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Revival speaker: I won’t be ashamed of my faith

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 6/21/2013

It was a night of revival and gripping accounts of resurrections Thursday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

The Beacon of Truth Ministries kicked off its 2013 annual meeting, featuring fiery guest speaker David Hogan, this week at the OMA, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The meetings run through today with services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

It was a night of revival and gripping accounts of resurrections Thursday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

The Beacon of Truth Ministries kicked off its 2013 annual meeting, featuring fiery guest speaker David Hogan, this week at the OMA, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The meetings run through today with services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Hogan is the founder and president of Freedom Ministries, which performs missionary work for the indigenous people of Latin America, according to his website. Their effort is aimed at spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of God to people who do not know of it; To go to villages and groups of people where there has not yet been a witness of the salvation and healing power of the blood of Jesus; To set the captives free, to bring freedom, the website says.

Participants Thursday at the OMA were eager, ready and willing to hear the words Hogan would bestow upon them. Children ran through the aisles playing, women stopped and talked with one another before all got quiet and Reuben Esh, pastor of Beacon of Truth Ministries, took the stage.

Esh set the course for the evening with his own tale of a child being raised from the dead. He said that during a recent trip to Malawi, Africa, a fellow pastor and his wife lost one of their daughters to malaria in the middle of the night. After hours of praying for the girl to be raised from the dead, the wife said she heard a cry, a cry from the very child she said had died hours before.

Finishing his story, cheers of “Hallelujah!” and “Praise Jesus!” rang out from the crowd.

‘Healed instantly’

Ready to put on a show, Hogan took the stage as participants clapped and chanted loudly. It didn’t take long for Hogan to begin telling members a story of a recent trip to Australia.

Hogan said he received a call from a friend asking him to come to Australia to help with a recent “Holy Ghost” outbreak and the start of a revival.

After a nearly seven-day trip to get to the nation in the southern hemisphere, Hogan said, what interested him most about the revival “was the flames of blue fire coming out of these people’s hands. They’re hitting people like lightning bolts, and they’re getting healed instantly.”

During the same trip to Australia, Hogan said, many people came and formed a prayer line — lining up in hopes of being healed by the pastors.

“Now this is going to bless you real good,” he told members of the crowd. There was a man whose “back was broke in three places and had been suffering for 49 years. We laid our hands on this guy and God popped that guy’s back, healed it, and he takes off running.”

Cheers again broke out at the miraculous story of healing.

The man with the broken back was only one of many people who were healed instantly in that prayer line, he said. Among others were a man with prostate cancer and a woman who previously had back surgery, but was unable to work. Both were healed instantly, he said, the woman healed only after being hit by what Hogan said was some sort of electricity.

‘Now faith,

Jesus is king’

Breaking a bit from storytelling, Hogan talked to members about faith. He asked members to pick up their Bibles and read aloud the first words in it.

“Now faith,” the people shouted.

“Now faith,” Hogan shouted back at them before speaking in tongues. “Shadababa,” he whispered, arms stretched straight out over the crowd.

Hogan questioned the belief of the members, asking them if they believed in “Now faith.” If they did, they were to respond by saying “Jesus is king.”

“Jesus is king,” the crowd responded.

“Say it again,” Hogan said to the crowd.

“Jesus is king,” the crowd responded louder.

Though God had allowed him to see many miracles, Hogan said, he wasn’t sure why. He was certain of one thing though, he said: People were scared of his faith.

“People stop and look at me,” he said. “I’m dressed like everybody else, except there’s something different about me. It’s this heir, this assurance, this title deed that I hold lets my shoulders walk a little bit more square, lets my head hold a little bit higher, lets me look more direct at you because I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.”

Raised from dead

In closing his remarks, Hogan again warned members, reminding them of how awesome and big their God is. Prepare to be awestruck, he said.

He saved the best story of the night for last. He said during a gathering he attended where pastors from the local area did an all-night prayer in hopes of God touching them in a deeper way, one pastor received a call on his phone. The pastor was praying, though, and refused to answer it. The pastor’s son answered the phone only to pass it off to his mother, Hogan said. A frantic woman on the other end asked to speak to the pastor in hopes he could raise her dead child. The mother told the woman the pastor would be praying all night, but for her to bring her baby at 8 a.m. the next day. The pastor’s wife returned to her husband’s side, not mentioning the conversation, he said.

Hogan paused for a moment to speak in tongues, whispering the same “shadababa” phrase while his arms remained outstretched over the crowd again.

Hogan continued with his story. The mother went down to the morgue where her child had been the past five hours and told the doctors to get the baby out, “and put it on that slab right there,” Hogan said. The doctor did what the mother asked and returned with the child’s body.

“It’s been in the thing for like five or six hours, so it’s frozen solid,” he said. “It’s a block of frozen meat.”

The mother then spoke to the baby, Hogan said. “‘In Jesus’ name,’” the mother said to her baby. “And the baby rises up, and sits up, after being raised from the dead... and says ‘Mommy, I’m hungry,’” he said.

The story wasn’t over though, he said. The mother brought her child to the pastor and his wife at precisely 8 a.m. Those who had been praying all night with the pastor and his wife broke out in thanks and praise to the Holy Ghost, Hogan said. While all the adults were having a “Holy Ghost party,” the child managed to get away and sneak outside. The child, playing in the dirt, was unaware of the more than-40-pound hog that had recognized the child “as breakfast,” he said. A man across the street, who was crippled, unable to walk or talk, sat in his wheelchair witnessing the hog about to go after the child.

In a miracle of God, Hogan said, the man was able to get out of his wheelchair and run and save the child from being killed by the hog. The loudest of cheers, chants and praise erupted from the members as Hogan smiled.

The Healing Power

In ending his speech, he asked people in the crowd who wished to be healed to move to the sides of the auditorium where his children, grandchildren and son-in-law would place their hands on them, pray and possibly heal.

“Holy ghost,” Hogan cried out. “Shadabadabadaba,” he said, speaking in tongues again.

Hogan referred to people’s demons they had been fighting as “pets,” as he urged them to come forward.

“Some of these pets you brought,” he said. “I’m going to have to go ahead and fight with them. But it ain’t going to be much of a fight, I can tell you that. Faith wins, in Jesus’ name, faith wins.”

People moved to the sides of the auditorium as Hogan asked, preparing to be healed. Hogan asked for “incurables” to join him in what he referred to as the “snowy pit.”

Members of the ministry also joined Hogan and his family as they passed person to person to make sure no one fell after he or his family’s hands had been placed on them.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “God’s weird like that. He might take a cripple out of a chair, who knows.”

The crowd moved to the sides of the auditorium. Some people fell back after the family put their hands on them, and the accompanying members of the ministry were there to break their fall.

Hogan, in the orchestra pit, went through the line of people, first asking them their problems, then grabbing onto them, and putting his lips on their foreheads, shouted “Fire of the Lord,” as he pushed them back at his arms length.

Those in the pit waiting for their turn were a mix of people — some who said they’d fallen on hard times, others who were wheelchair-bound. But all shared the same look of desperation on their face, hopelessly looking for a healing or guiding hand.

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