Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Glory of God was here.

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
C. S. Lewis 



On Saturday, we had a magic show at bidwell one mile park, the central park in our town. It was a magic show, a gospel illusionist at his finest. We spent the day with the dear people from Oroville and their pastor, the gentlemen from Medford and the couple from Eugene that came with Jed and Elaine Matthews...it was hot. like 102 degrees hot. They labored all day, inviting out the town...John went with them, I ran around town gathering all we would need for the event that night. 
As it came down to the last few hours, we began to set up, no one was there yet and if you've done this before, you know that weird knot that forms in your tummy, that ugly scared voice that says, "what if no one comes?". You push it aside and trust God that your labor was not in vain and you begin to set up the harvest field.
The stage was set, the hot dogs were starting to cook...the team was exhausted and hot, sweating and hopeful...hopeful for God's glory to be poured out...and dear God, you are so good...it really did.


300(approx) came and watched our humble show, they packed into our sitting area, they stood and watched and they listened with hearts that were so open to the gospel, that at the end, 47 came to the very front and gave their lives to Jesus openly for everyone to see. 
It was breathtaking. I literally had to catch my breath and thank God for such a sweet, confirming miracle...




video
look at that sweet baby in that wonderful man's arms...watching in sweet innocence as souls are added to the kingdom of God and heaven begins to rejoice...

5 comments:

Danielle said...

o. my. gosh. tears to my eyes as I read and re-read your words. Wow. 300 people. 47 precious souls saved. REVIVAL! O I am just so happy for you guys. What a precious precious gift! Send some of that our way (:

Pressed Petals said...

Praise God! How exciting for you guys! Will be praying those souls stick.

aly win said...

i can hardly see the screen right now my eyes are so teary. I wish i had been there to see that ! that is incredible ! I am going to be praying extra hard for all of those people and for your wonderful church ! John, you, and your girls were chosen by God... and becasue you listened... Look at the result. Wow. really really amazing, glorious... incredible. You are giving your dreams to God... and look what God is doing with them! I have to say I would rather see the photos of these fruits of labor then photos of arts and crafts.. as fun as those maybe.. they do not influence my life and heart .. this was such a uplifting and motivating post! I love you guys .. thank you for posting !

Kelly Marin said...

Wow!Wow!Wow! woohoo, this is so awesome Praise God! YAY! HAHA can you tell I'm a pioneer pastor's wife too Haha No really I'm praying for you guys to have awesome followup results. So exciting!

Mandy [Mandipidy] said...

WOW! That is awesome! Praise God... He is so good! :)