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Testimony of the Salvation of James

James came to Bonnaroo to experience love and community. His upbringing with family was different than most.  His grandmother was a witch who put curses of darkness on him and threatened him to stay away from “the Light Carriers.”  When he was 11 years old he was taken to Vacation Bible School by a neighborhood family. He said a prayer to ask Jesus into his life but when he told his family about it they told him to never go around the Light Carriers again. When he arrived at Bonnaroo and set up camp, he could feel this strong pull that was taking him by those he considered, the “Happy People.”

These “Happy People” were the LoveReach volunteers who Jesus was beaming through. These Kingdom volunteers represented the different generations, ethnic groups and church denominations who came with one purpose, to love young people into Christ kingdom.  As James visited our various outreach tents he began to experience God’s love for him. This love lead him to give his heart to Jesus.

On Sunday morning, the first ever water baptism was experienced on the Bonnaroo grounds. It was an epic moment as we watched the raw joy of young people find new life in obeying Jesus. James was baptized and his joy was incredible to see.  Fellow friends who were baptized with him hugged each other with tears of joy streaming down their face. Then to add the awesome sight of having spiritual mom’s and dad’s surround him with the love of God and to speak a blessing over his life was beautiful. After his baptism he told us he could feel the evil dark powers flee from him.

Blake's Salvation Story

Saturday evening, on the Bonnaroo grounds, a young man from Canada by the name of Blake started feeling like his life was swirling in a downward pit. He could feel depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide come upon him. He was in a desperate place of wanting to end his life when he remembered those “Jesus people” at the outreach Thunder Tent that he had been avoiding all week.

Blake’s mind was screaming, “Don’t go near those Christians! Don’t listen to those Jesus freaks!” However, his heart was saying, “they have the answer for you.” All of a sudden he felt a “hook on his heart” that was pulling him to our Christian outreach tent. He said, the hook on his heart was stronger than the thoughts that were screaming in his head, “No, don’t go to them.”

Our volunteers were ready to help him. It was a beautiful sight to see those at the Thunder Tent welcome him with love. The Christian music coming from the Thunder Tent was soothing to his soul. He could feel peace and joy in his heart as they talked. The well-prepared volunteers shared Jesus with him. He heard and understood the gospel. He asked Jesus into his heart and he sensed a real shift in his life.

This is Heather's Story

I have loved Jesus my whole life. I was able to bring that same love I have for Him and share it with hundreds at Bonnaroo who have not acknowledged Him yet. It was worth all of the mud, sleepless nights, and extreme heat just to see people encounter His love!

During a late night worship set at the outreach tent on the Bonnaroo farm, they were singing from Psalm 84:10 “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.” The Lord started drawing me. In the midst of ministry He wanted to capture my heart. He showed me how I have been “staying at the door” in serving and not truly receiving by entering into the most holy place.

This truth was still moving in my heart Sunday morning. After a group of young men were baptized, the Lord spoke strongly to me to get baptized, since I was in a place of transition in my heart and life.

“The Holy Spirit reminded me of the Jewish tradition of a “Mikvah” where you immerse in the water to enter into a new season. So I stepped into the water and confessed the new season. Then Pastor Scott and Bob dipped me in the water! There was so much joy and love poured into me as the community of believers prayed for me. I felt the Lord’s fire in my heart. I could sense Jesus cleansing me and setting my heart and spirit for the new season, where I am called to run into the harvest with Him.”

Courtney's Journey to Bonnaroo

“Hi, I’m Courtney Cordes and I am one of the core leaders for LoveReach.  I’d like to share with you my journey of God preparing me for Bonnaroo.

I remember as a teenager, all my “druggie friends” talked about going to Bonnaroo, as if they were making a spiritual Mecca. I also dreamed of attending so I could experience something outside of myself, however God had a different plan for my Bonnaroo experience.

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee with a wonderful Christian family. At the age of 14 my father passed away from lung cancer. This was my first real life-altering experience. I was devastated. I began to party using all kinds of drugs and becoming sexually promiscuous to deal with the pain I felt.

At the age of 17 I was at a youth worship night. God’s presence was after me so strong. As I got up and ran out of the room a 13 year old girl ran after me. She began to fervently pray and prophesy over me. Others came as well, interceding for my life. Even though satan’s forces had a strong hold on me, I knew God was fighting for me. I thought, “Wow God, You really have an awesome plan for me. This is worth it. I’m giving my life to you, which I did that night.”

