Holy Spirit descends on former Soviet Army Officers' Club
Tallin, Estonia - The dance floor of a former Soviet Army Officers'
Club became the site of an unusual outpouring of the Holy Spirit
during a recent ministry trip to Estonia, when Impact Ministries
president, Dr. Harvey Brown, and Dr. Stephen Seamands from Asbury
Theological Seminary joined together in a week-long teaching and
preaching mission sponsored by the Baltic Methodist Theological
(counter-clockwise, from top) -
Young believers and survivors of Communist persecution hunger
for the Word; preaching was simultaneously translated into
Russian and Estonian; Stas-just 21 years old-is already a
respected leader in the church; believers lined up until as
late as 3:30 a.m. for personal prayer ministry; Russian and
Estonian believers worship side-by-side; the varied faces
(photos captured from video tape)
were held in a wooden framed building -now a part of the Camp Gideon
Retreat Center for the Methodist church in Estonia -which was formerly
used to entertain Soviet Communist leaders who gathered here on
the Finnish Sea to indoctrinate young people into the Communist
Pioneer Youth program. The gathering included seminary students
and faculty, national pastors, and believers from across the nation.
were simultaneously translated into Estonian and Russian. Dr. Seamands
taught a course entitled "The Healing Power of Forgiveness" during
the day, and Dr. Brown preached each night.
Brown gave the invitation on Tuesday to "let the Holy Spirit put
you into the second chapter of Acts," the congregation rushed forward
at once. Brown and Seamands began to move through the crowd laying
hands on believers and praying for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
"I had no idea that we would be involved in witnessing the renewal
of a national church," Seamands said. Visible manifestations of
the Spirit's presence were recurring.
faculty, and lay persons spent hours seeking Father and His mercy.
"These meetings were especially significant when you consider that
this outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place in a mainline denomination's
school of theology in a former Soviet state," Seamands said. "I
feel like I have been in Toronto or Pensacola for a week."