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Honoring A Dynamic Servant of God ...
... Dr. J. Edwin Orr
Dr. Paul Szeto


     The ECF Board began the planning of the Dr. J. Edwin Orr Revival Center in 2010. It was exactly thirty years ago in 1980, Dr. J. Edwin Orr introduced me to the ECF International Board as the new General Director for this growing mission with Headquarters in Pasadena. For the first few years, Dr. Orr and I traveled back to China and re-established new ministries with great results. I am most grateful for his wisdom and mentorship. This Revival Center will not only honor this great servant of God; but will also provide valuable resources for research. Please pray for this new ministry and support us with God's leading.

PLACE

     For the organizing stage, this center will be housed inside the ECF International Headquarters in Monterey Park, California. However, it will move to Pasadena when a new location closer to Fuller Theological Seminary is found.

PROGRAMS

   1. Historical display of various books, photos and facts on various revivals in Christendom.

   2. Promote prayers for revival through Personal Renewal and Congregational Transformation and Global Revival.

   3. Conduct lectureships and seminars related to church revival. In partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary and other seminaries, universities and churches to offer lectures and seminars on prayer and revival with speakers from many nations. (Patterned after the Oxford Conference which were conducted by Dr. Orr for years)

   4. Publish and provide books, DVDs, articles on prayer and revival.

   5. Host special prayer groups, Bible study for seniors, women and couples.

   6. Organize tours to visit growing churches in China where real spiritual growth and transformation are taking place.

   7. Sponsor Chinese pastors and Christian leaders from growing churches in China and other nations to come to the United States for Revival Conferences and Special Seminars as a practical way to promote personal renewal, congregational transformation and global revival.

INVOLVEMENT

     If you are interested in this exciting ministry, please contact Dr. Harold Lane or Dr. Paul Szeto at (626)288-8828 ECF International. Donations and love gifts are welcome and tax deductible.



ADVISORY COUNCIL
(From left)
Dr. Paul Szeto
Ms. Ethel Whitson
Dr. Harold Lane
Rev. David Guzik
Mrs. Carol Orr
Mrs. Astrid Booth
Rev. Sam Chetti





Books Written by Dr. J. Edwin Orr
(3 translated into Chinese)

The History of World Revival


The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost - The First Revival

1. Time :A.D. 30 - It was on the first day of the week, Sunday in the Roman Julian
                 calendar, May 24th, in the year A.D. 30. This was also the year 3,790 in the
                 Hebrew calendar.
2. Place :Jerusalem
3. Event :"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
                 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled
                 the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues
                 of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled
                 with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled
                 them." (Acts 2:1-4)
4. People :Disciples and followers
5. Impact :The original body of three thousand Jewish and Gentile believers on the day of
                 Pentecost grew numerically very rapidly as a result of the pilgrims' return to their
                 homelands and Synagogues where they spread the Good News


The Great Awakening

1. Time :1730-1745
2. Place :Great Britain and American Colonies
3. Event :Open air preaching winning multitudes to Christ and profoundly affecting the life
                 of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and all 13 colonies of America.
4. People :Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitfield, Gilbert Tennent
5. Impact :Permanent chapels of worship increased from 27 to 926
                 Temporary ones rose from 506 to 3491
                 The moral improvement in New England towns was generally recognized
                 "American was born in a Revival of Religion" - President Calvin Coolidge
                 The new style of sermons and the way people practiced their faith breathed new
                 life into religion and the church
                 Great emphasis came to be placed on education


Great Britain

1. Time :1792
2. Place :Throughout England, Wales, Scotland
3. Event :While the nations came to a moral decline, Christians began to return to God
                 and committed to prayer
4. People :John Erskine, Andrew Fuller, John Sutcliffe
5. Impact :Most denominational Church gained membership
                 The revival brought forth the British and Foreign Bible Society,
                 The Religious Tract Society, The Baptist Missionary Society,
                 The London Missionary Society


The New Colonies

1. Time :1830s
2. Place :Boston, New York, Rochester
3. Event :Camp meetings and Farmer preachers were most popular
4. People :Charles Finney
5. Impact :Disciples of Christ movement was formed
                 The Methodist Episcopal church thrived in the 1830s and
                 doubled its membership in 1840-1842


