TENT AMERICA 2019
Imagine if those 101 university campuses from 2018 became 500 university campuses and tens of thousands of students, along with tents in every major city across our nation. We believe this is happening and it is part of God’s rescue mission to a generation.
We are dedicating the first half of 2019 to mobilizing campuses, training students, and building the national family. God is breathing on this moment in a special way and we are witnessing the first rumblings of a great awakening in our nation. We believe that God is raising up his student leaders on every university campus across this nation. What started in 2018, on 101 campuses, is multiplying in the coming years to hundreds and even thousands of Universities. We are talking about 50-hour tent gatherings of worship, prayer, and gospel proclamation, happening simultaneously across all of America, on October 17-19, 2019. Truly, this is an hour for the worth of Jesus to go viral.
STORIES OF LIVES CHANGED
Testimonies from Tent America 2018
Tent America at GCU was awesome. I have never been in a worship setting where it felt so unified and the Spirit’s presence was so evident.
We saw the Lord move powerfully, as UT (University of Texas at Austin) Alumni and people from around the city and state who weren’t students joined in worship and prayer praying for the campus. We got to minister to some Muslim Students who were wondering what was going on.
During the prayer times the Lord really (brought) people into unity in prayer. The (students) on campus are hungry and wanting to see a move of God.
The first and second great awakenings both find their roots on college campuses. In the 18th century 2 brothers named John & Charles Wesley, along with other fellow students began gathering on their campus of Oxford University in England in groups they called Holy Clubs. God moved powerfully and soon John Wesley met a man named George Whitefield, who taught him how to open air preach in the middle of fields. God used Whitefield and Wesley to set the Western World on fire. George Whitefield focused his attention on preaching in America and John Wesley in England. As they preached in open fields, thousands gathered. Hearts were stirred and the First Great Awakening was birthed! John Wesley went on to start the Methodist movement, which was the most fervent and effective church planting and missions movement of its day.
In 1806, a man named Samuel J. Mills and four other students from Williams College began to pray for the Lord to visit their university. Many historians attribute this little campus prayer gathering, affectionately known as the “Haystack Prayer Meeting”, to the beginnings of the Second Great Awakening in America. Throughout the 1800s the Lord continued to move on college campuses. It is said that in the course of a year’s time, half of Yale’s and a third of Princeton’s student population were saved. In the universities, these believers began to come together in societies, which began to take on more and more of a missionary focus as the years went on.
By 1886, some of these students from such societies began to possess such zeal for the task of world evangelization, they formed what is called the ‘Student Volunteer Movement’. Over the next fifty years, the Student Volunteer Movement sent 20,000 college students into the foreign mission field and mobilized nearly 100,000 college students in these fifty years to pray for Lord’s purposes to be fulfilled in the nations of the earth
Campuses have been a seed bed for the work of God in America since the birth of our nation. In more recent years Asbury University experienced a student revival in February of 1970. Student’s confessions and testimonies led to 144 hours of unbroken praise and prayer. From this powerful movement of God, 2000 witness teams went throughout the town of Wilmore and to at least 130 college campuses around the nation proclaiming the gospel.