In June 1974, God sent me to Israel. On Sunday morning, June 16th at the Tomb of the Garden, God visited me for an hour and ministered Acts 1:8 to me:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
On the following Tuesday evening, Patti and I entered the dining room at the St. George Hotel and there were only two seats available in the dining room. They were at Derek and Lydia Prince’s table. Derek stood up and invited us to sit with them. We ordered our food and Derek looked at me and said, “Would you like to speak for ten minutes tonight in Christ’s Church?” I said yes and excused myself and went to my room. I kneeled down and asked the Lord what I should speak about, He told me and I returned to our table. When I spoke that night, I talked how God had brought Patti and Kathy into following what I believed was God. I read verse 15 in Joshua 24:
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
After reading the verse I then said, "Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
I met John Talcott on that trip to Israel; he was part of our tour group. On three occasions, Patti and I went to the dining room at the St. George Hotel and the only seats that would be available would be at John and his wife’s table. We would sit with them and each time he would talk to me about joining Intercessors of America. I would just look at him, like I can and say, “Well, I don’t know.” The third time, on the night before we were to leave Jerusalem, he again brought up Intercessors for America and said, “Doyle, don’t you think it’s about time you join Intercessors for America?” That time I consented.
After returning to the States I did become a member of Intercessors for America. I was designated the key intercessor and I would receive faxes from Washington about issues they wanted prayed for.
Finally one day I said, “I don’t need anyone telling me how to pray, I have been praying and interceding for years as God has directed me,” and that was the end of it.
John was a very gracious and pleasant man, very congenial; I liked him a lot.
Link to John Talbott's obituary.
Apostle and prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