by | Mar 6, 2023 | Living Proof Tent Crusades | 55 comments

When Good News Takes Your Breath Away

I am awestruck. Awestruck is the perfect word. It means that the news is so good that it leaves you weakened and takes your breath away.

We see it when the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon. The Bible says, “And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her” (1 Kings 10:4,5).

We see ‘awestruck’ again when David considered the promises that God made to him:

“And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. Then King David went in and sat before the Lord…” (2 Samuel 7: 16-18a).

When David realized that his throne would last forever, all he could do was sit before God dumbfounded.

Now I am awestruck by good news!

Now I also am awestruck by good news. Isaiah 54:2 says, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.”

The harvest has been so great that every year, for the last three years, our tents have doubled in size. Think of it!

Our first tent was 8,000 square feet and seated 1,000 people. A year later we got our current tent which is 18,000 square feet and can seat 2,500 people.  I thought, “Surely that will be big enough for years to come.”

We overflowed it the first time we used it! In fact, there was only one time in the entire year when everyone was able to get inside. Then God said to do it again. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”

When I heard how big God wanted it to be, I was terrified. It had to be 38,000 square feet. Enough to seat 5,100 people. It can easily cover an entire football field.

When we ordered it, we instantly found ourselves entering into spiritual warfare, just to obtain it. In fact, we faced warfare on several fronts. The devil told us that our outreach would be permanently stopped. You have no idea how excited I got when he said that, because I know he is a liar.

But something astounding happened the moment we hit Bakersfield. Blessings broke loose in all directions.

But something astounding happened the moment we hit Bakersfield. Blessings broke loose in all directions.

To begin with, a critical shortage of vinyl delayed our new tent. But when the delay ended, it coincided exactly with our arrival in Bakersfield. Obedience unlocks blessings! We will have our new tent by May—in plenty of time for the next crusade!

What I am going to tell you now will test my credibility with you. We were so enthralled with the idea of a new tent that we failed to consider something: How will we move it, once it is finished?

Unless you see the tent, you cannot appreciate what it will take to move it. Just the size of the poles is enough to amaze you. It felt like we had to move a city. And not just once, but every time we used it.

I fell before God in prayer and cried out in prayer for a trucking company to help us. A few days later—astonishingly—a Christian trucking company called. They felt strongly that they were to help move anything we needed, to wherever we needed it.

A few days later—astonishingly—a Christian trucking company called.

Please get this part: they knew nothing about our tent crusades. They had no idea what we needed. Then came the most shocking part: they are located 45 minutes from the location where our tent is being made! Are you still there?

Then came one of the most strategic victories. Ever since we began tent crusades, there is one city that has loomed in my spirit in the same way that Rome loomed in the spirit of Paul the Apostle: Los Angeles.

I have never seen such fierce resistance as when we tried to hold meetings in L.A.!

I will never forget the thrill when Jim Willoughby our executive director called me from Southern California and said, “Mario, we got it!” What we got is the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for September 10-13.

What we got is the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for September 10-13!

As if this were not enough this week we go into our own new studios to start production of our new show that will air on Sunday nights. Todd Coconato is my cohost for a powerful new weekly show called FIREPOWER.

If that were not enough I am teaming up with Lance Wallnau for the Fire and Glory Tour at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala Florida March 19-21. Already over 4,000 people have registered.

But Bakersfield itself is the biggest news in my opinion. The Tent is going up right now. Frank Saldana called me from the Tent site. I could hear the jackhammers putting in the stakes.

The people of Bakersfield will admit to you how badly they need a miracle. Fentanyl is killing their young people in record numbers. Gang violence is at an all-time high.

But Bakersfield itself is the biggest news in my opinion.

But we have invaded this city, boldly. 60,000 invitations have been given away in the neighborhoods. We have reached over 10,000 youth in school assemblies, because of the authority of Manual Carrizales and Stay Focused Ministries. Semi-trucks full of food, clothing, school supplies, and other necessities have gone out to thousands of families.

We were able to do all of this because we have the best partners in the world!

We were able to do all of this because we have the best partners in the world!

But we do not leave it there. We pray for them. We lead them to Jesus. But the best is yet to come. A city is about to get a tent crusade for the ages. The presence of God will be so thick that you will hear testimonies of healings and dramatic conversions, even before there is any preaching. A spiritual earthquake is about to hit Bakersfield!

Our 500 volunteers are never going to be the same! I am never going to be the same.

