Tennessee Middle School Students Ride the Revival Wave

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Shawn Akers

Don’t tell these Tennessee youth that God is dead, and that GenZers don’t have a future in God’s kingdom plans.

On the cusp of nationwide outpourings, including The Asbury Revival, students at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville experienced “an unplanned worship service” last Friday where several middle school students held prayer, shared confessions and even made professions of faith, The Christian Post reported.

Similar outpourings are happening in schools and youth groups around the country, including these in Texas.

A Grace Christian Academy spokesperson told the Christian Post in an email Tuesday that “the gathering began within the school’s annual tradition of Discipleship Days. During this event, the school seeks to “enrich GCA students with God’s Word, to help them grow in love for Jesus and to put their faith in action” by holding classroom discussions and activities.

After the worship service for the middle school students was concluded Friday, many “felt compelled to continue t heir time of worship.” The email from a GCA spokesperson added that “Leadership pivoted any planned activities and allowed students to lead one another in song and prayer. This led to students repenting, confessing and seeking Christ.”

“God can speak in showers or waves, and at last week’s Discipleship Day, He decided to flood our campus with His presence,” GCA Upper School Principal Angie Nordhorn said.

“As a tenured member of our GCA community, I only remember one other time, in 2010, when we experienced a profound demonstration of the Holy Spirit. I pray that the Lord will continue to flood our halls with His Presence. Discipleship Days is only a ripple in the ocean of what can happen at GCA.”

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GCA officials say they intend to continue to disciple students who made professions of faith during Discipleship Days and also to hold small group discussions about last Friday’s outpouring.

“We praise God that students’ lives have been transformed forever, and we have witnessed eternity-changing decisions through this schoolwide initiative,” the email concluded. {eoa}

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Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma Media.


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