Per Hyldgaard is a missionary evangelist from Denmark. He is a Master Evangelist who has been my friend since I was ten years old. Today, he shares the story of the greatest miracle he ever experienced in his ministry and also shares some tips on how to share the Gospel.
Per Hyldgaard is the founder and president of Gospel Outreach. He was born and raised in the northern part of Denmark, where he still lives with his family. When Per was very young, God called him to preach the Gospel all over the world. He attended Bible school in the US, and was a Pastor in Denmark for more than 11 years. He and his family have also served in Tanzania as missionaries. Through Gospel Outreach, Per has ministered in almost 50 nations worldwide, preaching the Word in crusades, conferences, churches, Bible schools and seminars. He has seen literally thousands of people saved, healed, delivered, baptized in the Holy Spirit and touched by God through his ministry. He is also involved in church planting and has a strong desire to see believers released into ministry through the power of God.
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Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:00):
Per Hyldgaard is a missionary evangelist from Denmark. He is a master evangelist who’s been my friend since I was 10 years old. Today he shares the story of the greatest miracle he ever experienced in his ministry. And he also shares some tips on how to share the gospel.
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:19):
Jesus said, go into all the world and preach the gospel. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King, where Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King. Welcome to the evangelism podcast. I’m Daniel King and I am excited about telling people about Jesus today. We have a special guest
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:04):
From the great nation of Denmark brother Per Hyldgaard has been a friend for many years. He’s the founder and president of gospel outreach, brother Per. Thank you so much for joining me today.
Per Hyldgaard (01:20):
Hey, Dr. Daniel, good to be with you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:23):
So let’s begin at the beginning, I’ve known you for quite a long time. When I was about 10 years old was when I first met you. And that was when you were a Bible school student here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and you were staying in some missionary housing that’s here. And my parents at the time were also about to go on the mission field. And so they were staying in the same missionary housing. And of course I was very young, but we’ve known each other ever since. I was looking at your 30 year anniversary newsletter that you put out recently in, in it, you were sharing about a vision that you had that kind of launched you out into ministry. And it was about that same time that we met back in eight, 1989, that you had that vision. Could you tell us about the vision and how that impacted your life?
Per Hyldgaard (02:26):
Yeah, well I came to Bible school in Tulsa because I felt that drawing it to to get into ministry and a drawing to somehow to me it was a crusade, evangelist and mentor. It was really something I felt drawn to. I had these posters of Reinhardt Bunky and so on the wall at home. And but I didn’t really know how is this what I’m supposed to do? And what is this all going to be about? And long story short, God opened up the door. So I ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Bible sport. And to me it was quite a challenging time financially with also very limited English and many challenges. So when the, when as school day was over, I was usually very tired and went to bed really early.
Per Hyldgaard (03:33):
And then one night God woke me up all of a sudden at two, 2:00 AM. And it was just like in a split second. And I sat up right in my, in my bed. And the presence of God was really powerful. And as soon as I set up, I was awake immediately. And then he showed me a vision, a vision that is just as real as we are sitting here today. And what I did see was this, I was standing on a huge, solid unshakable rock and all around this rock, there was like an ocean of, of people standing stacked and packed people of all backgrounds from all different nations language, language groups. And I mean, high and low from all walks of life, but they were not standing on a solid rock. They were more standing in sinking sand and they were sinking deeper and deeper and deeper.
Per Hyldgaard (04:40):
And I can still see the faces for my for my unit. I how they in, in despair, desperation and fear and oral, a yelling and screaming to get my attention because I was standing on this rock and everything was fine with me. And they were stretching their hands tall to get my attention. And if I could just grab their hand and pull them up on this same solid rock, and I never saw Jesus, but I just felt that he was standing right behind me. So I said to him, Jesus, you must do something. You must help them. And then his calm voice just answered me and sent this. I have done my part. It is you they’re calling on. And then it all ended. And I jumped out of bed and I fell on my face there in the middle of the night.
Per Hyldgaard (05:47):
And I just said, Lord, I’m willing to go. I just helped me to pull up as many people from wherever you send me up on you, who the solid rock. And at that time I’ve never preached a sermon or even list on a crusade, you know, or anything like that. But that was kind of what was like a burning a Mark, you know, I, I got in my heart that has been kind of what has been the the backbone or the guiding star in, in what we are doing now.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:27):
You’ve written an excellent book called Impact, Rescuing the Lost With the Gospel. And I’ve really enjoyed reading your story. And when you first came to Bible school in Tulsa, it sounds like it was a huge step of faith for you with almost no money with almost no English, just coming and trusting God and God honored your faith. What are some of the miracles that you’ve seen God do in your ministry over the years?
