Cross Church honors Patterson with $25,000 gift for Revive this Nation
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Before preaching in chapel March 7 about the importance of a vibrant and dedicated prayer life, Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas gave $25,000 on behalf of his church family to help fund Revive This Nation, a program that sends student and staff preachers to lead revivals in churches across America.
“I pray for Dr. Patterson,” Floyd said. “He doesn’t know this, but I have prayed for him a long, long time every day. I call his name out to God and just ask God to give him whatever he needs for the day. Yesterday morning when I was praying, I tell you the Lord just put on my heart to honor this man and this lovely woman named Dorothy, and as I prayed, I thought, ‘Lord, how can I do that?’”
Floyd explained to those in the chapel that after praying, he felt the Lord prompt him to call Mike Hughes, vice president of institutional advancement at Southwestern.
“I asked him about these revivals that are going on next week,” Floyd said. “I have a heart for the nation and to reach the nations of the world and I asked him about the financials of that, and I asked him the specific amount that the seminary would be out relating to those, because I felt the Lord had given me an amount that we could go to, to assist.”
Hughes response indicated to Floyd that God had indeed orchestrated the situation.
“It was the exact amount,” Floyd said.
Floyd told the crowd he wanted to take the moment to tell Southwestern President Paige Patterson just how much he loved him and appreciated him and that his church in Arkansas felt the same way, having a high respect for the president and his faithful service to the Lord.
“In honor of Dr. Patterson and Mrs. Patterson, today what I want to do is to say on behalf of Cross Church, I'm giving this gift to Southwestern Seminary from the Cross Church family in northwest Arkansas who loves you,” Floyd said.
Students, staff and faculty stood to applaud and to show their gratitude to Floyd and Cross Church for the gift that would aid the revival program, which has been a part of Southwestern for more than 50 years.
After Floyd’s message, Patterson asked those preaching for Revive this Nation to kneel at the altar as the entire auditorium prayed for a mighty move of God throughout the nation. During Revive this Nation, March 11-14, 102 men preached revivals in 37 states in America.