One of the most well known evangelists of the Twentieth century, Asa Alonso Allen was known as 'God's man of faith and power'. He was incredibly gifted, dramatic and controversial. Brother Allen was born in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, March 27th 1911. His childhood was one of growing up in poverty and plain hard work as was common in those days. His father was known to be a chronic alcoholic, and his mother was said to be living in sin with other men.
In 1934 Brother Allen was converted in a Holy Ghost filled Methodist church. He was ordained in 1936 as an AOG minister and launched out in his life of preaching.
Revivalism during those times of depression was tough on an evangelist. A driving spirit and God's grace empowered Brother Allen to continue on...
In 1947 he settled into pastoring a small church in Corpus Christi, Texas and left the field. Two years later Allen attended an Oral Roberts tent meeting in Dallas. Brother Allen was touched at the results of Robert's Revival meeting and was convinced that a great revival was ahead. That meeting exposed Brother Allen to miracle after miracle and he was convinced that the Spirit of God was moving across the land with displays of great power.
Asa Allen left that meeting with such a conviction for the lost to receive God's miracle working power that he asked his church board to allow him to start a radio program. They refused. This seemed to damper Brother Allen's spirit immensely, although he had inside of him a great overpowering urge and determination that pushed him beyond the barriers imposed by man and he resigned from pastoring to hit the gospel road again. It was at this point that Allen started his Healing Revival Campaigns.
Asa was desperate to sum up what people were hungering after. He came to a realisation after witnessing the great crowds being drawn to the gigantic tent of Oral Roberts. In 1955 Brother Allen made a bold move of faith and purchased a tent for 8,700 that was way beyond his natural abilities to pay for, although he knew that God was the giver. With God's blessing he entered the golden era of tent evangelism with a healing/salvation theme. This was the turning point for this determined man of God. Allen was know as a man that the poor and desperate responded to. Like David of old, who drew those in debt, in distress and discontentment. There was something about his ability to relate to their needs and give them the gospel hope, and they responded to him by the thousands. During his crusades he was known as the revivalist who never ran from the hard cases. More to the point - he thrived on them! If there was someone blind, no problem. Brother Allen would pray. On one occasion, a man came to his meetings who was an ex-mine worker. This man had his eyes blown right out of their sockets in a terrible explosion. When prayed for, God instantly replaced those empty sockets of flesh with brand new brown eyes in front of the people! If there were the lame, no problem. Asa would pray. He would grab the afflicted person's crutches and throw these at the alter. The person was healed. Even the retarded would come with their faces all deformed. God would heal them instantly, their faces 'popping' back to normal! Many of the travelling evangelist had their own styles and Brother Allen was no different.