The big November event is officially finished! Tonight was the big night. The youth concert with LZ7 and Govna B. Two Christian artists whose music border lines as secular. The goal of this is to attract listeners from all backgrounds and have the music play on secular stations so that they can experience positive, Christian music without having it be all churchy worship like.
All week, we have been working along side LZ7 going into local schools. Here they put on assemblies and announced the free gig we put on tonight. Each school had a personality of its own. It was so much fun going between Christian, secular, private, public, all girls, and co ed schools. We saw such a mix in faiths and personalities, but one thing every school had in common was LOVING LZ7. By the end of each assembly all the students were bouncing and singing and booking their free tickets for the Saturday night concert. One school even started mosh pitting in the middle of the crowd! Just crazy!
The concert sold out of online tickets a few hours before the show started. This was super exciting as well as scary. We didn't want huge crowds of kids being turned away at the door and causing trouble outside. But this wasn't an issue at all, as we had about 2/3 of the booked tickets show up. So everyone was able to get in, and the room was still very full.
Everything ran so well! We had a few local pastors and youth leaders volunteering, as well as church members from the group of churches who organized this event together. Everything was organized and ready to go. There were no injuries, no accidents, no big dramas. Just a lot of fun! And most importantly, when the leader of LZ7, Lindz, talked about Christianity, and then gave the opportunity to become a Christian TONS OF HANDS WENT UP! It was amazing! Dozens of kids! Afterwards, they took those kids to the next room to talk with them more and give them some resources to get connected. The room was packed! Here is a photo I snapped quickly while Lindz was talking with them.
Overall it was such a great night and so worth the months of planning it took! We are hoping and praying that those who heard the gospel tonight will go home changed, and will seek out a youth group to get connected into. We also gave out fliers for our youth club, as well as a follow up event in December. Please be praying for these kids!
Here is a photo of the interns, Lisette (my line manager at Jubilee who headed up this event), and two of the members of LZ7.