Sample of Over 76 Revivals (18th – 21st Centuries)

How many cases of authentic, transforming revivals have taken place in the last 15 years? From researcher George Otis Jr’s records, there have been around 800!

To give a brief overview of some of the revivals that have taken place during the last few hundred years, we’ve included the contents page of Geoff Waugh’s book, Revival Fires; History of Mighty Revivals. In addition to the contents page, we’ve added a few sentences from selected revivals to give a brief overview of what occurred.

This glimpse into how God has worked over the years can greatly boost your faith to believe that a similar move can take place today, in your church, region, and the world!

1. 1727 – August: Herrnhut, Saxony (Nicholas Zinzendorf)

a. August 13, 1727 was a day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There was a sense of the nearness of Christ given to everyone present, and also simultaneously to two members of their community working twenty miles away.

b. That congregation of 300 started an around the clock prayer meeting that lasted 100 years.

c. More than 100 missionaries were sent out from that church during the next 25 years, all constantly supported by prayer.

2. 1735 – January: New England (Jonathan Edwards)

a. Converts to Christianity reached 50,000 out of a total of 250,000 colonists.

b. The people experienced an extraordinary sense of the awful majesty, greatness and holiness of God, so as sometimes to overwhelm soul and body; a sense of piercing, all seeing eye of God, so as sometimes to take away the bodily strength; and an extraordinary view of the infinite terribleness of the wrath of God.

3. 1739 – January: London, England (John Wesley, George Whitefield)

a. Sometimes strange manifestations accompanied revival preaching. Wesley wrote in his journal about manifestations while preaching: “One, and another, sunk to the earth; they dropped on every side as thunderstruck.” Some came under strong convulsions, others called upon God with strong cries and tears.

b. Crowds of 20,000—50,000 would gather for open air preaching.

4. 1745 – August: Crossweeksung (now Crosswicks, NJ) (David Brainerd)

Results of the preaching: Their [American Indian] pagan notions and idolatrous practices seem to be entirely abandoned in these parts. They seem generally divorced from drunkenness, although before it was common for some of them to be drunk almost every day.

5. 1781 – December: Cornwall, England

a. John Wesley testified that “This country is all on fire and the flame is spreading from village to village.”

b. A chapel had to be enlarged to seat 5,000, the largest in the world at that time.

c. Some unbelievers were drawn by dreams and visions.

d. Some came to scoff but were thrown to the ground under the power of the Holy Spirit.

e. Whole denominations doubled, tripled, and quadrupled in the next few years.

6. 1800 – June-July: Red River and Gasper River (James McGready)

Four to five-hundred members of McGready’s three congregations, plus five ministers, had gathered at Red River for a “camp meeting” lasting several days. On the final day, “a mighty effusion of the [God’s] Spirit” came upon the people, “and the floor was soon covered with the slain; their screams for mercy pierced the heavens.”

7. 1801 – August: Cane Ridge, Kentucky (Barton Stone)

A quote from an eyewitness: “Seven ministers were preaching [to the 12,500 gathered] all at the same time, some on stumps, others from wagons. The scene that then presented itself to my mind was indescribable. At one time I saw at least 500 swept down in a moment as if a battery of a thousand guns had been opened on them, and then immediately followed by shrieks and shouts that rent the very heavens.”

8. 1821 – October: Adams, NY (Charles Finney)

During the height of the revivals he often saw the awesome holiness of God come upon people, not only in meetings but also in the community, bringing repentance and conversion.

9. 1857 – October: Hamilton, Canada (Phoebe Palmer)

10. 1857 -October: New York, NY, (Jeremiah Lanphier)

a. By May [1858], 50,000 of New York’s 800,000 people were converted. In several towns no unconverted adults could be found.

b. During the years of 1858-1859 there were an estimated 1 million Americans converted, out of a population of 30 million, and at least 1 million Christians were renewed.

11. 1859 – March: Ulster, Ireland (James McQuilkin)

a. 100,000 converts (one tenth of the total population) were added to the church.

b. People lying prostrate in conviction and repentance, unable to rise for some time.

