My delivery wasn't the only thing I was nervous about. As some may know, Oakview is my wife's home church and she grew up in Donalsonville. We were actually married at Oakview in the sanctuary I was about to come back and preach in. I didn't really know too many people in the church, but they knew Billie and I surely didn't want to come and flop and embarrass her.
Needless to say, after the first night, my fears were quieted for the most part. In praying, I just asked for the Lord to guide and direct the service and my delivery and for His will to be accomplished no matter what. I ended up finding a way all week, at least I felt, to combine my normal Sunday preaching with youthful illustrations geared specifically for young people. As the week went on, I became more and more comfortable and by the end of Tuesday night, I was hating the fact that the revival was ending on Wednesday. The music was done each service by the youth choir and they did a tremendous job. Watching those teens worshiping the Lord and desiring to get up and lead others in worship inspired me greatly. One of the teens at Oakview who I will probably forever refer to as "Drew Drew" played the piano each night and was fantastic. He's definitely anointed to play and lead. The drums were played each night by teens and they all did a great job as well. The adults that led the choir each night did a superb job as leading the place into worship and leading in worship during the altar call. My mother-in-law certainly deserves a lot of credit were working to put the event on. No doubt, I wouldn't have had this experience if it wasn't for her and the teens who visited my church earlier in the year to perform a drama during one of our morning worship services. I didn't know scheduling that drama would end up resulting in me having one of the greatest ministry experiences I've had thus far. God moved mightily in the house each night with Wednesday night being a great culmination.
Overall, some 27 individuals were saved or rededicated their lives to Christ during the revival. Their ages ranged from grade school to husbands and wives. One entire family ended up coming to Christ during the revival and one of the teens was baptized in the Holy Ghost on Wednesday night. About Wednesday night, 9 were baptized in the Holy Ghost and many more claimed to have been refilled. The altars were full each night and I believe God started a tremendous work in many people's lives that will continue on.
At the end of the day, I still enjoy preaching without having to put a youthful emphasis on the message, but I had a great time watching as God moved as He did last week. To see the hunger and enthusiasm and to feel the expectancy each and every night was something I won't soon forget. It was something very needful for me as it's something I've not seen in some time.
So thank you Oakview for allowing me to come minister last week. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet many of you and hopefully you know me as more than just Billie's husband now! I do appreciate the fellowship and enjoyed the meals after service and the opportunity to talk and get to know each other. I certainly enjoyed being with your pastor and his family and appreciate the wonderful gesture Monday night with the cake for our 7th wedding anniversary. It was truly an honor and you made me feel right at home. I truly enjoyed being with you and I hope it certainly won't be the last time. May God continue to bless each of you!