Bearing the Torch with Pride
Rev. Dr. Cortroy Jarvis Chairman of PEC
August 13, 2016 will mark the 289th year since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a disorganized, disenchanted, disheartened and disjointed Moravian Community in Herrnhut. The Community had been torn apart by infightings, jealousy, greed and a lust for power. Their division had nothing to do with their love for God and Him crucified. On August 13 at Bertlesdorf Chapel, the Holy Spirit transformed their outlook on life for good. It brought a Unity in their midst that they had never experienced before. It was out of this that the Moravians began to send Missionaries throughout the world, beginning with David Nitschmann and Leonard Dober in 1732 in St. Thomas Virgin Islands, formerly Danish West Indies.
A Moravian historian wrote that Church history abounds in records of special outpourings of the Holy Spirit, and verily the thirteenth of August 1727, was a day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We saw the hand of God and His wonders, and we were all under the cloud of our fathers baptized with their Spirit. The Holy Ghost came upon us and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. He continues, from that time scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His almighty workings amongst us. A great hunger after the Word of God took possession of us so that we had to have three services every day, viz. 5.0 and 7.30 a.m. and 9.0 p.m. Every one desired above everything else that the Holy Spirit might have full control. Self-love and self-will, as well as all disobedience disappeared and an overwhelming flood of grace swept us all out into the great ocean of Divine Love.
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