The birthing of Awaken Us began when Terry & Barbi Franklin heard about the revival taking place among Christians in Egypt that started from a 40-day fast at the end of 2010. They heard God’s voice calling them to go see for themselves what God was doing there. Experiencing the revival first-hand and speaking with leaders fed their deep burden to see this same kind of heart-felt revival and awakening in America. Having traveled all across the U.S. and in 37 countries around the world for 28 years as “Musical Revivalists to the Nations: Inspiring Love in the Home & Revival in the Church”, their trip to Egypt gave them a greater desire to see this kind of spiritual transformation in North America (see HeartfortheWorld.com).
The video link below is an interview with Dr. Sameh Maurice of Kasr El Dobara Church in Cairo, Egypt, the church that began the 40-day fast at the end of 2010. Their church experienced revival that is spreading like wildfire in churches across Egypt, even in the face of heartbreaking persecution.
Back in America, this video inspired nearly 500 churches and 30,000 individuals throughout the country to join Terry & Barbi Franklin for “Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast and Pray” at the end of 2011. Many believers are now seeing that we, too, need a kind of “revolution”… a spiritual revolution of repentance. Without this, we will surely lose our nation as we have known it.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
A Few words from Terry & Barbi…
“We think you’ll agree, America desperately needs revival…beginning in our churches. We have been greatly inspired by the Egyptian Christians since first hearing that they went into a unified fast in 2010. This resulted in many miracles as revealed, in part, by this video. Prior to recording this interview (in August of 2011) we had this burning thought… ‘Why can’t our American churches do what these committed believers did?’”
“Following the Egyptian’s 40-day fast, a spirit of repentance blew across the desert regions and thousands of Muslims began to turn to Jesus Christ throughout Egypt and the Middle East. A fervent prayer movement began, and has continued in many churches.
Could it be that this end-time harvest — as well as the persecution of believers — is a fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and 39? We believe so, that “the Day of the Lord” is fast approaching and Jesus is coming soon.
But while revival is happening on the other side of the world, it seems that our own country is going the other way, spiritually. Even Christians are wandering away from God and His ways. We need to beg God to “Awaken Us” from our slumber, humble ourselves, and turn back to God, crying out to Him to heal our land!
“We were encouraged to see many join us for fasting and prayer from November 21st to December 31st, 2011, praying for revival in our churches and spiritual awakening in our land. American Family Association and many other Christian organizations listed on this website partnered with us to get the word out. But the work has just begun. We are keeping this website up and running to inform you of reports of revival in churches, as well as fasting and prayer movements being birthed across our nation.
“Our purpose at Awaken Us is to inspire, unify, and inform. At this website, you’ll find many tools in the days to come to help you pray for revival, as well as pertinent videos, music, informative website links, a Calendar of Events that you can join, and “revival sightings.” We are expecting a great “last days” harvest of souls, even as things look darker in our nation! We MUST be ready to reap this harvest!
“Let’s unite together, humble ourselves, and follow the example of these passionate Egyptian Christians. Let’s storm the gates of Heaven, pleading with God to give us another historic “Great Awakening” here in America.”