The Send Awakens America Through a True Jesus Movement

The Send Awakens America Through a True Jesus Movement

If Christians want to pray for awakening and revival, then they need to actually go out into the world and get to work. That was the message of The Send, a charismatic mega-event held one Saturday in Orlando, Florida, this past February. According to Youth With a Mission's Andy Byrd, 59,000 people attended the free event. Listen as Andy tells how people were impacted by the love of Jesus.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

with Stephen Strang

Guest: Andy Byrd

 

If Christians want to pray for awakening and revival, then they need to actually go out into the world get to work. That was the message of The Send, a charismatic mega-event held recently in Orlando, Florida. According to Youth with a Mission’s Andy Byrd, 59,000 people attended the free event.

 

Andy tells how people were impacted by the love of Jesus.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Andy Byrd, you're the director of The Send, which happened recently in Orlando, Florida. What was the motivation behind The Send? How did it come to being and what were your goals?

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Thousands Commit to Fast, Evangelize in Fulfillment of Lou Engle’s 7-Year-Old Prophetic Word

 

Andy Byrd: Yes, the real heartbeat behind The Send is to help to awaken a true mobilization movement. And, the mobilization we're believing for is the reawakening of America through a True Jesus movement; that the everyday believer would begin to share the gospel with power as a part of normal life. Then second to that is out of that awakening, out of a true mobilization would come a massive missions movement from America to the nations. So, it was both seeing America as a mission field that we're all responsible for, but then also being able to turn our eyes to the nations to recognize we still have a responsibility in the nations of the earth. Really, it came about, in short, on a seven-year journey, a seven-year word to Lou Engle and The Call; that there was soon going to becoming a transition in America and to The Call from calling people to prayer and fasting to really sending people in a spirit of prayer and in the spirit of fasting, but into evangelism and missions with power. The mantle, the responsibility, the sense of passion that Billy Graham had to reach him generation, that same passion was going to fall on an entire generation. So, we've been on a seven-year journey to walk that word out, and had always felt and had words that it would begin in Orlando. So, just February 23 of this year, last week, we were able to, we were able to stand together in Orlando on the culmination of that seven-year journey and the beginning of what we believe to be a new era of missions and evangelism.

 

The Send on Charisma

 

·         59,000 Gather to Wage War Against Spiritual Inaction at The Send

·         WATCH HERE: The Send Kicks Off in Orlando

·         Lou Engle: How God Began ‘The Send’

·         Why 17,000 Believers are Starting a 40-Day Fast This Week—And Why You Should Too

·         A Day of Mourning, a Day of Sending

 

 

Stephen Strang: It was exciting for me to be there. Most of my listeners probably know I live in Orlando, and I've been to many events there, including Christian events where there were all these grandiose ideas and goals and dreams and hopes that didn't happen the way that people said. But I was just stunned that you had more than 40,000 people at the peak, I'm told, and 58,000 people all together. It was just something to behold. In fact, I'll just mention that I was at a Billy Graham crusade at that same stadium. But Billy Graham had it in 1984, and there were far fewer than half the number. In fact, the stage was in the middle of the field facing one side and that side was fairly filled. The other side, of course, was empty. So, I just saw admire the way that you were able to send out the word and people responded. What do you think is signified by the fact that so many responded, especially so many millennials?

 

Andy Byrd: It's such a great point and a great question. The phrase that ran through my mind so much in this last year was from Isaiah, that the zeal of the Lord will accomplish this. I just think there are times in history where we strike a chord of a message in a moment for a generation. We have a great team and a great mobilization team, and a great media team. They're just men and women of integrity and passion. But I can't point to anything more than the zeal of the Lord on behalf of his own promises, and his own desires for our nation and the nation. So, I think it was a it was the message, it was the timing, and it's the hunger in a generation that truly wants to see transformation, wants to see the gospel, the power lived out in everyday life. So, I think that is the explanation that there really is a deep hunger in a generation to go after God and to go after the lost.

 

Stephen Strang: This event was 12 hours long, from 10 in the morning till 10 at night. I was not there the entire 12 hours, but I was there for probably eight or nine. And every speaker was good, the music was good, but you did not really highlight speakers. There weren't long introductions. I'm not even sure if you identified all the speakers. This was not about personality. You were up there on the stage. Hardly anyone even knew who you were. I just really admired the humility that I saw. Was this part of your strategy?

