Plowing Before the Planter – Ansonia, CT

“Plowing Before the Planter” Success at Apostolic Refuge Tabernacle (ART)

The national “Plowing Before the Planter” event that transpired Friday, July 31 -Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Apostolic Refuge Tabernacle in Ansonia, CT with Church Planter, Doile (Violet) McKain was a great success! A total of 3 people received the baptism of the Holy Ghost! There was an overall attendance of more than 100 people participating in the 3-day event.
It was a great experience leading this PBTP event as I worked with Sis. Margaret Banks, PBTP Branch Coordinator/New York Metro District Prayer Coordinator, who assisted me, as well as with a great team of people from locally and abroad (NY, NJ, NH, TX, CT, VA, MD, etc.). The event began Friday morning at 10:00 am with training and prayer. It continued Friday evening with a service, including the CT District Superintendent, John Hanson, serving as the evening speaker. Other District leadership representation participated in the event as well.

God confirmed His Word for Connecticut overall (A significant vision─Living waters saturating Ansonia, Stratford, and all of Connecticut, and the downpour of the latter rain─and a scripture was shared about Connecticut that was quickened the previous week while in prayer/fasting for the event: “
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11). Little did we know that Bro. Hanson would share with the audience during preaching that the same thing about the spring of waters (watered garden) flowing through Connecticut was prophesied to the CT district a few years ago. Also, another intercessor, and both the pastor in Ansonia and Stratford, had the same witness or a similar Word spoken to them by the Lord about the downpour of latter rain and the land being saturated with water, representing revival and harvest. God is so amazing!! The church building was nearly full that Friday night! There was a powerful move of the Spirit, and 2 ladies received the baptism of the Holy Ghost!

The training and prayer continued Saturday morning, with a first-time visitor, who was a backslider, attending and receiving a mighty touch from God, and connected with the Church. Saturday also included prayer walks and drives in Ansonia and in Stratford, CT (representing two neighboring churches). Approximately 65-70 people overall participated in this prayer evangelism. The walk/drive concluded with corporate prayer at Town Hall in Stratford. Great victory followed!

The event continued with approximately 35 people in the Sunday morning service, including visitors. The morning speaker was Margaret Banks, with me conducting a mini presentation beforehand. Without sharing notes or conversation, the Lord had given us the same/similar thought/Word to share. The atmosphere was charged with the presence of God! In this service, one man received the baptism of the Holy Ghost!

The McKain family was overjoyed with all that transpired. Pastor McKain said their  Church would never be the same! Sis. McKain said that she and her husband wanted to be involved in as many PBTP events as they could to support other Church Planters, in expressing their gratitude as to how much this event has greatly helped them!

I give God the glory, and I thank NAM for partnering with WNOP to impact the Connecticut territory! I also thank all those who participated in this PBTP event to make it a success…resulting in a wonderful work of ART!
Flo Shaw
International Coordinator
World Network of Prayer