01/Sept/2006, 10:48 p.m., Shillong, India
It has been a couple of months now that people in the Khasi and the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya are experiencing a wave of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Almost every now and then the local TV news channel reports of such occurrences in this region not to mention of the local daily which carries the news headline every single day.
In the year 2003, the Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod (West) had their first gathering in a village called Mawkyrwat in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. In this meeting it was decided to hold an ongoing chain-prayer movement for God to bring revival in the land once again as it happened a hundred years ago during 1905-06. As such it was also decided that the doors of the chapels would remain open every morning for believers to gather for prayers. It was acknowledged by all that there was a major spiritual decline in the church and in the moral lifestyle of the people in general. This made the church to turn to the Lord in expectancy that He would send a fresh wave of renewal and transformation once again.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit actually started with the centenary celebration of the hundred years of revival that had hit this very land. Some months back the Presbyterian Church was preparing to commemorate this revival and people were enthuse with great excitement and anticipation, especially among the Presbyterian Christians and also others churches in general. Lots of fervent prayers and intercessions were being made for it to happen once again. And this indeed did happen. First it started right on the ground where the celebration meeting was going on – in Mairang area in the Khasi Hills. We watched on a local TV news how the people drenched in the rain were crying out to God and repenting of their sins, while many were shaking with the power of God. The heavy downpour seemed to symbolize the outpouring of the promised Latter Rain. This place where the meeting was going on was also the place where revival actually took place a hundred years ago. Then in the days that followed news began to pour in that it was happening in different places but largely amongst the Presbyterians and that especially among the younger generation. Then we heard that students in a school in Silchar in Assam were experiencing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The school authorities not being able to rule out the fact actually had those students taken to a hospital. Some people and pastors from Shillong visited that place while some learned about it when they were watching a national cable news channel based in Delhi. Not being able to ascertain this strange phenomenon the channel carried the news headline calling it a "Mass Hysteria". Of late such occurrences is happening not only among Christians gathered in church buildings but also spreading among students in schools.
Allow me to share some of the events I personally had a chance to witness besides other which my close friends and pastors have shared with me.
Copyright 2006 Reuben Pradhan