The beginning of a movement

Last night was FAR more than just an event or a concert. It wasn’t just about a band or some rockstars. Tonight changed my life before the event even started.

There’s no way to put into words the emotions, prayers, fasting, planning, and so much more that have been going on for months now, but I’ll do my best to sum it up. Here are a few numbers to help you get a mental picture of the night…

600+ in attendance

150+ volunteers

5 Clarksville churches

And the best number of the night: 40 decisions for Christ!

Partnering with a band like Love And Death (with Brian “Head” Welch, previously of Korn) was a huge privilege in itself. From the little time I got to spend talking and praying with Brian, hearing his heart for the Lord and ministry, it was evident that he was radically changed by Jesus! Their music was loud and their message was clear: the Gospel transforms lives.

As I was praying about what to share, I kept going back to Solomon in Ecclesiastes. He had it all and decided that he didn’t want any of it. Brian “Head” Welch is the poster child of Ecclesiastes. He shared last night about playing in a stadium to 50,000 people with Korn, Metallica, and Kid Rock, then flying in a private jet, belonging to one of the guys from Metallica. The night ended in cocaine and meth, and although Brian did it too, he was so empty. He said, “I don’t care if I play for 5 people. I was empty before, but I’m full now.” THAT is the power of the Gospel!

The direction the Lord gave me for last night was to help people despair in the world and hope in Christ. I’m thankful for Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes that helped many people be led by the Lord to do just that!

I can’t describe the emotion and excitement that I had to contain as I gave the call to people to raise their hands to accept Jesus. One of my favorite parts was closing my eyes to pray, and as I opened them back up, I saw 3 guys standing in front of me before I had even given the call to walk forward! They couldn’t wait to surrender!

In addition to the 40 decisions for Christ, the team that made that night happen is unparalleled. Any time I had a question, they were already a few steps ahead of me. I finally learned to just shut up and trust. Not only did Nate Witiuk from Awaken do a phenomenal job overseeing and coordinating the volunteers, but watching people from 5 churches and multiple denominations work together for the same cause was a beautiful sight. It’s amazing what God will do when His people unite.

Be looking for pictures, videos, and more coming very soon to wearetheuprising.com.

Also, this was just the beginning of a movement. Even greater things are ahead!

Here’s a picturesque glimpse of the night (thanks to the amazing Angela Ashcraft)…