The Elim Arrival was honored to visit the Fayette County Fair on Thursday, July 28. Prior to this event, the day and week had been filled with a lot of troubles which laid a weight upon all of our hearts. There was definitely a struggle within our spirit to not allow anxiety and discouragement to overwhelm us and hinder our countenance as we led these new friends in worship. By God’s grace He helped us to convert this trial into motivation and power. He knows how weak we can get, and He used it to His glory to show His strength is made perfect in the midst of our weaknesses.
It was so refreshing for us to meet so many new people and spend this time with them.
This was not like many of our events, which are usually in the context of a ministry or church. Rather this was right in the heart of the community. These are the opportunities that our team and other ministries should cherish.
Jesus spent so much time with those who were considered the outcasts of His time. Of course His heart was for the house of God and the lost ones of Israel, but we see so many amazing stories where He has great compassion on those outside of Israel. It should be noted that His hardest and harshest Words were for the religious and those who claimed to follow God. He often saw such great humility and desperation for hope in those outside of the house of Israel but He often found pride and vain worship in the hearts of “His people."
During the event, numerous people came up to us and shared some of their story. Many of them have been addicted to drugs for years and are in the process of trying to get clean. Many were brought up in broken families and have never known what it is to live a life full of joy and hope. One man came up to us and told us he has been trying to get clean from his drug addictions. He let us know the previous week has been one of the toughest for him but that this night of worship reminded him that he has grown and is on a path of hope and recovery. It reminded him to push on, persevere and continue fighting the fight. In fact, he testified to us that God brought him to tears that night for the first time in seven years. How sweet are the tears to God which are produced from a heart of repentance.
Let us remember the amazing Words of Christ, “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, ‘How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.’”(Mark 2:16-17).
We are blessed to have been part of a move of God. The power of God is not dependent on the strength of man or the quantity of people. He moves through those who are desperate for Him and willing to abandon all.
Revive the sick O Lord. You are their physician. You are our physician.
-On behalf of The Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival