On Friday June 25, 2016 The Elim Arrival went out and once again and joined White Ribbon Day for a time of music and worship in Forest City, Iowa at Bash at the Farm. Bash at the Farm is a two day event where bands and musicians from all over geographically come out and play their music. This is an event that we as The Elim Arrival have been blessed to be part of for many consecutive years.
Though the time given to us was not very long, we gave our all with what we were given and poured our hearts out to God and those who would listen.
We came once again with the message that those who have no hope, can find hope in Christ. Those who have found rest in Christ but feel that their faith has been snuffed out, can be revived by the Holy Spirit.
Lastly we encouraged those who are revived and on fire to persevere and continue in such a way. We had a heavy reminder in the midst of this message though; the Holy Spirit was reminding us about His suffering and those who have suffered for His Name.
Jesus suffered and died for us.
He literally shed His own blood, poured out His own life, and gave it up as a ransom for many. He did not promise us an easy life after this but actually warned those who are going to follow Him that they will also suffer. Let us not be afraid of suffering for the sake of the Gospel and eternal life but rather embrace our cross.
As His Word says “Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17).
A young man named Jake approached us after the set and shared his testimony with us. He said he was at Bash at the Farm the previous day and all of the day that we had arrived as well. He said he was really craving intimacy with the Lord and to be filled up but he was not finding it in most of the music being played throughout the festival. In no way was he diminishing the other bands, he was only encouraging us and letting us know that once we went on and he heard our message and music that he experienced that intimacy he was seeking. He proclaimed that he could tell God had anointed our group and he took us aside and spent some time to pray for us and with us.
Let us seek God earnestly in our lives, bear our cross, embrace suffering and endure it because of the joy and glory set before us. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ did.
-On behalf of the Well of Iowa and the Elim Arrival