Makaela Perkins drove with a group from Memphis, Tennessee to witness revival at Asbury University and another one on the way back home after seeing it on TikTok.
She shared her experience with “Wake Up Memphis” host Ben Deeter and SMG managing editor Caleb Parke Monday morning. (click here to listen to the full interview)
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“We’ve been seeing it all over TikTok and Instagram, and we’re like, ‘okay, we’ve got to actually see what’s happening for ourselves.’ So we were like, ‘All right, let’s go.’ So we hopped in the car and six and a half hours later we were there and we were blown away,” she said.
Makaela and her friends arrived at 10:45 pm Friday night and left at 2 a.m.
But it was what she witnessed Saturday that was “unreal.”
“There were lines for lines to get into overflow rooms. Like, it was just unreal. Worship broke out on the lawn. It wasn’t just and it wasn’t confined to the rooms anymore. It was literally busting at the seams,” she said.
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There were disaster relief trucks on campus, “not because it was a disaster, but because it’s just they weren’t prepared for this to happen, and so they’re feeding thousands of people,” Perkins explained.
“It was so cool because…everybody was different from different backgrounds of life, different cities, states, countries were even represented. And just to see people hungry, wanting to just get inside was awesome,” Perkins said.
She said she was struck by the “kindness” and “joy” from the thousands gathered in Wilmore.
Perkins said it was different from a regular church service because “it just happened because I believe God showed up and it just hasn’t stopped because He hadn’t left.”
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Then, after seeing another university revival on social media, they drove to Belmont University in Nashville.
“Revival looked very different than what we had experience at Asbury, but it was still completely a move of God. It was awesome,” she said.
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There were only two people when they arrived and they were playing music on an iPhone.
“Is this the Belmont revival?” they asked.
They replied, “Yeah, come on in. Like this guy just got healed and we’re just worshiping and praying.”
By the end of it, there was a group worshipping together: “the room was just students hungry, crying out for their city.”
Perkins said she disagrees with people who claim the revival is not “hype.”
“The definition of hype is extravagant or intense publicity or promotion. And everyone keeps saying it’s not hype. And I would completely disagree. It’s not about hype, but it is hype because by definition, this is an extravagant and intense publicity and proclamation of who Jesus is, what he has done and what he is doing,” she said.
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For anyone who wishes they could’ve traveled to the university revival, Perkins encouraged others, “it’s not about Asbury, it’s about the presence of God and He can meet you exactly where you’re at.”
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