Over the last several months I have mentioned on the blog several times about our Summer of Tent Revivals coming up. Well, we are about to begin. As you read this post today, Saturday, June 4, 2011, we will be raising the tent for the first revival of the season at Hilldale Holiness Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am preparing this post ahead of time because I am sure the next few days will be chocked full of activity.
We plan to kick off the first service on Sunday, June 5th at 2:30 in the afternoon. Pastor Nathan Conner and his church have been busy canvassing the neighborhood, praying and making other preparations for this outreach. I believe that God is preparing the hearts of the people in that area for a move of God as well. Wow! There is no telling what God will do next week in Tulsa.
We will be joined in our first three tent revivals by Bro. Jimmy and Sis. Shauna Millikin. When I began to plan these meetings two years ago, I asked the Millikins to pray about participating. They graciously consented to do so and they will be assisting our family in singing congregationals, special songs, playing music, preaching and praying in the altars. I know they will be a great addition and blessing to these revivals and we are overjoyed to have them with us.
I am very excited about each of these tent revivals this summer. I know that God will meet with us as we reach out to communities across our nation. My vision for these meetings is for the lost to be converted, the sick to be healed and the saints to be encouraged as they are saturated with a fresh outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Each night I plan to place heavy emphasis on the power of the Word and the moving of God’s Spirit. I know that God will move among us.
The month of June we plan to be in:
Tulsa, Oklahoma-Hilldale Holiness Church June 5-10.
Miami, Oklahoma-Faith Pentecostal Church June 19-24.
Weir, Kansas-Faith Tabernacle June 26-July 1.
Please make plans to attend one or more nights if you possibly can. By mid July we plan to be in Kentucky then on to Virginia and then back to my hometown of Waynesville, Ohio. I will post exact dates and locations later.
We have been praying and preparing for these particular meetings for two years. The churches that will be participating have been praying as well. I have ask each church to make a push in the weeks leading up to tent revival, knock on doors, pass out flyers and tracts, advertise on radio or in the newspaper, cover their neighborhood in prayer and generally prepare for a genuine revival. I believe that God will honor this effort and give us revival.
The logistics and expense of all the extra equipment, transportation, set up and tear down seems a little overwhelming at times. We have the cargo trailer, tent, platforms, chairs, extra PA equipment, lights and several things I have forgotten that must be transported and put it place each week. It would be much easier and cheaper to pull up to a different church every week and preach revival as we normally do. But we feel that God has directed us into these tent revivals and He has never pointed us where He did not provide us with the means, wisdom and strength to do it. The potential harvest of souls will be worth every mile we drive and every dollar we spend.
Several months ago I listed several things for folks to pray about concerning these meetings. Those requests are still every bit as valid as they were then. Here is that list again.
Please help us pray about a few key areas concerning these tent revivals. Pray that:
1. God would saturate each revival with His presence.
2. Men and women would be gloriously saved from sin.
3. God would miraculously heal the sick and encourage the saints.
4. God would protect us and each person that attends or works in the meetings and all of the equipment.
5. The weather would be good each week with little rain, low winds, moderate temperatures and no storms.
6. God would supply the necessary finance to conduct the meetings, for us to bless the Millikin's and other workers, buy the equipment and pay all the expenses and meet all of our normal obligations.
Thanks for your prayers. I lay all of this out because I know that many folks read these posts every week that are interested in seeing God's work progress. That is exactly what we are trying to do.
Hope to have up pictures of a Tent Revival soon. God bless you.