BJ writes in book two of Revival: The Consistency of God— “The world is filled with the places where these moves of God have occurred. The burial places of these men and women can be found if you want to look for them. I have stood on some of the old camp meeting grounds. I have been to the graves of Praying Hyde, Charles Finney, A.W. Tozer, and others.
What should the graves of these men and women of God mean to us? What significance should the places where God moved so powerfully hold for us? We should honor them. However, they should be honored more in the line of being memorial stones. In Joshua chapter four is the story of when the Israelites crossed over into the Promise Land. The Jordan was at its highest tide at this time. Crossing the Jordan was impossible in the natural. When God parted the waters of the Jordan, Joshua had appointed twelve men to pick up huge stones from the bottom of the Jordan River and stack them on the other side. Joshua said “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:6-7).
Let the Ark of God part the waters which lie before you that you may stack the memorial stones for our day. We have a tendency to forget the great things that God has done. We need reminders. Billy Graham has preached to over 200 million people. [Yet} I am amazed at the young people that have no clue who he is or what God has done through him. We must have memorial stones. When I go to these places they become a means of remembering the faithfulness of God. They become a prayer point to cry out to God to raise up men and women who can be used in our day. Even if I do pray “Lord, raise up another George Whitfield,” I am not asking God to raise Whitfield from the dead. Neither am I asking God to give Whitfield’s exact anointing to someone. What I am asking the Lord to do is to raise up leaders that are as powerful and obedient as these people were. I am asking God to raise up what we desperately need in this hour. Will you seek God for the same?
Father Daniel Nash
Daniel Nash was an intercessor who was used by God to facilitate Charles’ Finney’s revival ministry. He would precede Charles’ Finney’s arrival by going to the region in which meetings were to occur and gather a small group of like-minded believers to join him in a covenant of prayer. Father Daniel Nash’s He and two or three others (such as Abel Clary) would fast and travail in prayer.
How often what we know and perceive to be successful moves of God are preceded and sustained by hidden and unknown intercessors!
These photos were taken at property associated with Father Daniel Nash’s original church/ memorial and original graveside (outside of Lowell, New York.) Here is where the church he pastored at once stood. A memorial cross and figure have been added.
The graveyard, which includes his burial site is located behind the cattle auction barn
Additional information about Daniel Nash and how he was used by God can be found here https://www.hopefaithprayer.com/prayer-warrior-charles-finney/
“Praying Hyde” (John Hyde) was a missionary to India, and was used of God in a revival known as the Sialkot Revival, and was of significant influence in the life of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, a famous evangelist in his time. John Hyde prayed anointed intercession on his knees in the room with Dr. Chapman. “… there came up from the depth of his heart such petitions for men as I had never heard before. I rose from my knees to know what real prayer was.” As to the mission meetings after this prayer, Dr. Chapman remarked, “Almost immediately the tide turned. The hall was packed, and my first invitation meant fifty men for Jesus Christ….” (pages 62-63 from John Hyde, the Apostle of Prayer, by Francis McGraw. )
Amanda Berry Smith
African American Amanda Berry Smith is buried in Washington Memory gardens, outside of Chicago, Illinois
Billy Sunday, a baseball player turned evangelist
A sound file of the Moody radio broadcast Unshackled radio drama presentation (from the viewpoint of Helen Sunday) is attached here, and directly follows BJ’s testimony. (Look for it at about the thirty minute point.)
Maria Woodworth-Etter was one of the first renown female healing evangelists.
Samuel Morris, a.k.a. Prince Kabou
Samuel Morris, a.k.a. Prince Kabou, was a native of West Africa, son of a chieftain, whose tribe lost in a tribal war, and he was used as an exchange for peace. They threatened often to kill him, and at one point, a light blinded his captors, his bonds fell of, and he ran through the jungle following the light. The light led him to a missionary compound.
Boehm’s Chapel is in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
As per Boehm’s Reminiscences, Historical and Biographical, pg. 31, by Henry Boehm,”There were wonderful gatherings at Boehm’s Chapel. The bishops and the great men of Methodism found their way there, and peached the word.” Henry Boehm lived a long life, was a traveling minister, and a contemporary witness to some of what God did in and through circuit riders and Methodism at the end of the eighteenth century and nineteenth century.
(note- the black and white images are photographs taken at the chapel of a photographed and framed depiction of the original building)
The importance of Boehm’s chapel is not only the type of meetings that happened there, but also regarding an encounter between Martin Boehm and Otterbein which occurred at Isaac Long’s barn.
This cemetery lies adjacent to Boehm’s chapel (reconstructed.) Rev. Martin was the father of Henry Boehm. Two of the gravestones belong to fellow circuit riders who died at young ages.
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Martin Boehm, an evangelical Mennonite, met German Reformed Pastor Philip William Otterbein at Isaac Long’s barn for a landmark occasion of unity.
Isaac Long’s Barn is on private property in Mennonite country in Pennsylvania
This barn is noted as a heritage landmark of United Methodism. For more information about this barn, click here http://pennblog.typepad.com/lititz_mennonites/isaac-long-farm-1001-jake-landis-road/
Another historic reconciliation related to Martin Boehm has occurred in our day, as recorded here http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/mennonites-reconnect-with-umc-founder
The Holy Spirit delights to bring about unity and reconciliation.
Moravian Falls, North Carolina
“In 1752, in the backwoods of North Carolina the Moravians purchased a tract of almost 100,000 acres . The name of the tract became known as Wachovia. In 1766, they establish the town of Salem (meaning “peace”) in N.C., which is often confused with Salem, Mass. The Moravians established a rooted community with strong values and stable trade. They continued a legacy of 24 hour prayer and worship centers that were started in Eastern Europe by their ancestors. Their prayer and missionary spirit still have effect in the foothills of North Carolina where today many ministries have established their home bases.”
(quoted from http://missionsbase.eaglemissions.org/history-moravian-falls/)
Moravian Falls is a quiet area nestled in the foothills and mountains of North Carolina. These falls are accessible with available camping and cabins for a quiet refuge.
It is sometimes referred to as a mystical area, and it is said that “prophets and pastors from around the world come to Moravian Falls to experience spiritual refreshment and to receive fresh revelation from God.” See website as linked and read further regarding a “Spiritual Turning Point” which occurred in history Involving Count Zinzendorf and the Brethren, the Hernhut community and revival, launching of evangelism, and of 100 years of non-stop hourly intercession by members of the Moravian church.
The area is now home of the Mountainview Retreat Center. The Hidden Hollow Retreat Cabin and Coffey Cabins offer a destination for those seeking “time out from their daily routine and a time in with God.”
Much can be gained by setting aside some time to withdraw and seek God. He will meet those who seek Him, whether it be in the corner of their own bedroom, at a “prayer mountain,” or at a meeting with you and “fourteen of the Brethren”. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:13-14a (ESV)
Praying for God to release revival in our day, using whomever God would desire to use. David Brainerd’s anointing is not to be sought after by laying on his grave, as some are inclined to do, for God places men and women in the right time and place with the anointing for that time, place, and purpose. May God grant you His anointing for the call He has on your life, through His Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!