What began last Wednesday as a typical chapel service for students at Asbury University in Kentucky, USA, has turned into a spontaneous move of God which is showing no sign of slowing down.
Indeed, CBN News reports that “now this outpouring of the Holy Spirit is spreading to more college campuses”.
Asbury University’s director of strategic communiciations Abby Laud said chapel services, which are held three times a week and are compulsory for students, are normally just under an hour long and are closed with worship. But last Wednesday “the band kept playing”.
By the next day the 1 500-seater auditorium had filled up and local news outlets have reported on people carrying in pillows and blankets just to stay in the presence of God.
Eye witnesses say that the ongoing worship, prayer, repentance, testimonies and healing miracles could only have been orchestrated by God.
Commenting on the move of God that is drawing visitors from across the country, Asbury analytical theology professor Tom McCall said: “There is no pressure or hype here. There is no manipulation. There is no high-pitched emotional fervour.
“To the contrary, it has been mostly calm and serene. The mix of hope and joy and peace is indescribably strong and indeed almost palpable—a vivid and incredibly powerful sense of shalom. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is undeniably powerful but also so gentle.”et
According to the American Family Association one Asbury student testified: “Worshipers stayed all night. No one person was in charge. No one dared to get in the way of what God was doing. Reconciliation, forgiveness and healing were in this place.”
For some the current outpouring at Asbury has been a trip down memory land. “Back in 1970, there was a large revival that broke out and (it was the) same kind of thing. People just never left,” said Laub.
The 1970 Asbury University revival lasted eight days. Classes were cancelled for an entire week as students and faculty were transformed in the presence of God. It all started with one student saying he was ready to go all in for Jesus and inviting other students up to the altar.
Students from multiple colleges have now been drawn to the Asbury campus, reports CBN News. According to several reports, another chapel has been opened at Asbury as three auditoriums on the campus are now filled with people.
On Monday, Rob Fultz campus pastor at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, wrote: “A mighty move of God started this morning at Lee and it has been building throughout the day. We are approaching the 10th hour, nothing but voices in prayer, worship, and repentance.”
A mighty move of God started this morning at Lee and is has been building throughout the day. We are approaching the 10th hour, nothing but voices in prayer, worship, and repentance. pic.twitter.com/rdJe5pn6uR
— Rob Fultz, Ed.D (@therobfultz) February 14, 2023
He also included a video taken of the worship in the campus’s Stone Chapel. Students were coming to the chapel, crying out to God, praying, and repenting.
On Friday he wrote on Twitter: “What’s happening at Asbury is not and will not remain confined. It will, and already is awakening the deep wells of revival on campuses across the nation. They have been churning, pressing against the seals that have kept them hidden, and they are about to burst with new life.”
Alexandra Presta, a senior at Asbury University and editor of the student-run website The Asbury Collegian said the campus will continue the “revival” so long as the Holy Spirit urges them to do so.
“We know that our culture’s going to be changed by this,” Presta said. “As long as the Holy Spirit tells us to keep going … then we’re gonna keep going.”
She said she has heard from people from as far away as Brazil and Italy, calling the sweeping attention the revival has received “mind-blowing”.
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