I was not the only one in the area being asked or given the call of this kind of faith, only another who has for the most part been among the unseen. When Elijah sat in the cave alone after running from Jezebel, he spoke with God of being the only one left, but God replied "I have seven thousand other's who have not bowed the knee to Baal". The chosen one's of God may feel alone at times in this world, but God always has a remnant. But, back to the topic of faith; in this post the Lord has asked me to share two experiences He gave me years ago, and specific things to believe Him for. It took years to see the answers to them, and at times I had no faith in myself to believe God for it, but He would not let me go, and would move me by His Spirit to keep praying-at times long into the nights. He has prompted me for weeks to share this, and I have hesitated, but must obey now. Only He knows the full reasons why.
On a quiet spring evening before sunset in 1983, I was walking back home, praying as I went, and paused alongside the dirt road, thanking the Lord for the beauty around me, the night birds were coming out, the air was fresh and warm. Then, I knew the Presence of God there, and deep in my spirit the Lord spoke to me "I want you to begin to pray and believe me for a Christian radio station to be here in Vermont, and I want you to believe me for a men's ministry here as well." Without hesitation I replied, "You've got to be kidding!" God's answer was a simple "You know I am not".
In the late seventies a small Christian radio station had started locally, but didn't last, and shut down. As for a men's Christian ministry; I only knew of a very few men in my area who had the courage to really make a stand for Christ here, and they didn't have an easy time of it. Two committed men had baptised me along with about a dozen other's in 1978, in my own pond, during a cookout and baptism we had at my home. But knowing what the environment was like here in general, I admitted my faith didn't come up to what I believed I was hearing from God. As I stood there thinking about all this, the night coming on around me, I knew I could have refused to take this challenge up, and thought about it. But, I had just went through seeing God restore my marriage after two years of being divorced for my faith in Him, I knew the power of God to change the situations in life. I had just accepted a position as Prayer Chairman for Women's Aglow in Montpelier, and this seemed to be part of God's call in this area for me. I turned and started walking up the road, stopped again and said, "I'll do it, but you will have to help me believe You for this, and give me the faith to see it." There was no response in words, but a solid peace, and assurance flooded my soul, I knew He had heard and was giving the faith, even then.
The months turned into years, as ministries and churches started, men came who seemed to be serious in their faith. I watched and prayed to see if these were part of the answer to what God was asking me to believe Him for. Many of them became tangled in wrong motives, money problems, personal problems, opposition from the ungodly, bringing them to ruin. Some left, some just went back to the world. No radio station was in sight, but I heard of other's who were believing and praying for it as well, and knew God was moving in that direction; just didn't know how long it would actually take. I kept standing ground and praying as God led.
During these years I was still standing in faith for my husband's salvation, even years now after our remarriage. He also had an ongoing heart condition from a heart attack he suffered just months after our reconciliation. The result of this was his salvation on October 2, 2003, nine month's before he died. As I said, sometimes it takes many years to see the answer to a prayer, and many give up when it doesn't happen on their time schedule. One thing that an intercessor learns, God answers prayer to bring glory to Himself, and his purposes. His purposes are eternal, ours many times are for our own selfish pleasures, and are temporal.
There's personal costs to believing God for things he places on us, the enemy is right there to do whatever he can to not only defeat you, but destroy your family as well. He'll use family members, other Christians, anything that will get you off the track, and into the ditch. It brings weariness, and the temptation to stop praying altogether. Sometimes praying for me has been sitting and looking out the window saying nothing; just putting my full attention on God and without words saying "what now". At those times, He knows, and hears.
It would take a book to go into all that went on through the years but, fast forwarding to today; there is a Christian radio station in Essex Junction Vermont now, which broadcasts throughout the state, and reaches into New York, and other parts of New England. There is now Teen Challenge Vermont, which started in 2005, ministering to men throughout Vermont and New England, my daughter is married to the Director of Teen Challenge. They were married at our home in West Barnet in 2001. God did not reveal the details of any of this in those early years to me, I could not have believed him for it. He only gave the basic call to believe him for a men's ministry, and glimpses of details along the way.
From that evening in 1983 to now, I can see the results of ground breaking faith, and the hand of God at work in Vermont and New England, in spite of any opposition from the enemy. In these last days, Jesus Christ is being lifted up, and people are being saved, healed and delivered, for the glory of God. When answers like these are seen, no devil in hell can shake this kind of faith. Come what may, Jesus will have his way. His intentions are clear, he wants to recover the souls the devil wants to destroy, and the battle is intense. You may become bloodied, suffer many losses, but the souls Christ died for is the price in this battle, he chooses us to join him in this battle down here, to save the one's in darkness of sin; as he saved us.
Another thing intercessors learn, is to only share what God asks, and no more. In a lifetime, only about 5% of what He speaks, or calls will ever be openly spoken; if the servant uses wisdom. What is shared here I already know will be scoffed at by some, in unbelief. But, this may very well be for just one person who God has put a call on your life to believe Him for something so big, and so great, you don't have the faith for it yourself. Hang on, and ask Him to pull you through. You may be called to rise to ground breaking faith. Take up the challenge, it is worth it.