By Editorial Staff
Published April 10, 2008
IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, the city of Boston has witnessed an unprecedented rate of church growth even while the population has remained steady. This has some local Christian leaders and ministers asking if the first stage of a Great Awakening is being fueled by college students and immigrant churches.
“Staid, intellectual, overly-rational New England is, I think, experiencing a visitation of the Holy Spirit. God is very much interested in reclaiming this area and turning it into that beacon it was initially meant to be. We are on the verge of the most powerful, transformative spiritual revival this nation has ever seen.”
- Roberto Miranda, Congregation Lion of Judah
“When we see a desire for people to get together to pray, we know that God’s about to do something powerfully. And that’s the sense that we have. We think something greater is about to happen. And it’s our sense that when Harvard and MIT come back to Christ, then the world’s going to take note.”
- Alex Canavan, Christian radio manager
“All of the great revivals, the awakenings that have swept America and gone around the world, seemed to begin in New England. That’s where the revival is now. It’s isolated candles, but very soon, He’s going to bring the candles together, and when He does, the combined candle power is going to be brilliant, and it’s going to be astonishing to many people. There is so much pride here intellectual pride and so much excellence, that this might be the last place anyone would pick and that might be why God is picking it.”
- David Manuel, author and historian
“This is where the Pilgrims landed. This is where the Pilgrims made covenant with God to be a Gospel, covenant-keeping people. I think that there’s a sense in America that if it can happen in New England, it can happen anywhere. God has brought them from Brazil, brought them from Latin America, to Boston because this is where revival is going to break out. They’re way ahead of us. They’re passionate the Hispanics, the Brazilians, the Asians.”
- Paul Taylor, Director Northeast Prayer Center
“This is the region where church-planting started, and yet it is now the most unchurched region in the United States. It’s been 200 years since you’ve seen a real move of God in Boston. In 1900, the United States was the number-one sending nation of missionaries around the world, and today the United States is the 13th largest receiving nation of Christian missionaries from around the world.”
- Dan Clymer, church planting missionary
“A lot of the groundwork has been laid. The ‘quiet revival’ is a precursor to something more major. Another revival is coming, more along the lines of the Great Awakening.”
- Jeff Bass, Emmanuel Gospel Center
“I have never seen the Holy Spirit moving as powerfully as I have seen at these Boston Awakening prayer meetings. Compassion for the lost, zeal for evangelism, and power from the Holy Spirit is being imparted. There is a strong sense that revival is about to break out in the coming weeks. I urge all college students and people with hearts for revival on the campuses to attend these meetings as the Boston Awakening team imparts a vision for raising up laborers for the harvest field in Boston.”
- David W. Hill, Abundant Grace Church
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