Tonights concert went very well with about 1,800 in attendance. We started everything late tonight which gave the crowd a better chance to form. The New Generation or Nuava Generacion band did a great job. And the bike guys were as crazy as ever - lots of jumps and no spills tonight. Then we started our set. Crowd was into the music, but there wasn't quite the noise level as usual. Found out later that many were filming the band with their cell phones. Crazy.
We also had a visit from David's rapping angel. The story goes that when David and Kim were at a church here in January, doing their scouting visit, David was asked to play some music. He was in the middle of a song when this guy came out of the crowd, grabbed the mic and starting rapping to the song David was playing. And he was good, really good. So David let him do his thing. As soon as the song was done, the guy put the mic down and left the church just as quickly as he had arrived. David started calling him his Rapping Angel. He was wondering if he would ever see him again.
Sure enough, on Friday night the guy showed up. So we gave him the slot that the drama team was to fill for Saturday night. And he hit it out of the park. The crowd really loved him and his music was a solid, spot on message. Then we did the same song he first did with David at the little church, and he nailed that, too. And just as quickly he was gone again. What a blessing. Must have been an Angel.
So since Danny is sitting in the lobby with me, I asked him his favorite memory about tonight: he said it was the ability to really feel the Lord's presence in the crowd, something that wasn't as strong on the previous two nights. There were many that came forward, but even if just one made the decision for Christ, it would be worth it. And he is so right on that issue.
However not just one or two came forward but several dozen. When Marvin finished his message, a local pastor jumped in and started doing the alter call. First one man came out of the crowd, tears running down his face. A few minutes later, a couple more. Then a few more... and so on, and so on. Awesome. And almost all males. Even one point where a wife led her husband down to the front: I thought, great, a couple. But then she turned and left him there. And he was one of the very serious ones, a tough commitment for him, not something to take lightly. So a great night and definitely a positive finish to the troubles of the local churches. One of the best festivals ever.
Tomorrow we head to HOPE Central and relax for the afternoon, then off to the airport early Monday morning for a full day of travel. Tomorrow I'll bring you up to speed on a few of our daytime activities.
Can't wait to see everyone....