A voluntary student assembly at a Mississippi high school turned
into a revival meeting April 12 as God began to move among students,
Most of the 670 students of Pearl River Central High School in
Carriere, Miss., gathered in the gym to watch a drama presentation
by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club. What happened next,
witnesses say, was unexpected and glorious.
"At the end of the skits people began to come up front and
give their testimonies," says Clifton Worley, son of Darrell
Worley, pastor of Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Miss.
"You could feel the presence of God in the place and many people
"I was in tears, as was everybody else," senior and FCA
member Cary-Anne Dell told Biloxis Sun Herald. "I
really am speechless to try to describe the presence of God."
Non-Christian students, too, began to come forward and apologize
for the sinful lives they had led. One girl, a professing atheist,
told the assembly she felt something so strong that she now believed
"All of a sudden there was a conviction in the place and many
people were crying," Worley says. "Then people began to
come up and testify what God had done for them and as a result,
many people got saved and made a decision to rededicate their lives
to God. I dont know the results that will come from this but
it is just so awesome to see God move like He did, especially in
The meeting ended four hours after it began. Principal Lolita Lee
watched as it unfolded.
"It couldnt be stopped. It was too heart-stopping,"
she told the Sun Herald. "We were hoping that the students
that came to the gym wouldnt ridicule and laugh at them. It
just snowballed. I have never seen anything like it in my life.
Maybe it was more than a revival. It was students coming
together, student fellowship. Theyre treating each other as
they want to be treated."