God’s Movement at Texas A&M Shows ‘No Signs of Slowing’ – Hundreds Baptized in Corpus Christi

A young Texas pastor says a wave of revival is taking place among students at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and it shows “no signs of slowing down” as hundreds have already given their lives to Jesus and others are baptized with water almost daily.

Tarik Whitmore, the young adult pastor at New Life Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, told CBN News he was seeing a movement among students who were being saved and then boldly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus- Christ to the student body.

The result is a campus being transformed for Jesus – and it’s happening fast.

“In the spring of ’22, we started seeing people preaching in their small groups – people were inviting their friends who don’t know the Lord into their small groups. And instead of the small group being a Bible study, they would have someone receive and every time that happened, one or two kids would give their lives to the Lord,” he said.

Whitmore said that throughout that spring semester, he was opening the church late at night to baptize students.

“I haven’t done anything or ministered in any way. I’m just the guy who has the keys at the time,” he shared.

The Texas A&M Corpus Christi alumnus says that for more than a year, students have been coming almost weekly to be baptized.

As CBN News reported, at one point, Michael Fehlauer, the senior pastor of New Life Church, posted videos on social media showing students baptizing their friends in a public fountain at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

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Whitmore says many of these young adults are having their lives “radically changed” and are simply sharing with their friends what God has done.

“We see these people repenting of their compromises and making the decision to make a public statement: ‘No, I want to give my whole life to Jesus starting today.’ And then we see them radically transformed before our eyes where their lifestyle is radically different (and) (they have) the audacity to preach the gospel to their friends like never before,” Whitmore said.

The young adult pastor believes the change of heart is genuine and says, “The culture of holiness has been truly remarkable among these young people. They live in purity and righteousness, even in this secular university. »

And it sparks a powerful spiritual movement on campus.

In August, Life Church held its annual school outreach and approximately 1,000 students showed up to pray, worship and learn about Jesus.

Approximately 124 of these students responded to the call to salvation and decided to be water baptized.

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“Literally, we preached the message and then for an hour and a half we just had the worship team playing because we were spending all our time baptizing people,” Whitmore recalled.

Whitmore says students gather in dorms, apartments and houses to talk about Jesus.

“We’ve had about 21 small group gatherings (and) young adult life groups. And I think the smallest has 20 people and the largest has 90 people. So over 400 (people) in those small gatherings groups since Labor Day,” he told CBN News. “People invite their friends and say, ‘There’s something going on. You need to come see.'”

Whitmore also said she has attended 21 additional baptisms since Labor Day.

“Small group leaders are literally going to buy horse troughs because it is no longer possible to contact me to unlock the church because this is happening too frequently between multiple groups, per night now,” he said. he declares.

“It shows no signs of slowing down,” he added.

Whitmore says 240 people showed up to a gathering at Life Church Thursday night and five students were baptized.

“It keeps happening,” he shared.

“I’m very hesitant to use the word renaissance, but I’m at the point where I don’t know what else to call it, especially in light of what’s happening in our country on several other college campuses. It’s It really does. It feels like a nationwide movement of God is happening and we can just be a part of it.

Whitmore told CBN News that he and Life Church leaders have been praying for a movement to break out on the school’s campus since 2015, but he doesn’t take credit for what’s happening because he knows it This is the work of the Holy Spirit. .

“Most of the work is done in prayer,” he explained.

“One of the things we prayed for was that the Lord would give us 10 percent of this university… (or) a tithe of this university. And last year, to see 10 percent of the university “To be touched by what God has done through our church with young people… it’s truly breathtaking. It’s overwhelming,” he expressed.

Whitmore says Gen Z isn’t interested in “palatable” or “culturally relevant” Christianity, but rather is looking for answers.

“I think there’s a shift and I think there’s an increase in hunger and I think what we’ve seen is people are drawn to an authentic expression of biblical Christianity. He “There’s an expression of power that has been incredibly appealing to kids from all walks of life,” he explained. “I think Gen Z is hungry for something real and authentic, no matter what package it comes in.”

Whitmore added: “The more simple and unapologetic we have been in matters of worship, preaching the gospel, prayer, and laying on of hands, the more we have seen our influence increase, and that tells me that there is there’s a real thirst for something authentic.”

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