Spiritual Revival At Mizpah
(2011 Eastern Canadian Leaders’ Conference Report)
“And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 1Samuel 7:3
On Sept 5-6, 2010, Eastern Canadian leaders, missionaries, growing disciples and a few guests from Chicago gathered together to study God’s word based on 1Samuel 7. We wanted to prepare our hearts and get God’s direction for the work of fall ministry through his word in 1 Samuel 7. We also met to be able to pray together and be educated about Islam and pray for our outreach to Muslim students.
Dr. John Jun delivered a shocking message of repentance to help our leaders to restore their hearts back to God. The relationship between God and his people was completely broken and the people were in spiritual darkness. There was no vision because the people worshipped idols. The glory had departed. The false gods of Baal and Ashtoreth represent the spiritual problems of our generation. Baal represents the idol of materialism. Ashtoreth represents the idol of hedonism. Samuel did not despair at the darkness of the generation. Samuel taught the word of God to awaken his people. It took a long time for the people to become sensible to their sins. Then Samuel assembled them for spiritual revival. We learned that the fire of spiritual revival begins with repentance from idolatry and intercessory prayer. This is the only way to change the flow of history both personally and nationally. Getting rid of these idols was Israel’s wrote their testimonies as they identified and repented of their idols of materialism and hedonism. This purified our hearts and restored our spiritual desire to serve campus students with the living word of God as we begin the Fall semester.
Afterwards, S. Joshua Brinkerhoff, Dr. Andy Stumpf, S. Philip Wong, and S. Andrew Christopher gave a presentation on evangelism of Muslims based on the seminary course book “Encountering The World Of Islam” (Keith Swarthey [Editor]). Through this presentation, we came to learn about the history, the cultural practice of the Muslim religion, and the current state of Islam in the world. We learned that we should not allow barriers to build up, but to befriend them as dear friends practicing the incarnation of Jesus. We believe that God work through us to show the unconditional love and grace of Jesus while we tell redemptive stories or share Bible studies 1:1.
Other notes of interest include the introduction of Misn. Peter Jung (Montreal), and Misn. Daniel and Ruth Jung (York) as new missionaries. As well, a few of our Canadian directors and Dr. Stumpf prayed for God’s blessing upon S. Matthew Northey to pioneer the Kingston UBF ministry as a Bible teacher for campus students at Queen’s university. We pray that Matthew can overcome loneliness and become a good servant of Christ through the prayers and encouragement of Waterloo ministry and other nearby chapters. Finally, our Canadian directors agreed to have our Summer Bible conference
from June 30th to July 3rd, 2011.
May God be with us to overcome materialism, hedonism, the influences of immorality and dependence on technology in this post-modern generation. May God reveal his mighty work in the hearts of Canadian campus students during the Fall semester with the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
One Word: Spiritual revival begins with repentance and intercessory prayer.
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