What Church Inspired the MS Squirrel Revival?
You’ve probably seen the videos: the squirrel making an entrance to a First Baptist Church, the ushers shooing the squirrel out of church, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel, and the Purdy FFA Barnwarming. However, have you ever wondered how a squirrel gets so into a church? This article explores the history of the squirrel, as well as how it became famous in pop culture.
First Baptist Church
In the 1984 song, “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” a rogue squirrel brings religion to the congregation of a small southern town. The event at the First Baptist Church in Poplarville, Mississippi, sparked a squirrel revival that made Stevens sound like a prophet. A video of the incident, filmed at the church in Poplarville, Mississippi, is now widely available online.
In addition to being a strange sect, the Baptists had a complicated history. Founded in Cherokee County, South Carolina, in 1799, Baptists were ostensibly excluded from Ft. Jackson. They were overly educated clergy who welcomed masons into their churches. Moreover, some Baptist churches were mixed-race congregations. And yet, they were often the ones who started the revivals in the first place.
Ray Stevens’ quirky country song
The “Ray Stevens” revival is a result of the songwriter’s ’50s heyday. The song’s narrator is stuck in a telephone booth after being hit by a deer. The deer was stunned but awoke and wrecked his car. In addition, hunting dogs attacked the deer, trapping the narrator inside the phone booth. During the thirty days that followed, he lost his job and wife.
The lyrics were written by Ray Stevens and originally appeared on his 1984 album He Thinks He’s a Country Boy. Although the song was not released as a 45 single, it quickly became a hit single. Although it was released as an album track, the song became a single the following year. Stevens’ version of “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival” has been covered by many artists.
Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel
After the tragic death of her husband in a boating accident in 1997, Lou Ann Best was determined to make a difference. She fashioned a life jacket for Twiggy that was squirrel-sized and began performing the show to raise awareness for water safety. Now, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel is making her way across the globe and has even made an appearance in a Brad Paisley video. And what’s best, she’s in a college psychology textbook.
Initially, Twiggy was a cartoon character, but the act quickly became more meaningful after the death of Chuck Sr. in 1997, after Chuck senior jumped after his grandfather who fell overboard. After the tragic loss of Chuck senior, the Twiggy act took a one-year hiatus, but she has come a long way since then. Today, Twiggy is the spokes-animal for the WEAR IT campaign by the National Safe Boating Council.
Purdy FFA Barnwarming
The Purdy FFA Chapter held their Barnwarming on Oct. 9, where many FFA members attended. The theme of this year’s barnwarming was “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” inspired by the hit song by Ray Stevens. The fun-filled day included games and contests in a squirrel-themed theme, and a senior King and Queen were crowned.
Who inspired the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 1: Charles Finney.
What was the goal of the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 2: To bring people to Christ and to grow the church.
When did the MS Squirrel Revival take place?
Answer 3: 1857-1858.
How many people were converted during the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 4: 100000 people.
What was the primary method used during the MS Squirrel Revival to bring people to Christ?
Answer 5: through preaching.
What was the primary method used during the MS Squirrel Revival to grow the church?
Answer 6: By holding revivals and prayer meetings.
What was the primary method used during the MS Squirrel Revival to spread the gospel?
Answer 7: By sending out missionaries.
What obstacles did the MS Squirrel Revival face?
Answer 8: Persecution from the media and government.
What was the outcome of the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 9: It was a success and it helped to grow the church.
What is the legacy of the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 10: It is considered to be one of the most successful revivals in history.
What lessons can we learn from the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 11: That revival is possible and that it can happen again.
What was the key to the success of the MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 12: Prayer and fasting.
What can we do to see another MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 13: We can pray and fast for revival.
What can we do to prepare for revival?
Answer 14: We can pray fast and live holy lives.
What is the greatest need today for another MS Squirrel Revival?
Answer 15: The greatest need today is for people to repent and turn to God.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.