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TGAF III - Wild Weekend

Updated on September 11, 2013
TGAF III Preachers (l-r) Larry Richmond, Rick Vincent ,Dave Iseminger,
TGAF III Preachers (l-r) Larry Richmond, Rick Vincent ,Dave Iseminger,
Jim Swanson leads the old-fashioned hymn-sing
Jim Swanson leads the old-fashioned hymn-sing

TGAF III has passed us by. After a short break, it is now time to begin to prepare for next year. Each year The Great American Fast is held on the first weekend of September. But what about the memories? So much took place in such a short time. We were blessed by the preaching of Missionary Neal Hendrigsman, Dave Iseminger, Larry Richmond, and Rick Vincent. The several prayer sessions were equally as powerful.

We began Friday night promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a time of self-examination and confession to prepare ourselves for the rest of the weekend. This was followed with a hymn-sing and time of fellowship. Pastor Jim Swanson of Faith Baptist Church in Queens, New York took charge of the singing and was accompanied on keyboard by Emilee Iseminger. The time of fellowship was great to see some old friends, and make some new ones. We then had a prayer session where we were encouraged to break into small groups of two or three with someone we had not met before. This time was used to pray for personal needs.

Rick Vincent challenges TGAF
Rick Vincent challenges TGAF

The first preaching session was next. Rick Vincent of The Least of These Ministries spoke first. Rick has a remarkable prison ministry unlike any I have seen before. The tracts that he uses in his prison ministry are designed and written by inmates after they come to Christ. Each one presents the Gospel logically and powerfully. These tracts are distributed throughout America's correctional facilities.

The Least of These Ministries also has an in-jail Bible college. After these men are led to Christ, Rick takes them through a Bible college study and prepares them for ministry on the outside. Anyone who would like more information on his ministry can contact him through theTGAF website.

Neal Hendrigsman tells it like it is
Neal Hendrigsman tells it like it is

Saturday began with a message from Missionary Neal Hendrigsman. Neal's main thrust is Bible translating and publishing for the people of the 10/40 window. He serves under WorldView Ministries. From www.worldviewonline.net - 52 nations are classified as restricted or hostile to the gospel. 45 of them are in the 10/40 WIndow. Over 4 billion people are in these nations. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam dominates these nations. Our burden is to penetrate the darkness with the light of the gospel."

Did you grasp what that means? Two thirds of the world's population does not have the Bible in their own language. Consider being a part of this vital ministry.

"Next up was the first prayer session of the day. At this time, we focused on the 28 states and 12 countries that are represented by TGAF. To sum up this lengthy prayer time, we prayed that God would light sparks of revival in your state or country and that revival would spread through you.

You did it once. LORD, do it again!
You did it once. LORD, do it again!
Dave Iseminger continues what has started
Dave Iseminger continues what has started

Next on the morning agenda was Dave Iseminger. His time slot was scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Normally that could be hard as it is the noon hour, but nobody was thinkling about food as he continued to hammer home the need for revival in our beloved country.

Dave's ministry is also unique. Dave travels throughout the country helping to bolster or resusitate dying churches. Churches that otherwise may have had to close their doors are given a second life through the service of the Isemingers.

The fourth prayer session was geared toward ministries represented by TGAF. Those full-time workers that were present were asked to give a short testimony and explanation of their ministry, and then as the Holy Spirit led several would pray for them and their needs. Ultimately we prayed that as these servants returned to their ministries, they would take revival and the fire of God with them.

Larry Richmond lays it on the line
Larry Richmond lays it on the line

The first preaching of the afternoon came from Pastor Larry Richmond of Anchor Baptist Church from Ledyard, Connecticut. We were challenged to live a holy life. After all, isn't that what revival is all about - simple obedience.

Next on the schedule - free time. For the past 21 hours of our waking time, we had given ourselves to prayer and the Word of God. Now it was time to take it in and make it real. It was a time to casually walk the campground and be alone with God or perhaps a nap was needed.

Daniel and Alischa Ricmond honor the Lord through the language of music.
Daniel and Alischa Ricmond honor the Lord through the language of music.

