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Update on the Awakening

It’s past midnight here in Brasov, Romania. I’d hoped that one of our racers would write an update that I’d be able to cut and past for you, but it appears we’ve got them so busy doing the stuff, there’s no time for that. So here’s me giving you a quick summary.   The setting Brasov is …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
It’s past midnight here in Brasov, Romania. I’d hoped that one of our racers would write an update that I’d be able to cut and past for you, but it appears we’ve got them so busy doing the stuff, there’s no time for that. So here’s me giving you a quick summary.
The setting
Brasov is a beautiful old town with medieval roots three hours from Bucharest. You take the road or the train through a spectacular Carpathian mountain valley to get here. The racers have set up their tents in a camp on the outskirts while the coaches and the rest of us stay at the Atlas Hotel, site of our daily meetings. The weather has been perfect. In the afternoons we go into the old city and sit at cafes with large umbrellas on the cobblestone streets. You could travel the world and not find a nicer place for a conversation.
The people
Racers from four different squads, plus a number of alumni and staff are here – 220 in all. Some are two months into their experience and some are a couple of months from finishing. The atmosphere is electric – they connect with one another on so many different levels. They’ve discovered their tribe and are loving it.
Our daily schedule
We meet in a room downstairs just big enough to hold us all seated on the floor. Kim Daniels, Chris Telfer, and Matt Snyder lead us in a worship service for about an hour and a half. Then we break up into teaching times in 3-4 venues (I’ve got one). The racers are eager. They ask good questions and dive into the subject matter.
Afternoons are filled with debriefs. We have an evening service and Andrew Shearman has been preaching his signature message, “The 42nd Generation.” After the service, we minister.
Tonight, the place was up for grabs. Ministry was happening all over the place. The Holy Spirit was landing on people and they lit up like fireworks. It was one of those rare times.
After it was done, the racers headed to the old city for a night of connecting, singing karaoke and story telling. They are having a blast.
Bottom line
What we’re experiencing here is combustible. Every morning I teach on “kingdom dreams” and the stuff that comes out of these young people is amazing. I left a country that seems stuck in a rut of negativism. The deficit situation, the health care mess, and the rising unemployment rate conspire to give you a bad day. Out here the racers own very little, but they are anything but poor. They are experiencing the reality of the abundant life that Jesus promised. It’s pumped me up just being around them. God is up to something and it’s a thrill to have a part in it.
For those of you who have been praying, thank you! I wish you could be here with us. It felt unreal tonight. Young people are coming alive in so many different ways. We’re truly seeing the kingdom come.

Comments (19)

  • Our hearts ache, but we always have joy
    We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others.
    We own nothing and yet we have everything.2Cor6:10

    So glad you are there. I wish I could be there too.
    A request~ there are some precious orphans in that part of the world,each one waiting for a family to rescue them and bring them HOME.
    I could imagine some movement in the heavenlies if 220 Kingdom Dreamers pleaded with the Father on their behalf.
    go to http://www.reecesrainbow.com for pictures.

  • One more WR Parent checking in to give you a big “Thank You” for the update. I will continue to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the entire group, that they will be doubly anointed as they go out, back into the world, to spread His Word. Susan Hanson

  • ahhhhhhhh…. so wish i could’ve made it over there! it excites me to hear about it even.
    perhaps i’ll be able to go to the next one

  • A racer parent’s dream come true; an explanation of what they’re doing in Brasov. I felt something powerful when I read of the “awakening of a generation”. It transfixed me. I’ve been praying for God’s will and I’m sure it will be done!

    Thanks for the pictures, it looks beautiful.

    If you see my Lizzy, give her a hug from her mama, please.

    Be safe!


  • Dear Daddy Seth,
    Good Morning from Pakistan.
    Thanks for the update.
    We are glad to know that we body is well and busy in preaching and teaching
    God bless You.
    Emmanuel Sadiq

  • From yet another WR parent, thanks so much for the awesome update! It sounds like everything and so much more that I had hoped and prayed for for you all. I continue to pray, “His kingdom come, His will be done”. Blessings, Seth!!

  • Thanks my more than 25 year brother.

    The Body of Christ in America has far too many people seking “fans”.

    Jesus weeps.

  • Thank you so much for the update Seth!! I was praying with my daughter online before she went… and I felt such an excitement in my spirit as we prayed… Sounds like Jesus is really opening up the heavens, and pouring out his spirit… God bless all of you who put so much into this conference to make a difference in these WR teams:) Looking forward to more!

  • Our hearts are overjoyed and overwhelmed. We knew that we knew that we knew these days were going to be indescribable, yet we’re still amazed at our loving God! Thank you for all you and your team are doing!
    “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  • wish i could have gone, but hey, i’m in the only place i need to be right now, where God wants me in India with my team. 🙂 thanks for the update.

  • We serve a wonderful Savior! Thank you for the Awakening for our kids!! Team Proclaim I 61 is soooooo ready to pioneer Bulgaria after their time in Brasov, through His Grace. Bless you and the team.

  • I loved the awakening, you are welcome to steal from me anytime by the way! As I wrote in my blog, the awakening for me was all about a laundry room turned sanctuary! Thanks Seth!

  • Seth, This looked amazing. Jess was ecstatic about being able to go to Romania. I think it was very good for her. And she got to see her brother which made it so very special. Well Seth, the world race has changed my children’s lives. Yes, painful at times, but I know they would say they would never have done it any other way. Thanks a million for all you and your wife have done and will be doing for all these young people. Love to you both, Brooksie Edquist

  • Thank you Seth Barnes for the update on the “Awakening” in Brasov. Our daughter, Michelle, is on the Aug. 09 J squad, Team Fuel. She is having such an amazing time on the race!
    We are so thrilled about the countless ways in which she is being changed and challenged. She sent us an email after the 1st day at the awakening, and said that this was the perfect refresher that she needed, before she went on to the next month of ministry. Thank you for all you are teaching them during their time in Brasov. She said it’s been awesome!!
    To God be the glory, GREAT things He has done!!!

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