“Greatest Movement of God I’ve Ever Seen” After Dozens of Unscheduled Baptisms at Tennessee Church | Baptist-life
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee – Noah Iacob only lived for a week two years ago. But her story is linked to that of others as part of a revival taking place at Long Hollow Baptist Church.
Noah’s underdeveloped lungs grew too heavy for his body to overcome. But after her death, her mother Jessie realized that she needed the healing power of Christ in her life and, after becoming a Christian, was baptized in Long Hollow. Jessie, her son Zeke and her husband Andrei began to attend church.
But Jessie’s earthly life ended on December 11 when she and her son were murdered by an intruder when Andrei was not at home. The suspect, identified as a former employee of the excavation company founded by the couple, committed suicide on December 13 after police determined his location.
The suspect is believed to have wanted Jessie Iacob, who handled the company’s finances, to transfer money to his account. After she complied, he still shot her and her son.
The heartbreak of such a story can weigh heavily on anyone. But Andrei Iacob’s response after his wife and son’s funeral on December 19 is now part of a much bigger story. Realizing his own need for the gospel, Iacob spoke with Pastor Robby Gallaty about accepting Christ and forgiving the deceased murderer. He also asked others to pray for the man’s family, noting that they had nothing to do with his actions.
Long Hollow had a baptismal service scheduled for Sunday for about 12 people. Gallaty asked Iacob if he wanted to be added. Iacob agreed, but Jessie’s mother Wanda also wanted to be baptized after hearing Gallaty’s invitation to her daughter’s funeral.
Gallaty said Iacob’s reaction to a question reflects his understanding of eternity.
“I asked Dre if he was angry with the Lord for killing his family. He told me that he was actually thankful that he was not home. Because if he had been, he would not have been ready to meet God. “I am laying all in for the Lord now,” he told me. “
Due to a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in central Tennessee, the Long Hollow Sunday service was one of the least attended in his five years at church, Gallaty added. However, in the end, he felt compelled to ask anyone who felt compelled to come forward for baptism. By the end of the service, 99 people had been baptized.
That’s not all. Word got back to Gallaty that people watching online had decided to be baptized in their tubs at home. On Monday the pastor went around the houses to do just that. To meet the demands, Long Hollow will open its doors Tuesday evening especially for those who wish to be baptized.
God draws people to Him, but Gallaty also points to the impact of people’s testimonies in what he calls “a movement of God that I have never known”.
“One of those who got baptized was once in satanic worship. She didn’t think she could be saved because of all the horrible things she had done, ”he said. “I told him it was a lie. The guy who brought her to our church had been a Satan worshiper for 10 years. I baptized him and now he had brought her to church.
An officer who had worked on the murder case joined those who were being saved and baptized. Two of his peers, members of Long Hollow, had prayed for him for years.
“The people in our church said they had never witnessed anything like this happening right now,” said Gallaty.
While telling Iacob about Jessie and Zeke’s deaths, Gallaty observed the name of the father’s son two years ago.
“I told him how God used Noah in the Old Testament to save a nation. For Dre, Noah had brought Jessie’s salvation. Through her testimony, her death brought salvation to Dre.