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March 11, 2013

re:Awake youth revival kicks off April 8

CORBIN — As I have briefly mentioned in my columns this past month, I now want to fully share with you an exciting event coming next month that I have had the honor and privilege to work with.

It is called re:Awake and it will be a youth revival for all of our children here in the Tri-County.

It was originally scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. nightly April 8-12. But rather than say it will definitely last five days, we are going to start it at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, and we will let the Lord decide when the doors close.

So beginning April 8 at the Lynn Camp High School Auditorium, re:Awake will take place at 7 p.m. nightly and continue until God’s work is done.

The reason I am most excited about this event is the way it all began.

Instead of some of the church leaders deciding to plan a revival, it was the youth of my church who have been so desperately wanting a change in the direction their generation is heading.

This notion led to the idea of a revival for all of our youth.

Once a plan was conceived, they quickly discovered that other churches from all around have been seeking the same thing — a reawakening among our youth in the Tri-County.

Teaming up with First Priority, several churches are now on board and ready to do the Lord’s work to make re:Awake a truly awesome event.

Greg Locke from Nashville, Tenn. will be preaching each night of the revival. Locke recently visited Corbin as my church hosted a prayer dinner in preparation for re:Awake.

He spoke briefly but God was really using him to light a fire under all who were present that evening. He’s a great preacher, and if you would like to listen to some of his sermons, you can find them on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/globalvisionbc.

Just listening to him share God’s word would be worth coming out each night. But there will be much more to get excited about.

The youth at my church have learned and sang some awesome contemporary Christian songs. They have also performed some skits that will get you out of your seat.

So if our youth group teams up with other youth groups around here, I have no doubt there will be some amazing and awe-inspiring performances for all to see.

I, myself, just want this reawakening so badly for our youth. There is so much negativity they have to face on a daily basis. It is heartbreaking.

Every day our children are pressured into using things like drugs and alcohol at school. Then some of them have to go home where more drug abuse and meth labs can be found.

Teen pregnancies are at an all-time high. Violence in schools is at an all-time high. It’s almost a weekly occurrence hearing about a school shooting.

Then there is all the stress that comes from just being a student. Even when I was in high school, it was constantly a struggle to fit in so that you weren’t bullied or picked on. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for our children today.

When I was saved at the age of 16 and joined the youth group at my former church, it was as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. And I still think to this day that the moments I shared with my youth group were some of the best memories I’ll ever have.

Our youth need their own personal relationship with God. He can lead them away from these struggles they face as children. And re:Awake is going to be an excellent opportunity to change so many young lives here in the Tri-County.

If you or your church would like to get involved, there is still plenty of work to be done. You can call 606-523-9424, or email office@jesusishope.net for more information. You can also contact First Priority Tri-County at 606-521-6007, or by visiting

www.studentsreachstudents.com.

But most importantly, your prayers are needed. This is a youth revival, but the adults need to be there for support.

I personally want to see Lynn Camp Auditorium packed during this time. If it gets too full, we may have to move it to the gym. I would love nothing more than to have that type of problem.

It is time to take back the Tri-County, and see a reawakening for our youth.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com

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