When Kim visited our church he loved to go to Newport, Rhode Island. Quite often we would be intensely engaged in some activity or conversation and he would suddenly grow sullen and withdrawn. The first time this happened I asked if there was something wrong….
He looked at his watch and said, – “It’s 3PM and the wind is blowing in the garden.” He went on the explain how he established a daily routine of communion with God and if he did not meet with God earlier in the day, the Lord would be looking for him around 3 PM in the same way the Lord walked in the garden with Adam: “…and they heard the voice of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen 3:8) To my mind Kim was an early prototype of a company characterized by something called the “prophetic voice.” In Joel’s prophecy about the Last Days outpouring it is the “voice of the Lord” that goes before the army.
In order to accommodate his desire to spend this time with the Lord prior to speaking I started placing a keyboard in his hotel room. Kim liked iconic places and the Biltmore Hotel in Providence RI fit that description. I put him on the top floor where there were only two apartments. Kim had an energy about him that seemed to attract unusual experiences. For some reason, he decided to worship while half dressed and stretched out on the floor. At that moment the Mayor of Providence came into Kim’s room with an entourage from the hotel. They were supposed to go into the other apartment but were given Kims room by mistake. They asked him what he was doing in their room and he replied by asking them what they were doing in his. That was when they realized the manager gave them the key to the wrong room! Kim never got up off the floor, just picked up singing where he left off.
The meetings each night were electric! In those days Kim only played the piano a little and mostly preached and prophesied. He was wearing himself out however as he poured such intensity into the operation of his gift that his cloths were literally soaking wet when he was finished. Before long other churches were contacting me to get access to Kim, which was always a cliff- hanger because for one reason or another chaos followed him and he might not show up.
When Kim next visited Rhode Island he was scheduled to speak at a friends church. I remember how strange it was to watch him standing on the platform and calling out what he heard – even when it made no earthly sense. Kim stood on the platform and yelled out a name “WADELL!” He called the name out two or three times. Suddenly, slowly, a dark skinned gaunt Ethiopian-looking man came up the middle isle from the back of the sanctuary and approached the platform. Nobody knew who he was. He just came in out of nowhere. Kim told him the disease in his blood was cleansed by the power of God. It wasn’t till a year later I met a well-dressed fit fellow who introduced himself to me. It was Wadell. He explained that he came to the church that night without any knowledge of what was going on or why he came. He was dying of AIDS. From the moment of his encounter with Kim calling his name out, he was healed.
When you have a gift like that you tend to get pressured by people a lot for words from God. It’s a real hassle. Once while getting out of the car in a parking lot of a hotel a women came up and asked Kim for a word. He politely but firmly told her his gift did not work that way, then added casually, “the answer to your question is in room 2113.” The woman was asking God if her husband was cheating. She found him in room 2113 with another women. Amazing huh?