Revival and Young People by Julie Arduini

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last week when something caught my eye. Someone posted that a “simple” chapel service at Asbury University in Kentucky was still going on. It had started Wednesday.

It’s still going on.

Since then I heard the same thing is happening at Ohio Christian University.

People are worshiping, repenting, surrendering everything to Jesus. They are hungry for Him and His presence. They are ready to suspend their plans, hobbies, everything to be where God is.

There is no agenda, and that’s what makes it remarkable and God. The minute we start to plan, mimic, or duplicate it, then it’s a manufactured event and in my opinion, we’ve ruined it.

I keep thinking of what our lead pastor has shared time and time again, especially to our youth group. “Every move of God has young people involved.”

As a youth worker, I love this. I see their potential. I know many of their wounds, far deeper than what most of us have ever dealt with, and I’m decades older than them. Every person has value to Christ, but for revival to be breaking out among Gen Z? I’m excited. So excited.

I have a college age daughter learning online through a private Christian college. She also attends a Chi Alpha ministry chapter at a local campus and let me tell you, the battle for young people and their souls is fierce. The agendas being pushed on these kids is sick. My son is a recent graduate and I can tell you he heard more from his professors about following alternative lifestyles than becoming an educator.

And we paid a lot of money for him to have to sit and hear that.

God’s heart is bigger than we can define. I don’t think He’s done showing up on a campus. Honestly? I think He’s just getting started. Folks of all ages are showing up at Asbury simply to sit and experience His presence and walk away transformed. They are traveling from other states. They are waiting in line. Yesterday I read three chapels at Asbury were full.

Thank you, Jesus for this precious gift!

Image: Asbury University Revival

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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