The Awakening

A file photo from last year’s “Awakening” tent revival in Greene County.

ROGERSVILLE — The ‘Greeneville Awakening’ tent is coming to Rogersville and revival services will begin on July 8.

One month prior, however, on June 8, the big tent will go up and about 70 strong volunteers are needed that day from 8 a.m. until around 3 p.m. to set up the tent at 7740 US Hwy. 11W west.

Ladies will be there cooking so there will be a great lunch for everyone.

Actual revival services begin July 8 at 6:30 p.m. nightly with evangelist D.R. Harrison. Harrison’s father, David Harrison, is the field director for what will be billed as the East Tennessee Awakening.

Pastor David Harrison will be interacting with local churches and pastors until the revival starts.

He has been pastor of the Homeland Baptist Church in Kingsport. For 10 years, Harrison was field director for Ralph Sexton, a legend of an evangelist that did tent revivals all over the country with thousands of salvations. In 1985, Harrison brought together 47 churches to put up a tent across John B. Dennis Hwy from where Indian Path Hospital is located. That revival lasted 11 weeks with 1,000 people coming to Christ.

Harrison is making himself available to come to local churches between now and July 8, to speak on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, or Wednesday evening. He can take 10-15 minutes or he can take the entire service to encourage area church members about how close, he feels, we are to seeing an Awakening begin in our nation, beginning right here.

Harrison said in an interview, “When the tent goes up, people can sign up to help park cars, be a counselor, or help with security.”

Three campers (RVs) are needed. Harrison is asking if families might have one they could loan for the duration of the revival. One will be for security, one for the song leader and one for Brian Lester, who is Harrison’s logistics coordinator.

Two weeks before revival starts, June 24-28 and July 1-5, Harrison will hold services at the crusade site which he will call Preparation for Revival. Messages will include: learning how to pray; learning how to effectively intercede for lost loved ones; how to counsel someone at the altar who is lost; and how to tell if they are really lost or just doubting their salvation.

Pastor Harrison will be relaying needs in further detail on the Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. program on WRGS or the Sunday morning 10 a.m. program for WMCH, June 2.

Persons may reach him directly at 336-239-5570. He stated that he would love to take pastors to lunch during this time.

Services will be broadcast into 37 nations each night through PBN Christian Worldwide Radio.

Last year in Greeneville under D.R.’s preaching, there were 1,000 salvations. In the last 60 days, his Voice of Hope Ministry website has been viewed more than 3 million times.