Tim’s Testimony

Early in my Christian life, I had the opportunity of seeing God move in genuine revival. I don’t mean just a series of meetings on a church calendar. It was that, but it became much more than that!

Ahead of His moving, no one knew God would choose to invade our world as He did. But when He did, no one wanted to do anything else! Jesus Christ had taken center stage in a large, well-known, Bible-preaching church, Christian school, and college; and those who witnessed it, I dare say, were never the same! I had the privilege of being a student in the college at that time.

It started with a prayer meeting early Thursday morning (that none of the students knew about). Then, while the visiting revival team was out of town (30 miles away), God’s presence invaded – a spirit of conviction began to spread into the classrooms at the Christian school. Students began asking teachers (who were simply teaching their everyday subjects) if they could say something. “I do not mean to interrupt, but could you please pray for me? I need Jesus!” These pleadings spilled over into the schedules for the pastoral staff because students were lined up outside their offices and down the hallways doing eternal business with God.

No one preached a sermon; no one told an emotional story; no one was presenting a Christian concert. God just began placing conviction on the hearts of students. They were not prepared to meet God, and they could stand it no longer. It went from classroom to classroom. It was happening on the athletic field and even in the locker rooms in the gym.

By the time the evening service started, in a meeting where perhaps only 30% of the church had been involved (including students who were required to be there), now, in one day that number had doubled! On this evening there were about 3,000 in the services! Word had begun to spread about town as to what God was doing in the Christian academy that day.

That night as opportunity was given to testify about the work of God in the school, there seemed to be a lingering question in many hearts. In a crowd of 3,000, will any young people have the boldness to share? The aisles were flooded with volunteers! By the time the evening was drawing to a close, over 50 teenagers had testified. When the invitation was given, as hundreds found their way into the Prayer Rooms, over 90 adults had encountered God in genuine salvation!

When I returned to the dormitories that evening, I could not sleep. I just lay in bed rehearsing all that God had done the last 14 hours on campus. It was amazing! Since I was obviously not going to sleep, somewhere around 2:30 a.m., I got dressed and went downstairs to the lobby of the dorm, only to discover there were others who could not sleep as well – 400 or more! They were not partying, not just hanging out. They were all praying – crying out to God to not let up!

Our chapel service that morning started around 10:00 a.m. like normal, but it was anything but normal! At 2:30 that afternoon, we were still going (we had continued right through all the lunch periods and no one seemed to notice or even care)! The president of the college stood to announce, “There will be no classes the rest of the day. We are calling everything off in favor of God!” We knew without a doubt we were in the midst of something not contrived by man but sent from heaven!

What happened in the Christian school, college, and church during those first 48 hours began to spill over into the community and a one-hour television program that went out live on hundreds of stations on Sunday morning. By the time those days of revival were completed, there had been almost 700 people giving their lives to Christ in genuine salvation (most of whom believed they were already saved) and a book written (Glory in the Church by Dr. Ed Hindson) to record the goodness of God in revival.

It has been my privilege now for over 35 years to witness God move in a supernatural way in many churches across our land.

I wish I could tell you that every place experiences genuine revival. I cannot. Who is able to measure or determine why or when God may choose to favor His people with His presence in that special way? But, there have been places in our lifetime: Fort Worth, TX; Covington, IN; Russellville, AR; Lewistown, PA; Connersville, IN; Nacogdoches, TX; Lynchburg, VA. Go, ask those who were there. They will tell you. A fresh encounter with the living God puts a taste in your heart for eternity – a heart cry that says:

“Oh, that You would rend the heavens, that You would come down, that the mountains might flow down at Your presence!” – Isaiah 64:1