An initiative of Living Grace Lutheran Church, senior minister Rev. Edgar Mayer said that the tent would only go to Oakey if it had the blessing and support of local Oakey churches.
“The Oakey and District Christian Leaders’ Network – with Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Uniting, Pentecostal and Anglican clergy and leaders in attendance – unanimously welcomed the tent into Oakey,” said Rev. Edgar. “And Grace Community Church and St Paul’s Lutheran Church became the core support base of the tent in Oakey.”
Over five days from October 9-13, there were morning meetings and evening rallies every day.
One highlight for Rev. Edgar was a young man who had driven himself to the tent knowing nothing about Jesus or church.
“He was very interested and open about what was happening in the tent – especially how people were touched in the prayer ministry,” he said.
“This young man came back on the last night of the outreach and he was again watching the prayer ministry. I went up to him and invited him to come to Jesus. He prayed to God from his heart and I prayed for the Spirit of God to fill him.” “There was no fear or any other resistance and he fell to the ground and was lying on the floor absolutely peaceful.”
Rev. Edgar said that he is aware of at least nine people who became Christians over the five days – six of whom were first-time commitments. “I had been praying for ‘real’ converts – not just shallow versions of the ‘sinner’s prayer’,” he said.
“I think that God has answered my prayer and the prayer of many others. These nine people prayed from the heart,” he said. “As I declared to them the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name and prayed for an infilling with the Holy Spirit, they experienced the joy of salvation.”
This is just the beginning for the Jesus Tent, said Rev. Edgar, with plans to continue to move into new places in the future, taking new ground for Jesus Christ.