A revival is a revival when individuals get gripped by the great commission. This happened with the birth of the Victorian missionary movement and nutty men and women in frocks and tweed suits set off to share the gospel with the world taking their coffins with them.
I spoke to a group of Christian's this week and told them I think everyone should have a favourite missionary. If you don't have one here are 62 to choose from. One of the first books I read after my conversion was a little book by John Pollock called 'On fire for God' which tells a different missionary story in every chapter.
My favourite missionary is C T Studd not least because he uses excellent expressions like 'namby-pamby'.
If you get the chance listen to this talk called 'Why the great commission is great' and at the start you will hear that stirring C T quote. The man was bonkers but was used mightily by the Lord. May there be more like him in our day and if they arise we can then start speaking about revival. It will take us more than our flashing lights, trendy musicians and catchy choruses to complete the great commission. It will actually require some of us to go.
As it stands, six thousand people groups remain unreached.