Wednesday, June 21, 2006

pressing in...

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for the wonderful outpouring of prayer.

I want to let you know what the Lord is doing here among us. Today, my brother-in-law, a Presbyterian pastor, will have the funeral of the girl who was killed in the accident. Rinda's daughter, Abbie, will pray at this service. It will be packed with High school students. Please pray that the Lord will move mightily among them. Tonight there will be a Baccalaureate service and Rinda's husband (also a Presbyterian minister) has been asked to speak to the students - Abbie has been asked to pray there as well. Who would have thought that this would happen?

I want to share something with you...

Three weeks ago, around prom party time, Rinda and I had an intense prayer session for the High school students. We felt such a heaviness for them because their lives are centred around weekend parties with a lot of drinking and drugs. Graduation time is generally one party after another. We felt a brokenness for them because their lives are empty - they are lost - they have no purpose - no vision - no idea of what God could accomplish in their lives through Jesus Christ. We were crying out to the Lord for them and then Rinda prayed - "Please let every one of them hear the gospel before they graduate. Let them have a chance to hear the truth and make a choice."

Can you see what is happening? The Lord is moving - these children will not only hear the message once - but twice - in a setting where their hearts will be broken, tender, and wide open to hear the words of life. Please pray. These are crucial days - a kairos time.

We had a prayer meeting last night - just a spontaneous gathering - some of our teenagers were there and it was humbling to be there and witness their tears and prayers. 14 - 18 yr olds leading us - and we sense that is right - that they are leading the way to reach their peers for Jesus Christ.

We are praying that in no way will the enemy have any victory through this tragedy. We sense that he has gone too far - and that God is turning the tables over on him - that the plans he intended for evil, God will use for His glory and the extension of His kingdom. We have been praying for many years that the Lord would raise up an army of teenagers - children and youth who are totally committed to Jesus Christ and His kingdom.

I have many stories from the weekend - stories of those who passed from death to life - prodigals who came home - broken-hearted who were healed. I will be sharing them with you as things settle (along with some pictures).

We have been praying for revival for a long time. Many have felt a deep connection to this revival - and have sensed that God is planning to release a similar move here. We are praying for a mighty wave of God to wash over this little
Island and go far beyond. I'm wondering if we are standing in the ripples of that water right now.

Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer.

PS - if you have a little time and would like to hear the story of the
Hebrides Revival told by the islanders themselves download this audio file. The Scottish brogues are thick but if you listen carefully you will hear an incredible story of the Lord's power.