“But when He saw the people, He was moved with compassion for them, because they fainted and were scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matt.9:36-38).
Here’s the deal: While many shy away from evangelistic opportunities that pose challenges, take planning and require sacrifice, God calls us as His “ambassadors” to reach the lost, deceived and broken ones for whom He died.
Bountiful Fruit From Bonnaroo
Here in our Nashville area, Bonnaroo is held yearly and is one of the largest music festivals in the world. Steering clear of drugs and decadent behavior by setting up tents outside the gates, servants of the Lord engaged in meaningful conversations, using creative ways to connect with the passersby.
Providing a “Father’s Blessing” to those in need; “Interpreting Dreams” for curious inquirers; giving out free bottles of water and sanitizers; offering personalized face painting and holistic healing; sharing encouragement through spiritual readings from Scripture and prophetic prayer and allowing God to attract curious individuals hearing dynamic praise and worship drew masses of people into unexpected encounters with God.
“OK, OK, but did you really experience good fruit, and were there quantifiable results?”
1. Some statistics
For the sake of prayer partners and supporters as well as naysayers and skeptics, accurate records reveal:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ More than 2,500 people were meaningfully engaged in conversation.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There were over 750 conversions plus lots of water baptisms.
2. A testimony
James came to the music festival to experience love and community. His grandmother was a witch who put curses on him, and when he was 11 years old, he learned a prayer but was rebuked and told to stay away from those “light carriers.”
As this young man visited the various outreach tents, he experienced God’s presence and love for him conveyed through God’s people. He was instructed on repentance and faith in Jesus who was punished for our sins so we could be pardoned and find abundant and eternal life in Him. What an epic moment it was when James was later baptized amidst a celebration of exuberant joy.
3. Plentiful pictures
Scores of young people needing hope, forgiveness, direction and the opportunity for a new start in life discovered these realities through the transformative power of the gospel shared through LoveReach to Bonnaroo. Kudos to Scott and Sarah MacLeod, Jason Ford, Bob Perry and the entire fantastic team who came and gave themselves to reach the lost as Jesus directed, in addition to the team of intercessors who prayed for weeks prior and during the event.
We conclude with a pictorial display to encourage everyone to reconsecrate yourself to the Great Commission. We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the 5/24-minute free YouTube videos onÃ‚Â “Loving Lifestyle Evangelism”Ã‚Â to be equipped, inspired and engaged in sharing your faith consistently and effectively in these days of the harvest.
Enjoy these photographs from Bonnaroo 2018!
Larry TomczakÃ‚Â is a cultural commentator of 45 yrs,Ã‚Â Intercessors for AmericaÃ‚Â board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book,Ã‚Â BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (seeÃ‚Â www.bullseyechallenge.com). Click (here) for hisÃ‚Â “Here’s the Deal”Ã‚Â weekly podcast.