The closing service came all too fast. We were treated to a short musical concert given by Daniel and Alischa Richmond. The expert blending of violin, keyboards, and voice was such a blessing. Pastor Swanson once again took charge of the singing as we closed out The Great American Fast III. God allowed me the blessed privilege of sending the people off with some scriptural thoughts before we went our ways

Some of the ladies involved in food preparation and service after the Fast was complete
Some of the ladies involved in food preparation and service after the Fast was complete
Regardless, this is how every fast ends
Regardless, this is how every fast ends

But before we went our ways, there was something else that needed to be taken care of - breaking fast. The ladies of Lifegate prepared and served the meal 24 hours from when we started. The previously empty dining hall was now met with folks who had just spent 24 hours with the Lord. The food was received with thanksgiving after an intense spiritual workout. God is faithful.

The once quiet dining hall was now in full operation. Salads of all kinds, ham and turkey sandwiches, drinks, and, oh yes, desserts were all on display. Physical hunger, yes, but we were filled to the brim spiritually.

God was and is good. Those of you who fasted and/or prayed with us from across America and the world - thank you so much. This is not a time to quit, but to pick up the pace. Keep on keeping on. If you have not been with us this year, we need you as we prepare for The Great American Fast IV. Get involved. Make a difference for the glory of the Lord!

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    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Sista,

      Glad you were able to stop by. God certainly is faithful and worthy of our praise. He did some wonderful things on that weekend, and still is. Hope you can over to the site and sign up to stand with us in this movement of God.

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      skye2day 

      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      lifegate Brother Praise to the Lord. The Holy Spirit movement is on dear brother. Go Revival. What a blessed time you all had. God is so amazing. I really enjoyed reading about the ministry. Gods Glory shining on His faithful. What a precious time. God has it worked out. There is power in prayer. Well done good and faithful servants. I just love ya lifegate, I pray all is well with you and yours. Hugs Galore. Skye

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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I do believe God revealed Himself more than any other time. It was a precious time, and I'm looking for more of the same next year. Thanks for stopping by, TJ.

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      Tamarajo 

      5 years ago

      Sounds like it was a successful night. So glad to hear. May God continue to bless TGAF with continued vision and perseverance for this ministry.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for the continued prayer MsDora. God is working and your prayers are affecting eternity. Thanks so much for standing with us. I don't take it for granted.

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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      No problem Jackie. Didn't think you were fussing at all. Thanks for helping to spread the word. I'd like to see our membership double in the next year. If everyone would just bring one, that would do it. Thanks for all your encouragement.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      So excited to hear of the wonderful, spirit-filled preaching and everything else. "We were filled to the brim spiritually." Well, God is good. You will continue to be on my mind and in my prayers.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry wasn't fussing at you, just not getting notices as I should and don't know why. I will redo the hub about the Fast as soon as you have new info up and I will send it around here and Fb and twitter, whatever new I join. Surely in a year we can pick up quiet a number to join the prayers whether they fast or not, to just have more prayers to God. I will have more time this time to work on it. I look forward to it.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good Morning Faith,

      God is moving. Thanks for continuing to pray. Revival is still possible because God is the God of the impossible. Revival isn't about politics, the culture, or morality. It's about God's people getting right with Him. There's a tremendous prayer movement in America right now, and God always calls His people to pray before He sends revival. Keep at it!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Jackie,

      Sorry for taking so long in getting the news out. After the weekend there was so much catching up up to do, and I'm just now getting around to it. Thanks so much for standing with us and for being such a vital part of TGAF. God is still alive in America although His voice has been quieted for sure.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      I am so glad for your wonderful service! I served in a Women's Prison Ministry in the city where we used to live. I witnessed a miracle in serving "The Least of These" always do.

      Yes, God is moving mightily and we will continue to pray for a revival.

      Thank you for all you do and for sharing here in of all that God is doing!

      Praise Him!

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So glad to hear about your service. I thought at first this had been here a day or two and I had had no notice, got my feathers ruffled, lol, but now I see I just have not received it because this is so new. I have been looking forward to hearing from you as I say about all this.

      I am very happy today about the bikers all across the nation uniting and it is the first sign I have seen in quite awhile that America still lives and will stand for what is right. I know God has to be behind it, and hope to see more unity like it and well let's just say a few prayers for the bikers, shall we that God lay His hand on them if He hasn't already?

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      It was absolutely a fantastic time. Prayed for you as you fasted along with us. You're one of those sparks!

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      God was faithful indeed. I would love to see some of the tracks that Mr. Vincent's ministry produces. I have two friends in prison ministry. Might be a good tool or idea to start their own.

      "Normally that could be hard as it is the noon hour, but nobody was thinkling about food as he continued to hammer home the need for revival in our beloved country." That is very telling of God's move as the brother was speaking. Sounds like the Holy Ghost was very present.

      Thank You Lord!

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