It was the end of 2003 when David Woodcock stumbled into Indianola First Assembly of God stone cold drunk. He was thirty-seven years old, facing 30 years in prison, and grieving the loss of his mother who had just died in a house fire weeks before. It felt like the end.
Desperation drove him to church that night, or so he thought. What he didn’t know was that this congregation had been praying for David ever since his mom passed. They had literally prayed him in!
That night David made the decision to get serious about God. The road to recovery was a miraculous one. In the days following he would enroll into a drug and alcohol rehab ministry known as Teen Challenge to begin the process of turning his life around.
David’s story is one of grace and redemption. After graduating Teen Challenge and a school of ministry, David founded and served as the director of a Teen Challenge center in Azle, Texas., met and married his wife Sara and was offered a nice promotion within the organization. However their road was about to take a different course.
David and Sara were invited back to their home state by the senior pastor of Indianola First, Barry Hill. Pastor Barry had a vision of replanting a church in the neighboring town of Knoxville. He knew David and Sara would be the perfect fit to take on this project as the pastors of the new church. Having grown up in the area, David knew knoxville well. He still remembered playing against Knoxville High every year in baseball. However Knoxville wasn’t the town he remembered from his childhood. This once thriving town was now in steep decline.
They could feel the oppression that had gripped so many in the community. The old church had become a casualty of the town’s spiritual drought. Violence and paranoia had closed that church’s doors, leaving the building vacant for over a year. Its reputation was destroyed. David and Sara knew if Knoxville and the church would have a chance it could only come through a new journey with Christ.
“Revival is coming to Knoxville!” That is the word they heard over the city. They knew God was calling them to come revive this church and the town.
That was nine months ago. In such a short time, New Journey Church has touched hundreds in the city and grown to a solid congregation of more than 100 members. The church is now reaching families who had previously given up on church and turned to drugs and alcohol. What God did for David back in 2003, he is now doing through at New Journey.
We just wrapped up a week with this amazing church where we saw more than sixty individuals respond to the gospel as well as several notable miracles take place. We had six separate churches came together in a call for revival within the community and surrounding towns. To date, this is the most powerful series of meetings we have seen in the nation. Something remarkable is happening here in Iowa!
I believe we have seen the initial sparks of a great revival that could potentially affect the heart of this hometown and who knows, perhaps the heartland!