Per Hyldgaard (07:08):
Well we have seen many miracles in the, in our finances in our health miracles and God opening doors. And then of course, miracle last we, we minister to people. We are, we are very blessed with with God confirming his word with signs and wonders many miracles in terms of the blind, the see and deaf that he a mute the speak. And, and it’s not something that happens every now and then it’s something that happens all over and again, and we’re very thankful for that. So that’s some of the great miracles. What is really interesting is that now you mentioned that how it began with me going in faith to Bible school, the principles of walking in faith, I learned in the Bible school, it’s the same principles we are. We are living after today. This just more digits, more zeros behind the, the checks and, and so that we need to believe for.
Per Hyldgaard (08:21):
And, and so, so, so that has been, that’s very interesting, so it works on all levels. And I think it’s important just to, I mean, in Denmark, we say this, you need to learn to crawl before you can walk. Okay. And and it is step by step to learn that it’s always difficult for me to tell what is the greatest miracle we have ever seen? I think it’s, it’s, it’s hard to, so one of the miracles that I must say that has a very personal touch to it is when we lived in Tanzania. Yes. Back as missionaries. We went there with a, at that time we have two kids oldest son here, David, he was aged three. And then we have our daughter who was at that time four months old, and we will live way out in the Bush, in Tanzania, in East Africa. And I tell way out, and this is in the mid nineties it was days of driving days of driving with, you know, just dirt roads with all the potholes in the world and no really, I mean, comfort at all. And
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:50):
That takes a lot of faith to move to the mission field with your wife and two small kids with you comfort.
Per Hyldgaard (09:58):
Yeah. When we knew that this was what we were supposed to do, you know, so, and then what happened was that one morning as I was early to have my personal devotional time and my wife, she calls, yelled my name and I realized I better calm right now. And when I came into our bedroom, stood with our little daughter and with no life in her. And I thought what’s the what’s going on here? And I started to give her a first aid and I thought she has Schwab something that was stocked in her throat. So I took her legs and shook her and nothing came out and she was just like, ah, it’s just like a door. I mean just swinging and you know, with no life, not blinking all pale and blue lips. And so, and you know how things from one second to the next can take it at dramatic turn in your life.
Per Hyldgaard (11:01):
And all of a sudden we felt not, we felt all the water in the boat. And we were about to sink in that split second. And we yelled out loud and some of our missionaries friends, they came running in and one started to breathe in her nostrils that give her first aid. And I was so desperate. I could not even pray. I just called out, geez, help us, Jesus help us. And when then she started to breathe at least, but it was like she was, she was paralyzed. One half of her body. We jumped in our, you know, I’ll be called with road to to a hospital that Catholics from Italy had made a a great hospital nearby. Just amazing building, such a hospital way out in the Bush there. And as soon as we came in the hospital, the doctor there, he said, I know what this is.
Per Hyldgaard (12:03):
There’s this metal area in her reign kind of malaria. You can, you can ever get. And and the doctor, she said, you know, we can try to give her the strongest treatment we can, but if the fever is not leaving her within the next three days, see we’ll either be in coma for the rest of her life, or she will die. And we stood there and we thought, what are we going to do? What are we going to do? My wife is a nurse and we decided to take her, our daughter with us back home. We felt that was the right thing to do. And those next three days, I tell you, it was emotionally, we were going up and down one moment we were, we were praying and believing God to do something. And the next moment we were just such a despair.
Per Hyldgaard (12:57):
But before we moved to Africa, I got, gave me a word. And that word was that there would be done no harm to kids. And that, that promise. I kept praying. And I was, sometimes I felt, I was maybe even too old as I was praying. I said, God, you said that no harm should be done to our kids. What testimony will it be? That if we come home, while we have our daughter in a coffin, then I was really old and day three came. And you see, it was really far away from everything. Nothing had happened. She was still just, you know, with high fever and really, really sick.
Per Hyldgaard (13:45):
So at the end of the third day, we, we made a long range walkie talkie call. This was before internet or cell phones or anything, you know, so we made this long rate range to walkie talkie called to some Christian dumpsters from Sweden. We knew they were located about 500 miles away. We told these doctors the story and the more we told, the more quiet they became. And at the end we asked, so what can we do? Aid was really quiet. And then they said, there’s nothing you can do. And that was what, not what we had hoped for, of course, but we ended the radio call and this was about 11:00 PM now. And, and I told the other missionaries, will you please, that we could join maybe just one last time and pray together. We annoying the little napkin.
