Brodeur blogged some thoughts for his church members back home who were antsy
our midst,” said Brodeur, senior pastor of Promised Land Fellowship. “I
encourage you to put on your wet suits, grab your surfboards and paddle out into
the coming move of God. This could be the ride of your life.”
midst of something not unlike the Lakeland Outpouring, though Brodeur calls
what’s happening in San Francisco “a different animal.”
told Charisma. “The character of our outpouring is been much more just
soaking in the presence of God and seeking His face.”
Gate Outpouring, which began June 20 and was expected to last only 10 days.
Without the benefit of mass media exposure on GOD TV, tens of thousands aren’t
flocking to San Francisco. But that doesn’t bother Brodeur, who has ministered
in the Bay Area for the last 30 years—15 of them as a Vineyard pastor.
not Lakeland or anything, where 10,000 people show up,” he said. “The San
Francisco Bay Area has less Christians per capita than most missions
fields—under 3 percent. The cry for revival is something that is really burning
inside of us”
1970s, said there have been a number of supernatural occurrences as a result of
the meetings, from dramatic healings to deliverances from demonic spirits.
affecting change in the San Francisco region. He said demons visited several of
his leaders shortly after the meetings began this summer. In one instance, his
assistant pastor woke up one night with insane, suicidal thoughts, went
downstairs at 5 in the morning, sat at the kitchen table, opened his Bible, and
shuddered when he saw a dark being seated across from him.
prince over San Francisco. Why have you chosen to make war with me?’”
heart” by a demon if he’d just choose to stay away from the revival. Another
woman reportedly woke up feeling choked and gagged in her bed until her husband
prayed for her.
the across the region to visit. “There is a powerful wave of the Holy Spirit
crashing upon the nations,” he wrote in June, “with epicenters in Lakeland,
Fla., and in other key regions. We believe that the San Francisco Bay Area is
next on God's calendar.”
Lakeland on the tail end of a ministry trip to Asia. He said he was healed of
being “dog tired” in ministry and “wiped out spiritually,” and he said revivalist Todd Bentley’s
restless passion for the power and presence of God quickly rubbed off on him.
recalled. “Here was a guy who just wasn’t going to let go. Somebody was breaking
through. Somebody was not willing to play church anymore. Somebody was going for
speaker told his church not to look to Bentley or Lakeland for direction, but to
look to the Lord, who had something unique and authentic for San Francisco.
“We’re kind of off the beaten path, but some see the strategic value of San
Francisco,” Brodeur said. “We’ve had many seasons where we’ve fasted and prayed
for revival, but we’ve never seen a significant move of God.
We believe San Francisco has a redemptive gift as a ‘people movement incubator.’
most of those have been harmful. But the anointing to affect the nation in the
way that San Francisco has is something that the enemy didn’t create. It’s
something that God created.” —Paul Steven Ghiringhelli