Now you know why this good news has taken my breath away!




  1. Sally Hjelle

    Wow….just like the prayer of Jabez…..”And.Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “O that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, and that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”
    So God granted him what he requested.
    2 Chronicles 4;10 ) NKJV).
    Our church, River Valley Church, in Apple Valley, Minnesota.is praying this!
    To God be the glory for all He has done and is continuing to do!!!!!

  2. Natalie

    Praise the Lord! God always answers the prayers of His children. He does wonderful things in my life! May God’s Spirit bring many Los Angeles souls to your mighty tent this fall!

  3. Charles Nuzzo

    God bless the work Mario

  4. Marcia Wages

    Awesome news! God is moving in this country and others also. He wants all souls, not just afew. God bless you, Mario for your faithfulness to His call. Love and prayers.

  5. Dorothy Hatley

    I will be joining in prayer March 12-16 that God’s Glory moves from The West Coast across the nation.

  6. Julie Fitch

    Praise the Lord our God !!! Miracle after Miracle !!!

  7. Sharon Bell

    God is so good! Thank you for being His faithful son…

  8. Hove Herrmann

    Oh you precious man!
    I’m so excited to read this good news, thank you, bless you, come to connecticut!

  9. Peter Lorenz

    Fantastic – I watch from Germany and would like to be there.

  10. Scott Adams

    Go! And may the Good Hand of the LORD be with you!!!

  11. Shelley

    Love this so much! God is good!

  12. Mark Regalmuto

    To God be the Glory!!!

  13. Jerry Daffron

    Tears are filling my eyes as I read your blog, Mario, tears of joy at the goodness of our great God and King, tears of expectation of what he is going to do at Bakersfield, tears of what He has been revealing to you about increasing your (or should I say His) tent. Yes, the fields are ripe for harvest and revival. Praise the Name of our Triune God, forever and ever.

  14. Debbie

    Praying for thousands of souls to come to Jesusg

  15. Paula M Slow

    As you described all of this, it lifted me up, and I am so excited to hear what God does!!!! I thank you for your humble heart in being obedient to God! God bless all your crusades!. God I ask for a double portion of your Holy Spirit on Mario and Lance as they speak forth your word, let them have ears to hear your voice and be obedient! Amen.

  16. Connie

    Takes my breath away! Praise to the living God of the universe Jesus Christ!

  17. Marilyn Binns

    I’m so excited to hear testimonies of the fruit of your labors, brother Mario. Thank you for exhibiting such great faith, shining your light brightly for all the world to see. Holding you and your ministry in prayer.

  18. Maureen DeNone

    WOW- Drench America in Your Glory- The River of God Flowing to the nations. Every man, woman, & child jumping in the River- healings, deliverances, Dramatic Salvations ALL for Your Glory Mighty King Jesus. We Bow, Humbled and Broken in Your Presence – Crying Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord.

  19. Doris Martinez

    Glory to God hallelujah ! He is love ❤️ almighty He is true love ❤️ never ending love ❤️

  20. Emelina Brincat

    Greetings Mario,

    Beware of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation). There are leaders (also prophets you have mentioned) who espouse this doctrine. In doing the research, you will see Mamés of those who are connected and/or members.

    Please protect the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to you and thank you for serving our Lord and Savior!!!

    God richly bless you!!!

  21. Linda

    God bless you and your team and all who have helped with this crusade. Also, God bless the people who attend and God bless Bakersfield.

  22. Cathy B.

    Such a huge Praise Report! GOD IS GREAT AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED! Thank you Mario and your whole team for obeying the WORD OF THE LORD! Selah!

  23. Wanda

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

  24. Samuel Burns

    Mario this is awesome and unbelievable as what God has done . Keep up the work of the Kingdom and Praise The Lord.

  25. Leslie E. Everhart

    Praise Jesus for how He is using Mario and all that are walking with him. Lord , May the Bakersfield Tent Meeting exceedingly and abundantly do more than we can ask seek or imagine!

  26. Miguel L Moran

    God bless you and your family and all the people around you to God be the Glory

  27. latricia darilek

    That is wonderful !!

  28. Donna Eid

    It is the day of evangelism! Glory to God as he continues to blow your mind!

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  30. Marleen

    Praise the Lord Jesus!! Thank you for sharing this good news as it is definitely ammunition to keep persevering in prayer.
    Ephesians 3:20-21 Amen!

