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Chapter 24. The Garage Church

March 27, 2010

The Garage Church

Visiting The Garage Church, was an unforgettable experience! The area was small. Every nook and cranny was utilized. The room was full. Actually, it didn’t take a large crowd to fill up a partitioned garage.

The young pastor had wanted a church type building, but nothing was available. If it had been available, he couldn’t have afforded it. He had come to town with his with wife and little girl. He had a burden and he had made a commitment to God, to himself and to the town that he would build a church. He had to start somewhere, and his somewhere was an old empty garage that needed a lot of fixing up.

It felt like a “God Thing” the way people began to hear about the new little Pentecostal Church in the Garage. Visitors came and one by one received the Holy Ghost.

Excitement was in the air continually. Worship was pushed and the hungry people responded. They stood for the worship service. They were all 1st generation Pentecostals.

With only 25-30, the place was packed. They stood close to the pulpit during the worship. Well, actually they stood close during the preaching too. Some of the men stood so close to the ground level pulpit they could see the sermon notes during the preaching. They shouted amen’s and encouragement to the man of God.

When moments in the service got high the men responded by running the aisle. A word of caution was needed to visitors. “ Don’t come out of the Restrooms while the men are running the aisle.”

When testimony time came. Every one seemed to want to testify. If everyone is already standing, then how do you signify your desire to testify? They solved that problem easily enough. They stood on the tiny pews to be recognized.

When visitors left, the left with knowledge that not only had they been in a worshipping church but God’s Spirit was felt by all. Visitors seemed to always come back for more.

Today, it’s no longer a Garage Church. A beautiful new building has been built in Noblesville, Indiana and awaits Dedication. To God be the Glory! Thank you Pastor Garry Streeval for your labor in the Harvest Field.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Willie Cox permalink
    March 27, 2010 8:57 am

    What an amazing story! Bro. Streeval was just preaching at our Church for Pastor Ben Weeks’ Anniversary Service, and what a marvelous job he did!

  2. Tom Anderson permalink
    March 27, 2010 12:28 pm

    How wonderful to see the Glory of God and the hand of God at work.And now Pastor Streeval gets to so the majesty of his faithfulness to the Lord.
    “He who is faithful over litlle, God will make him faithful over much.” God’s richest blessings as you continue to grow in God.
    In His Service, Bro Tom Anderson Romulus, MI

  3. todd permalink
    April 2, 2010 7:19 am

    A wonderful man of God.

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