Liberated Wailing Wall Memoirs: Big Church, Big Blessings
As our Liberated Wailing Wall mobile evangelistic team travels about the country, they proclaim the saving power of Yeshua during the day by distributing broadsides and singing at college campuses. Their 40-foot bus itself is a traveling billboard for the gospel. In the evenings and on Sunday mornings the team ministers through testimonies and Jewish gospel music to believers and unbelieving visitors in the churches. Whether the congregations are large or small, the blessings are always big!
When I served with the Liberated Wailing Wall, Sundays were always an experience in themselves. The day often began around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. and included as many as three morning services at one church and another service in the evening at another church. Sometimes our full sound system was needed at both churches, which meant setting up and tearing down all our equipment twice. If any travel was necessary between the morning and evening services, we often found ourselves eating a warp-speed lunch. This was all magnified by the fact that Sunday was the last day of a long work week before our day off.
You can imagine the team’s reaction when we learned of our scheduled day of presentations at one of our large supporting churches in the Detroit area. The good news was that we would be there for both our morning and evening presentations. The more surprising, and somewhat frightening, news was that there would be five presentations in all—four in the morning and another that night. We had no idea what to expect, but we knew that it was going to be an exhausting adventure.
With eight people sharing the shower, toilet, refrigerator and changing area on our bus, we started getting up around 5:45 a.m. The morning officially began with a 6:30 team meeting. We read from the Psalms, prayed, discussed this particular church’s history and our morning presentation, and began warming up our voices to sing.
One interesting point was the size of the church and its anticipated attendance for the evening service. The congregation numbered well over 3,500 strong, yet only 400 were anticipated to attend the evening service. That was less than 10 percent of the total membership.
The whole purpose of our morning presentations was to give people a taste of the evening concert so that they would invite their friends. We ended up singing for more than 3,500 people that morning. Cards were filled out by ten Jewish believers, and one Jewish unbeliever who requested more information.
There were 575 in attendance at the evening presentation. At least two dozen people rededicated their lives to the Lord that night, and one young boy made a first-time decision to accept Yeshua as his Messiah.
The Lord turned what had seemed at first to be an impossibly long and difficult day into a tremendous blessing for all of us. As I looked out over the congregation gathered that night, I thought of Jesus feeding the five thousand as described in Matthew, chapter 14. That day long ago, the Bread of Life Himself fed those who sat at His feet. But I like to think that through the Scriptures set to music and the testimonies we gave that Sunday in Detroit, the Lord provided nourishment for many human souls.