Tent crusade packs 'em in
Rev. Ralph Sexton’s Western Carolina Revival Crusade may be the best thing that’s happened to Graham County. Ever.
That opinion has been oft heard in the 16 days since volunteers erected the Asheville preacher’s 270’ x 150’ white tent near the Phillips and Jordan ballfields in Robbinsville.
At least that’s what the site was previously called. “Halfway to heaven” is what Sexton calls the plot of land where an average of 2,500 nightly gather to praise God.
An estimated 100,000 in 18 states watch streamed video via Ralph Sexton Ministries’ Facebook page.
“We are so thankful about the results of the crusade thus far,” said Steve Odom, one of the local organizers. “To date, 120 people have accepted Christ, 70 have re-dedicated their lives to the Lord and 86 have come forward in need of prayer.”
Pastor Mike Teem isn’t surprised. “I met with various prayer groups and one told me they’ve been praying for this kind of revival for over 26 years,” Teem said before the first night.
Young and old alike have bent the knee. Last Wednesday, on Youth Night, 53 young people accepted Christ.
“It’s a blessing. If you’ve not been there, you’ve missed out,” said Joy Jordan Orr.
A large number of Graham County residents have attended every 7:30 p.m. session.
“A majority of the churches in Graham County are participating and assisting in various roles with the Crusade, as it takes numerous volunteers,” Odom said.
Attendance has been so strong that the event has been extended for a third week.
That announcement is music to the ears of local evangelist Isaac Cable. “I have to speak highly of the Ralph Sexton Tent Revival; God has allowed me to witness young and old people come to God and get saved or re-dedicate their life and families to the Lord,” Cable said. “I witnessed one mother of whom I have been praying for dedicate her life and her babies life to the Lord.”
Organizers who brought Sexton to Robbinsville expect to see many more dedicate their lives to the Lord.
“I’m confident the Lord will continue to bless, not only Graham County, but our many friends and neighbors in other parts of the region who are in attendance nightly and across the country and world via the Internet,” Odom said.
Ministers supporting the crusade met for group prayer each Monday for a month.