Date: Lord’s Day, July 12, 2015
Praise the Lord for a great beginning to the 2015 National College Training! Yesterday, 1,697 college-age saints and serving ones arrived at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in spirit on the Lord’s Day and registered for the 2015 National College Training.
Those that drove and those that flew to the college training had a sweet experience of being blended together with other students, saints, and localities. God has blended the body together (1 Cor. 12:24)! Over 1,000 students and serving ones flew into 2 Chicago airports and were safely transported to the university after a 2.5 hour bus ride without any major complications. This is a real testimony to the prayers of the saints covering all the transportation.
Last night, in the first gathering of the college training, the atmosphere was high and released with students arriving early to the meeting with their spirits exercised! As students arrived they began to sing and declare hymns, including a new hymn written for the college training. They sang and prayed the chorus: “I will choose to be a living overcomer / Be a person not ashamed to be a Jesus lover, / One who eats the tree of life, / And drinks the living water! / I will give myself to be an overcomer, / To see a heav’nly vision, / Keep my flaming spirit burning! / Lord, I give myself to You to turn this age.”
After being filled in spirit, the brothers brought us into the history of the Lord’s move in the college training, which began in 1991 in Southern California. Over the years, as the attendance has increased, the number of college trainings in the United States has grown from 1 to 4 in 2014 with a total attendance of 800. This year marks the 25th year of the college training and the first National College Training with nearly 1800 registered representing six continents!
Three key words were then released to help bring all the students into the burden of the college training: vision, truth, and life! The burden of the college training is to provide an atmosphere to see a heavenly vision, to be equipped with the truth, and to be helped in their experience of life. For this reason, the college training will cover four different lines of fellowship. The first line is morning watch to cultivate the students personal time with the Lord. The second line focuses on the experience of life in knowing the two aspects of the Spirit. The third line will focus on the gospel on the college campuses and the fourth line, the main line and burden of the college training, is on God’s Age Turners.
Pray that during this week, the Lord could really train, perfect, and raise up a generation of age-turners! And that each would respond personally to the Lord during this week and return to their localities, campuses, and countries another way (Matt. 2:12).
Updates of the National College Training will be sent daily. Please spread these updates and this burden so many more can participate in prayer and be encouraged with the Lord’s move among the college-age saints!