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Could West Virginia Revival Spark End-Time Awakening?

CBN News reporter Wendy Griffith shares that revival is spreading through the schools and churches of her home state, West Virginia. Read Transcript


WENDY GRIFFITH: There's new sound coming forth

from the hills of southern West Virginia,

a sound many prophets have foretold,

but haven't heard until now.


For the past three weeks, the large sports complex

in the small coal mining town of Williamson,

West Virginia has been filled to the rafters

with people crying out for God.

It all started when Tennessee evangelist Matt Hartley visited

a local church for what was supposed to be

a three-day revival service.

But it just kept going.

MATT HARTLEY: This is not man-made, charismatic, hyper


This is the presence of God that is overwhelming us

that is being released upon hungry people that

are tired of just stagnant Christianity and safe church.

They want Jesus more than anything else,

and that's why they're here.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Hartley also spoke

at the local high school, where revival seemed to break out

among the students.

KATIE ENDICOTT: 400 to 450 students

got saved at Mingo Central through Matt Hartley coming

in and speaking at a voluntary prayer club meeting.

It has just went from school to school, from youth group

to youth group.

Denominational barriers have just been cast down.

And we just had a great spirit of unity.

In the 1980s, this field house is

where I helped cheer on the Williamson Wolfpack basketball

team to victory.

Great memories.

But today, it's the only place big enough

to hold what many say is the greatest

spiritual awakening in southern West Virginia history.

We could not have done any of this if we wanted to.

We've had so many different revival services,

so many special services.

And nothing like this.

This is true awakening.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Endicott says prayer plus desperation has

paved the way for this spiritual breakthrough,

especially among the young people.

Oh, my gosh.

It's amazing.

I've never seen something like this happen, where just

the young people get on fire.

And it's really cool to come to church,

and it's really cool to worship God.

And nobody's judging you or say anything about it,

because they're all with you.

We're starting to have prayer circles at school,

before school.

And you know, we're reading and having Bible studies at school.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Others, like Erica Priest of Lenore,

are seeing God answer very specific prayers.

My husband just got saved this morning,

and I've been praying for him for months.

And he'll be back [INAUDIBLE] Sunday.

WENDY GRIFFITH: He got saved this morning?

On a Monday morning?

On a Monday morning at work with other men

that are Christians that he works with.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Hartley believes the sound of revival, now being

heard in these West Virginia mountains,

has the potential to spread around the world.

MATT HARTLEY: I believe God has preserved

this state for the end-time awakening that's

coming to America.

I believe that this is the beginning of where it happens,

and this is going to spread as a wild fire

throughout the nations of this world,

that Jesus is going to be exalted.

And the more Jesus is exalted, the more the river of God

is going to flow.

And we have not seen anything yet to what God is releasing.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Wendy Griffith, CBN News, Mingo County,

West Virginia.

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