 

Andy Byrd: Absolutely. I think we really did feel that we have to gather around the message of the gospel, the presence and the power of Jesus. We had a word that our message would carry weight and power, but also the method would carry weight and power. And for us, it had to be the empowerment of the everyday believer. No one who stood up there could be so awe inspiring that they actually end up disempowering. So, I think part of our strategy the whole way was that people would see themselves in who was speaking, they would see themselves and who was sharing or leading, and they would think to themselves, I can walk out in radical obedience to God because that's really all they're doing. So, it was very intentional and for the sole purpose of empowering the everyday believer to really believe they can be a hero in this story in line.

 

Stephen Strang: There was something else that happened before this event where there was actually witnessing on the streets. I believe was called The Flood. Could you tell us about that?

 

Andy Byrd: We so encouraged by what happened there. Again, we felt we needed to live and model our message. So, we had put a call out to ministry schools and missions groups across the nation to join us for five days. Every morning and every night we gathered together for worship and training and prayer. And every afternoon, we sent these teams out all over the streets. There ended up being about 1,300 to 1,400 missionaries that came in and were spread out all across Orlando, just loving the lost, serving, praying for people, praying for the sick, just doing anything we could to demonstrate the love of Jesus. So, it was remarkable. We had, I want to say, right around 600 people make decisions for Christ. There were some, I want to say, it was 16,000 that had gospel seeds planted through a conversation or a prayer time. There were around 700 to 800 recorded healings that took place on the streets. So, we were able to just demonstrate and live out that simple gospel message and that simple empowerment of young people in all ages to go and demonstrate the kingdom. So, it was a remarkable week. We all said at the end of the week, which every night packed out to capacity in the church we were meeting at that if it had just been those five days, that would have been successful and remarkable.

 

Connected to The Send

·         Youth with a Mission

·         Christ For all Nations

·         The Call

·         Circuit Riders

·         Lifestyle Christianity

·         Jesus Image

·         Dunamis movement

 

Stephen Strang: And also, you were able to bring together churches in Central Florida, and even outside Central Florida in a way that I had never seen. I've lived here for more than 40 years. In my notes here that I took when you gave that report was 250 churches in Central Florida cooperated. That is remarkable. Then there were some other statistics. I am actually looking at my notes that I took, but I want to ask you, you made a call for different things and asked people to text their response to a number. So, technology allows us to get some of this response in a way that we couldn't before other than a show of hands or people coming forward. So, tell me about those. The Jesus fast, ministering in colleges and high schools and to their neighbors and so forth.

 

Andy Byrd: We've actually continued to have numbers pouring in as we have given an opportunity on the website now for people that continue to respond. I'll explain and I'll give you those numbers in just a real brief follow up from this, which was such a part of a heart that it would lead to lasting fruit that remains. So, we had 18,196 people sign up for the Jesus fast that begins on March 1 to April 9. They will be walked through steps day by day, some specific themes in that 40-day season of prayer and fasting. On the day of in the stadium, we had 531 decisions for Christ that were people that felt that maybe they didn't have the assurance of their salvation, or they had wondered. And 531 responded in the stadium. We had 2,197 respond that they want to reach their college for Jesus, that they want to begin to gather to do evangelism. We had 2,467 respond to the mission field of high schools. I just have been in touch with Brian Barcelona, even today, that in 10 years, he built to 100 schools, that's 100 churches that we're starting clubs at 100 different schools. In one day, they have climbed to over 150 new distinct schools adopted by churches. So, in one day, they accomplished one and a half times what took 10 years to build. On the day of, we had 5,064 from local churches respond that they would intentionally reach out to 12 friends with the gospel and begin to make disciples. Then we had 5,423 commitments to the nations, which would be to sign up for some form of missions, training and sending. Those are some of the remarkable statistics and more are still rolling in. Since the day of The Send, I believe we started on Monday, we have a team of about 60 to 70 that are following up with every single text-in response. So, they're personally following up by texts and phone calls to help them take the next step so that these numbers become reality and we can train and send and mobilize them towards what they really committed to.

 

Stephen Strang: As you were talking, since I'm a journalist by trade, I'm going here with my notes. I had the notes you gave us the day after. I'm jotting down the new numbers and they've gone up, in some cases only a few hundred, but that indicates that the responses are still coming in and praise God, even though they say only a certain percentage will ever fall follow up, a lot of times people make a decision based on emotion … the ones that do respond, that is so much better than what we have right now. Plus, a lot of times in fact, you said that people have to have seven gospel interactions in order to accept Christ, and surely there needs to be multiple opportunities to come commit yourself to a lifetime of reaching the nations for Christ or any of these other ministries. So, thank God for this first step. I think it was a successful by just about every measure. I've never been to anything like it. And I just think that it is a it's an extension of the values and the culture that you have there with Youth with a Mission.

