I have always wondered why revivals happen in obscure places. In the Welsh revival of 1904-05, major cities like Cardiff or Swansea were untouched whereas unending songs filled the valleys, countryside, and coalmines of Wales. Why, for example, did revival burst on the Hebrides Islands in 1949-52, leaving the rest of Scotland unmoved? And why in Bario and Ba’kelalan, in the jungles of Borneo, and not Kuala Lumpur? Why the island of Timor in 1965, and not Jakarta?
Does God love small towns? He even included the small nation of Samaria (Acts 8:4-8) in revival. Now why would God want to do that? Why would He revive a people He had previously judged? (2 Kings 17:29) Why touch an idolatrous people despised by their Jewish cousins (John 4:9)? Ultimately, revival is an outflow of His sovereign grace, not of our labours and affluence. Maybe that’s why God prefers small towns. His show quickly becomes the only show in town.
It is often in small villages that the power of God becomes contagious. After Samaria, an angel of the Lord caught Philip up and translated him to another place called Azotus to meet with an Ethiopian eunuch. Just like that! Mel Tari, who described the Indonesian revival in his book “Like a Mighty Wind”, spoke of the times when water turned to oil, or when the dead were raised, or when believers walked on water! Many disbelieved him because these things happened in villages.
Funny how God always seem to do BIG miracles in small places! If He had done them in Times Square, New York or Trafalgar Square, London, would the world have believed? I doubt it. Hearts are harder in cities. Jesus did most of His miracles in Galilean villages first before He came to Jerusalem. Then they crucified Him. Don’t disdain small towns. Their hearts are softer. Miracles often start there first.
(Extracted and edited from Ps Philip’s upcoming new book, Slingshots)
不但如此，很多时候在小村子里，上帝的大能会变得很有感染力。在撒玛利亚之后，耶和华的使者追上了腓利并把他带到一个叫作亚实突的地方与一位衣索匹亚的太监会面。就这样！一位名叫Mel Tari的作家在他写的书“Like A Mighty Wind”里有形容到在印尼发生的复兴点滴，书中讲述了水变成了油、人们从死里复活、与信徒们在水上行走的神迹！许多人并不相信他，因为这些事都发生在乡村里。
Philip Lyn 医生牧师