As the Apostle Paul was struggling with issues in his ministry, in his second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote how God told the Apostle, that the Lord’s grace was sufficient, and that God’s power was made perfect in Paul’s weakness.
A couple sentences later, Paul added, “for when I am weak, I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:11).
And a story by the Baptist Press on the revival currently taking place in Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN is testimony to this verse.
The church pastored by Robby Gallatay has been experiencing a revival since the end of December and the church has recorded over 1,000 baptisms by April 11, 2021.
The church estimates that upwards of 75% are new declarations of faith and 80% are adults.
This included 201 baptisms during the Easter service, that exceeded the total number of baptisms the church recorded in 2018.
It all started shortly after two of Gallatay’s ministerial friends, who had spoken at Long Hollow, committed suicide.
In an interview with the Baptist Press, Gallatay said:
“Both of those men preached at Long Hollow within six months of their passing. They both sat at my dining room table. It made me realize that the last person to say he’s burning out or that ministry is tough is usually the one burning out.
“The Lord allowed me to take an introspective look at my own life. I was tired. Tired of trying to keep people happy. Tired of trying to keep them from leaving. I went to my porch to pray for the Lord to fix the problems in our church and our country. God showed me that the problem … was me.”
Gallatay by his nature was a doer. He was coming up with new ideas and plans. Impacted by their deaths and his own personal struggles, Gallatay began to wait on the lord on the porch of his home each evening, sometimes up to an hour listening and praying.
And oddly, the revival started on the Sunday, December 20, 2020, following what was the lowest attended service the previous week since Gallatay became the church’s senior pastor in 2015.
Several people were scheduled to be baptized that Sunday morning, including a former satanist. After these baptisms were done, Gallatay turned to his congregation and asked if anyone else wanted to be baptized.
There was no powerful sermon. No miracles.
He stood by the baptismal tank and asked that simple question.
Gallatay said as he waited in silence, you could see the Holy Spirit beginning to move, 99 people were baptized that morning.
As he waited on God again at his home after the service, Gallatay received a vision of rain drops turning into a “torrential downpour.”
And that is exactly what happened.
Realizing that the Holy Spirit was moving, the following week, they decided to schedule a Tuesday service inviting anyone who wanted to get baptized to attend — 81 people showed up.
The week after that they started a prayer meeting that people could attend or participate in online.
And since then, Long Hollow has been holding baptisms and prayers meeting weekly that includes people flying in from out of state to be baptized.
In his interview with the Baptist Press, Gallatay made two statements that struck me.
First he said, the “greatest hindrance to the moving of the Holy Spirit is formality and structure.”
Secondly he added, “the Lord has shown me that prayer births revival, and revival births prayer. It’s like adding logs to the fire.”