“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” Isaiah 25:4
I have not posted anything on this website for months. However, the Lord has impresed me to share with you a very special service last Saturday June 27 in Heflin, LA.
I was invited to speak at United in Christ Pentecostal Church, Inc. This church has supported Iglesia Apostolica de Jesucristo in San Jose, Costa Rica, Pastor Arley Cano, through Jesus Wept Ministries. The beautiful spirit of Pastor Geraldine Stewart and the youth group there has made a deep impact on me and Bro. Arley and many others. I’ve been wanting to visit the church in LA for a long time but the Lord has a timing in all things and this was definitely his timing.
The Supreme Court had just announced their outlandish “law of the land” Friday redefining marriage contrary to the “law of God” and I believe our Lord knew we all needed encouragement and direction at this time.
Last week the Lord orchestrated so many events as we prepared for the long drive to Lousiana, planning to first stop through Arkansas to pick up Pastor & Sis. Hughes of Amity, and Pastor and Sis. Langley of Arkadelphia, La.
The first thing that let me know the Lord was gathering His people for a very special event was when I received a text from Louisiana from a number I didn’t recognize asking for the Jesus Wept newsletter. I hoped I was hearing from Bro. Lamont Vige who had been out for a couple of years now and who had been instrumental in arranging services at the Michael Unit with Bro. & Sis. Hughes and me years ago. The Word of the Lord does not return void and we are still reaping a harvest from those services. Bro. Vige wanted me to meet his precious new wife Sis. Tammy and when I told him we would be in Heflin, LA Saturday he said he would be there. What a joy to see this brother and his new wife we’ve corresponded with for years, and to see him living so successfully for the Lord on the outside. He never denied the faith while incarcerated and has always loved this apostolic truth. He gave a wonderful testimony and word during the service.
On the way to Arkansas the traffic suddenly came to a sudden stop as plumes of black smoke filled the sky. A car had caught on fire just a few hundred yards ahead and I knew the devil was doing everything he could to put roadblocks up to delay my getting to pick up the others on time. We were at a complete standstill for 20 minutes. People were walking up and down the highway frustrated but the Lord brought to my mind Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusted in thee.”
When the traffic finally started up again despite the delay I made it to our meeting place right on time.
When we finally reached our destination in Heflin, LA we were actually early. The first thing we saw was the beautiful church van with ACTS 2:38 written on it with bold letters. Hallelujah! What a witness.
When we walked into the church there was an electricity (Holy Ghost power) in the air I haven’t felt in a long time. There was an air of expectancy, anticipation, and excitement. The saints greeted us as if they had been praying and fasting for the service – so much Godly love was shown. The glory of the Lord was there.
The testimonies behind this church and Pastor Stewart and all that the Lord has done in Heflin is deeply imbedded in my heart and has strengthened me mightily for the journey ahead. The service started at 2:00 and we finished after 6:00. It felt like only 5 minutes had passed as worship, testimonies of the saints and Pastor Stewart, and preaching from the visiting pastors flowed from beginning to end in a way that only the Lord’s control could have brought about. At a time when the country is bitterly torn by racism and changing of the marriage laws the pleasure of the Lord was there as we were all ONE and nothing was felt but the glory of the Lord and the unity of the Spirit. How lovely it is to see brothers united in Spirit and truth. Truly it was “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
I wish I had a video to share of the “youth choir” of the United in Christ Pentecostal Church because the anointing is so strong on these young people and they are sanctified saints walking in holiness.
When Brother Hughes and Brother Langley spoke the young people eagerly absorbed the wisdom of the elders. When the altar call was made many ran to the altar and the Holy Ghost fell. Hallelujah!
It was a service I will never forget. Thank you dear church for all the sacrifices that were made to bring such a presence of the Lord there.