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When the wind of God blows across the pages of history, the chapter changes. There certainly was a change of chapters in Eastern Europe in the 1980s and ’90s. I’m convinced the only explanation for what happened is a divine intervention of God.
During the 1970s there was a pastor in the city of Oradea, Romania who taught the people in his church to pray in a most unusual manner. He told them to pray that one day they would be able to stand in the great stadiums of the nation and boldly proclaim the gospel. That seemed impossible, almost absurd. But the people prayed: not for one week, one month, or even one year. They prayed for fifteen years.
Christians experienced great difficulties in Romania. Those difficulties didn’t stop when Christians began praying. They continued, and followers of Jesus experienced even more problems. However, the believers remained faithful. One day 200,000 people gathered in the main square of the city of Timisoara. Most of them were atheists.
Peter Dugalescu, pastor of First Baptist Church, stood to speak to the crowds, and the throngs of people began to shout in unison, “There is a God. There is a God.” Faith erupted in their hearts — and a spiritual revival was birthed in the nation. This scene was multiplied in cities throughout the country. In May 1990, I stood in an outdoor stadium for the first time in the history of Romania and proclaimed the gospel. I was overwhelmed to watch the wind of God change the chapters of Romania’s history. I knew the secret was the private prayers of one pastor.
The western world is engulfed in spiritual darkness. We desperately need a change of chapters. Will you pray fervently and persistently for God to intervene in our history? God said through Jeremiah, “Call unto me and I will answer thee. And show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3 kjv).
Jeremiah : Chapter 33
1) While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 2) “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3) ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ 4) For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword 5) in the fight with the Babylonians[a]: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness. 6) “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7) I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity[b] and will rebuild them as they were before. 8) I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9) Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
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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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