Our Visit to Asbury University and Cane Ridge Revival site
For the past few days I have been praying and considering if I should share our experience of visiting the Asbury Revival. So many others have posted their videos, photos and written of what they experienced, I debated if I had anything to add. Over the past two years I have posted information on this website regarding what I see happening in our country and around the world. Most of what I have shared was to help inform and warn people.
God has been pulling back the “covers” to expose the evil that has been happening for decades. As a former leader in our church back in Minnesota I felt an obligation to share what I saw and discerned was taking place. I always thought it was necessary to also share the hope we have as Christians that no matter what the enemy is doing, God is for us and will protect us.
So now I feel an even stronger obligation to share the Good News of what God is doing at Asbury and other places.
Is it Revival? Is it the Third Great Awakening?
Many are referring to this as Revival and even perhaps the beginning of the Third Great Awakening here in the United States. I’m not sure if either title fit what we witnessed. I know God has been leading many to experience Him as the repent and turn to Him. I will leave it up to others more gifted then me to label this move of God. I will simply refer to what we experienced as, His Gift of Hope.
We moved to Tennessee last summer from Minnesota and live only about 4.5 hours away from Wilmore, Kentucky and Asbury University. After reading about the outpouring at Asbury my wife and I talked and prayed about taking a road trip up to Kentucky to see it for ourselves. We decided to leave after church on Sunday morning February 19th. We had friends that moved to Kentucky in 2021 and found out they lived only 45 minutes from Asbury. They offered their guest room for us for Sunday night. It was yet another blessing to see them after nearly two years.
We arrived at Wilmore about 4pm to traffic backups. Looking over my phones map I was able to find roads that got us within about two blocks of the campus and found a parking spot. We walked down the street and found thousands standing outside watching the Live-stream worship from the Hughes Auditorium.
We were amazed to see so many people, some talking, many worshiping, kids playing, and hundreds standing in line to get into the auditorium. We remained there with them for perhaps 45 minutes and then noticed people going into the Estes Chapel. We walked to the chapel and were able to enter right away. We stayed there for about four hours.
Estes Chapel had a Live-steam connection from Hughes Auditorium which provided a great connection with the worship team there. People in the Chapel were very involved in the worship. There were perhaps 500-600 people in the Chapel.
When we first entered I could sense the presence and pleasure of the Lord. I also could sense the history that was there going back to the 1970 Asbury Revival. As many others have stated, it was a little taste of heaven. Being able to connect with the Lord while surrounded my hundreds and thousands of other Christians was amazing.
It soon felt normal. Similar to being with 1,100 students at BSSM.
My wife and I attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) in Redding, California for two years. I would compare my experience at Asbury with what I saw and felt there. It soon felt normal. Similar to being with 1,100 students at BSSM. It was at the same time amazing, wonderful, peaceful, encouraging and a gift of hope from the Lord. Even with all the craziness and evil that we see going on around us, I was assured that Jesus was raising up His End Times Army with these young people. And also with those of us who are not so young.
Another unexpected gift was to find a friend who we came to know and love during our two years in California. I saw a post that she was at Asbury with a friend. They were in the Estes Chapel. Just as I typed our location in the building I looked up to see her walking down the isle towards us. Meeting her lead to another God adventure the next day on Monday.
Visiting the Wells of Revival
Talking with our friend we found out that her husband was planning to drive up to the area on Monday morning. He wanted to visit the site of the 1801 Cane Ridge Revival that was only about an hour drive from Wilmore.
We connected with our friends and their two boys Monday about lunchtime in Winchester, KY. It was about a 40 minute drive to the Cane Ridge Meeting House site. The original log building of the meeting house is housed inside a newer stone building to protect it. The building is closed to the public until April but we were able to walk the grounds.
You can read the amazing story here about Revival at Cane Ridge.
Learn about the History of revival at Asbury.
To follow what is currently happening at Asbury you can read the Statement from Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown and further information from that page.
It Is Only The Beginning
God is not just pouring out His blessings and power at Asbury University. You can read many reports from other locations around the United States and around the world. God is sending His Gift of Hope to individuals, churches, business leaders and organizations who are ready to receive His Greatest Gift of Hope, Jesus Christ the Lord! Those who are willing to receive are those who will be used in this End Times Army.
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2 thoughts on “His Gift of Hope”
Glad to read your report, Henry. The current move at Asbury as well as many other locations is very encouraging. I believe God has been seeding this nation with “hot spots” of revival for several years. The nation is a tinder box waiting to be ignighted by the Spirit. Even the stuff happening in the nation has caused the true church to cry out in hunger for God’s mercy. Is Asbury the spark that will ignight widespread revival repentance and hunger? I don’t know. I’m not so sure this move of God Will necessarily look like revivals of the past. I can say that my own heart is being stirred in hope. And I can say that there seems to be an increased passion and hunger for Jesus in our church. But manifest unity and love, for Jesus and people, will be the marker of true revival. We Just saw the Jesus revolution movie last night. Powerful! I was born again in the later stages of that move. For me it was a stark reminder of God’s sovereignty and man’s frailty colliding in an unstoppable move of the Spirit. May God have mercy on our nation once again! May He pour out His grace in lavish abundance once again! And May the generations walk together in love and unity demonstrating the simplicity of The Greatest Gift to mankind…the salvation of God in Christ Jesus…our Lord.
Thanks for your reply Dave. We are in a spiritual war which has raged on for hundreds of years. In any war there are individual battlefields, places where we see more openly what God is doing. I see these as those “hot spots” of revival that you refer to. Love and passion for Jesus is what we saw and heard at Asbury. We also saw Jesus Revolution over the weekend. There was manifest love and passion for Jesus in the young people then. I believe it is happening once again. Jesus is getting the glory. We want to support and encourage those in every age group to go after God with all the energy and passion they have.