MANCHESTER — Preparation for revival proved to be instrumental in leading to six salvations at Macedonia Baptist Church here, reported evangelist Keith Fordham.
“[Pastor] Larry Stegall always prepares his church for revival,” said Fordham, citing the Revival Plan Book he makes available to churches on his website. “He always called the week before and says, ‘All things are ready.”
Revival services were held at the church Oct. 13-16, but Stegall had reported to Fordham how it actually began two weeks earlier when he preached on the office of the evangelist. Fordham said Stegall’s message then laid the groundwork for his message to come.
“Evangelists preach in such a manner that people respond publicly and stand unashamedly for Christ,” Fordham attested. “People move their letters and others come for believer’s Baptism.”
Those coming forward for salvation and baptism included a young married couple. A teen girl expressed her desire to be baptized, having prayed to receive Christ at the previous Wednesday night youth gathering.
“On Wednesday night before [revival services] 15 youth and ten deacons went door-to-door in the neighborhood and passed out 180 handbills inviting people to attend,” Fordham reported to The Index. “Many did attend. Among them were a lady and two girls who were saved on the last night of the revival.
“On the opening Sunday of revival at least half the congregation came forward to rededicate their lives to Christ. That night heaven came down and nearly everybody in the building prayed together and encouraged one another during the invitation time. People stayed late after the service, fellowshipping long after the services were over. This continued throughout the week.”