Revival breaking out on campus
Asbury college today changed its home page reporting on breaking news. Apparently, revival is breaking out.
Wilmore, KY (Feb.8, 2006) Praise, worship and release continue as students are still gathered around the altar in Hughes Auditorium where they have been since Monday (Feb.6, 2008). After today’s powerful chapel celebrating the work of the Holy Spirit on the Asbury College campus, God’s work carries on.
“God continues to move across the campus,” said Dr. Paul A. Rader, the president of the college. “We have had students in Hughes Auditorium continuously since Monday at 10 a.m. when God came in such power and blessing during our Student Chapel. Last night at midnight there were several hundred in Hughes. Some stayed until 4 a.m. We met for a Prayer and Praise Chapel this morning with an awesome sense of expectation. God did not disappoint us. From the first praise chorus students began coming to the long altar at the front of the auditorium. Soon the altar was crowded with students again. There was incredible freedom in the Spirit as we sang and prayed and shared testimonies of God’s gracious work in the hearts of students.
“It has been wholly the work of the Spirit, who moved numbers of our students to passionate and persistent prayer in small groups over the past several months.
“There has been a wonderful sense of the Spirit’s ordering. We have been spared excesses and unhelpful sharing. Students have spoken with such wisdom and spiritual maturity. Scriptures so well chosen and so powerfully used of the Lord.
“We do have this wonderful sense of the constant presence of God on this campus—and He is palpably and preciously present to us today.”
Junior Jonathan Grant of Mishawaka, Ind., stayed in the auditorium until 3 a.m. Wednesday and returned again at 7 a.m. A late night or an all-nighter schedule typically witnessed during finals week, is being used to praise and worship God.
“People kept saying, ‘It doesn’t matter if this ends in five minutes, what matters is what we do when we leave here—how this changes us.’ God has become real to me and I have a responsibility and a gift to take and share with the world.”
Stacy Stevens Hall, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn., talked about the response from the local and nationwide community.
“We are excited. It’s amazing that God is using this time to call others to pray for Asbury College around the world. The news is spreading quickly and people want to join in the celebration.”