12. 1859 – May: Natal, South Africa (Zulus)

13. 1871 – October: New York, North America (Dwight L. Moody)

14. 1901 – January: Topeka, Kansas (Charles Parham)

15. 1904 – October: Loughor, Wales (Evan Roberts)

a. By January 1905 the papers had reported 70,000 converted in less than three months and 100,000 within a year.

b. The Welsh Revival was the farthest reaching of the movements of the general Awakening, for it affected the whole of the Evangelical cause in India, Korea and China, renewed revival in Japan and South Africa, and sent a wave of awakening over Africa, Latin America, and the South Seas.

16. 1905 – June: Mukti, India (Pandita Ramabai)

This powerful revival spread throughout many areas of India, with Christians and unbelievers repenting in large numbers and being filled with the Holy Spirit and the fire of God.

17. 1905 – October: Dohnavur, South India (Amy Carmichael)

Effects during the next 7 months in particular included the professed conversion of all the school pupils, revival among the Christians, restoration among the lapsed, successful evangelism in the surrounding areas, and a remarkable spirit of unity among everyone.

18. 1906 – March: Assam, North East India

Revival spread throughout 1907 into all the churches of the Brahmaputra, then south in the Naga hills and then on to the Mizo people further south. A pagan anti-revival movement flared in 1911-1912, but when a plague of rats invaded the area demolishing their food, the people suffered terribly. Refugees poured down into the plains where Christians shared their food with them. So the pagan revival died out in 1913 and then again in 1919 revivals of Christianity ignited the hills again.

19. 1906 – April: Los Angeles, California (William Seymour)

a. Press hostility to this radical, racial mixture and its “wild scenes” drew crowds, many of whom “came to scorn and stayed to pray.”

b. It was a spiritual hurricane that has already touched a half a billion people.

20. 1907 – January: Pyongyang, Korea

a. By March 2,000 were converted, and 30,000 by the middle of 1907.

b. Prior to the Russian invasion thousands of North Koreans gathered every morning at 5 a.m. Sometimes 10,000 were gathered in one place for prayer each morning.

c. Koreans have sent over 10,000 missionaries into other Asian countries. Korea now has the largest Presbyterian and Methodist churches in the world, and has four of the world’s seven largest Sunday church attendances.

21. 1908 – China (Jonathan Goforth)

22. 1909 – July: Valparaiso, Chile (Willis Hoover)

Within two months the congregation grew from 300 to 1,000 and the revival spread to other cities.

23. 1914 – Belgian Congo, Africa (Charles T. Studd)

a. A common report of the revival: The whole place was charged as if with an electric current. Men were falling, jumping, laughing, crying, singing, confessing and some shaking terribly. The Spirit came down in mighty power sweeping the congregation. My whole body trembled with the power. We saw a marvelous sight, people literally filled and drunk with the Spirit.

b. The Christian population has reached 45-50% of Africa south of the Sahara.

24. 1915 – October: Gazaland, South Africa (Rees Howells)

The mission reported over 10,000 converts during the three year revival.

25. 1921 – March: Lowestroft, England (Douglas Brown)

26. 1927 – February: Shanghai, China (John Sung)

Estimates of conversions in that decade of revival run to hundreds of thousands in China and South East Asia, with thousands of churches established throughout the whole region.

27. 1936 – June: Gahini, Rwanda

a. The famous East African revival began in Rwanda in June 1936 and rapidly spread to the neighboring countries of Burundi, Uganda and the Congo (now Zaire), then further around. The Holy Spirit moved upon mission schools, spread to churches and to whole communities, producing deep repentance and changed lives.

b. That East African revival was sustained for forty to fifty years and helped to establish a new zeal for enthusiastic holiness in African Christianity. It confronted demonic strongholds, and began to prepare churches to cope with the horrors of massacres and warfare which erupted in later years.

c. The African Rwanda Mission had 20,000 converts by 1942.

28. 1946 – June: North America (Healing Evangelists)

29. 1948 – February: Saskatchewan, Canada (Sharon Schools)

a. A revival movement which came to be called the Latter Rain revival began suddenly in the Sharon Orphanage and Schools.

b. This revival spread to churches and meetings across Canada and America.

30. 1949 – October: Hebrides Islands, Scotland (Duncan Campbell)

That move of God in answer to prevailing prayer continued in the area into the fifties and peaked again on the previously resistant island of North Uist in 1957.

31. 1951 – June: City Bell, Argentina (Edward Miller)

The revival campaign shifted into Argentina’s largest arena, the Hurricane Football Stadium, seating 11,000 which overflowed. During nightly meetings over two months 300,000 registered decisions for Christ and many were healed at every meeting.

