Nokia More Than Cell Phones in Finland

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When people hear of the small town of Nokia, Finland, they're likely to think think one thing--cell phones.

Yes, Nokia is the birth place of the major cell phone giant, but in Finland's religous circles, cell phones take a back seat to more important happenings in the country.

It's being called the "Nokia revival."

On any Sunday, people pack worship services all over Finland to worship and seek healing from God.

The revival started more than 18 years ago after Pastor Markuu Koivisto experienced a miracle.

Through much prayer he was cured of cancer and got a new calling-- to share his story and lead the people of Finland to Christ.

His story inspired and energized the nation.

"People came from all over Finland because they experienced healing the experienced the presence of the Lord," Koivisto said.

The revival was so successful he started his own church, Nokia Missio

The church now has locations in five of Finland's largest cities.

"We feel that God has called us to pray for people and our main thing is to ask people to receive Christ," he explained.

Nokia Missio has helped more than 15,000 people to make that decision. That's a fairly large number considering the total population in Finland is only 5 million.

The church is also spreading beyond Finland's boarders and is behind Christian schools in Albania and India.

A healing house was also opened in Israel for people with drug addictions.

Koivisto has plans to spread the their message even farther.

"We have plans to go to Estonia," he said. "And then we have plans to go to sweden, and also to North America."

*Originally aired March 6, 2009

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