In a state facing attack, God is on the move. The epicenter is Burlington, North Carolina, where growing crowds now meet under a huge tent.
Pastor Randy Hobbs of New Hope Baptist Church, where the Burlington Revival began, told CBN News the meetings are averaging around 2,500 people each night. Earlier this month, they held a Youth Night, and more than 5,000 people showed up.
CBN News returned from covering the Burlington Revival. Watch highlights and hear from Pastor Randy Hobbs, Evangelist C.T. Townsend, and people who have experienced the saving power of God.
Now entering its eighth week, the revival began on Mother’s Day. The church began a one-week revival, and as it neared the end, Hobbs and Evangelist C.T. Townsend sensed that God wanted to do more.
“Brother Randy got up and said, ‘I don’t believe God’s done.’ And I said, ‘I don’t either,'” Townsend told CBN News.
“It’s just amazing to be a part of this. This is something we’ve been praying for in our church for several years,” Hobbs shared. “We had been meeting over 15 years, praying for revival to touch us locally and nationally.”
“And now we’re seeing what we’ve been praying about and to see how that God has just orchestrated this and how that God has brought it together,” he continued.
The revival outgrew the New Hope sanctuary and eventually moved to a tent. Local businessman Don Cox allowed the tent to be put up on his property.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” Cox said. “The last time I remember anything remotely similar to this happening was in August of 1951 when I went to a tent meeting in Greensboro, and a young evangelist by the name of Billy Graham was speaking.”
“In my wildest imaginations, I would never have thought that God would have done what He’s done,” Townsend said. “Every night I lay my head on my pillow and just stand amazed at what God is doing.”
People from around the country are attending, and Townsend says more than 400 people have accepted Jesus Christ, including businessman D.R. Harrison.
“I haven’t been in church in over 11 years until five and a half weeks ago. And every Sunday and Wednesday, my daughter would go down to the altar and pray for Daddy and Mommy to get saved,” Harrison said, as tears welled up in his eyes. “God answered that little girl’s prayer. I believe it with all my heart.”
Ashley Caudill saw her six-year-old daughter accept Christ during a service.
“We talked about it a little bit, and I said, ‘Do you think that Jesus is talking to you about something?’ And she said, ‘I want to be saved,'” Caudill shared with CBN News. “I’m grateful and I’m thankful that my children get to see this ’cause I think that they’ll know — they’ll always know that God is real.”
The revival meetings have been extended through July 1. The tent sits directly off the highway at 3860 Danbrook Road in Burlington, NC — just off Exit 140 from I-40.
Townsend said the location is attracting people who were just passing through with no intention of going.
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