Signs of Revival in Indiana
In January, Kyle Lance Martin intended to stay in northern Indiana for just seven days to launch a week of prayer for “Revive Indiana,” a movement to pray and share the gospel throughout the region. The plan was to invite area churches to pray together for a week in anticipation of a more extensive and organized outreach in June. As he said to a small gathering of people in one of the churches, “Seven days. I don’t know how He’s going to respond. But I have to tell you—I’m in. And don’t miss it!”
Those seven days turned into 52 days as God’s Spirit began to move, and believers from numerous denominations showed up to pray in unity for their communities. Leaders sensed God directing them to extend the prayer time for several more weeks, following the example of the 52 days it took for Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. A small group of people turned into thousands coming to pray, worship, and seek God for revival throughout the churches in Elkhart and LaGrange counties.
Martin, founder of a ministry called Time to Revive based in Dallas, TX, is an Indiana native from Middlebury. His ministry has launched similar prayer and outreach strategies in other cities, including the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, where some 6,000 people shared the gospel throughout the Twin Cities during a week in July 2014.
Time to Revive was invited to Indiana by Dennis Miller, a member of the Amish community. He and his wife had been praying for revival in their local community, heard of Martin and his ministry, and called to see if Martin would be willing to come. Martin said he could “see the hand of God working” when he received a call from “an Amish guy” in Millersburg, an area typically divided by denominations.
Many students got involved, as well. Several area public high schools gave excused absences for students to attend the training and outreaches that went on during the day. Thousands of people went out into the streets of area communities to pray for people, listen to how they respond, and issue an invitation to accept Christ. Some businesses invited Martin to share the gospel with their employees during special breaks in the work day. There were reports of numerous baptisms, healings, and dramatic answers to prayer.
Phil Byars, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Elkhart, was one of the first pastors to get his church involved with Revive Indiana. “Corporately, I have never seen our people more excited, overall, about getting involved in a movement of the Spirit like this,” he says. The final evening of the 52 days of prayer on March 4 was simulcast by seven area churches. More than 8,000 people participated in the closing prayer and worship. To see video reports on the 52 days of prayer, go to reviveindiana.org.
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