April 10, 2014

53 Baptized During Second Annual Campus Revival at WAU

The second annual campus revival at Washington
Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Maryland, featured a week of worship
and culminated with the baptism of 53 young adults. The event started on Sunday
March 30, and culminated with the call to baptism on Friday, April 4.

Each evening at 7 p.m., hundreds of students,
faculty and staff, and visitors from nearby churches filled the outdoor tent on
campus to worship and to hear guest speaker Myron Edmonds, senior pastor from
the Allegheny West Conference’s Glenville church in Cleveland. He spoke to the
revival theme, “I’m Weak,” based on 2 Corinthians 12:9, which says, “My
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in

After making a decision for baptism, a student embraces Cheryl Kinsuzu, WAU provost. [Photo: CU Visitor/WAU]The revival concluded April 5 with a Sabbath
worship service that featured speaker Ronnie Vanderhorst, a member of Allegheny
East Conference’s Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Maryland.

“We had about 14 people who planned to
participate in the baptism, and then the Holy Spirit fell upon the campus and
touched hearts in ways only God can do,” said Regina Johnson, WAU chaplain.
“Saying God is good would be an understatement! He never fails to exceed my
expectations. Another baptism will be happening April 26, and I’m beyond
excited that the students are making their decisions together as a campus

Shaniel Francis, a graduating senior who was
among those baptized, said, “To me, the revival confirmed everything about my
spiritual life that I was afraid to acknowledge. I realized the importance of
starting over spiritually.”

Tyrus Fleetwood, a freshman who was baptized,
said, “The revival gave me a chance to sit back and take the word of God, and
look at what I was doing wrong in my life. It led me to surrender my life to
him. It also showed me how God can really work, and how strong the Holy Spirit
moves throughout people.”

Participants seemed to agree that the revival
came at the perfect time. Vincent Wilson, a junior religion student, said, “I
saw the baptism of the Holy Spirit, literally!”