“The Barn” – 20 Year Anniversary! – 1995-1997 All Nations Church – Charlotte, North Carolina USA, Pastors Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda

The only way – Jesus Christ!
King of kings and Lord of lords!

20 Year Anniversary! 
1995-1997 were the awesome days of “The Barn” 
All Nations Church – Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Pastors Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda

(Top photo: one of the last photos before The Barn was torn down.
Property was sold by Lamb’s Chapel to housing developers 1997.)

Inscription painted by All Nations Church Administrator Steve Martin on the front wall 
– for the last church gathering on June 16, 1997.

A month or so later The Barn was torn down, forever remembered by those who experienced “The Watch of the Lord” for two years, every Friday night from 10 pm – 6 am. 

Those were powered-pack nights of eight hours of praise, worship and prayer for our nation, Israel, and for the purposes of the Lord Jesus to be fulfilled in our day. 

Healing came to those seeking His favor, when during those hours we gave ourselves to our Lord and Savior. He met us big time.

Thank you Lord! You are continually awesome!!!
Pastor Mahesh Chavda giving the last message in The Barn on June 15, 1997.

All Nations Church – Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Days of “The Barn”

Pastors Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda

Louis and Lila Martin, Art Maki
Evening dusk before “The Watch of the Lord” started in The Barn
Friday nights 10 pm – 6 am All Night Praise and Worship

Mahesh Chavda
Sunday morning in The Barn church service

The former horse barn had become the location for “The Watch of the Lord”.
All night praise, worship and prayer every Friday from 10 pm – 6 am.
Mahesh Chavda, Ed Brigham



(L-R In white shirt – Jeff Carroll, Selva Ayempeuromal, Gilbert Crespo, Bob Lafferty

Far left: Jackie Ayemperoumal.  Mahesh Chavda, Ed Brigham, Michael Blade, Leslie Adams
Mahesh Chavda, Louis Martin (my dad), Bonnie Chavda
 – “Outstanding in the Field!”

 Bob Sherrill
Bobby Hussey
Standing for Israel was a priority at All Nations Church, 
especially during “The Watch of the Lord” meetings.
Bobby Hussey (keyboard), Bob Smith and Bob Sherrill (guitars).
Tim Tennant in the left hand corner.
On Father’s Day, the second to last Sunday service held in The Barn, I honored my father, Louis Martin, for his life and work. He went onto glory two years later (lymphoma cancer).

(After his passing my Mom gave me the special clock I had inscribed to him as a gift, shown holding in my hand. Steve Martin)
Bonnie Chavda


Before the last Watch of the Lord and the Sunday service, we painted the walls of The Barn, with memorial inscriptions and special paintings (which we knew were coming down within it’s tearing down later that summer.)

Steve Martin on the ladder. God had met us there many times.

These Scriptures I painted on the walls 
on June 15, 1997 were true then, 
and have been fulfilled even more so 
as these last days 
are being fulfilled in our midst. 

Many of us have become 
lights to the nations, 
to the ends of the earth.
Steve Martin June 11, 2017

Laurie Martin awaits my completion of a wall painting/inscription.
Brother John O’Leary. FAITHFUL Sound Man!!!
Bob Sherrill – worship leader on guitar and later on keyboard
Brian and Karen Johnston – head usher and Mahesh’s personal assistant.
Ed Brigham – prayer man and evil spirit deliverer
Rick Hardee
– General Contractor during the re-construction of The Barn.

Josh Martin holding David Lafferty. 
Aaron Adams (or twin Jesse) watching on.

Bonnie Chavda praying over Bob & Mary Smith.
Dan Eppley preparing to catch if slain in the Holy Spirit.
(L-R) Camrin Mar, Laurie Martin, Indira Persad, Michelle Norby. Brian Johnston on the end.

Steve and Laurie Martin leading worship in the old PTL/Heritage USA amphitheater after we had to leave The Barn property upon its sale to developers.

Art Maki and Steve Martin on site during the destruction of
The Barn.

The last pole is brought down (below).

