Getting to the root of the problem with Ps. Ayo Akinyemi
When tasked with explaining what his job as an evangelist entails, instead of pointing out what many perceive to be the perks of this ministry gift such as travelling and seeing the world; Evangelist Ben Dekker simply gave a very concise and yet profound answer: “an evangelist comes to make a difference”. Over a period of four days and five services, the Dutch evangelist certainly lived up to his job description. With numerous guests coming in over the revival period, and watching them, together with the drained Christians of our congregation literally change over a few days was a blessing.
“A dynamic preacher gives the Holy Ghost plenty to work with” one man once said (I believe it was Ps. Glen Cluck if memory serves me correctly), and after hearing Ps. John McCarthy minister during the past revival, I could not agree more with the statement. All five services were characterized by what Ps. David Kennedy described as “a tangible presence of His Spirit”. The Spirit of God moved in ways I am not eloquent enough to articulate in words: each night the altars were packed as people responded to the gospel message; God spoke from the throne room of grace via words of knowledge and prophecy; and both the babes in the faith and matured believers alike were treated to wholesome spiritual nourishment.
The year 2013 seems to have raced past us so quickly. It almost seems like only this past Thursday when we were filled to the brim with excitement at the prospect of launching Pastor Fabian and his wife Rochelle into the neighbouring area of Heidedal. Oh how time has flown since then, with so much happening in-between. We sure have enjoyed a serious measure of success (whilst suffering matching setbacks), and the many fruitful revivals were examples of such successes.
One of the most amazing things in all of nature has to be the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. The Bible gives us similar imagery when it says in 2 Cor 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new”. In the revival with Ps. Paul Body, one couldn’t deny that God was doing a new thing, change was in the atmosphere and the over 30 decisions for Christ (the most we’ve seen in a while) bare testament to that.
‘A bit of milk and a bit of meat’ is how the revival with Pastor Peter Temple can be summarised, as described by Rob on the last night. A true revival in that it brought those of us who have been saved for a while back to the basics, bringing us to repentance and to return to right standing with God. With his gentle manner Ps Temple brought uncompromised truth in a series of punches followed by massages that left me feeling convicted and incredibly blessed all at once.