 

For more of Stephen’s interview with Andy Byrd, please visit cpnshows.com.

 


Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

with Stephen Strang

Guest: Andy Byrd

 

If Christians want to pray for awakening and revival, then they need to actually go out into the world get to work. That was the message of The Send, a charismatic mega-event held recently in Orlando, Florida. According to Youth with a Mission’s Andy Byrd, 59,000 people attended the free event.

 

Andy tells how people were impacted by the love of Jesus.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Andy Byrd, you're the director of The Send, which happened recently in Orlando, Florida. What was the motivation behind The Send? How did it come to being and what were your goals?

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Thousands Commit to Fast, Evangelize in Fulfillment of Lou Engle’s 7-Year-Old Prophetic Word

 

Andy Byrd: Yes, the real heartbeat behind The Send is to help to awaken a true mobilization movement. And, the mobilization we're believing for is the reawakening of America through a True Jesus movement; that the everyday believer would begin to share the gospel with power as a part of normal life. Then second to that is out of that awakening, out of a true mobilization would come a massive missions movement from America to the nations. So, it was both seeing America as a mission field that we're all responsible for, but then also being able to turn our eyes to the nations to recognize we still have a responsibility in the nations of the earth. Really, it came about, in short, on a seven-year journey, a seven-year word to Lou Engle and The Call; that there was soon going to becoming a transition in America and to The Call from calling people to prayer and fasting to really sending people in a spirit of prayer and in the spirit of fasting, but into evangelism and missions with power. The mantle, the responsibility, the sense of passion that Billy Graham had to reach him generation, that same passion was going to fall on an entire generation. So, we've been on a seven-year journey to walk that word out, and had always felt and had words that it would begin in Orlando. So, just February 23 of this year, last week, we were able to, we were able to stand together in Orlando on the culmination of that seven-year journey and the beginning of what we believe to be a new era of missions and evangelism.

 

The Send on Charisma

 

·         59,000 Gather to Wage War Against Spiritual Inaction at The Send

·         WATCH HERE: The Send Kicks Off in Orlando

·         Lou Engle: How God Began ‘The Send’

·         Why 17,000 Believers are Starting a 40-Day Fast This Week—And Why You Should Too

·         A Day of Mourning, a Day of Sending

 

 

Stephen Strang: It was exciting for me to be there. Most of my listeners probably know I live in Orlando, and I've been to many events there, including Christian events where there were all these grandiose ideas and goals and dreams and hopes that didn't happen the way that people said. But I was just stunned that you had more than 40,000 people at the peak, I'm told, and 58,000 people all together. It was just something to behold. In fact, I'll just mention that I was at a Billy Graham crusade at that same stadium. But Billy Graham had it in 1984, and there were far fewer than half the number. In fact, the stage was in the middle of the field facing one side and that side was fairly filled. The other side, of course, was empty. So, I just saw admire the way that you were able to send out the word and people responded. What do you think is signified by the fact that so many responded, especially so many millennials?

 

Andy Byrd: It's such a great point and a great question. The phrase that ran through my mind so much in this last year was from Isaiah, that the zeal of the Lord will accomplish this. I just think there are times in history where we strike a chord of a message in a moment for a generation. We have a great team and a great mobilization team, and a great media team. They're just men and women of integrity and passion. But I can't point to anything more than the zeal of the Lord on behalf of his own promises, and his own desires for our nation and the nation. So, I think it was a it was the message, it was the timing, and it's the hunger in a generation that truly wants to see transformation, wants to see the gospel, the power lived out in everyday life. So, I think that is the explanation that there really is a deep hunger in a generation to go after God and to go after the lost.

 

Stephen Strang: This event was 12 hours long, from 10 in the morning till 10 at night. I was not there the entire 12 hours, but I was there for probably eight or nine. And every speaker was good, the music was good, but you did not really highlight speakers. There weren't long introductions. I'm not even sure if you identified all the speakers. This was not about personality. You were up there on the stage. Hardly anyone even knew who you were. I just really admired the humility that I saw. Was this part of your strategy?

 

Andy Byrd: Absolutely. I think we really did feel that we have to gather around the message of the gospel, the presence and the power of Jesus. We had a word that our message would carry weight and power, but also the method would carry weight and power. And for us, it had to be the empowerment of the everyday believer. No one who stood up there could be so awe inspiring that they actually end up disempowering. So, I think part of our strategy the whole way was that people would see themselves in who was speaking, they would see themselves and who was sharing or leading, and they would think to themselves, I can walk out in radical obedience to God because that's really all they're doing. So, it was very intentional and for the sole purpose of empowering the everyday believer to really believe they can be a hero in this story in line.