Steve Martin, Laurie Martin, Patti McPherson, Ed Brigham

Steve & Laurie Martin 1999

We were not “snake handlers”, but we did/do believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and His gifts to the church. I found this black snake in the front yard of our office – the former three bedroom house on the All Nation Church property in south Charlotte, NC USA. 1995.

The room I had as my office, as Administrator of Mahesh Chavda Ministries and All Nations Church, had been the bedroom of Rick and Julie Joyner (MorningStar Ministries) who moved here from Mississippi, a few years before we moved onto the property.

The property was owned by Lamb’s Chapel, with Harry and Louise Bizell, before they moved to Moravian Falls and started the Apple Hill Christian retreat center.

Photos by Steve Martin, unless I am in them. Then I don’t know who took them!

You can read more of “The Barn” days, Watch of the Lord, and more in Steve Martin’s book.

Paperback $5.95


Throughout our lives, God keeps His hand on our shoulders and nudges us on to more than what we could ever realize. I am excited to share how He did it this with me, and am confident mine will be a story you’ll be able to relate to. 

As I unveil my story, think back to those times when you knew there was some¬thing more but you just couldn’t put your finger on it. You knew deep down that life wasn’t what the TV sitcoms portrayed it to be. In our souls there is the hope, the cry for more, that someday questions will be answered and promises fulfilled if we just kept plugging away at what we know to do. 

In The Promise I share my 40 year journey with you, and show you that dreams do come true. Though Peter Pan isn’t real, the Lord, the One Who created us, certainly is, and He has a plan in place for each one of us. When you are done reading this story, my prayer is that you too will know more of that good plan and His purpose for you.

About the Author

Steve Martin served with three Christian ministries from 1987-2012, all having a national and international outreach focus. During that time he made ten ministry trips Israel, as well as ministering in China, India, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. On his overseas journeys he enjoyed sharing written journal entries with family and friends back home through Internet media. His light-hearted stories gave an up close and personal touch for those reading along. In 2010 Steve and his wife of over 36 years, Laurie, began “Love For His People, Inc.,” a 501(c)3 non-profit humanitarian aid ministry. This work touches the natural and spiritual lives of those around them, and internationally, with needed encouragement and strength. His regular “Now Think On This,” posted both on the Love For His People Blog and Facebook, feature his encouraging letters of spiritual enrichment, plus selected photos and commentary. In addition to The Promise, Steve has also written Leadership Through Love, Ahava Love Letters and Now Think On

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Steve Martin


Steve Martin served with three Christian ministries for over 24 years, from 1987-2010, before establishing the ministry of Love For His People, Inc. in the year 2010.

Through regular writings of Ahava Love Letters, Steve seeks to encourage readers in their daily walk. They are now published in the book of the same title, “Ahava Love Letters”, through Xulon Press.

Steve’s book, “Leadership Through Love”, gives practical guidance for those “on the job” – in the office, ministry settings, or anyone just wanting to “do it right”. Even those seeking wisdom in people relationships will be given valuable insights.

His first book, “The Promise – One Man’s Journey To See God’s Word Revealed” shares the story of one man believing God’s promise, until it was fulfilled, 40 years later.

Steve and his good wife Laurie, four adult children and six grandchildren live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Contact info: www.loveforhispeople.blogspot.com
on January 5, 2014
I met this author in a short slice of my life in a trip to China and he impacted me with a steady and strong style 
of leadership. This memoir moves with transparency and grace. There is such power in a story and Steve cranks
it out for us to ponder. I have thought so much about the seasons of life since this read. God is never in hurry; 
He is there to make it happen when the time is right. I am also impressed with the gift of service the is entwined 
throughout this journey. Are we faithful to do the things Our Father tells us to do when we are not speaking in a 
microphone to the masses and making a name for ourselves? Steve, in humility, documented his faithfulness 
to a Kingdom in which rewards are only qualified by the Heavenly Architect.
on September 15, 2013
Knowing Steve Martin, personally, and gone on many exciting adventures with him (both spiritually and in world 
travel) – Needless to say…This is a must read!

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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