The Christian college of Asbury in Wilmore, Kentucky has had people inside the chapel worshipping non-stop for over 12 days and the president made an announcement as to how things will look moving forward.
"We are experiencing a historic moment at Asbury University," says Dr. Kevin Brown, Asbury University's president in an official statement on Facebook. "Since our regularly scheduled chapel service on February 8, there have been countless expressions and demonstrations of radical humility, compassion, confession, consecration, and surrender unto God."
Hundreds of videos from people attending some of the non-stop services have spread across social media in the past 10 days, showing scenes of people singing together, artists painting, and potentially even casting out demons.
It started out with a regular chapel service at Hughes Auditorium on Wednesday, February 8 with the student body, but the service simply never stopped.
"As we enter the third week of this renewal movement, our desire is to be faithful to our mission as a student-centric Christian University. Further, we believe that the continued flourishing of such a movement invites us to commission our Asbury community, visiting students, and other campus guests from across the world to neighbor-serving, God-honoring work."
Brown shares that the overflow of traffic and people to their small campus is coming to an end, although they will live-stream some of the upcoming events.
"Beginning Tuesday, February 21, services available to the public will be held at another location in the central Kentucky area. Asbury will host evening services for college-age and high school students (25 and under) through Thursday, February 23."
Is it Real or just for Show?
The college campus itself isn't calling this a 'revival' but rather an outpouring.
Tucker Carlson, an outspoken journalist on Fox News asked to attend the gathering to report on it. However, the college called and asked him not to come because what was happening was purely spiritual, not political. Carlson shared that he 'deeply respected that.'
"On the deeper side of things, what's been happening is, there is a young army of believers who are rising to claim Christianity, the faith as their own," says student Alison Perfater during a video interview in front of the college. "That's why people can't get enough."
Perfater goes on to share that hundreds of calls have been flooding their centre throughout the past week and people have come from almost every state, as well as around the world including Indonesia and Brazil.
Some people watching the many videos online are questioning whether this is an authentic move of God. This includes one journalist with the Christian Post, Samuel Sey, who shares that he has not seen any videos in which the gospel is actually being shared. He also admits that's not evidence enough to say that it's not happening off-camera.
As the non-stop worship at Hughes Auditorium comes to a close, Asbury’s Communications Director Abby Laub shared she hopes it continues outward.
"We recognize life for the students had to return to normal, they have to go to school, they have midterms next week," says Laub to WKYT. "They know this is a gift, they have received it as a gift, so we are going to charge them with now you take this to your job, your family, your church."
One person who attended Asbury during the past week, Nick Hall, an evangelist, shares his own experience.
"For those skeptical of hype, these meetings have been incredibly unsensational, non-emotional, no lights, smoke, or charismatic voices,' says Hall on Instagram. "On the contrary, this is humility, repentance, prayer and sitting under the authority of Scripture. The altars are wet with tears of hearts broken by the love of God."