The Ladies Page

COUNTRY ECHOES


| November/December 1975



First things are going to be first this time. When our dear Steam Brother Elmer Ritzman was still with us he wrote me telling that he was happy with the way I ended my columns with a spiritual note. This time I know he would also be happy to see my lead.

Such great things have been happening here in Wisconsin, they deserve first place. For while steam events are great, they are, perhaps, only temporary. We, in this area, are seeing human beings completely changed. What a tremendous thrill! These things came about as God worked through very ordinary people farmers, housewives, truckers, business persons, teachers, etc.

In the Sept.-Oct. Column I mentioned the Bill Glass Crusade being held here, and the soul-satisfying experience it was. It was certainly a boost to a movement which had already started. The preparation rallies were so helpful as we looked up Scripture after Scripture and unitedly prayed.

And as the young people began to respond (yes, there were older people too in fact, whole families) a heartening thing happened. One H. S. age boy, who was on drugs, was saved and delivered. He began bringing his friends night after night. Others responded and now instead of drug traffic in these lives there are prayer meetings.

One couple, (themselves the parents of teenagers and a younger daughter) have opened their home for prayer meetings for these new converts. They keep coming, and bringing others. One summer evening there were 56 in that house. 'Wall to wall kids,' is what they commented, laughing joyously.

But this is not all. These young people are so enthusiastic and full of joy, several of them go to other prayer meetings as well, some three or four nights a week. And they have been telling of what God has done for them over our local radio station. And they, of course, are telling others as well.