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Students pray atop garage

Jan. 30, 1997

Two freshmen start prayer group that now claims to have over 40 members

Kevin Johnson/ The Baylor LariatStudents pray on top of the Baylor Parking Garage Tuesday night. Any student that would like to pray is welcome to come at 10 p.m. to the top of the parking garage.

By Melissa Miller

Lariat Reporter

Two University freshmen found a literal higher calling, starting a prayer gathering which has grown to an average of 35 to 40 people trekking to the top floor of the parking garage nightly to pray for University wide-revival.

From the top of the parking garage to apartments off campus, the theme is revival--and many students are joining in.

'Prayer and unity are what revival is all about,' James Walker, a Houston freshman, said. 'I felt a burden in my heart to pray for revival. God is fulfilling his promises in the Bible and he is opening the hearts of people.'

According to Walker and Mikele Cayton, a San Antonio freshman, God told the pair to begin meeting nightly on the fifth floor of the parking garage to pray. Throughout the semester, other students began attending.

'Coming up here (to the parking garage) has brought me closer to the Lord,' Cayton said. 'I have never had a strong relationship with the Lord, but He has helped me come out and not to be embarrassed to talk about God. It gives me courage and makes me stronger.'

Beginning from the vision of two students, an average of 35 to 40 students have been attending nightly in prayer.

'Prayer is the most significant experience in our Christian lives. Any time Christians take prayer more seriously it is a great thing both for the one who prays and others,' President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. 'We always have room for growth.'

The University experienced a revival in the late 1940s following the return of the service men from World War II. The mood on campus was serious because of the soldiers' experiences with war and death.

'Revival broke across campus. People set a tent on Fifth and Clay and held services there,' Milton Cunningham, University chaplain, said. 'It started with a group of students concerned about campus. Instead of praying for others, they prayed for themselves. They asked God to use them.'

According to Cunningham, from among that group of students, missionaries have been sent out and many well-known preachers have emerged. The president of the University influenced Cunningham's decision to become a Christian.

'God doesn't work through groups as much as he does through individual people,' Cunningham said. 'I know that He will work, I don't know when or how, but I know that He will move. It will be an exciting thing to be in the middle of it.'

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