Azusa Street Revival

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Azusa Street Revival

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Hebrew 2:3,4

It’s a wonder that the only sign that remained of the miracles God performed and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that manifested on Azusa St. was a small, unassuming sign (the inscription reads, ‘The Azusa St Mission • Site of the Azusa St. revival from 1906 to 1931. • Cradle of the worldwide Pentecostal Movement’. I expected to find a more imposing memorial that commemorated that mighty move of God. But since that was all I found to work with, that sign was what I would paint.

I pitched my easel and went to work en plein air. I was nearing completion of the painting when a man who worked in the office of the mayor of Los Angeles stopped by to watch. We talked about some of his interest for a while, then I asked him if he knew anything about the Azusa St. Mission. He said that he knew nothing about it.

People came from around the world to this very location seeking the Holy Spirit.

I told him about William J. Seymour, the son of two freed slaves. I told him how Seymour came to Los Angeles and launched the mission in a two story clapboard building he leased from Biddy Mason, herself a former slave and now a prosperous landowner. I also told him that news of the revival spread around the world and people came from around the world to this very location seeking the Holy Spirit. They were also there to lend support to Seymour, whom God was using to break down racial barriers in the church. I told him that God could do for him today what He has done for millions of people over the years who have benefited from the Azusa St. Revival. Then I asked him, “Are you saved?”

Are you?

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