What does it look like when 1,000 people, 10 churches and a dozen or so community organizations gather at Grape Day Park? You’d know had you been there October 14.
Bright and early at 7:30 a.m., W.O.W International’s semi-truck with its drop-down stage trailer pulled into the park. Workers arrived a half hour later and the process of setting up 35 canopies, unloading 300 boxes of groceries, filling plastic swimming pools as make-shift baptismals began.
Soon after, a professional DJ arrived and set up his gear. Beginning at 1 p.m. there were kid’s games galore, free hot dogs and water for everyone in attendance, not to mention a variety of flavors of snow-cones. All that was required was that an individual register and receive a free ticket with the hope of winning one of the many free prizes, including TV’s, bicycles, pots and pans, coffee makers, Barbie dolls and more.
At 3 that afternoon, Stephen and Linda Tavani took to the stage to sing, give away prizes, spray the kids with a water hose, threw Frisbees and giant beach balls to the crowd. All of this was just a way to distract the crowd while the 200-plus workers dismantled the canopies where people, for the past couple of hours, had received free haircuts, family photos, and bicycle repairs.
The best part of the day, and indeed the entire purpose of all of this, was when Stephen asked the crowd if they knew where they would spend eternity. The crowd was transfixed as Stephen told them of a loving Savior who is not only interested in their future in Heaven, but is intensely interested in where they live today and what they’re going through.
The Bible says, “And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come
to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9-10, NKJV). Jesus went where the lost were and His commandment to us is to do likewise.
The result? 101 people received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and 60 were baptized. All the decision card information was distributed among the churches to then follow-up with. It is so important to become a part of a church family for continued growth and transformation as a believer. For more information, please visit wowjam.com.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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