We were invited back to Bărbuleşti yesterday to speak at the second church in the town. When we arrived, our host informed us of an interesting turn of events since our last visit.
On Saturday, an older Christian man had passed away. As he died, he looked towards his son and told him, “I see a fire covering the whole earth. Repent before it’s too late.” And then he died.
Naturally, that caused quite a stir. Our host encouraged us, “Preach repentance. Preach against sin. God is touching many people now. They are very open, but they have many sins.” That was good news because that’s the message God had put on my heart anyhow.
I’ve been reading The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards for the last few months. I’ve got a bit to go yet, but I can already say this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up. It has stirred my heart towards prayer and preaching the truth of Jesus like nothing else (except for maybe the Bible which kinda makes sense). Reading the testimony of this man who strove so diligently to see a lost people saved has filled me with a greater determination to speak the truth boldly and to expect transformation in people’s lives, even if they don’t respond well (or at all) at first. As the word of God is preached, surely men and women of all types will find hope, peace, and restoration.