by Robert Earl Houston
GARY, INDIANA – For the third consecutive year, I’ve had the privilege of sharing in the Gary Simultaneous Revival. For those who are not aware of it, it is one of the few cities in the nation that run a successful Simultaneous Revival.
The pastors and churches come together for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Then worship begins at 8:00 a.m. (locations rotate from year to year). The noon-day worship begins obviously at 12:00 p.m. Then the churches break off into their individual worship services that evening. Lately, there have been attempts to start a late night service for “church-a-holics” who may have to work during church hours.
I am here at the invitation of Pastor Marlon C. Mack and the Sweet Home Baptist Church. Pastor Mack is also the General Secretary of the host Baptist Ministers Union of Gary and Vicinity. It is one of the places I really enjoy preaching at throughout the year and his people are very attentive and appreciative for the word. They have one of the up and coming ministers in Gary in Pastor Mack. God bless his ministry there!
For the second consecutive year, I’ve been honored to preach the breakfast session. I’ve be standing on Thursday morning, a day after my friend, Pastor Terry Brooks of Bayview Baptist Church, San Diego will be preaching on Wednesday.
Gary is a dually aligned city – many of the pastors are either PNBC or NBCUSA churches and some of them are dually aligned (members of both conventions). Despite the economic fallout that this area has experienced since the 1960s, this is still a “CHURCH-TOWN” and the church is the vital heartbeat to this city and the survival of its people. Gary is a city of beautiful church buildings and facilities.
I’ve preached for several churches here and was actually called to one church here years ago (I turned it down). But I have great ties with the Pastors and Churches of Gary.
Evangelists include Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, Dr. Elliott Cuff, Dr. Leroy Elliott, Dr. Steve Bland, Jr., and other outstanding pastors from throughout the nation. For preachers, this is a great week to take off and just be preached at. That’s what happened to me today, Dr. Bland preached (my, my, my) and it helped ME today.