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Big tent revival planned in Fort Dodge

Madai Taylor says he wants to bring the church out to the people

July 14, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

The Rev. Madai Taylor said he sees a lot of people living without hope who need Jesus Christ.

To help bring Christ into the community, Taylor and Agape Church Kingdom Dominion Ministries will hold "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire," a tent revival, every night at 7 p.m. July 23-29. The tent will be on 11th Street Southwest, behind Agape Church, which is located at 924 Eighth St. S.W.

"I think we need a restoration, a spiritual restoration in our city, in our town," Taylor said. "Hopefully, this revival will touch people who don't know Jesus Christ, and it will also revive other who do know Jesus Christ to do his will."

Taylor said there is a great need in the community for the hope of Jesus.

"I'm watching people die, and they don't know God," he said. "That disturbs me greatly, because I know at the end of the day God will hold me accountable for not trying to touch people or introduce people to Christ.

"There's a lot of depressed people. Many of them are even medicated, but they still can't escape the fear of life. So hopefully, Christ can find them where they are through the gospel and make a difference."

Different speakers will be featured each night. Taylor said he will speak close to the end of the week. The tent will be large enough to handle 150 people.

Taylor is no stranger to tent revivals and outdoor preaching.

"I started out my ministry at tent revivals, preaching in parks in various places, in the various counties around Fort Dodge. I haven't always been behind the walls," he said. "Tent revivals are not uncommon in this area, but it's been quite some time since we've had one. The last time we did one was maybe 10 to 13 years ago, as a rough guess."

Taylor said he believes too many do not appreciate the things of God, and that Christians don't always do their job of sharing those things.

"In many ways I think as a Christian, myself, I have been ineffective, and I think many of us have been ineffective in trying to reach out to people who don't know Christ," he said.

"I believe it's time to move church to where the people is, and not try to get people to move to us, the church."

The most important thing, he said, is getting the gospel of Christ to the people who need it.

"I want to make sure that as much as I know how and God has empowered me, I let people know that God loves them, and he's not mad at them about anything they have done or that they are doing. That he loves them unequivocally; that he will help them regardless of how bad their circumstances are, of what they might feel is destroying their lives, he will help them."



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