259 – Hattie’s Story Encouraged Our Faith
February 19, 1987 very late
Sister Ruth Rodriguez, my instructor at Elim, came for dinner. She is bright with the Light of the Spirit, gracious, interested, and interesting!
God spoke clearly that:
-He directs our steps
-He will provide
In other words, He will guide and He will provide!
Sister Ruth shared the story of Sister Hattie Hammond. I think it took place in the 1930’s.
The Lord told Hattie to go to a city and start a church. “Me, Lord? –a woman?”
She went, took a boarding house room, shut herself in to pray.
One day the Lord said, “Let’s take a walk.”
On a street corner at a red light she mentioned to the man standing next to her that it was a beautiful day that Jesus had given.
He rolled his eyes and groaned: “One of those.”
She went on talking.
He invited her to his home to meet his wife and have dinner.
He called in all the neighbors.
This group was the nucleus of the church!
They rented a room for a church service for $1 a week.
In the first service, the Lord said, “I want one person baptized in the Holy Spirit.”
Hattie said: “ Oh, no, Lord.” But she spoke it out to the group.
A lady walked forward covered in furs and pearls. It was THE Mrs. Dupont! She was filled with the Spirit!
The moral of the story was: TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; ACKNOWLEDGE HIM IN ALL YOUR WAYS, AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATH STRAIGHT. Proverbs 3:5-6
Dan and Georgann and boys obeyed the word of the Lord, received much in blessing. They were a testimony to many, and many were saved….Amen!