I wanted to let everyone know what the Lord has been doing in the life of my church. The name of Jesus has been glorified through all of this in so many ways, many of which I will not know of until I get to heaven. But there are some things I wanted to share with you.
First of all, I went to Kim Jones’ funeral on Saturday afternoon and was amazed by the presence and power of God that was there. Over 700 people were present, including many lost and unsaved souls. The gospel was powerfully preached, as Kim would have shared it, and the truth of God was proclaimed. Kim’s spirit lives on. We buried her shell on Saturday, but her spirit is now home, where she has longed to be since she met Christ almost 3 years ago. At the end her funeral, Kim’s mother got up and shared about how Kim had told her this summer how excited she was about seeing Jesus one day. She told her mom she couldn’t wait! Personally, I have never known anyone even close to being more excited about Jesus than Kim was. She loved our Lord dearly. She loved His word, and she loved sharing Jesus’ love with others. She never got over her salvation, and on Wednesday, God gave her the desire of her heart: to see Jesus face to face. She was ready. The week before her death, she led a Bible study and talked about what it means to be ready to meet the Lord. Kim’s intense passion for Christ has effected so many, and her death, along with those of her fellow martyrs, has forever changed my life. I absolutely refuse to live a lukewarm faith any longer.
As for some other reports, this is some of what I’ve heard. Since Wednesday:
* A Wedgwood youth has led 4 fellow teenagers to the Lord.
* Revival has begun to break out at North Crowley High School as 30 youth have found Christ.
* A missionary pastor in Japan had been trying for months to explain to his people what it means to sacrifice for the Lord. They didn’t understand until now. When this pastor was sharing about Wedgwood, the Spirit of God fell on this Japanese church and they realized for the first time what sacrificial faith was, and 35 people accepted Christ.
* An unsaved NBC cameraman broke down weeping while taping my pastor share about everything. Brother Al (my pastor) stopped the interview and shared with him the plan of salvation and prayed with him.
* Thousands around the country went back to church for the first time in years, including at least one member of Wedgwood who hasn’t been to church in 3 years.
* Millions have seen, heard and read about the unshakeable faith of the family of God, and have been drawn to God because of it.
* Denominational barriers have come down as the universal church has come together in unity over what has happened.
* Revival has begun to break out at Wedgwood, and many other churches around the world.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28.
God is in control, and has thwarted the devil once again. I count it a privilege that God chose Wedgwood as worthy to go through such persecution and suffering for His name. It really brings home the reason for our existence: to love God and to glorify His name. This world is not our home. I will miss my friends dearly, but the hope of glory and seeing them again makes me smile and brings joy to my heart. Thank you for all your prayers.
— Brad Moore [September 20, 1999]