32. 1954 – April: Nagaland, India (Rikum)

By 1976 almost 95% of the Nagas [ethnic group] became Christian.

33. 1960 – April: Van Nuys, California (Dennis Bennett)

34. 1960 – May: Darjeeling, India (David Mangratee)

The revival took place in a small fellowship of newly converged souls in the state of Sikkim. The Spirit fell on all the believers, and that village become the center of evangelism. Today much of Sikkim is evangelized.

35. 1962 – August: Santo, Vanuatu (Paul Grant)

36. 1965 – September: Soe, Timor (Nahor Leo)

a. In one town alone they saw 9,000 people converted in two weeks.

b. From Indo.nesian statistical sources…in the first three years of the movement the Christian population of Timor grew by 200,000

c. On Sunday 26 September 1965, as at Pentecost, people heard the sound of a tornado wind and flames on the church building prompted police to set off the fire alarm to summon the volunteer fire fighters. Many were converted that night, many filled with the Spirit including speaking in tongues, including English. By midnight teams of lay people had been organized to begin spreading the gospel the next day. Eventually, about 90 evangelistic teams were formed which functioned powerfully with spiritual gifts. Healings and evangelism increased dramatically. Specific directions from the Lord led the teams into powerful ministry with thousands becoming Christians. They saw many healings, miracles such as water being turned to non­alcoholic wine for communion, some instantaneous healings, deliverance from witchcraft and demonic powers, and some people raised from death through prayer.

37. 1968 – July: Brisbane, Australia (Clark Taylor)

28. 1970 – February: Wilmore, Kentucky (Asbury College)

39. 1970 – July: Solomon Islands (Muri Thompson)

40. 1971 – October: Saskatoon, Canada (Bill McLeod)

Curious things were taking place in some congregations in the western provinces. Brothers and sisters, it was said, had been reconciled to each other; shop-lifted articles had been returned; crimes were being reported by the culprits; church feuds were being resolved; pastors were confessing their pride.

41. 1973 – September: Enga District, Papua New Guinea

42. 1973 – September: Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Todd Burke)

43. 1974: North America (Benny Hinn)

44. 1975 – April: Gaberone, Botswana (Reinhard Bonnke)

45. 1977 – March: Min District, Papua New Guinea (Diyos Wapnok)

a. At Duranmin in the rugged Western Highlands, where Diyos was the principle of the Sepik Baptist Bible College, while he spoke to about 50 people they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and great joy.

b. The students experienced a light brighter than day, filling the room where they were. Many simultaneously felt convicted of unconfessed sin and cried out for mercy and forgiveness. All became aware of the majesty, authority and glory of God.

c. Many churches of new believers were established and in the next three years at least 3,000 new believers were baptized.

46. 1979 – March: Elcho Island, Australia (Djiniyini Gondarra)

47. 1979 – June: Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Rodney Howard-Browne)

Rodney Howard-Browne has seen hundreds of thousands converted through his ministry, and many more renewed in their love for the Lord and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

48. 1980 – May: Anaheim, California, (John Wimber)

a. In 1981 the congregation had an experience of corporate renewal. On the evening of Mothers’ Day a young man who had been attending the church gave a testimony and asked those under twenty five to come forward. He then invoked the Holy Spirit and the young people about 400 of them fell to the floor, weeping, wailing and speaking in tongues.

b. A revival had begun. In the next four months they baptised 700 new converts. They began ministering in the Spirit’s power in new ways and healings became a regular part of their church’s life and their international teaching ministry. The church grew to 6,000 in a decade and commenced many other Vineyard fellowships.

49. 1984 – June: Brugam, Papua New Guinea (Ray Overend)

50. 1987 – November: Bougainville (Ezekiel Opet)

51. 1988 – March: North Solomon Islands District, Papua New Guinea (Jobson Misang)

Over the last eight weekends I have been fully booked to conduct weekend camps. So far about 3,500 have taken part in the studies… Over 2,000 have given their lives to Jesus Christ and are committed to live by the directions of the Spirit.

52. 1988 – August: Kambaidam, Papua New Guinea (Johan van Brugen)

Results of the revival: we noticed a desire for holiness, a hunger for God’s Word which was insatiable…, and also a tremendous urge to go out and witness.

