In 1996 my wife and I traveled with
two friends to the Toronto Airport
Christian Fellowship to experience the presence of God at the Toronto
Revival. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and attended the Friday
evening meeting. There was a time of singing, and time of
instruction, all leading up to an extended time of prayer ministry.
During that prayer ministry time the
leaders asked the people wanting
to be prayed for to line up shoulder to shoulder so that members of the
church prayer team could easily touch and pray for everyone. I
was standing next to a college-aged young man with my wife on my other
As people received prayer and the
Lord's gracious touch most people
would simply melt to the floor and lie on the carpet to 'soak' in God's
presence and to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to minister to them.
As I lay on the carpet with everyone
else the young man next to me
would quietly and gently roar. He sounded like the lion in
the movie "Over The Rainbow". He would roar, then laugh and laugh
for about a minute, then he would roar again. All of us who could
hear him would also laugh when he laughed because it sounded so
interesting. Eventually the prayer time ended, the meeting was
finished, and we all prepared to go back to our hotels. As we got
ready to leave the church I asked that young man what the Lord was
doing in his life to make him roar as he did. He told me that
before that night he was so shy that he would not have been able to
carry on a conversation with me. But, he said, "The Lion of the
Tribe of Judah just gave me some of His boldness, so I am able to talk
with you now."
Many people have objected to the
Toronto Revival, but I hope that you
do not find this report objectionable!