Revivals

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Asbury University has been known through the years for its history of great revivals. There have been several occasions when significant moves of the Holy Spirit have swept the campus and reached across the nation.

In February 1905, during a blizzard, a prayer meeting in the men's dormitory spilled out to the rest of campus and thetown of Wilmore.

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In February 1908, revival broke out while someone prayed in chapel; the revival lasted two weeks and was signified by prevailing prayer and intercession.

In February 1921 the last service of a planned revival lasted until 6 am, and services were extended for three days.

In February 1950 a student testimony led to confessions, victories, and more testimonies. This went on uninterrupted for 118 hours and became the second leading news story nationwide; it is estimated that 50,000 people found a new experience in Christ as a result of this revival and witness teams that went out from it.

In March 1958 revival began in a student fasting prayer meeting that spilled over into chapel and lasted for 63 hours.

In February 1970 student confession and testimonies led to 144 hours of unbroken revival; some 2,000 witness teams went out from Wilmore to churches and at least 130 college campuses around the nation.

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In March 1992 a student confession during the closing chapel of the annual Holiness Conference turned into 127 consecutive hours of prayer and praise.

In February 2006 a student chapel led to four days of continuous worship, prayer and praise.

 

 

Archives Materials Related to Revivals:

  • When God Comes (video)
  • A Revival Account: Asbury 1970 (video)
  • One Divine Moment, by Robert Coleman
  • Asbury College: Vision and Miracle, by Joseph A. Thacker, Jr.
  • God's People Revived: An Account of the Spontaneous Revival at Asbury College in February 1950, by Henry C. James
  • Memories of Asbury Revival of 1950, by Marion L. Walker (ed.)
  • Revival Fire, by Wesley Duewel
  • News accounts in Asbury's student newspaper, The Collegian

Article written by Matt Kinnell

References:

  • Revival Fire, by Wesley Duewel
  • The Collegian Asbury College student newspaper
  • Asbury College: Vision and Miracle, by Joseph A. Thacker, Jr.