Following The Fire Author:Gerald Dirstine Following The Fire — January 1954, Gerald Derstine, a young pastor on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota, asked his old-order Mennonite congregation to fast and pray for revival. — Christmas week of that same year, it came in a way that exceeded their wildest dreams. — "If I'd known ahead of time what was coming, I'd have driven 5,00... more »0 miles in the other direction," Derstine said. "On the other hand, it was so glorious that if heaven is anything comparable, it will be worth it all."
The Holy Spirit fell on them with all the phenomena of the first Pentecost. For seven days the Derstine family and others lived a strange and supernatural existence, totally directed by God.
Following The Fire, in chronicling this historical milestone in the Charismatic Renewal, relates Derstine's anguish upon being silenced from the Mennonite Church and his elation, 20 years later, at seeing startling prophecy fulfilled.« less