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It was my first time in the nation. I had heard of the mighty move of God in Romania, but I was overwhelmed as I walked into a place where God’s presence was manifest among His people. I had read stories of the great spiritual revivals in ages past and imagined that they must have been something like what I was seeing in Oradea, Romania. Hours before the church service began, people were gathering to pray and seek the face of God. By the time the worship service began that night, the church was packed with people standing down the aisles three to four abreast. They were standing all around the platform and outside on the streets.
The year was 1980, and believers in Romania were severely persecuted. Some Christians lost their jobs because of their faith in Christ. Others were beaten and some had been imprisoned. Many observers believed that Romania had the harshest persecution of Christians throughout all of Eastern Europe. Yet, the move of the Holy Spirit in Romania appeared to be unstoppable.
I’ll never forget preaching during those days in the large Immanuel Baptist Church in Oradea. Scores came to Christ, and at the close of the evening service, a leader came to me and said, “Brother Sammy, did the Lord work tonight?” I was puzzled by his question and responded, “Didn’t you see that the church was packed and surrounded by people with hungry hearts? Didn’t you see how many people responded to the message? Why are you asking me this question?”
The godly gentleman simply smiled and said, “Oh, I wasn’t in the sanctuary. I was in another room with 100 men and we were praying the whole time you were preaching. And there was another room with 100 women and they were also praying while you were preaching.” I was left speechless. Up until then, I had never preached anywhere that 100 men and 100 women were praying while I was preaching. There’s no wonder that so many people came to Christ.
The revival began several years earlier in that region of Romania when a pastor called the church to repent and begin seeking the face of God. He taught them to write down the names of people who needed Christ and pray for them. The people began praying for atheists, their persecutors, friends, family members, and colleagues at work. Revival was birthed in the hearts of God’s people and many non-Christians came to know Christ. The church eventually became the largest Evangelical church in Europe. Their evangelistic growth was a by-product of the revival, and the revival was the fruit of the prayers of God’s people.
This has been the pattern of the great soul harvests throughout the history of the church. It was the pattern of the dynamic fast growing church in Jerusalem as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The Bible says, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31 NIV). There were four things that took place according to the Scripture. First, they prayed. Second, God shook everything up. Third, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Finally, they had a new power to speak the word of God with courage.
The end product of prayer was evangelism. When we draw near to God, we are filled with His presence. He is love, and His perfect love casts out all fear. That’s why they had power to speak with boldness. They had been in the presence of the One who is absolute love. Fear flees in the presence of Divine love. A praying church will always become an evangelistic church. Evangelism and revival aren’t the same things, but when we pray, we’re already on the road to revival. And when revival genuinely takes hold, evangelism is the supernatural natural result.
Acts : Chapter 4
29) Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. The Believers Share Their Possessions 32) All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33) With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34) that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35) and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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