【AL】 Samford campus revival, inspired by Asbury University, reaches third day – Alabama News

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Students at Samford University gathered at the school’s Reid Chapel Wednesday to pray and sing.

Then, as the school canceled Thursday classes due to weather, students continued to meet, until, by Friday, students and supporters were calling the event a revival, inspired by a similar outbreak at a Christian college in Kentucky.

Asbury University’s revival in Wilmore, Kentucky, has been going on for a week and has drawn travelers from around the country, according to news reports. #AsburyRevival is also trending on social media platforms. Asbury was famously the site of a long revival in 1970, too.

“For over seven hours students gathered in Reid [Wednesday] and well into the morning worshipping, praying, sharing testimonies and reading Scripture,” Kevin Blackwell, executive director of Samford’s Ministry Training Institute, told the Alabama Baptist. “It was totally organic and student led. At 2 a.m. there were 150–200 students in the chapel seeking God’s face and praying for revival on our campus. God is up so something!”

Sofia Paglione, a senior at Samford, said she stopped by Friday morning.

“It was just a bunch of students listening and praying. There wasn’t singing when I was there. It was pretty calming,” she said Friday afternoon, as other students and visitors continued to head toward the chapel.

Students said the expected the numbers to ebb and flow throughout Friday, but weren’t sure how long the event would continue or whether a particular student or organization was leading the effort.

University President Beck Taylor praised the revival Thursday.

“It’s real, genuine, vulnerable, passionate, biblical and all about Jesus,” he said.

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