By Chelene Nightingale, JPI Reporter
On a lovely and clear Sunday night in May, on the serene and beautiful Born Again Camping grounds in Barren County, a big tent was erected for the first night of worship in hopes to spark a revival in the region. Born Again property co-owner, Peggy Davidson, declared, “Like the movie FIELD OF DREAMS, we felt the calling – ‘build it and they will come’ and that is what we pray happens.”
Peggy and her husband, Tony, greeted guests as they arrived for the first night of the tent revival. The Pleasant Valley Baptist Church singers joyfully praised God with classic hymns like “Amazing Grace”. The small but faithful gathering joined in singing, praying, and worshiping during the two hours of outdoor church.
After a time of praise and worship, ten different preachers stood at the pulpit for a period of ten minutes each to teach and glorify the word of God. Cave Spring Baptist Church’s Brother Cody Jolly was the very first preacher of the evening. He proclaimed, “It’s God’s choice for revival to happen. Tonight we are desiring a revival, an outpouring from God. We need to believe in the power of prayer and praise Him first.”
Other pastors who spoke during the first tent revival night included Brother Robby Ward from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Brother Grover Dean, Pastor Ray Woody, Wayne Wilson, Mark Johnson, Donny Wilson, and Billy Davis. One of the most moving moments of the evening occurred when Brother Sparks arose from his chair and sang all the way from his chair to the pulpit area:“Some sweet day when we get home, Sweet Jesus when I get home…” He continued in a sing-song manner, “I will go home and be well satisfied on what I heard tonight. The Lord is the greatest thing that has ever happened to us.”
A missionary from the Philippines, Brother Bryan Reboldera, sparked the night with a passionate message, “Revival will happen when God’s people do more to stand up for God! We are on the winning side and this should excite us. But Christians are not acting excited, not doing enough! And we are running out of time.”
Throughout the evening the messages were consistent regarding the darkness of the current state of immorality in our culture. Each of the preachers encouraged Christians to pray, to read the word of God, and to boldly rise up with courage to stand against the darkness. Pastor Dean warned that it was not just the unbeliever for whom Christians needed to be concerned about, but also to be concerned about the people within the churches. He said, “We have a great crisis in America because the church needs work. Our churches have become zoos instead of flocks. We see goats not sheep.”
Brother Mark Johnson added, “The church is getting more and more empty and yet Christians are still sitting. It’s time to stand up!” Brother Davis concluded the evening by confirming, “God is still calling people to repent.”
For the past few months, revival has been on the tongues and hearts of many across America after a revival sparked at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. Jobe Publishing, Inc. visited the Asbury Revival and wrote about it in February. Since Asbury, other colleges, including Western Kentucky University shared reports of revivals breaking out. Hollywood even released the film “Jesus Revolution” in February about the Jesus movement of the 1970s.
However, since February, America has been facing a spiritual battle as parents rise up to protect their children. In addition, Americans from all political affiliations and spiritual beliefs have reached a breaking point in the culture wars and boycotting corporations like Bud Light, Target, and Disney causing massive financial losses for those companies.
It is due to these current events which inspired Tony and Peggy Davidson to pitch up a big tent on their property and pray for a revival. JPI asked the Davidson’s how long will they host the tent worship on their property and Tony answered, “Until God says it’s over!”
The Davidson’s will host the tent revival at the Born Again Campgrounds at 236 Groce Cemetery Road in Glasgow. The tent services begin at 6:30 p.m. nightly, Sunday through Saturday. For more information call (270) 404-5523. All who love Jesus or seeking answers are encouraged and welcomed to attend.