Never did I guess that within a week of what happened at City Church Cambridge God would bring us to Neath, the birthplace of the Welsh Revival where God poured out His Spirit (yet again) in 1904, and birthed the Asuza Street Revival and the entire Pentecostal movement among many others which impact us to this day.
We were in Neath because our dear sister Emily was speaking at a church and we decided to come along for the adventure 😁
Emily is one of our two superstars who took us around Israel and the Palestinian Territories last summer. We came to find our Emily wasn’t just speaking at any location, she was speaking at a church at the epicenter of the Welsh Revival – Neath Mission Hall. A church built by the two brothers (Frank & Seth Joshua) who interceded for the Welsh Revival and gave Evan Roberts the prayer “bend me, oh Lord”.
(If this is all new to you, don’t worry it was new to me too. It’s been fascinating to learn the history of what God has done here!)
She was speaking at this amazing church called Church On The Move that now is involved in restoring this beautiful old building. When we arrived at this old-world “mega church” built to hold over 2,000 people we were spontaneously requested to preach along with Emily. Apparently they felt to push back everything they had planned for the day and give us their entire service to do whatever the Lord directed us… dangerous words! 😅
It was the first time we got to preach alongside Emily. She did an amazing job sharing about her own faith journey and where the Lord has her now. How God has given her such a heart for the land of the Bible and the people that live there, and to introduce westerners to what God is still doing there today.
(Small plug – Emily is leading two tours again this summer! YEY! If anyone would like more details reach out! I can honestly say divine encounters happen on her tours, you will end up in places and meeting people that you will look back later and realize was a complete God set up. Its not just a “tour,” it’s an opportunity to be a part of what God is doing now in this important land.)
After Emily spoke we had the privilege to honor what we saw God doing in this community, and shared some things the Lord put on our hearts for them. It is always wonderful to be with a community who hunger to hear from God directly. The level of faith and openness was so encouraging!
Afterwards I sensed the Lord wanted me to anoint the pastor, John, and his wife Anne with oil, but I hesitated. I began to walk off the stage when the pastor looked at me and said “you have something else, don’t you?” I laughed, and said “yes I do, and it involves you!”. I love how God confirms his word. I was hesitating and He gave me a helpful nudge of confirmation!
One of the real privileges the Lord has been giving me lately is to draw upon my Levitical roots and give the priestly blessing that Moses gave to Aaron in Leviticus 8:22-24. I had never done this on stage before. But I guess God decided it was time.
Later, their daughter Faith, who is also the worship pastor, would tell me how fitting that blessing was. That her dad had been under huge stress for a long while and this anointing lifted that off. That it actually answered a long standing question he had been wrestling with for over a year! That God spoke to him through it specifically about his future! WOW!
As if that wasn’t enough, I then found out later THAT EXACT WEEKEND was the ONE WEEKEND of the year when the Torah portion on the Jewish calendar was that same section of Leviticus – chapter 8!!! This means that Jews around the world were reading about this same blessing the weekend of March 22nd 2019 at sundown (for the Sabbath starts Friday night for Jews) and God had me anoint them Sunday the 24th!
What’s even more striking to me is that I planned on anointing John the pastor, but then in the moment the Lord told me to have him bring his wife Anne up and anoint them both together. This was striking to me, because I cannot interpret this any other way than to say God is making a striking new covenant statement about man and woman being restored to their rightful places standing side by side, anointed to work together, as it was in the Garden of Eden before the fall. For in the Old Testament only the men from Aaron’s family could receive it. And to go one step farther and show how God was literally keeping us in lock step with the Hebrew tradition yet unlocking it for all who are called by His Name the next day God had me anoint their DAUGHTER, the worship pastor. In the scripture it says AFTER Moses anointed Aaron he brought Aaron’s SONS up and anointed them. God kept to that order and had me anoint the parents first THEN anoint the child, but this time the child was a woman! HOW EXCITING TO SEE GOD WORK!
“Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. Then he presented Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar.”
Leviticus 8:22-24 ESV
(Below is me giving priestly anointing to Faith the next day at interview)
The next day they asked me to come back and do a taped interview about my story (more God surprises 😅).
I had brought the seed that our brother Leon gave us in Cambridge. After the interview God had us do the First Fruits ceremony ushering in spring here at this “old well of revival.”
Soon after I saw Faith, the worship pastor had posted about what we had done saying “today was a moment in history that will be relieved in the stories of generations to come.”
In another post she wrote “winter has passed and the springtime has come.”
To simply be a part of this is too much to fathom. To be used by God to help others, big or small is more than enough. When He lets us see glimpses of the big picture it’s overwhelming. I’m just so happy to be on the journey.
I can’t say thank you enough to John, Anne & Faith. What an amazing community you have!