Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The mission team arrived in Sydney Australia shortly after 6 AM. We were greeted at the airport by Dr. Emanuel Wangi and one of his associate pastors. We spent that first morning getting rested and settled in at the hotel.
That night the conference opened with a high praise and worship service. The message focused on making a firm commitment to Jesus Christ. In Australia they use the term conference for what we traditional use Revival service. At the end of the first service a man came up and gave his life to the Lord. People were saying we need more teaching of the truth like this. The conference was from 7PM to 10 PM.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
After having morning mission team devotion, led by Anthony Brown, we had breakfast and then we took a tour of Sydney. Dr. Wangi is not able to host us during the day. So we used that time to visit the city and interact with the people.
Early in the afternoon we headed back to the hotel to prepare for the second night of revival. The revival center is about an hour and half drive from our hotel. The mission assignment for this night was Evangelism. The revival was 7PM to 10PM.
After a strong opening by the praise team. Anthony Brown, shared his personal testimony that brought tears and heart felt compassion to everyone in the room We don't know how our testimony will impact others until we share it.
Rev. Thomas Hite came up and shared why he was on fire for the Lord and the importance of going out witnessing. He then closed his time of sharing with his personal testimony. This moved people to have greater confidence that God can and will use anyone that is willing to be used.
Deacon Nathan Moore played trumpet a solo version of "I Surrender All" and then proceeded to teach a 30 minute lesson on why we all need to be on fire for the Lord. He used an analogy of a camp fire and what it take to keep the fire burning. He laced in very personal experiences that he and his family had during times of Camping. "If the camp fire is not right, it will affect the camping experience". It was well received.
Pastor McGensy, concluded the second night of the revival with his message entitled "All you Need Is A Word From the Lord. He open his message by stating that tonight is going to be a turn around and a time of deliverance if they were willing to receive a Word from the Lord.
He stated that the Lord charged him to come to Australia (to fly over 8 thousand miles and to deliver this Word from the Lord to them.
The main thrust of the message was, regardless of where you have been, what you have gone through, how beat down you may feel tonight, all you need is a word from the Lord and that will change your life. He laid out how to receive it and what to do with it once you get it.
At the end of the service Pastor McGensy gave an altar call and about 80 percent of those present came forward. They received the Word of God that was delivered.
After the revival service, even though it was late (10 pm Australia time and 5AM USA time). The host church laid out a spread for us. It was Conginees style: Chicken, fish, greens, two kinds of rice, chief salad, bread and desserts.
Friday, April. 19, 2012
The revival opened at 7PM and ended at 10PM. After a strong opening by the praise team, Rev. Thomas Hite open the evening with a message on the theme of the evening " The Believer’s Responsibility To The Local Church”. What a power word that was delivered. The Holy Spirit was moving in this place.
Deacon Nathan Moore gave his personally testimony and stated how he was in church and never had a real personal relation with Christ. He was able to fool a lot of people and how unsatisfying that was for him and the poor choices he had made as a result of being in the church but not being in Christ.
He explained that after the Lord turned his life around things began to fall into place for him. The Lord blessed him with a beautiful wife and great children. He also, stated how his wife would hold him accountable in his new walk with the Lord.
People were able to relate to what he was saying. They were also blessed by his willingness to be so transparent.
He closed his testimony with a trumpet solo " Amazing Grace".
Pastor McGensy closed the service with a message about what Christ expects us to do with his church. He spoke from Act 1:8 and walked the congregation through the text and stated how many churches have "the power" (the gospel, the Truth) but don't recognize the value of the Holy Spirit and his gifts. Conversely, many churches only focus on the Holy Spirit and His gifts to the exclusion of sound bible teaching. And he led them to John Chp. 4, where it says that we must worship in spirit and in truth. The most effective churches are those that recognize and use both.
He proposed the argument that many churches don't experience the power or the spirit due to un-forgiveness in their hearts. Some need to forgive others for what has happened to them, others need to forgive themselves for what they have done. He made an alter call an those who came forward to release the resentment that has been in their life for those that have done them wrong and other to forgive give themselves and to receive God forgiveness. It turned out to be a night of deliverance and revelation. To God Be The Glory!
Once again, after the service the host church laid out a spread for us: chicken, steak, pork chops, two kinds of rice, chief salad, bread and desserts.
Posted on April 20, 2012