Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mobilizing the Troops

After the conclusion to Deeper, a group of us met in the “chapel.” The word “chapel” always invokes an image of a small, quaint, little sanctuary for intimate wedding ceremonies. Uh, this chapel was larger than my home church’s sanctuary! LOL! It was so encouraging to see so many people who were burdened for the lost. There were several others who wanted to go but, due to the time their flights took off, were unable to go. This is a picture of us meeting and getting into our assigned teams. Todd Friel gave us some encouragement and led us in prayer.

Bill and I were on team #5 with Alex, Joshua, and Josh’s dad, Gary among others. Hey, I’m starting to see a trend here. I attended Academy #5 and now I’m going out with “the 500” on team #5 assigned to go to an area called “Little Five Points.” Pretty cool.

Marcus Pittman had a vision for this effort months ago. He worked tirelessly for months organizing this. Through his efforts and the efforts of the organizers we were divided into five groups that were to go to places such as Centennial Park, the Marta rail system, and Little Five Points. Many of us had preregistered through http://www.thefivehundred.org/. As of the time we went out, we had no clue how many were going because they had so many release forms signed at the conference. But, this wasn’t about number, it was about obedience. It was about realizing that 150,000 people die EVERY day. The sad truth is not all will go to heaven. People are POURING over the precipice into hell each day. Can you not hear their screams from hell?

Spurgeon said it best when he said, "If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for."

This section was my team, #5. How exciting to know that several hundred of us were descending upon downtown Atlanta to share the Gospel! Team #5 was assigned to the “Little Five Points” section of Atlanta. We had no idea what we were in for. Neither Bill, Josh, Alex, or myself had ever seen anything like what was about to happen next…

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