Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, to take His seat at the right hand of the Father (see Acts 5:31; Ephesians 1:20), He told His followers that upon receiving power, they were to then go into all the world (see Mark 16:15), but even before going into “all the world,” He told them to start with their own hometown. I believe God has given believers a golden opportunity to work together to tell the people of Escondido, “Jesus loves you!”
Saturday, October 14, 2017, Wow Jam Escondido is coming to Grape Day Park from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.! What is a Wow Jam? I’m glad you asked.
A Wow Jam is an outreach of W.O.W. International; birthed by its founder, Stephen Tavani, a man with a heart for the lost and the hurting. In 1991, Stephen, a former record-producer for such artists as Smokey Robinson, together with his wife, Linda, formerly of the R&B music duo, “Peaches & Herb,” with such hits as “Reunited” and “Shake Your Groove Thing,” were launched into ministry by internationally-renowned Pastor Jack Hayford, founder of Church On The Way Los Angeles.
Stephen had this big idea of going to cities around the world, to take a day to throw a party in the park. There would be music, free food, TV’s, microwaves, MP3’s, bicycles, and other items, all to be given away. Recently, a car was given away at the Wow Jam in Sunland, California.
Wow Jams are not designed to entitle homelessness, but in part, to impact those struggling for a way out; it’s not a handout, it’s a hand up. Approximately 35 tents with free services will be available to people of all walks of life. A group of churches focused on Kingdom business have come together to impact souls. There is a blessing that only comes when churches and individuals get outside of their walls and work together (see Psalm 133).
“While on the surface WOW JAMS were created to meet the immediate needs of individuals in the communities around the world by providing meals, bike repairs, groceries, haircuts, connections to community resources, resume’ preparation and more; our biggest focus is to bring the message of the Gospel in a tangible way to those who are so desperately searching for Christ’s love and acceptance.” (wowjam.com)
Here’s how you can help: If you’re a pastor or leader of a ministry, get your church involved. You may register at wowjam.com, on the Escondido tab, through Eventbrite. You may also contact the Wow Jam coordinator, Rose McFadden, at 619-455-6935.
We encourage you to attend and bring as many volunteers as you can. The list of churches and ministries is growing: Faith Harbor Church, Salvation Army Church of Escondido, Grace Church San Marcos, Grace Church Oceanside, The Father’s House San Marcos, The Crossing Church San Marcos, Reaching The Hungry, Aglow International, and KSDW Radio 88.9 FM.
Funding the Wow Jam comes from the community. Businesses such as Weir Asphalt Construction have generously contributed to the event. If you own a business or are a primary decision maker and you would like to donate, please contact me directly at 760-445-6722, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. W.O.W International is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.
Please pray about how you would like to get involved and then roll up your sleeves and join us.
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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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