The Event of the Century

1. Time :1858
2. Place :New York, New England, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Chicago,
                 San Francisco, and other cities in America
3. Event :Committed to pray
                 In Chicago, population 100,000; Two thousand men met at noon for prayer
4. People :Jeremiah Lamphier, Charles Finney, D.L. Moody
5. Impact :The newspapers gave reports of the revival headline
                 It became a common sight to see businesses closed, with a sign,
                 "Will reopen at the closed of the prayer meeting."
                 Home Missions and the Salvation Army extended the evangelistic-social work
                 of the Awakening in worldwide projects
                 Hudson Taylor's Faith mission was born
                 Perry Miller called it "The Event of the Century"


The Welsh Revival

1. Time :1905
2. Place :Wales
3. Event :Evan Roberts focused on the Youth of the time and used great music in his
                 revival meetings. In about one year, about 100,000 converts were said to be
                 added to the Welsh Church.
                 The Welsh Revival is also called, "A Revival with Youth on Fire."
4. People :Evan Roberts, preacher; Annie Davies, music;
                 Florrie Evans, personal witnessing; Seth Joshua, evangelist
5. Impact :"The Welsh Revival was the farthest-reaching of all the movements of the
                 The Awakening, for it affected the whole of the evangelical cause in India,
                 Korea, and China, renewed the revivals in Japan and South Africa,
                 and sent a wave of awakening over Africa, Latin America, and the South seas."
                 (J. Edwin Orr)
                 It also impacted the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles.


Shangtung Revival

1. Time :1931
2. Place :Shantung, China
3. Event :Other than spiritual messages presented by local missionaries, the powerful
                 preaching of Andrew Gih and John Sung with the Bethel Band touched
                 thousands through out China. From the summer of 1931 to the summer of 1932,
                 the Bethel Band covered 54,823 miles through 13 provinces, preaching to
                 approximately 400,000 people in 1199 meetings, with 18,000 recorded
                 decisions for Christ.
4. People :Jonathan Goforth, Marie Monsen, Andrew Gih, John Sung
5. Impact :All American missions - Baptist, Presbyterian and Lutheran - reported great
                 increase in membership. The spirit of this revival spread to every province of
                 China.


Azusa Street Revival

1. Time :1906-1915
2. Place :Los Angeles - 312 Azusa Street
3. Event :Believers gathered in this house for fasting and prayer. After five weeks of
                 preaching by pastor William J. Seymour, people were filled with the spirit and
                 broke out speaking in tongues. Often, anywhere from 300-1,500 people
                 would attempt to pack into the building.
4. People :William J. Seymour
5. Impact :People of all ages, background and race came to worship the same God with
                 racial harmony.
                 This African Methodist Episcopal Church, later renamed as the Apostolic Faith
                 Mission on Azusa Street, Los Angeles, was considered to be the birthplace of
                 Pentecostalism.



Excellent Resource Materials

(A) Resources at Richard Owen Roberts Publishers

Revival Library: USA

Accounts of Religious Revivals in Many Parts of the United States from 1815 to 1818 - by Joshua Bradley (1773-1855)

Boston Revival, 1842: A Brief History of the Evangelical Churches of Boston, Together with a More Particular Account of the Revival of 1842 - by Martin Moore (1790-1866)

New England Revivals as They Existed at the Close of the Eighteenth and the Beginning of Nineteenth Centuries - by Bennett Taylor (1783-1858)

Revival Library: U.K.

Authentic Records of Revival, Now in Progress in the United Kingdom - Edited by William Reid (1814-1896)

The Revivals of the Eighteenth century Particularly at Cambuslang - by Duncan MacFarlan (1771-1857)

Lectures on the Revival of Religion - by Ministers of the Church of Scotland

Continuity and Change: London Calvinistic Baptists and the Evangelical Revivals, 1760-1820 - by R. Phillip Roberts

Foundations of Revival Video

Features Grant Adkisson, President of Awakening of Today Ministries; Henry Blackaby, Head of the Southern Baptist Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Commission; Richard Owen Roberts, President of International Awakening Ministries.

This new video is geared toward those in church leadership and small group studies, but it is suitable for any serious Christian interested in prayer, repentance and revival.

(B) The J. Edwin Orr Audio Archives

Resource compiled by Dr. David Guzik

(C) Fuller Theological Seminary Library

(D) Azusa Pacific University Library

(E) Biola University Library

(F) Yale Divinity School Library



Hymn Written by Dr. Orr



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