Organizers plan reviveOhio::Shelby County


SIDNEY — A movement called reviveOHIO is coming to Shelby County in October.

Organizers hosted Come & See Night, Thursday, Aug. 31. This night was an opportunity for church leaders and the public to see what the movement is about.

The movement began in Texas in 2006 with Kyle Lance Martin, who saw a need for a personal revival in his family. That grew into a mission to take revival to the churches of Dallas, Texas. Time to Revive officially became an organization in 2010. Soon, other communities heard about the movement and wanted to bring revive to their own communities. From there, it spread to other states.

In Sidney, reviveOHIO::Shelby County is already underway with weekly prayer meetings, Thursdays, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Russell Road Christian Center, 340 W. Russell Road, Sidney.

Missionaries from Time to Revive along with participants from other areas filled the sanctuary at the Russell Road church, Thursday, to sing, pray, and learn what reviveOhio will look like in Shelby County.

ReviveOHIO::Shelby County will take place Oct. 8-14. The week will commence with a community-wide service at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8, at Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The day will begin at the host church. Training will be given to prepare people who have never witnessed to people before.

“Each day begins with prayer at 7:30 a.m. and a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by community outreach,” said Alisa Beisner, communications coordinator of reviveOHIO.

The outreach will take place with groups of four to five going out into neighborhoods.

“We don’t go anywhere we aren’t invited. We don’t force our way in or go knocking on doors. We just listen to people, love on them and ask to pray for them,” said Matt Reynolds, a missionary for reviveOhio.

At noon, the groups will meet at another church, where lunch will be served, people will share how their day has gone and there will be more fellowship.

The evenings will for a free dinner at the host church followed by a time of praise and worship.

Several volunteers from Revive in other counties and other states are volunteering their time to serve in Shelby County.

“It was what I felt we needed to get back to God. It was exciting thinking about bringing people back to God and offering them a new life through Jesus Christ,” said Sharon Ropp, of Union City. Ropp has volunteered for several reviveOHIO areas.

“My friend, Rita Thurman, and I were invited to attend an outreach day during Darke County last year, and that stirred our hearts to pray for Revive to come to Shelby county,” said Deanna Stienecker, of Anna. “What impressed upon me was the simple act of offering to genuinely pray for someone, to listen to their heart, to have the opening and opportunity to share hope and healing through Jesus Christ. Of course, I have seen many other revivals. But when I saw pastors, mayors, business leaders, judges, teachers, teenagers … people of all denominations and backgrounds working together in unity and humility, that was something I wanted to be a part of.”

To participate or learn more about reviveOHIO::Shelby County, visit www.reviveOH.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reviveOHShelbyCounty.

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Attending a revival planning meeting at Russell Road Christian Center, Thursday, Aug. 31, are, left to right, Russell Road Christian Center Senior Pastor Fred Gillenwater, of Sidney, and reviveOhio missionaries Matt Reynolds, of Tipp City, and Scott Hobbs, of Greenville.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/09/web1_SDN090217Revival-1.jpgAttending a revival planning meeting at Russell Road Christian Center, Thursday, Aug. 31, are, left to right, Russell Road Christian Center Senior Pastor Fred Gillenwater, of Sidney, and reviveOhio missionaries Matt Reynolds, of Tipp City, and Scott Hobbs, of Greenville. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Paula Frew

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.