53. 1988 – Madruga, Cuba

a. In 1988, revival broke out in a small church in Madruga, Cuba. People would begin to weep when they entered the church, said their pastor. More than 60 churches experienced a similar move of the Spirit. And today the Holy Spirit’s presence is still being felt.

b. The revival produced more than 2,400 house churches – more than all the official churches put together.

c. Though open evangelism is still outlawed, teenagers were joining children and adults to witness in parks, beaches, and other public places, regardless of the risk.

d. The once defensive mood and attitude of the church has turned into an offensive one, and Christians are committed to the vision of “Cuba for Christ”!

54. 1989 –Henan and Anhui, China

55. 1992 – Buenos Aires, Argentina (Claudio Freidzon)

Freidzon states: For seven years my congregation stayed at seven people…After his visitation from God, his church grew to over 4,000 in a decade.

56. 1993 – May: Brisbane, Australia (Neil Miers)

57. 1993 – November: Boston, Massachusetts, (Mona Johnian)

58. 1994 – January: Toronto, Canada, (John Arnott)

Salvation; healing; release from oppression; weeping; laughter; new zeal for the Lord; Leaders impacted by the Spirit of God finding their own churches similarly impacted. These results have been reported by hundreds of thousands of visitors to Toronto.

59. 1994 – May: London, England (Eleanor Mumford)

60. 1994 – August: Sunderland, England (Ken Gott)

The church began two meetings a day with daily afternoon prayer meetings from Jan. 1995. Many former criminals were saved, and crime dropped in the community. Within two years a youth group of 60 former criminals had been established.

61. 1994 – November: Mt Annan, Sydney, Australia (Adrian Gray)

62. 1994 – November: Randwick, Sydney, Australia (Greg Beech)

63. 1995 – January: Melbourne, Florida (Randy Clark)

Five local churches in Melbourne, FL invited Randy Clark as guest speaker at the Tabernacle Church on Sunday, January 1, 1995. Unusual revival broke out including large numbers falling down, laughter, weeping and many dramatic physical healings. Thousands flocked to meetings held 6 days a week. Pastors and musicians from 15 different congregations hosted the meetings in a new expression of co-operation and unity.

64. 1995 – January: Modesto, California (Glen Berteau)

65. 1995 – January: Pasadena, California (Chi Ahn)

66. 1995 – January: Brownwood, Texas (College Revivals)

67. 1995 – June: Pensacola, Florida (Steve Hill)

Over 26,000 conversions were registered in the first year of the ‘Pensacola Revival’ (Brownsville AOG). Over 100,000 conversions were registered in the first 2 years.

68. 1995 – October: Mexico (David Hogan)

Between 150-500 per month were being saved.

69. 1996 – March: Smithton, Missouri (Steve Gray)

a. After Steve Gray’s visit to the revival at the Brownsville AOG church, the fire fell on their church in Smithton. Over 100,000 visitors in the first 2 years.

b. The biggest challenge Gray faced was to keep unity and purity in revival and protect people from “wolves” who cause division and dissension.

70. 1996 – April: Hampton, Virginia (Ron Johnson)

A growing phenomena of this current revival is repentance and unity.

71. 1996 – September: Mobile, Alabama (Cecil Turner)

a. Meetings were held every night except Mondays, drawing 25—300 people, with 400 attending the Sunday church service, the maximum number they can pack into the sanctuary.

b. This phenomena continues to foster a fresh ecumenism, not of doctrine, but of the Spirit.

72. 1996 – October: Houston, Texas (Richard Heard)

a. When the altar call was given: They wouldn’t wait for the aisles to clear; they climbed over pews, businessmen tore their ties off, and they were literally stacked on top of one another, in the most horribly harmonious sound of repentance you ever heard. Just the thought of it still sends chills down my back. When I gave the altar call then for the 8:30 a.m. service, I had no idea that it would be but the first of seven altar calls that day.

b. A year later people were still being converted, often 30-40 a week.

73. 1997 – January: Baltimore, Maryland (Bart Pierce)

74. 1997 – November: Pilbara, Australia (Craig Siggins)

75. 1998 – August: Kimberleys, Australia (Max Wiltshire)

76. 1999 – July: Mornington Island, Australia (Jesse Padayache)

Waugh’s book lists a number of other revivals during the years of 2000-2006, mostly in the region of the West Pacific.

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