Would you expect to see revival in the midst of a cornfield? It’s happening in a rural community about five hours north of us, near Colfax, IL. People are hungry for more, God is moving.
Our group stuffed the white van full of sound equipment, instruments, and luggage. We were off for our weekend adventure to connect with our friends. This small Lutheran church has supported us in all sorts of ways – encouragement, service in Cairo, finances, resources, food…the list goes on. This group of saints have a “Kingdom” mindset and desire to sow their seed on fertile soil. A portion of their “harvest money” goes to the spiritual harvest field. Talk about a biblical model. Tithing their first fruits (Proverbs 3). God is blessing their generosity, He keeps giving them more to give. I am certainly learning much through their example.
We were invited to be guests at a banquet, to share the vision of what the Lord is doing in Cairo, how God has used their investments and how we can continue to partner. They had a feast for us. Afterwards we lead a time of worship. A bit different than their usual, but they were sure open.
Talk about a hospitable bunch! We were each split up into different host families for the night, giving us an opportunity to meet all sorts of people from their church. I was placed with this sweet older woman from the church. You never would guess she was over 80 years old. This church is composed of families. People who have been a part of this church for generations. A great spiritual inheritance.
Sunday we joined in their worship. Kristy gave a message on the Kingdom being near, speaking about the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6. Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, as it is in heaven, let it be on earth.” We have this spiritual authority in Christ to ask for things to be manifest on the earth as they are in heaven. Amen. After church, they asked us to lead a couple worship songs for their Sunday school time. This is where things got a bit interesting. We started with a couple fast paced songs. I saw some stirring, body movements. They are not used to clapping in church, so the kids didn’t know if it was okay to move around a bit or clap during the song. A couple of the TR ladies started dancing with the little ones. Such joy. Such purity. A couple seconds later, some bold adults joined in. Even a couple men! That’s right, grown men, doing Jewish circle type dances and shouting, “Praise the LORD!” I was astonished. Then the pastor joined in. A couple women went into the kitchen and pushed out the boys that were hiding. Before the end of the song, many of them were out on the “dance floor” praising the Lord in a new way. It was pretty remarkable. I got a little teary watching this all take place (as I was leading worship seeing it unfold)…here I was in a little old church in the middle of a cornfield and revival is breaking out. Who would have thought? Where there is hunger, the Lord has NO boundaries. If you ask Him, He will come.