Thousands of Christians packed the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and live-streamed the event in thousands of churches across the United States all part of a “new Jesus movement.”
“The Send,” a 12-hour event Saturday that was a collaboration of national ministries aimed at activating Christians to fulfill their God-given call, was launched by evangelist Lou Engle, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), and other ministries. Engle, the founder of “The Call,” said “The Send” was launched after a conversation in 2011 with YWAM members who spoke about a new generation of Christian missionaries rising up following Rev. Billy Graham’s death.
“We believe this day, something will transfer and bring us into, I believe, worldwide transition into the greatest Jesus movement we have ever seen,” Engle said.
The event took place a little over a year after the death of Graham — who was known as “America’s Pastor,” and who filled stadiums at revival services across the nation and the world.
Lindy Conant-Cofer, who was recently inspired to start fostering a baby boy with her husband after she heard from God, led worship during the day with her band, “Lindy and the Circuit Riders.” She recently told Fox News she believes the time is ripe for a “Third Great Awakening,” a theme that was present all throughout the event.
As the day went on, between pastors like Bill Johnson and Benny Hinn and worship teams, like Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Bethel Music, people committed to an area of action for their faith.
Over 500 people were saved, or accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, throughout the day.
More than 17,000 committed to doing a “Jesus fast,” thousands signed up for each specific calling to reach high schoolers, college-aged kids, and different nations.
“Now is the time for spiritual awakening and now is the time for a massive missions wave to the nations of the earth,” Andy Byrd, Youth With A Mission leader, said. “This is about winning a generation for Jesus and this is about sending a generation to places that are still longing for the revelation of the gospel.”
Todd White, one of the speakers, said every Christian wants to do more, they just don’t know how.
“It all is tied up in the cross and the reality of God’s love for me, because when I find out how much He loves me, I can no longer keep silent and when we start to realize who He’s created us to be, we will want to spread the good news because we’ll want to take as many people to heaven with us as we can,” White said. “The only thing that’s worth anything is living my life full-on for Jesus.”
Francis Chan, a California pastor, told the thousands gathered it’s unfair that they get to hear from “20 speakers and 15 bands” while entire people groups have never even heard the Word of God.
“Okay, enough entertaining people,” Chan said. “It’s time to go.”