M2M (Ministry to Ministries) is happy to share this post from Time To Revive founder, Kyle Martin. We ask you to please be in prayer for this community and those who are connected with the pursuit of revival in this Amish Country.
Being back in Middlebury has been good. I have enjoyed being home. And yesterday was refreshing. I loved eating breakfast at the Hilltop with a local pastor from Lagrange. (It’s where the good ol’ boys hang out.) The memories were flooding back when I ate lunch at Essenhaus with two pastors from Middlebury. (It’s where tourists come from all over the nation to experience great Amish cooking.)
I got to see the blue house in which I grew up all my life – 711 Highland Drive. On the corner road in Highland Hills. Lots of grass and room to run. My heart was filled with warmth and gladness. Nothing like being in Indiana where my roots were established in the Lord.
I even got to interact with a former classmate (up to the 8thgrade) who was Amish. We got to reminisce about the good ol’ days while going on a 4-mile buggy ride.
At the same time, there is something different this time being home. I am here with a specific purpose…and that is to ask the Lord for clarity about praying for and pursuing revival in this community. And one thing has become quite apparent…the spiritual warfare has begun. The spiritual hornets nest within the Amish Country is stirring. Already. Didn’t take long.
As I have seen in every city that we have invested in – Dallas, Santa Fe, Sedona, Flint, Asheville, Seattle, Devils Lake, Richmond, Columbia – when one takes a leap of faith for Jesus – the enemy doesn’t want it to succeed. The enemy wants all attempts of trusting in the Lord to fail. Remember the goal of the enemy is to steal, kill and destroy anything that wants life, and wants it abundantly.
Just in the past two days, I have seen my brother Shannon experience one of his hardest days in his business career. My sister’s husband Garth who serves as a special agent just got “furloughed” with no pay by the government. Tony Hicks, who has been apart of our scouting team, and from this area, had to leave in the middle of our meeting with 25 people (last night) because his son Trevor had his appendix burst. And finally my wife just this morning had her wallet stolen in a parking lot in Texas.
God is doing a unique work here in the Amish Country, and so satan is doing everything he can to thwart the plans the Lord has laid on our hearts. Thankfully, satan’s distractions and discouragements are temporary and won’t last. Why? Because we have a God who wants us to come to Him combat these fiery darts thru faith and prayer. Ephesians6:18 says, “With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all saints.”
So I ask – please be in prayer for this community and those who are connected with the pursuit of revival for the Amish Country. And in the language of my brother and dad at the family Ace Hardware – let’s get out the spiritual wasp spray. Let’s start spraying this area with prayer. It’s not against “flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12a). But by faith, we can knock down and defeat any “rulers…authorities…powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12). All for His glory.
– Kyle Lance Martin