Per Hyldgaard (14:53):
And of course they all agreed in doing so. We made in this little, really humble, poor kitchen of, of ours found far out in the Bush. I mean, we’re so far out that if you wanted meat, you need to go and hunt yourself. Okay, you need to have your own, well, you need to, I mean, you’ve built your own thing all the time. And we met in that little kitchen, just a little handful of missionaries. And as soon as we met, even before we started to parade, the presence of God was so tangible. I’ve never imagined or felt anything even close to that. It was like, Jesus just stepped in together with the rest of us in that little kitchen. And instead of, you know, we just started to laugh. We were laughing, we were crying tears of joy. Like somebody has told the greatest joke ever in the history we were looking at, whether another, and just having a great time.
Per Hyldgaard (15:59):
I’m still with people stood from outside, watching through the window. They would think we have been drunk. And I don’t know for how long this was taking place, but the presence of God, it was like heaven was all of a sudden in that middle kitchen. And, you know, then after a while, I don’t know how long it was like that powerful person just SM that again. And we started to become more. Can we call it normal? And we’ll look at one another. And you know, I’m a very organized guy. I so I said, well, this was powerful. Jesus was here. I wasn’t neat, but being so organized as I am. I said, well, but maybe we should a nine, this little nap can still, you know, so, so we got anointed that little napkin. And I went from our kitchen into the bedroom, our bedroom, where our little daughter was, was in her little bed.
Per Hyldgaard (17:05):
And when I came in, she was already miraculous healed. Wow. The next morning we took her to the hospital. She was about one years old. At that time she ran herself into the doctor’s office. The doctor just sat there with mouth wide open, said, I don’t believe this, this, this cannot happen. You know? And of course, because it’s so personal and it’s so close to us as a family is of course, one of the miracles that is really loft and dear to us, our daughter is now 26 years old. She has been in Bible school and in Redding, California for three years is involved in ministry. Love missions has traveled all over the world. And, and, and, and as you said, I never get a mosquito bite anymore. She says, interesting. Isn’t it.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (18:10):
Wow. How many countries have you visited and how many people have you ministered to over the years and what results have you seen?
Per Hyldgaard (18:23):
We have ministered in 50 plus nations and we have ministers to some millions of people. One of what we really like where we really like to target is to go, and not really that many are doing crusades. We like to go to the cities where there has not been a crusade, hopefully never, maybe smaller crusades, but not a citywide event. Or if there has been a crusade, then it must have been, I mean, decades ago, that’s where we feel led to go. We kind of said it has to be a low population of Christians. It’s often a bit more difficult to reach out there, but but this, it gave me great pleasure and I’m sure Jesus is smiling big time as well, but because we’re reaching out places like that, we have quite a focus on church planting to, to follow it. It’s not a goal to have a great crowd. It’s not a goal to have great numbers. It’s a goal to have lasting fruits. And of course we get all the churches that might be in the area, but then we also encourage and train and work together with people who wants to start churches afterwards. And and we have seen 300 cluster churches being started as a direct fruit from, from our crusades. So we are really thankful to the Lord for that.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (20:07):
Wow. That’s amazing. And over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to, to minister with you in many different nations. First in Mexico, my parents were missionaries in Mexico. And so I remember you came many years ago and did a tent crusade with us, and then we’ve been together. I was just trying to think, I know we’ve been in Haiti, we’ve been in Brazil together. I went with you to Mali, which was a, a really great crusade, a festival in a nation that is mostly Muslim. And we have I think we’ve been to some other places to Pakistan. Yes. We went to Pakistan together and I’ve always really considered you a master evangelist and, and learned so much from you and especially hearing your stories and the way that you share the gospel. So masterfully through stories, could you share with us some of the, the stories that you use to communicate the gospel the, the large events, and, and before you share a story, tell us kind of why you feel as important to share the gospel through stories.
Per Hyldgaard (21:28):
Yeah, well, I think we need to always realize that we should be standing in front of a crowd that is not having a lot of knowledge from the Bible. Okay. if, if it’s all believers, we are in the wrong place then. Okay. so it has to be people that we are aware of is going to, to hear it as simple as possible. And the gospel is really simple. It’s, it’s complicated in one way. If we start to sit down and we’ll try to understand it all, but basically it’s really simple. So that’s why we always make like the few steps. And every night to me, it’s important to preach salvation. So it has to be from maybe from different angles. We need to to, to make it clear for people that they are lost without Jesus.
