By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
AUBURN, USA (Worthy News) – A Christian “revival” has broken out at a university in the U.S. state of Alabama, with hundreds of students participating in spontaneous baptisms after a prayer and worship rally attended by thousands, witnesses say.
Auburn University’s Neville Arena hosted a massive crowd late Tuesday night for the “Unite Auburn” Christian event featuring several speakers and a worship band performance.
However, Jennie Allen, one of the event’s leading speakers, revealed toward the end of the meeting that several students had asked to be baptized, including many new believers.
Soon after, students posted videos of many people baptized in Auburn’s Red Bard. Witnesses said more than 200 students were baptized within two hours of each other on the property’s pond following a “Unite Auburn” event. Others put the figure at more than 100.
However, a huge crowd watched the impromptu baptisms, with many cheering as people came in and out of the water as an expression of their faith in Christ.
The social media platform Facebook account, ‘What’s Happening in Auburn and Opelika,’ posted event footage. In the post’s comments section, youngsters were moved by the sight of many young people professing their faith publicly.
The student who recorded a video of the baptisms wrote, “Happening right now, hundreds of students just accepted Jesus as their Lord and are getting baptized at the Red Barn.”
Student Riley Ferguson recalled that it began with “a powerful message and the start of a night that ended with thousands gathering” around the Red Barn pond. They were “celebrating consistent baptisms of students, athletes, and anyone who confessed their faith and accepted Christ in their heart!” she said.
“I have never witnessed something so amazing, and it is evident that God is working through us! ,” she said. “It makes me so excited for my generation to move not just through Auburn, but through families, communities, countries, and to the ends of the Earth!”
The reported “revival” at the university in the city of Auburn came just months after a Christian revival at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. That revival was sparked by students spontaneously staying in Hughes Auditorium following a regularly scheduled chapel service on February 8, 2023.
As news spread online, the gathering was attended by some 15,000 people each day, sources said. By its end, the revival brought tens of thousands of visitors to Wilmore, representing more than 200 academic institutions and multiple countries. The revival has been compared to similar revivals at Asbury, notably one in 1970, which experts said had a far-reaching impact on the United States.
Back in Auburn, Ferguson said the developments reminded her of Bible verse Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Last year, members of the Auburn University men’s basketball team were baptized in the Jordan River during a preseason trip to Israel. They were baptized in the same river as the Bible says Jesus was almost 2,000 years ago, including junior guard Wendell Green Jr., freshman guard Tre Donaldson, and junior forward Chris Moore, several media reported.
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