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Just a note to say that things are changing for me.

I have felt it coming for a while.  It was as if September was like a stone wall looming before me that I couldn’t see past. I don’t know what is coming next, but I feel like this 10-year campaign in Africa is drawing to a close.  I have faithfully planted seeds for revival from Kenya to Cape Verde, from Tanzania to Nigeria, and literally a thousand places in-between. But there comes a time when those seeds have to be allowed to grow and push up through the clods of dirt while I am called to other fields. The Lord has passed the baton in this relay race to the next generation in Africa and it is up to them to take up the torch and spread the fire.

The message of Four Steps to Revival has been spread farther than I would have ever dreamed.   Somewhere around 15,000 or more booklets have been distributed and other pastors have taken the message and reprinted them even further. I have suggested that the printers in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and anywhere else that has printed this booklet be allowed to put their own advertisement on the back so that they can be contacted to sell these books directly to whoever wants them.

The booklet is always there on my website, www.revivalfire.org/foursteps.htm  and can be reprinted or downloaded.  I have also posted the audio broadcasts for this message that I have preached so that pastors can replay them or write to CD’s to be played.  I don’t know if that is something that will help or not, but it is clear that I cannot come in person to every place that wants me to come preach this message. This is the best I can offer for right now.

The fire that has been lit is spreading. I have struck my little matches, but others have fanned the flames.  New churches are still being planted, thousands are still getting saved, and I hear about more and more miracles that are happening in several places.  It is working, it is working, it is working.

I don’t know what is next for me, only that I am sure I will not be put out to pasture just yet.  I am hoping to preach at a large Youth conference in Kenya over Christmas, and I would really like to return to Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda in October if the Lord is willing.  If He is, He will send the money; if not, then we will see what else He has planned.  Maybe India and Pakistan; maybe Miramar (Burma).  As yet, God has not opened the doors to bring this message to the churches in America.  Maybe it is too strong for them to receive or maybe He has groomed someone else to light the fire here. Whichever way God has chosen, as always my job is simply to just show up and let Him do the rest.  And He always does.

It is time for a new chapter to be written in my life, a new campaign and a new direction.  Whatever the next 10 years will bring I am sure will be good.  It always is. I have learned to let go of what I want to do and let Him take control. Whenever we put God in a box, we bind up the moving of the Holy Ghost with our organized plans and agendas, but when let Him out of the box and just let God be God, it opens the door to allow Him to do the miraculous.  Frank Bartleman, who was foundational in the Azusa Street Revival, said that God told him that if he could just be nothing in his own sight, what great things God could do!  Amen.  I want to see just how big God is and what He can really do when He is let loosed to do it.

Send revival, O God and let the fire burn!

Brother Dale

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    It is morning in Nigeria as we make our way through the early traffic. There is a pungent scent that is heavy in the air that is distinctly African. Hundreds of motorbikes swarm all around us, buzzing their tortuous way through the traffic like a swarm of bees. All the sounds of this awakening city add up to a feeling of ordered confusion. It almost makes you feel like you are lost in a forest of humanity and traffic, wending your way on a mission that has no clear path in front of you. You know where you are trying to go; you just don’t know how you are going to get there.
     Sometimes this mission I am on in Africa feels the same way. While there are things that I do know absolutely, there is so much that I do not understand and the way sometimes seems cluttered with traffic like this busy African city in the morning. I know I was sent with a message of revival. There are times when I wonder how I got here or why I was the one who was sent, but I do know I was sent here with a message and I know the message works.
     But when I look at the map, it is hard to suppress a sigh. Here I am, going to all these out-of-the-way places, some of which don’t even show on the map, to backwater cities and unknown villages, but the map is so huge! How will the little things that I am doing make any serious dent in this enormous continent?
    I wonder if that is how Paul felt when he launched off into the darkness of the Gentile world with a single companion. Walking into cities where he had never been to bring a message that no one had ever heard. He never once wavered. The experience on the road to Damascus was enough to light a fire in his soul that the uncertainties of a lost and idolatrous Gentile world could never extinguish.
    The Jews of Thessalonica cried that Paul and Silas had turned the world upside down in proclaiming that Jesus was king. Imagine that! Two men armed with a vision and an unshakeable faith in God – no phones, no TV, no newspapers, no cars, and no money – and the foundations of Hell were shaken to their very core. The forces of darkness were set against these two pioneers like a storm from Hell to keep them from fulfilling their call from God.

But even in the midst of Euroclydon, I can hear Paul declare, “I believe God”.

Brother Dale,    dale@revivalfire.org

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