Like rain on parched ground, the Word of God brought new life to thirsty hearts and souls gathered at a ballroom in Kepri Mall, Batam.
Led by Pastor Reinhad Simanjuntak from City Blessing Church, 141 pastors and leaders from seven different churches in Batam, Indonesia, turned up for a two-day Grace Seminar from 22 to 23 May 2013 with Pastor Lawrence Lim as the guest speaker.
In his own down-to-earth preaching style, Pastor Lawrence unveiled the heart of the Father and the perfection of the finished work of Jesus. The atmosphere was saturated with the presence of the Lord when Jesus’ overwhelming love swept across the ballroom.
Pastors and leaders offering their worship to the loving Saviour
Pastor Lawrence praying and laying hands on the ministers of Christ
“In the past, I was never sure of my salvation as I was confused by seemingly contradicting verses that I had read,” shared Susanna, a local church leader. “But while listening to Pastor Lawrence, my tears just flowed as I felt the exceeding love of God. Many veils were lifted and I can now read the Word of God with clarity.”
Many more wrote in to testify how they had been touched by the grace of God. Among them was Pieter Slieker, 50, a missionary to Indonesia, who received the gift of praying in tongues on the first night of the seminar in his hotel room.
“I felt the presence of God. I cried suddenly and my mouth spoke in a new tongue. I felt the Lord stroking my head like a father stroking his son. I knew instantly that my God had never condemned me and I realised how great the grace of Jesus is in my life. I have a new revelation about the gospel of grace and I am going to preach it whenever I have the chance!”
Like Pieter, preaching the gospel had become effortless to the many men and women of God after the seminar. Pastors and leaders left the meeting feeling refreshed and invigorated to put the “amazing” back to the grace of God in their next preaching assignment.
A group photo led by Pastor Reinhad (dressed in green) from City Blessing Church