 

Stephen Strang: There was something else that happened before this event where there was actually witnessing on the streets. I believe was called The Flood. Could you tell us about that?

 

Andy Byrd: We so encouraged by what happened there. Again, we felt we needed to live and model our message. So, we had put a call out to ministry schools and missions groups across the nation to join us for five days. Every morning and every night we gathered together for worship and training and prayer. And every afternoon, we sent these teams out all over the streets. There ended up being about 1,300 to 1,400 missionaries that came in and were spread out all across Orlando, just loving the lost, serving, praying for people, praying for the sick, just doing anything we could to demonstrate the love of Jesus. So, it was remarkable. We had, I want to say, right around 600 people make decisions for Christ. There were some, I want to say, it was 16,000 that had gospel seeds planted through a conversation or a prayer time. There were around 700 to 800 recorded healings that took place on the streets. So, we were able to just demonstrate and live out that simple gospel message and that simple empowerment of young people in all ages to go and demonstrate the kingdom. So, it was a remarkable week. We all said at the end of the week, which every night packed out to capacity in the church we were meeting at that if it had just been those five days, that would have been successful and remarkable.

 

Connected to The Send

·         Youth with a Mission

·         Christ For all Nations

·         The Call

·         Circuit Riders

·         Lifestyle Christianity

·         Jesus Image

·         Dunamis movement

 

Stephen Strang: And also, you were able to bring together churches in Central Florida, and even outside Central Florida in a way that I had never seen. I've lived here for more than 40 years. In my notes here that I took when you gave that report was 250 churches in Central Florida cooperated. That is remarkable. Then there were some other statistics. I am actually looking at my notes that I took, but I want to ask you, you made a call for different things and asked people to text their response to a number. So, technology allows us to get some of this response in a way that we couldn't before other than a show of hands or people coming forward. So, tell me about those. The Jesus fast, ministering in colleges and high schools and to their neighbors and so forth.

 

Andy Byrd: We've actually continued to have numbers pouring in as we have given an opportunity on the website now for people that continue to respond. I'll explain and I'll give you those numbers in just a real brief follow up from this, which was such a part of a heart that it would lead to lasting fruit that remains. So, we had 18,196 people sign up for the Jesus fast that begins on March 1 to April 9. They will be walked through steps day by day, some specific themes in that 40-day season of prayer and fasting. On the day of in the stadium, we had 531 decisions for Christ that were people that felt that maybe they didn't have the assurance of their salvation, or they had wondered. And 531 responded in the stadium. We had 2,197 respond that they want to reach their college for Jesus, that they want to begin to gather to do evangelism. We had 2,467 respond to the mission field of high schools. I just have been in touch with Brian Barcelona, even today, that in 10 years, he built to 100 schools, that's 100 churches that we're starting clubs at 100 different schools. In one day, they have climbed to over 150 new distinct schools adopted by churches. So, in one day, they accomplished one and a half times what took 10 years to build. On the day of, we had 5,064 from local churches respond that they would intentionally reach out to 12 friends with the gospel and begin to make disciples. Then we had 5,423 commitments to the nations, which would be to sign up for some form of missions, training and sending. Those are some of the remarkable statistics and more are still rolling in. Since the day of The Send, I believe we started on Monday, we have a team of about 60 to 70 that are following up with every single text-in response. So, they're personally following up by texts and phone calls to help them take the next step so that these numbers become reality and we can train and send and mobilize them towards what they really committed to.

 

Stephen Strang: As you were talking, since I'm a journalist by trade, I'm going here with my notes. I had the notes you gave us the day after. I'm jotting down the new numbers and they've gone up, in some cases only a few hundred, but that indicates that the responses are still coming in and praise God, even though they say only a certain percentage will ever fall follow up, a lot of times people make a decision based on emotion … the ones that do respond, that is so much better than what we have right now. Plus, a lot of times in fact, you said that people have to have seven gospel interactions in order to accept Christ, and surely there needs to be multiple opportunities to come commit yourself to a lifetime of reaching the nations for Christ or any of these other ministries. So, thank God for this first step. I think it was a successful by just about every measure. I've never been to anything like it. And I just think that it is a it's an extension of the values and the culture that you have there with Youth with a Mission.

 

For more of Stephen’s interview with Andy Byrd, please visit cpnshows.com.

 


Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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The Send Awakens America Through a True Jesus Movement