. I just knew it. I would talk about it. I told my parents I'm going to go to America. I can remember my mother saying to me, no, you don't want to go. I said, yeah, mom. I said not only will I go, you're coming with me. She said no, Dad and I will never leave here. We were born here and we will die here. Of course, I brought them all over here. Of course, Dad went on to be with the Lord back in 2005 on the night of Hurricane Katrina, and my mom left last year, she was 90 years old. But it's amazing. What I try to tell people, when you deal with children, don't write them off as though they don't know what's going on. God imprints things into children's hearts. That's why it's very important that we take kids and we point them in the right direction. So, this thing for America was on me from a little boy. In fact, when I heard the Star Spangled Banner played, I would start to weep and I couldn't understand why. There's not even my national anthem; why am I weeping over it? But it was really a call of God to come to America.

Rodney Howard-Browne Books

·         The Killing of Uncle Sam: The Demise of the United States of America

·         The Anointing

·         The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

·         Seeing Jesus as He Really Is

·         Thoughts on Stewardship: 26 Keys to Breakthrough and Prosperity

 

Stephen Strang: Well, that's interesting. Let's drill down a little bit. Your story reminds me of something that I heard you say and I hope I say it right or you can correct me that when you were a little boy, you would have maybe like prayer meetings in your home and the power of God would come and people would fall over and you would hide underneath the coffee table to keep the grown-ups from falling on you, or something like that. It was just such an interesting word picture.

Rodney Howard-Browne: Yes, I would lie underneath the coffee to play with my little cars while bodies were falling under the power. My parents would have prayer meetings at the house. So, people would come to our house for two reasons. Number one, to get delivered or get baptized in the Holy Spirit. So, we always had a prayer meeting going on. I'd be lying there, and I would often see a a six-foot four man falling down under the power onto the carpet. I would look at his ear and would wonder if my car will pop in his ear, you know, as a kid, you would try to find a garage for your car to park in.

Stephen Strang: So, your family was obviously Pentecostal. I don't know much about South Africa or its history, except that we know there was a war that Winston Churchill was involved with. Just tell me a little bit about how your family got there, where they came from, how they got involved in Pentecost.

Rodney Howard-Browne: My ancestors came in the 1700s to Southern Africa. So, I've got five great grandfathers going all the way back to 1700s. Basically, our whole roots are there, people that impacted the country. But people like John G. Lake and Smith Wigglesworth had a profound impact. Then my uncle was actually the moderator of the Church of God of Southern Africa. He died back in the 1990s, and he was 93 at the time when he died. So, I know that he came and spoke at the National Conference in Memphis, in the Church of God here in 1966. It was my uncle that touched me back to Southern Africa. When that became popular, the whole song He Touched Me. So, he had started the Berean Theological Seminary on his front veranda right after the Great Depression, and had built a church during the Depression in the city of Pietermaritzburg, in southern Africa. So, our whole heritage on this side was Pentecost. But we actually were not Church of God to begin with. We were part of the group, the Apostolic Faith movement, which was the group that was founded by John G. Lake. So, I was part of an English assembly, that our pastor back in the 1960s, he was a man of miracles. Of course, he's gone on with the Lord now, but he'd gone in the 1950s and emptied this deaf school. He went to this deaf school, prayed for everybody and they all got healed. The whole deaf school got shut down for six months because there was no deaf students to teach. So, he was a fiery Pentecostal preacher. My parents got the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The story was actually my father, my mother, and my two older brothers. My second-oldest brother is 12 years older than me and we were sitting in the living room and my dad said to me, when he got baptized in the Holy Ghost, it was like the roof disappeared and he said he looked up he saw the stars. He said what started out like a star just got bigger and bigger till it was like brighter than the sun and he said it come right through the roof and hit him. It hit him once and then another one hit him. Then a third one hit him, which I said, that's Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Then my dad began to speak in other tongues. And my mother began to speak in tongues and my brother counted 13 different languages that my mother spoke, one after the other.

My dad was an engineer. My mom ran several businesses and should have been in the ministry but they were counseled by the denomination who said, look, you won't be able to support your sons because there's no money in the ministry kind of thing, which obviously, we don't believe that. But that's what they were told at the time. But they were 100 percent behind church pastors, helping mission means. Our house was a place where people would come: drug addicts, alcoholics, there was always strangers in our house. I was always wondering what they were doing there. Many of those people actually got saved, delivered and went into full-time ministry, Also people would come and sit in the house because this was in the days before television, just because of the presence of the Lord that was there from the prayer meetings. Their commitment to the Lord, my mom and dad, was of such that they never skipped a service ever. We always went to church; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night prayer meeting, we never missed, even on holiday. When we go on a holiday, my dad would drive around to find a church. I said, what are we doing? Now? We're going to find the church to go to tomorrow while we're away on holiday. Of course, what would be so funny back in those days, we'd walk in there, a family of four, and then the pastor would think, I've got some new people so I’ll preach a soul-winning message. Meanwhile, we’re all saved. The pastor would be hoping that we would get saved only to find out later that we were already saved.

Stephen Strang: That's interesting. I grew up in Pentecost too. That's what we did, too. We were at church every time the doors were open. In fact, last year on Easter, I was on MSNBC. I guess they were wanting a Christian leader to comment on the president. They showed him going to church on Easter and said, what do you think about the president only going to church on Easter? I said I think he and all Christians should go to church every time the doors are open, and I started talking about how I was a kid. And I said times have kind of changed. It's not so important to people anymore. So, it's just interesting kind of how our lives paralleled in many ways. But let me ask you one thing about your family that I've never had a chance to ask you, and that's about your name. As recently as this week, I was talking to someone about hyphenated names and mentioned yours. Your name is Howard hyphen Browne with an e at the end. We've had to memorize how to spell it here at Charisma. So, it’s alphabetized under H instead of under B. But probably you've had to deal with that your whole life. What is the history of how your family got a hyphenated name?

Rodney Howard-Browne: You know, there's a mystery surrounding this and one of my nephews did our whole family tree and we have come to the conclusion that my dad was the youngest of four boys; my uncle, who I told you about, he was 18 years older than my father and then the two middle brothers and my dad. So, when I was a kid growing up, we always heard about Granny Browne. But for whatever reason, from the time of my grandparents, which I never did meet my grandparents because by the time I was born in 1961, they were they had already passed away. But it looks like the four brothers put the name together. Howard was always part of the family name. The Howards go back into line, and Browne with an e on the end was always a part. So, it looks like they took the Howard and put the hyphen in. There was no trace prior, my dad and his three brothers, of Howard-Browne existing. I can still remember as a kid asking my dad about Howard-Brownes. It was always some kind of story. My uncles would make up some kind of a story of how the Howard-Brownes came about, but they would look at each other and it was it was like something going on that they didn't want to tell anybody about.

For the rest of Stephen’s in-depth interview with Rodney Howard- Browne, please click here.

Connect with Rodney Howard-Browne

·         Revival Ministries International

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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