An evangelical church service and prayer meeting at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky has been celebrating nonstop for more than 10 days now, with enough energy filling the chapel for a long enough time that many of the people are calling it a “revival”.
In fact, the event is so high-profile among Christians around the country that many are traveling to Asbury to praise the Lord with hundreds, if not thousands, of others. The event began on Wednesday the 10th with a normal chapel service for the Asbury community and has continued ever since, with worshipers from around the country joining the students and locals in keeping the non-stop prayer meeting and chapel service going. Christianity Today, reporting on how the non-stop event began and what those inside the chapel are doing, said:
After the benediction, the gospel choir began to sing a final chorus—and then something began to happen that defies easy description. Students did not leave. They were struck by what seemed to be a quiet but powerful sense of transcendence, and they did not want to go. They stayed and continued to worship. They are still there.
I teach theology across the street at Asbury Theological Seminary, and when I heard of what was happening, I immediately decided to go to the chapel to see for myself. When I arrived, I saw hundreds of students singing quietly. They were praising and praying earnestly for themselves and their neighbors and our world—expressing repentance and contrition for sin and interceding for healing, wholeness, peace, and justice.
Some were reading and reciting Scripture. Others were standing with arms raised. Several were clustered in small groups praying together. A few were kneeling at the altar rail in the front of the auditorium. Some were lying prostrate, while others were talking to one another, their faces bright with joy.
Here’s what the scene inside the chapel looks like:
GOD IS NOT DEAD!
At Asbury University in Wilmore KY, a prayer meeting has been going on nonstop since Wednesday, 24hrs a day.
A revival is coming. God has not left us. pic.twitter.com/gcSjSc4iLm
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) February 13, 2023
Breitbart, reporting on the scene at Asbury as the revival continues and the thousands of faithful wanting to attend swamp the town, said:
Last Tuesday, for instance, some 3,000 of the faithful overran the college chapel and four other overflow facilities throughout the college town. University President Kevin Brown said at least two-thirds of the attendants were from out of state.
Brown said that the first day’s service was “very ordinary” and even “unremarkable,” but the meeting caught on and turned into something special.
“It has absolutely been social media that is the mechanism that people found out about this,” said Mark Whitworth, Asbury University’s vice president of communications.
According to college senior Alexandra Presta, no one wants to leave.
“No one even expected this to happen. Not on a random Wednesday for sure,” she said. “Yet, we sit and sing about God’s love pouring out and His goodness.”
“Students from many other colleges are here, having travelled from across the country,” said Pastor Bill Eliff, who drove nine hours to Wilmore from Little Rock, AZ together with his wife. “The leaders at Asbury are very aware of this, even commissioning them to go back and cry out for revival on their campus.”
What started as a simple, ordinary Wednesday morning chapel service at Asbury University, is continuing on 10 days later with a line a quarter-mile long of Christ followers ready to worship & hear from His Word. Praise God 🙌🏼#Asbury @tpusafaith pic.twitter.com/EZuetgkuin
— Jon Root (@JonnyRoot_) February 17, 2023
By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1
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