Oklahoma Church’s ‘Awaken Ada’ Event Draws 200 Decisions for Christ
If God were to begin a spiritual awakening in the “Bible Belt,” He might just choose a place like Ada to do it. That is what Brad Graves, pastor of Ada First Baptist Church, believed.
Through a multi-day event in February called “Awaken Ada,” the church saw approximately 200 spiritual decisions and has recorded more than 65 baptisms.
“Many describe what happened in Ada, Okla., last week as unbelievable, overwhelming, anointed; and most said it was simply indescribable,” said Graves who mentioned there were a few “only God” moments leading up to Awaken Ada.
To prepare for the event, which would be headlined by evangelist Ken Freeman, members of Ada First Baptist “cleansed the Temple” with 300 people reading aloud the entire Bible, cover-to-cover, in the sanctuary.
Following this, approximately 100 members fasted for 21 days, calling on the Lord to send awakening and revival in Ada.
Speaking at five school assemblies involving five different area schools, God appeared to move on the hearts of people. Giving his “choices” school assembly speech, Freeman was able to connect with many students.
“With one of the largest crowds hosted on a Wednesday Night Youth Service this school year, Ken spoke to a packed room of students, and the first 18 decisions for Christ were made,” Graves said.
On that Friday evening, more than 100 students and adults traveled to the Ada Lodge at Falls Creek campground for a weekend Winter Camp. During worship services, 13 more decisions for Christ happened.
Then, at a Saturday night Communion Service, students worshipped for several hours. This sparked a number of student-led prayer groups at schools, the following week.
“One local high school even added the Wednesday night service in its daily announcements,” Graves said. “Posters and invite cards were distributed around our area by the hundreds, and countless people gave rides, picked up people and walked.”
All of these events led up to the Sunday morning worship service, which kicked off the five-service revival week. That morning, the church baptized 19 students.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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