First United Methodist Church in Clarion, Iowa was the host for the kickoff of our #REVIVEME campaign on Sunday, June 5, 2016. We could not be more grateful and humbled by such an encouraging and inspiring start to this 90 day period.
We will be traveling, creating, working, and serving during this period in the hope of raising funds to continue our ministry in the most excellent and authentic way that we can.
We are thankful for First United Methodist Church allowing us to come and serve them and also for the members of their body who embraced us and gave us a place to lay our heads the night before and supplying us with delicious meals to keep us energized. We want to thank you because we came with the heart to serve, and yet at the same time, you served us. We want to encourage your body with the words of Christ that you lived out in your example, “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in” (Matthew 25:35). We came to you all with a message of compassion and truth.
We brought to light certain statistics that reveal the depravity, brokenness, and hopelessness of many in our nation.
Our nation is in the midst of an identity crisis. 50% of people in our nation are said to have some type mental illness which means every person in our nation is impacted by mental illness, whether it is they themselves who suffer with it or they know someone who does. 90% of boys are said to have been addicted to pornography at some point in their life. The divorce rate has surpassed 50% and this statistic is the same for those inside of the church. One out of three women are said to have been diagnosed with some type of eating disorder, while 90% are said to have manipulated their eating habits and lifestyle in some way because of their physical appearance.
As we presented these statistics to First United Methodist Church, the point was made clear that many in our nation are heavy laden and exhausted in their pursuit of happiness and identity. However, we do not come with condemnation but rather hope. In the midst of this restlessness, the broken can find rest. Jesus speaks to this exhausted people, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
As a church and ministry we pray for First United Methodist Church, and hope that we were able to bring the Gospel in such a manner that it began to lead you to place where the restless could find rest, the dying could be revived, and those alive and well could persevere.
-On behalf of the Well of Iowa and the Elim Arrival