And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him. And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar. Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
1 Samuel 7:7-14
It is impossible to count how many times we have come to breaking points in our personal lives, family, ministry, and church through these 30 years. Also, harder to count the numerous times we cried in desperation and the countless deliverances, rescues, divine interventions, and miraculous answers to prayers. The Lord is our Ebenezer, our Rock of help and salvation. I remember there in the city of Aba, at the post office, as I waited for the invitation letter to come, at last, what the man sent was very disappointing. And there I said, ok then. I am not going. I heard the Holy Ghost tearfully cry out: but I will help you! I was shaken and said, ok Lord, I will go. Thus far he has helped us. And I am fully persuaded that He will yet help us and bring us into all that the Father has ordained for us in Christ. Hallelujah!