Life along the Mississippi
As I started down the path to the South Creek Trail
on a chilly weekend last winter, I heard a man calling and whistling.
Soon a small cocker spaniel pup rounded the corner, followed by the
man in hot pursuit, holding an unattached leash in one hand.
The pup raced along, darting here and there, sniffing
everything in sight. When the pup spotted me, he charged headlong in
my direction. I reached my hand down, which he quickly sniffed, then
he was off in an instant, well ahead of his owner.
Smiling and breathing hard, the owner said to me
as he passed, "Hes just a baby. Everythings new."
Ive seen this same kind of activity on a spiritual
plane. There is nothing quite like the wide-eyed wonder of new believers.
Everything is fresh and exciting to baby Christians. Though they may
blunder into some problems, they bring a zest for life that puts a smile
on your face and adds vitality to any congregation. The guaranteed solution
for any church that is dragging: get some people saved. What a difference
Churches across our Fellowship have discovered this.
And for the third year in a row the Pentecostal Evangel has sent
two reporters across the country in search of spiritual life and ministry
in churches and communities big and small. This year, for the first
time, we have traversed the nation north to south instead of east to
west. Our two writers followed the course of the mighty
Mississippi River, stopping at communities along the way. They found
evidence that there are lots of these new believers in a wide variety
of Assemblies of God churches. But they found more an array of
ministries and testimonies as interesting and varied as the many twists
and turns of Americas great waterway. And they found a spiritual
power in action to match the physical might of the raging Mississippi
at flood tide.
From its Minnesota headwaters to its mouth in the
Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, the Mississippi boasts color and variety.
The life along the Mississippi affords a compelling and captivating
look at an eternal drama God reaching man where he lives.
We hope you enjoy this unique sampling of what God
is doing in our nation.