Acts 2:17-18 ¶ And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my
male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
I will never forget the little street girl, a Nicaraguan refugee, that saved my meeting in 1995 in Guadalupe, Costa Rica. I was scheduled to have daily meetings, morning and evening for 6 days, at a traditional pentecostal church. During that first Sunday morning service, I was terrified, the atmosphere was dead, it felt like revival was a million miles away. I preached as best as I could, but the combination of preaching through an interpreter, and the apathy that hung in the room made it extremely rough plowing. At the end of the service I gave an appeal for salvation and that’s when it happened. This homeless girl, who appeared to be about 12 years old, responded to the altar call. When she got to the front, the Holy Spirit fell on her like a lightening bolt from heaven. She was laughing and crying and singing and rolling in the dirt all at the same time. You may not have liked what was happening, but there was no denying it, something or Someone was all over this little girl. So much for the cold meetings, that night the word began to spread and the young people began to come out to the meetings. Every morning and night for the entire week, God began to pour out His Spirit like a flooding rain on these services. Most of the time I felt like an observer as the Lord began to display His Glory in that place.
Toward the end of the week something very unusual happened. A young teenaged girl came for prayer and was touched so dramatically she had to be carried to the car after that morning service. She was totally overwhelmed by God. Little did I know at the time but this girl was the daughter of the National Superintendent for the denomination that this church belonged to, and she had been away from the Lord, involved with who knows what. As a result, there was a national presbyter’s meeting called immediately to discuss what was going on at the revival. Their conclusion? They concluded that their denomination had a pentecostal theology without a true pentecostal experience. What about you, does what you believe about the Lord line up with your current experience? If not, it is time for you to receive a visitation from on high.
At this writing it has been 16 years since I saw the little street girl from Nicaragua. I am so glad she was there that day, not only for her sake but for mine. She saved my meeting! When I get to heaven I want to talk to this little girl, she reminds me of the little boy who gave his lunch to Jesus. Sometimes, the kingdom does really belong to the little children. When we get to heaven I think we are in for some great surprises, if there are rewards given out for spiritual accomplishments, I think anything coming my way from the Costa Rican meeting has to go to her.