A week-long revival of continuous worship services at a small Christian university in Kentucky is drawing nationwide attention and an influx of pilgrims seeking spiritual connection and hope.
Since February 8th, students at Asbury University in Wilmore have been participating in around-the-clock prayer services, accompanied by worship music, personal testimonies, altar calls, and religious conversions.
The movement began after students refused to leave following a chapel service last Wednesday, and has since grown to pack the school’s chapel with worshippers from all over the country, according to reports.
“It’s praise and worship, honestly. Nobody’s snake-handling. It’s just praise and worship that’s going around 24/7,” said Jim Shores, an associate professor at the school.
The services have been described as “very sweet-spirited” and have attracted members of the local community as well as those who have traveled hours from out of state to participate.
According to Christianity Today, the revival has drawn interest from believers around the world, with some flying in from places as far as New Zealand and Singapore to experience the Holy Spirit’s presence.
The movement has gained momentum among Gen Z, with TikTok videos of the event showing worshippers crying to worship music, extending their hands high, and gathering in groups to pray.
The videos have inspired viewers to make the trek to Asbury for themselves, beyond the typical “like” or comment on social media.
“It’s really been student-led, but now the world’s coming in to be like, ‘I want to experience this.’ People are just hungry to have an experience,” Shores said.
As of Tuesday, groups of students from 22 other higher-education institutions have traveled to the school to partake in the revival, according to Kentucky Today.
The ongoing spiritual revival has sparked conversation and curiosity among students and believers alike, with many describing feeling more connected to God than they have in a long while.
“I have embraced friends, cried with strangers and overall felt more connected to God than I have in a long while. And I am only one person, one witness to healing and transformative action taking place on the carpets, against the walls, and between the wooden rows of seats,” wrote Alexandra Presta, the executive editor of the Asbury Collegian school paper.
The revival continues to attract new participants, and the university has even set up overflow chapels to accommodate the demand.
The movement’s spontaneous growth is a testament to the power of faith and the hunger for spiritual connection in these challenging times.