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Asbury revival carried over to Rupp Arena by a Minnesota based non-profit

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John McGary
The revival at Asbury University led to the renting of Rupp Arena last Sunday by a Minnesota-based non-profit Christian group.

The founder and president of Pulse, a Minnesota based Christian non-profit group that rented Rupp Arena Sunday, said what happened there, and at Asbury University’s revival, is like a dream.

Nick Hall said he spent several days at Asbury and when university officials decided to end the revival, he and Pulse’s board of directors decided to continue it at Rupp.

“The thing that I felt, and the thing that our team felt, is that when God is moving, one of the marks of revival is that everybody gives what they have. And for some of us, like we can sing for some of us we can write, for some of us, we can book an arena.”

Hall said he was profoundly moved by his experiences at Asbury and wondered how to keep the spirit alive. He said he asked Asbury leaders if they’d like to lead a service at Rupp Arena, but after more than two weeks of non-stop worship on campus, they declined. About 3,500 people attended Sunday’s service, he said.

“We had, you know, security guard workers at the arena came to know Jesus, newspaper reporters came to know Jesus. I don't even come from a charismatic background. You know, I want that to be clear. But there was a man that came in partially paralyzed in a wheelchair, he couldn't walk. And he walked out, he actually danced on stage.”

Hall wouldn’t say how much renting Rupp cost, but acknowledged it was thousands of dollars.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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