Around 400 young people opted for baptism at this year’s Winterfest event in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The organizer of the festival commented that in his 36 years of Winterfest experience, he had never witnessed such a remarkable display of enthusiasm. At the event, when baptisms were held by minister Jeff Walling, and when he requested the people present there to join if they wanted to dedicate their lives to Jesus and get baptized, they started responding to his call and ultimately almost 200 people decided to get baptized. Later, it has been reported that 400 people got baptized during Winterfest’s two Sunday services.
God TV reports:
About 400 young people were baptized during the annual Winterfest event at Gatlinburg. The organizer remarked that it was the first time he had seen such an outpourting in his 36 years of doing Winterfest.
Revival At Winterfest Annual Youth Event
In a report by Religion Unplugged, youth minister David Schilling shared the outpouring he witnessed at the youth event nearby Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He served at Hardin Valley Church of Christ in Knoxville, Tennessee, and brought a team with him to join the annual youth rally. Eleven participants came from his church.
Traditionally, the annual youth gathering contained “a Smoky Mountaintop experience.” At the event, “dynamic speakers, Christian poets, even Flying Wallenda-style acrobats” share “David and Goliath stories” with the young people.
However, David noticed something different in the recent Winterfest they attended. He expected the event to be grand like before, but it wasn’t. Although he remarked that the “worship was powerful” and “sermons were great,” he did not experience a “larger-than-life wow factor.” Not until he witnessed a powerful scene during the Sunday morning service.
Hundreds Of Young People Baptized
At the Sunday morning, minister Jeff Walling held baptisms. At first, he requested people from the crowd to move forward if they wanted to give their lives to Christ and get baptized.
Soon, “one by one, two by two, in groups of three or more” came forward, according to David. And now, nearly 200 young people responded to the minister’s call.
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