Per Hyldgaard (22:31):
We need to make it really clear for people, how good God he is and how much he loves them, especially when you’re a minister in nations that is maybe Muslim nations. And so they they need to hear how God loves them. That’s one thing that is irresistible, and that is to be loved by somebody. And when they start to realize how much God loves them, we need to re to somehow we make it clear that the only way back to God is through Jesus Christ. And he’s the only one who can save. And also make it clear that this is just not a matter of your raise your hand at the end, but you must really want this from your heart. One of the inspirations I love the most, that seems like, I think it’s really displaying for people. What are we saying?
Per Hyldgaard (23:32):
Is that I, I simply, I use many illustrations and one of them is one, I think maybe many already know, but I have two people helping me and have them first spend together. And I say, this is so-and-so. And he used to go straight and being God. And this is the other guy is, is then you and I, and then I start to pull one of them, that person away from God, you know, and see, we’ll create it to be with God and then slow the other. Guy’s moving away from God and how that person want to get back to God. He’s trying to reach back. But the distance is then to me and God still wants to reach that person. And then I come up with ideas of how people try to get back to God through religious action, trying to behave better reach or so many different things.
Per Hyldgaard (24:34):
And how God at the incentive son, Jesus Christ. And that, that would be me illustrating that by taking the hand off the person, illustrating being God, and then stretching out. So I sent, you know, with my arms filling up the gap between the two, two persons. And I, and while I’m doing that, I’m sharing how this is why Jesus was crucified. So they start to make, Oh yeah, I could imagine this is how this was crucified. And all of a sudden, I believe they get the idea of, okay, so this is why Jesus was crucified and it’s all about, and inviting that person to grab the hand of Jesus. I sometimes I use it several nights sometimes it’s kind of the major illustration in my sermon. Other times, it’s just, if I quickly have to come to the next point, you know, it’s really, it can, in, in few minutes really make it understandable that this is the situation, and this is the important of Jesus. So that one I really like to use and all the way she will say, I think, yeah.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (25:52):
Tell me another, I remember one that you used about a smelly man who came to your house one time. Do you remember that illustration
Per Hyldgaard (26:04):
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (26:06):
Smelly man came to visit you and he needed a bath really bad, and he wanted to hug and talk to you and use it. You are welcome in my house, but first you must take a bath.
Per Hyldgaard (26:19):
Really? Yeah. I have it in my notes at four. I was another one
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (26:25):
I remember that you shared was about a snake with a flat head. I think it was from your time in Tanzania. Can you tell that story?
Per Hyldgaard (26:34):
Yeah, that’s the illustration or not illustration. It’s a true story actually, from when we lived in, in Tanzania, as I, we live out in the Bush and three times we experienced having snakes in our house. And then there were all the other pieces coming every now and then, but, well, there was one time I came into our living room and there was the snake, you know, you know, living room. And and I of course I have not invited it and I didn’t want to share at my house with, at once. So I tried to hush it out, but it would not. And it just raise its head and was he saying aggressive and went out in our garage and I took her this big sledge hammer. And when they, and then the snake was still there and I took this sledge hammer and I hammered it right in the head of the snake.
Per Hyldgaard (27:34):
So it was, the head was totally flat and now it was kind of I mean, it was conquered. So I picked it up. The interesting thing was that the, the hip was not there or totally flat, but the body was still moving. Like it was more life and dangerous than ever. And I took it and I went out because, you know, there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. And then I’d throw it away. And I use this illustration to tell about how the, how the devil wants to intervene our life and take over our house and take over our life. And so, but how Jesus on the cross conquered the devil and and how there’s hope. And yeah, I mean, most places they that really excited about that, you know, and yeah. So, so a bad experience was turned into something. Great. I think, yeah.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (28:34):
Wow. That’s tremendous. Well, we have lots of people who listen that love to support missions. If someone wants to know more about your ministry or to support you, what, what’s your website? How can they get in touch with you?
Per Hyldgaard (28:54):
That is gospel outreach, ministries.org,
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (28:58):
Gospel outreach ministries got.org. And I also found gospel outreach.dk. So yeah. Is that right
Per Hyldgaard (29:08):
To to United States and the other is, is more connected to Europe.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (29:12):
Wonderful. Well, thank you so much, brother pear for being on the evangelism podcast. I’ve learned so much from you over the years. Appreciate you. And I’m so thankful for what God has done through your life. It’s really amazing.
Per Hyldgaard (29:29):
Well, thank you. I thank you, Dr. Daniel is just great to see from what God has turned you into from when when we met and you were 10 years old and now you’re a mighty man of God changing the world. So thank you very much. It’s was a joy to be part of it. And God bless you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (29:48):
Thank you, God bless you.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (29:52):
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