Episode 291

Bryant Wright’s Visit to Turkey, ‘Amazing Grace’ Discussion & Revival at Asbury

Feb 14, 2023

Send Relief President Bryant Wright is on the ground amid the rubble and devastation caused by a major earthquake in Turkey and northern Syria. In a video released Feb. 11, he urged Southern Baptists to give and to pray. A panel of musicians, church historians and theologians will discuss the impact and legacy of the hymn “Amazing Grace” and its author Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. Central at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And, revival fires are stirring again at a small college in rural Kentucky near Lexington. Services, filled with preaching, singing and personal testimonies, have been ongoing at Asbury University and Theological Seminary since Feb. 8.

Transcript

Send Relief President Bryant Wright is on the ground amid the rubble and devastation caused by a major earthquake in Turkey and northern Syria. In a video released Feb. 11, he urged Southern Baptists to give and to pray.

More than 35,000 people died in the Feb. 6 quake and its aftershocks. The death toll still could rise as bodies remain buried underneath homes and apartment buildings.

Send Relief is Southern Baptists’ worldwide compassion ministry. They’ve been distributing much-needed blankets, as temperatures dip well below freezing at night and other essential supplies.

Tens of thousands of survivors are sleeping in the streets, in their cars or in parking lots to avoid being crushed by rubble if another building collapses. Families are spending excruciating nights exposed to the elements.

Send Relief is providing real-time coaching sessions for local partners in disaster response efforts and meeting needs in emergency situations. These personalized sessions teach partners how to look for the most vulnerable, the most underserved and those who can’t make it to the government’s food lines.

Hope of finding survivors has all but faded, though crews did rescue a 4-year-old girl Monday (Feb. 13) – 177 hours after the quake, The Associated Press reported.

To learn how you can give to relief efforts visit SendRelief.org.
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A panel of musicians, church historians and theologians will discuss the impact and legacy of the hymn “Amazing Grace” and its author Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. Central at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

2023 marks the 250th anniversary of the song, penned by small-town preacher John Newton in 1773. It would go on to become one the most well-known songs in history.

To watch the panel, visit MBTS.edu.
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Revival fires are stirring again at a small college in rural Kentucky near Lexington. Services, filled with preaching, singing and personal testimonies, have been ongoing at Asbury University and Theological Seminary since Feb. 8.

Alexandra Presta, a student at Asbury wrote in The Asbury Collegian, the campus newspaper, on Feb. 8, “Peers, professors, local church leaders and seminary students surround me— all of them praying, worshipping, and praising God together. Voices are ringing out. People are bowing at the altar, arms stretched wide.”

She wrote that in the midweek chapel service campus minister Zach Meerkreebs led an invitation for personal confession and testimonies.

Bill Elliff, a lifelong student of prayer and revival, attended a portion of the service on Friday night.

“Within the first hour, I had moved from a spectator to a humble participant,” he wrote in a blog on his website.

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