The Lutheran Brethren School’s teachers had to save up numerous gasoline coupons in order to fuel-up the bus. “They also had accumulated as many ration coupons for tires as they could before they left,” Joyce recalled, and “of course those were for used tires-- -no one could buy new ones.”
The sporadic clanking of the radiator heating their room was a metronome of prayer for a young man referred to as Setterlund. Known as “the Swede” to many students, he was one of a handful of students who hadn’t bought into a Biblical perspective at the Bible School yet, and the students were aggressively bringing their friend to the throne room of Christ. Gjerde wrote of the incident some sixty years after the day in a Lutheran Brethren periodical. “‘Fire’ fell! All of us started to pray again, not for the unsaved one, but for ourselves - and all at one time! The room filled with the presence of God. And in His presence we saw ourselves unclean.” Tears filled their eyes as the group of young men began a string of repentance prayers that evening. Waking the next morning, the young men saw revival fire spread through the entire student body. Students were going to bed sure of physical illness, only to find in prayer that they suffered instead from spiritual ailments.