Asbury Christian Revival Becomes Explosive Interfaith Phenomenon

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Kentucky’s Asbury University is gaining massive attention for a Christian revival.

The movement has drawn significant attention and crossed numerous Christian denominations into mainline Protestant churches, bible-based groups, and Catholics.

Beginning on February 8th, an ordinary prayer service was held at the small Christian college. No one envisioned that it would become a national phenomenon.

“Asbury Revival” has been streamed into town from Purdue University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Ohio Christian University, Transylvania University, Lee University, Georgetown College, and many others.

Visitors have come from Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Indonesia, and many other places.

Father Norman Fischer explained what’s happening by saying, “You just know right away that God is there.”

“Hands were raised, people were singing, and all were in one accord,” Father Fischer said. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together as one.”

Asbury University president Kevin J. Brown said, “Since the first day, there have been countless expressions and demonstrations of radical humility, compassion, confession, consecration, and surrender unto the Lord.”

“We are witnessing the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” Brown continued.

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Another Catholic, Katie Reynolds of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington, has already been to the Asbury gathering three times, together with her four children, who range in age from 6 to 18 years.

“Every seat was full, and it was standing-room only,” Reynolds said of her impression during the first visit. “You could feel the Holy Spirit in the building.”

Reynolds’ 13-year-old son, Dylan, said he thought it was really powerful and “so cool” to see everyone praising God, adding that he loved seeing “how Jesus and God came into their lives to help them.”

Dylan’s 6-year-old sister, Lucy, said the singing made her feel as if “Jesus was right next to me.”