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Revival on the River was an event that was held in the Chattahoochee Valley area on Friday April 25th at the Phenix City Amphitheater. When we originally began planning the outreach for the ELP Summit in 2013 we had an idea of putting on a single large event and this is what came from that original idea. I don’t think any of us who did the planning from the beginning had any idea of what God was going to do as we simply moved forward into the doors he began to open. That Friday afternoon during the ELP Summit it was so exciting to see a whole convoy of ELP “troops” heading to get things ready for this event. We all were excited for a chance to serve the area and were anticipating that God was going to do something extraordinary!
That night we saw between 2-3000 people from all over the area fill the amphitheater for a night of family fun, music and free Chickfila. It was so exciting for everyone to see so many people come to the event. We had both of the Mayors from the area come and share. We also had a Teen Challenge choir sing and Dr. Jerry Nance share with the crowd about Teen Challenge. Throughout the night we had different local worship teams playing and also a singing group, a dance team and also local hip-hop group.
Our ELP participants helped to staff many of the different areas through the night and played a major part in making the event a success! They helped give out the food, picked up trash, prayed for people at our prayer tents, assisted backstage and helped gather everyone onto the bridge over the river for a Unity Bridge Lighting with 3500 glowsticks. It was amazing how all of our ELP participants simply served this community during this event and made a great impression for Teen Challenge.
During the altar call we had a large group from the ELP summit who came to serve as our altar team. This team did an amazing job praying for people and leading many people to Christ for the very first time. We saw many people saved, healed and delivered from various issues. As our team prayed for one lady her right ear that had been deaf was popped open and she actually began to hear. The first word she heard out of that ear was “Jesus” as one of our participants whispered into her newly healed ear! It was astounding how many miracles and salvations happened as God ministered powerfully through our participants.
This event was the outreach that we were able to partner with this year during out ELP Summit. It was an event that not only impacted thousands of lives in the Chattahoochee Valley area but also all of our participants. Many of them shared testimonies later of all God had done and confessed they no believed God for even great things. The heart of our event this year was to see a TC Army be raised up to reach the nations for Christ and I really believe that during this event a lot of our participants saw just the beginnings of what God wants to do through each of them!
God is releasing vision into our ministry that we are about so much more than just getting people to stop doing bad things. He is pulling people out of the darkness and into his marvelous light to impact the nations of the earth for His glory. He is raising up a generation of soldiers from Teen Challenge programs that will be fearless evangelists and bold prayer warriors. I believe that this is just the beginning of many more exciting things to come not only during future ELP Summits but through Teen Challenge programs worldwide.
For those who came to the ELP Summit, how did this event impact you personally?
We are so excited to announce that this year we will be doing our first ever outreach during our ELP Summit on Saturday April 27th! We believe that a major strand of the DNA of Teen Challenge is evangelism and want to be sure that we impart that into all the emerging leaders being raised up within our organization. During that morning we plan to send out the 150+ participants out into the city of Columbus, GA to try and reach the lost for Christ.
The major event will be in the downtown area where we will be sharing about Teen Challenge from the stage at the Market that morning. During that time we will have students sharing testimonies, musicians playing music and other things going on from the platform. We also plan to send out other teams to reach out to the homeless, the elderly, kids and even just the general population of the city.
The theme God has given our team for the outreach is “Take the City”. Our hearts are so filled with excitement to release such a large group into the city to share the overwhelming love of Christ! We believe that this is just the beginning and will truly stir up a passion for evangelism and outreach within each and every ELP Summit participant.
Please be praying for the upcoming outreach and that God would open the right doors and lead our Outreach Leadership Team to select the best places! Also, if you are interested in sharing any ideas or leading an Outreach Team during the event email – firstname.lastname@example.org