As I consider the unfolding of the Macedonia call in my own life, I realize that with every open door there is a call that precedes it. In 1989, I was asked to go preach a crusade/revival in the nation of Liberia, West Africa. The entire meeting was set up because of a man who told his pastor of his deep burden to see a church established in home nation, that nation being Sierra Leone, West Africa. Little did I know that my going to Liberia to preach was the result of the persistence of a young man who was crying out to God for revival in his nation. As a result of my going into Liberia and visiting the nation of Sierra Leone, I had little doubt that this was God’s place for my life.
Not too long ago I was reading a very fascinating article about a young African boy from Nigeria who was taken captive as a slave by slave traders. However, he was rescued by the British and relocated to Freetown, Sierra Leone. The young man’s name was Samuel Crowther. Upon arriving in Freetown, Samuel gave his life to Jesus and began to learn how to translate languages into readable text. Because of the repatriation of slaves that were sent to Freetown, Samuel Crowther saw Freetown as an inlet into the nation of Africa. Samuel believed that: “The key to the evangelization of inland Africa lies in Freetown, Sierra Leone”.
As I am overwhelmed at what God has and is doing throughout West Africa, I can’t help but to stand in silent amazement at the words of Samuel Crowther. I am yet more amazed at another young man who cried out to God for his nation, “God send us a man”. He had no idea that his cry not only answered the cry of Samuel Crowther’s heart, but also resulted in an unprecedented move of God.
My name is Alvin Smith, and I was that young man that ventured in to the unknown. As I look back 25 years in my wildest imaginations I could have never orchestrated such a powerful revival that has touched 11 nations and have resulted in 60 churches to date and counting.