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Revival in a Gabon School

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At the regular Sunday evening meeting at the secondary school at Bongolo, the Spirit of God manifested His presence in mighty power. Conviction for sin, like blows from an unseen hand, struck the students, causing some to fall prostrate. Several remained in this position for hours, weeping over their sins and crying to God for mercy and pardon.

A good number who experienced salvation (some thought that they were saved but discovered that they were not) and many who were restored to favor with God sought the Lord for His Spirit’s fullness. A common cry was, “O Lord Jesus, break me, fill me, strengthen me!” This continued each evening and long into the night until school was dismissed. (As I write this, the students who came from other parts of the field for the youth camp are also experiencing a gracious moving of the Spirit.)

Revival in a Gabon School
Students attending a youth camp at Bongolo in Gabon, Africa, in 1968 (Photo courtesy of the C&MA Archives)

As the students met the Lord in the knowledge of sins forgiven, confessions and restitutions were made to one another and to the faculty. Impurity, lying, dishonesty, bitterness, calumny, and incorrigibility were confessed with contrition. Stolen things suddenly reappeared; articles as large as a bed sheet and as small as parts to a child’s toy were humbly yet joyfully returned. Every student appeared glad to be relieved of any vestige of guilt.

We are convinced that such confession, restitution, and resultant joy on the part of these otherwise proud, unbending, frustrated African youth can only be attributed to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Those who yielded, as well as those who resisted, need your fervent prayers.

Magnify the Lord with us for His faithfulness in answering prayer. Let us exalt His name together that we are seeing His Spirit move upon this second generation of missionary endeavor. We understand that what we are seeing is much like that which was witnessed when the gospel was first preached in our Gabon field.

Truly “mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Ps. 85:10). May this manifestation of our Lord’s presence and power increase, that indeed the Lord may continue to “give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps” (verses 12, 13).

—Colleen Johns, The Alliance Witness, June 8, 1966

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