Awakening in L.A. and Orange County Schools
Overwhelmed by the darkness, a young Grant High School student decided to end her life at the end of the school day. But instead, she went to an on-campus Christian club and heard Brian Barcelona share with about 150 other students.
After a stirring message, “she came running up to the front. She was weeping. She asked Brian to pray for her. She was going to commit suicide that day, but instead she found God,” says Allan Giglio, a coordinator for One Voice, which is seeing extraordinary awakening in Los Angeles and Orange County high schools.
About 2,500 students at 15 high schools hear the gospel each week through campus Christian clubs, which invite One Voice representatives to speak, Giglio says. Kids have been saved from drugs, violence, sexual sin, and hopelessness.
The move of God began in Roosevelt High School two years ago. A watershed moment came when opposing gangs put down their weapons and met each other in the gym for prayer, along with 400 other students who had gathered to hear a compelling message. Giglio says the Holy Spirit came into the room and the kids just broke down weeping.
Roosevelt teacher Samuel Alba acts as an advisor for the Christian club. Both his father and grandfather ministered in Mexico and the U.S., where they saw extraordinary things happen. But he has seen nothing like the current outpouring of the Spirit.
“This is a whole new thing,” Alba says. “This is something extremely new to the students. Many days, you see kids with tears asking Christ to come into their hearts.”
On-campus Christian clubs, run by students, have a right to use facilities and invite outside speakers, Giglio says. Principals have been known to monitor these meetings, but usually are happy to see students hearing positive messages about getting out of gangs, drugs, and other life-ruining traps.
MARK ELLIS and MICHAEL ASHCRAFT are correspondents with ASSIST News Service.
From Prayer Connect.