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02-26-2014


Mike Wilson returns for UC’s Spring Renewal

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – Mike Wilson, director of My Life Speaks, who spoke at Fall Awakening, returned to University of the Cumberlands (UC) for Spring Renewal on Feb. 26-27, 2014.

My Life Speaks is the non-profit organization that Wilson and his wife began in Haiti. Its’ purpose is to “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves” as their motto says. Wilson incorporated how his own story of obeying God and speaking up for others began with listening.

Wilson spoke about how people intently listen for stuff that they want to hear and when they want to hear it. He encouraged the students to listen for God. Hearing and obeying God was the theme for Spring Renewal.

The crowd had a chance to interact with Wilson through his quiz about what’s really from the Bible and phrases that sound like they are. He then talked about Biblical examples such as Jonah, the rich young ruler, Simon Peter, and Abraham who were all called by God. Some of these men obeyed immediately while others struggled with following God.

Wilson explained that following God is not all easy after you have Jesus. Life’s not perfect because Satan is still walking to and fro on this earth. He reminded the crowd about how Satan persecuted Job and how he got through to the end. God blessed him for his faithfulness.

“Because God loves you, the things you’re going through are able to be gone through,” said Wilson.

He asked the students to sit in silence for 10 seconds and ask God the first question that came to their mind. He then said if they knew the answer, they needed to respond to God. About 10 students heard and obeyed God that night. They accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

“It’s not about an outward performance. It’s about what God’s saying and how you’ll answer Him,” said Wilson. “My prayer is that you’ll choose to take a step toward God.”

As Wilson offered a time of response each evening, large numbers of students moved toward the altar and knelt for a time of prayer and personal commitment. While the result of all the commitments made is not known, at least 10 students indicated to Campus Ministry personnel that they had made first time professions of faith in Christ.

Wilson is an alumnus of University of the Cumberlands. He went on to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995 and has been married to his wife Missy for 20 years and they have five children together. He and his family are moving to Haiti in June.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant