It really started the night before when we had a special Saturday night service with Andrew Buxton preaching. Thirty-six persons attended and Brother Buxton preached a powerful message on the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The altar was filled with people who also wanted their dead lives restored to spiritual vitality.
We knew the next day, Sunday the 4th of October, would be busy for so much was scheduled:
Guest preacher, Andrew Buxton
Christian Intervention graduation
Wedding at the conclusion of the service
Baptism of Kevin and Eric
We had planned all that, and we had prayed and hoped and invited people. The count when everyone was in place was 51! We were happy, but throughout the day as God continued to move in dynamic ways, our smiles became wider.
Brother Buxton preached on the love of God, and again the altars were filled with hungry people. The CIP graduation was beautiful and the simple wedding between Jay and Holly was precious. (Jay is one of our CIP graduates who has been filled with the Holy Ghost.)
The dynamic highpoint of the day came though in Mike’s backyard in his pool. Eric is one of our CIP students who has been coming to church now a few weeks, and who has brought his friend Kevin with him. On Sunday Kevin brought his wife, his estranged wife, serious problems having developed in their marriage. Catherine is her name and she is a precious woman. As Kevin was being baptized, she was right in there taking pictures, and when Kevin, still in the water, began speaking in tongues, she was astonished.
We began talking to Catherine, for it was obvious she was sincere and was hungry for God. Eric was next to be baptized, and to our utter and complete joy, he too began speaking in other tongues. It was amazing.
Andrew had talked extensively to Catherine, and soon she said she also wanted to be baptized. We rounded up clothes for her, and into the pool she went. She came up from the water weeping, and soon, she too had been filled with the precious, wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.
What a wonderful, wonderful day. We are grateful.