A revival has reportedly broken out among college students at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and a young adult pastor says it shows “no sign of slowing” down.
In a recent interview with CBN News, Tarik Whitmore, the young adult pastor at New Life Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, noted that a spiritual movement is underway among the students, with hundreds making professions of faith and getting baptized almost daily.
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“In the spring of 22, we started to see people preaching in their small groups – people invite their friends who don’t know the Lord to their small groups. And instead of the small group being a Bible study, they would have someone get up and preach, and every time it would happen, one or two kids would give their lives to the Lord,” he told the outlet.
Whitmore added that during the entire spring semester, he would open the church late at night to baptize students.
“I didn’t do anything or minister in any way. I’m just the guy with the keys at that point,” he shared.
Whitmore noted that many students have been “radically changed” amid their conversion.
“We are seeing these people repent from compromise and make a decision to make a public declaration of, ‘No, I want to give my whole life to Jesus starting today.’ And then we see them radically transformed before our eyes where their lifestyle is radically different [and] [they have] boldness to preach the Gospel to their friends like never before,” Whitmore said.
“The culture of holiness has really been remarkable among these young people. They are living in purity and righteousness even at this secular university,” the youth pastor continued.
In August, New Life Church held its annual outreach. One thousand students attended, and 124 made professions of faith and were baptized.
“Literally, we preached the message, and then for the next hour and a half, we just had the worship team play because we spent the whole time baptizing people,” Whitmore said.
Students have also been going to college dorms, apartments, and homes to share the Gospel.
“We’ve had about 21 small group gatherings [and] young adult life groups. And I think the smallest one is 20 people and the largest one is 90 people. So over 400 [people] in these small group gatherings since Labor Day,” he told CBN News. “People are inviting their friends and saying, ‘Something is happening. You need to come and see.'”
Since Labor Day, 21 baptisms have taken place. An additional five students were baptized last Thursday.
“It just keeps happening,” he noted.
“I’m very hesitant to use the word revival, but I’m to the point where I don’t know what else to call it, especially in light of what is happening around our nation at multiple other college campuses. It really does seem like a nationwide move of God is taking place, and we just get to be part of it.”
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