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When God Moves on the Children

By Tammy Hopson

Mitchell CountyTammy Hopson Red Hill Mitchell County


There were a lot of youth in service that Sunday. A 15-year-old girl stood singing on stage. Her worship song poured out of her as she sang the lyrics “There’s a name that levels mountains, carves out highways through the sea and I’ve seen its power unravel battles right in front of me.”  Her voice rang out throughout the church as she continued. “’ ’Cause that’s the power of Your name, just a mention makes a way, giants fall and strongholds break and there is healing.”

The congregation listened on as her beautiful voice filled the church.  Tears welled up in the eyes of a young girl sitting in the audience. As she listened, she began to feel something moving in her heart. Slowly, she stood to her feet and made her way up to the front of the church. The singer saw her coming and put down her microphone. She ran up to the young girl reached out to hold her face in her hands and then began to pray. They knew each other. They had shared with one another their lives, their pains, and their sorrows. The singer knew there were strongholds to break and that she was hurting and needed healing. The two of them stood in front of the church, face to face with their heads bowed seeking God for His help.

Soon another girl got up out of her seat. She was older. With makeup streaming down her face, she walked towards the altar. A young man followed her. Pain had also touched their lives and so they walked up in search of the Healer. Soon other youths came. Some were fighting battles and going through heartaches, and some came to pray with their brothers, sisters, or friends. There were giants to slay and steep mountains that must be leveled for they were tired of the climb.  Their faces showed that they were battling situations and circumstances most of us didn’t know anything about. But now these youth were seeking an unraveling of the tangled messes life had brought them into. They understood what the song meant, and they all knew there was help available from a God who loves them. And so that day, they all came up to the altar to pray.

Prayers and tears flowed throughout the room as the youth stood praying at the front of the church. It was clear that in this small part of the world and at this very moment God was moving on our children. Some of our youth had been with us for years and others were new. As I watched them all praying, I became so aware that children are our church of tomorrow.  These youth will be Leaders, Pastors, Teachers, and witnesses of God’s healing power and they will tell others about this magnificent day. How wonderful it was to watch them come forward in faith to their Helper!  But while I rejoiced, I was also convicted. In my mind, at times as I look around the world, I have felt that real faith in God can be so absent, and I have felt at times that God can be so quiet.

I have been guilty of wondering if God is even moving these days.  But in this service, I was proven wrong. God is not silent at all. He is speaking in many ways, and He was shouting to all of us through the lyrics of this wonderful worship song. I do realize He is moving! He is moving on our children! After being in this service my spirit was so encouraged and now in my heart, I have to sing to my God more of the beautiful lyrics of the song that was sung on that day. After seeing how the children all came up to seek God together, my heart once again declares so loudly “You still do miracles, You will do what you said, for You are the same God now that you’ve always been.”*

 Psalm 8:2 “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”

 *That’s the Power by Hillsong Worship – Listen and be blessed.


Tammy Hopson has been a Mitchell County resident since 1992 and lives in Red Hill with her family. She is a mother of six children and grandmother of 14. She has been a member of Hoyle Memorial Christian Fellowship in Lawndale, NC since 1992 and helps lead The HMCF Youth Group.

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