MOUNT VERNON — Next spring, the Knox County community will feel a religious revival as the reviveOHIO Knox County gathering helps educate area Christians about “equipping the saints for the return of Christ.”
ReviveOHIO, part of the Time To Revive movement which started in Texas, is a program that trains and empowers Christians to feel comfortable praying with others, sharing the gospel and making disciples. The Knox Network of Christian Ministries has teamed up with the reviveOHIO team to bring the program to the Knox County area.
The week long event will take place Friday, March 15, 2019 through Thursday, March 21, 2019, with events happening from morning to evening, event coordinator and Knox Network of Christian Ministries executive team member Amy Hudson explained.
The Apostolic Christian Church will serve as the host church throughout the week for the morning and evening gatherings which will feature a meal, musical worship and training, as well as testimony throughout the week from attendees. Each day around lunch time, different churches around the area will serve as hosts for the meal and afternoon musical worship, training sessions and testimony, Hudson said. Between the gatherings, and following the training sessions, groups of four will be sent out in to the community to practice their skills praying and sharing the Gospel with members of the public and in the area churches and businesses to which they have been invited.
Throughout the week, there will also be a team of individuals who will stay behind to pray for those who are encountered and for the needs they share with the outreach groups. With an app to connect groups that are going out to the community with the prayer team, individuals will receive prayers immediately both in person and from others who remain at the church, Hudson said.
“[ReviveOHIO] is working with believers, training them to share the gospel and make disciples out of the individuals they encounter,” Hudson explained. “This is nothing new, it’s just empowering us to be bold, to share the Gospel, to pray and to tell people how God loves them. It’s a matter of asking the question ‘how can I pray for you today?’ and being open to the Holy Spirit within you to be bold enough to approach those who you feel are in need.”
Planning for reviveOHIO Knox County started last spring and will continue through the beginning of 2019. Hudson explained that she is currently working to coordinate churches to serve as lunchtime hosts and to find churches that will help provide the various meals throughout the week at the different host locations. Host families are also needed for reviveOHIO team members who, Hudson explained, are coming from all around Ohio to spend the week in Mount Vernon.
A prayer group is currently meeting once a month, with plans to start meeting more often at varied times, according to Hudson, and is also looking for more volunteers at this time. Hudson is also looking for individuals who would like to help with a discipleship program, that lasts for a year after the reviveOHIO program concludes. Through the discipleship program, individuals that are encountered over the course of reviveOHIO Knox County who indicate they would like a “discipler” to walk with them through their religious journey, both individuals who accept Jesus as a result of reviveOHIO and individuals who are already believers, will be paired up with a volunteer, Hudson explained. The two will meet on a weekly basis and work through a prepared curriculum that is provided by the Time To Revive group.
For more information about reviveOHIO Knox County, or to get involved, visit reviveoh.com. Additional information is available by contacting the Knox Network of Christian Ministry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and through Facebook at reviveOHIO Knox County.