I love revival! The best thing about revival is that it gave me my spouse. Elsie and I came to Catch The Fire in the early years of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We came separately as we journeyed on the unfolding path of our own personal lives. She was a professional artist and highly involved with young adults ministry and street evangelism at her Pentecostal church; I was a straight-laced evangelical missionary working overseas.
In October 2007, we attended a wedding in Toronto, and our hearts were burning with the thoughts of church planting. We always had the desire to one day plant our own church, but the stirring in our hearts for this quickened. We had prayed a lot and asked God to give us a clear sign to confirm what He was calling us to and that Raleigh, North Carolina was where we were going to do it.
This past June, Stephen and I had the privilege of celebrating 35 years of marriage. We had much to celebrate: first, our continued love for each other, and secondly, watching our two sons love their wives and children.
On January 21, 1994, Stephen and I went to our first Revival meeting. That night we received a peace we had not experienced in many years. Ministry had begun to wear us out and, little did we know, that lack of peace was very hard on our marriage. We didn’t know what we didn’t know. We didn’t know that there was more for us as a couple. We were running on empty.