  31. Suzanne

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD IS SO GOOD!!

  32. Reba

    I am awestruck. Praise be to our great God that is faithful to perform his mighty works. Good help us to have ears to hear and hearts to obey.

  33. Steve Willcox

    Mario we miss you on flashpoint. Are you going to be coming back ?

  34. Jim

    Praise the King brother. I’m praying for you. You’re the real deal. God bless y’all 🙂

  35. Barb Sirum

    Rejoicing in Gods Work!! Bless you Mario M.

  36. Sherry

    Praising and thanking God for this awesome news!!! We continue to pray for you here in Colorado!!

  37. Christine

    God bless you Mario. You are surely one of the good Lords Shepherds of Ezekiel 34…YHWH is here to raise up the 144000 of the 12x12tribes of Jacob in Revelations (which He told me in Isaiah 49 to gather to Him in a spiritual experience I had in 1985…and of which I emailed Jonathan Cahn in 2020/2021. Here HE IS to smite the useless crooked shepherds and raise His own…. You are certainly one of the most worthy I have noted to date. May YHWH continue to bless your sincere ministry…and all your workers …Christ in e

  38. Diane, LN

    How can we view your weekly show, Firepower?

    • Mario Murillo

      If you are registered at this blog you will get information, and if you want, a direct link to the show.

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  40. Terry Haight

    Mario, you and your ministry amaze me. For God Almighty surely has His hand upon you. I get excited each time I read anything you post because you seem to be the most productive evangelist in my life for some time. You are more committed than most and it shows in your comings and goings as well in your book “It’s our turn now” You are such an inspiration to so many of us. May God continue to shine upon you as you fight the good fight for His Kingdom.

  41. Jim Agnew

    Miss you on flashpoint.

  42. JoAnn

    This is THE. BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!!! Thank you Mario, thank you Volunteers, thank you Frank Saldana and LORD we lift up our voices and THANK YOU for all you are doing for us your covenant people.
    We love you Lord!!!

  43. Darlene W

    This is that. All we can do is be in awestruck wonder of what God is orchestrating. Blessings MMM❤️🙏

  44. Ken Davis

    Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus to you and Frank’s team for this revival in Bakersfield. I was there at Hanford and Colorado Springs. Saw the ignition of the fires of revival and repentance. I can’t come because of previous commitments, but will be on my knees in petition for the anointing to fall on all who have been visited by the ground team and those who come to the tent. My prayers for all, as I can see most of your faces when I close my eyes. I see this event leading the path for the Lord to fall again in California for His glory.
    To those who read the blog and have never been to one of the tent meetings, find one to attend, feel the humility and dedication of the volunteers and workers, see and feel the presence of God change souls for eternity. Experience the Lord breaking your inner parts to renew you for an immeasurable hunger for the lost. You will never be the same. Praise God.
    Again my sincere gratitude to all who are making this possible.

  45. Thomas Bubb

    Where will FirePower air?

    • Mario Murillo

      Launch date will be announced in a few weeks.

  46. Nancy Parrotta-Wright

    Let everything that has breath PRAISE THE LORD !!!!!

  47. Lillian Kraly

    Praise God!!!!!I I pray God continue to surprise you with His Blessings upon your passion for the salvation of souls, His treasure, souls for His Kingdom. May God continue to richly Bless you faithful man of God.

  48. Marge Bakalar

    We need your rally to come to upstate New York! I know that would make the good Lord extremely happy.. We are so much in need of a good revival awakening in these desperate times.

  49. Diana Kennedy

    I JUST LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! To God be the Glory in all things!

  50. Barbara Coyle

    Awesome! Can’t wait for your show, Mario!! May God strengthen you and your team for a mighty, blessed harvest of hungry souls in Bakersfield and LA!

  51. LaVonne Clark

    This news is so incredible, it is difficult for me to wrap my head around it! Awestruck is a word that can only describe the awesomeness of our God!!! Mario, thank you that you have the courage and the strength to follow God’s leading….My heart is revived by the news and events of your ministry, Thank you Jesus!!!!

  52. Gretchen

    You never left your first love – love to you and your team – go God, bring many to you, not for a flash experience, but for true lasting conversions. Let the glory of God cover the Earth as the waters cover the sea!

  53. Marsha Carol Watson Gandy

    MARIO, how this THRILLS me through and through……And—I am one of your partners. Each month when I give my Tithe to you—MY HEART LEAPS FOR JOY!!!



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