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I’m losing track of what day it is. Services have been great here in South Sudan, but I can’t seem to get a grip on which day I am where or how many places I’ve been to. I’m not sure if that’s just because of how intense things are or the fact that I have given these messages so many times that I’ve lost track. Or, maybe I’m just getting old.

The response from the different churches has been the same, though. They get so excited that they are spreading the word to other churches. One of the advantages of speaking to a small group is that the message becomes more personal and seems to go in deeper and have a greater effect.

Of course, the question is after the excitement has worn off if they will still take the message to the streets and carry the torch of revival. I’ve seen these grand extravaganzas out here with 100,000 people attending and with hundreds going down to the altar, and then the next day everything is back to normal. But with small audiences, the commitment becomes more real and more personal.

My message is different than what they preach in these big crusades. Where the purpose of evangelists is to get sinners to repent and change the way they are living, the purpose of a revivalist is to get the church to repent and change the way it does church. I guess they haven’t had any revivalists around here because I hear repeatedly that no one is out here preaching this message out here and they need it badly. They are begging for us to come back. The bishop over all the Foursquare Churches in Juba is willing to pay the airfare for Cindy and me if we will come back for a month. I just might do that. The excitement level is so high that the potential for something supernatural is immense.

The bishop explained something to me that gave me a very different perspective. He said this is not just about the Church. The continual warfare with its atrocities seems to be about tribal differences, but it is not. It is about a demonic attack to destroy Sudan as a Christian country. The churches have been powerless because all they have ever heard was the “love” gospel that is full of blessings and prosperity that God was supposed to shower upon them. Never had they been challenged like this before, and it was clear and evident that this was the answer then needed to shine a light in the encroaching darkness.

He was pretty serious. Actually, he was really serious. This wasn’t just a religious issue for him – it was about survival.

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing or what effect you will have on others around you. Sometimes, like me, you don’t even know what day it is. We answer the call that God has given each of us and cast our bread upon the waters. It is up to God to take it from there. How He works through us is a mystery, but that’s not our problem. Whether it is to affect our workplace, our school, our community, or maybe a nation that is under demonic oppression, it is not our place to figure out how He will use us. Our job is to answer the call, and He will take it from there.

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Ecc 11:1)

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