After eighteen months of rehab and discipleship I went from being in bondage to walking in freedom. I found myself at Harvest Sound Nashville giving my life as a missionary in creative evangelism.

Every June I approached my spiritual leaders, pastor’s Scott and Sarah MacLeod, about going to Bonnaroo because I knew there was a “great harvest” out there. Also knowing that many of the Bonnaroovians are “little Courtney’s” drove me with passion to see them saved. Yet somehow, for almost a decade, I knew God was closing the door. It wasn’t the right time, until now.

Face Paint Testimony

At the Bonnaroo Music Festival, we have one large outreach tent that is surrounded by 7 smaller tents.
 
A young girl was walking with her dad near the tents and saw the “personalize Art” tent for face painting. The father agreed to her getting painted as he stood by observing. After the girl experienced God’s love through free face painting, the little girl plead with her dad to get his face done. After a number of her pleas, he reluctantly said, “yes.”

After the first swipe of paint under his eye the evangelistic artist, whispered to him “God sees you as a good father.” Upon hearing this a tear trickled down his cheek. After the second swipe under the other eye, the artist whispered, “God sees you as one who does not quit.”

The man’s hardened exterior softened. He slowly succumbed to the love of God and tears began running down his face.

His little girl said, “Daddy, what’s wrong? Are you ok?”

He assured his daughter he was okay, then he leaned forward and whispered to the artist’s, “Today was my last day with my family. I was planning to walk out today and leave my family forever. I have felt like a failure and just wanted to escape. I want you to know that I am going to stay with my family beginning right now. You have saved my family today!”

Testimony of the Salvation of James

James came to Bonnaroo to experience love and community. His upbringing with family was different than most.  His grandmother was a witch who put curses of darkness on him and threatened him to stay away from “the Light Carriers.”  When he was 11 years old he was taken to Vacation Bible School by a neighborhood family. He said a prayer to ask Jesus into his life but when he told his family about it they told him to never go around the Light Carriers again. When he arrived at Bonnaroo and set up camp, he could feel this strong pull that was taking him by those he considered, the “Happy People.”

These “Happy People” were the LoveReach volunteers who Jesus was beaming through. These Kingdom volunteers represented the different generations, ethnic groups and church denominations who came with one purpose, to love young people into Christ kingdom.  As James visited our various outreach tents he began to experience God’s love for him. This love lead him to give his heart to Jesus.

On Sunday morning, the first ever water baptism was experienced on the Bonnaroo grounds. It was an epic moment as we watched the raw joy of young people find new life in obeying Jesus. James was baptized and his joy was incredible to see.  Fellow friends who were baptized with him hugged each other with tears of joy streaming down their face. Then to add the awesome sight of having spiritual mom’s and dad’s surround him with the love of God and to speak a blessing over his life was beautiful. After his baptism he told us he could feel the evil dark powers flee from him.

Blake's Salvation Story​

Saturday evening, on the Bonnaroo grounds, a young man from Canada by the name of Blake started feeling like his life was swirling in a downward pit. He could feel depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide come upon him. He was in a desperate place of wanting to end his life when he remembered those “Jesus people” at the outreach Thunder Tent that he had been avoiding all week.

Blake’s mind was screaming, “Don’t go near those Christians! Don’t listen to those Jesus freaks!” However, his heart was saying, “they have the answer for you.” All of a sudden he felt a “hook on his heart” that was pulling him to our Christian outreach tent. He said, the hook on his heart was stronger than the thoughts that were screaming in his head, “No, don’t go to them.”

Our volunteers were ready to help him. It was a beautiful sight to see those at the Thunder Tent welcome him with love. The Christian music coming from the Thunder Tent was soothing to his soul. He could feel peace and joy in his heart as they talked. The well-prepared volunteers shared Jesus with him. He heard and understood the gospel. He asked Jesus into his heart and he sensed a real shift in his life.

This is Heather's Story​

I have loved Jesus my whole life. I was able to bring that same love I have for Him and share it with hundreds at Bonnaroo who have not acknowledged Him yet. It was worth all of the mud, sleepless nights, and extreme heat just to see people encounter His love!

During a late night worship set at the outreach tent on the Bonnaroo farm, they were singing from Psalm 84:10 “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.” The Lord started drawing me. In the midst of ministry He wanted to capture my heart. He showed me how I have been “staying at the door” in serving and not truly receiving by entering into the most holy place.

This truth was still moving in my heart Sunday morning. After a group of young men were baptized, the Lord spoke strongly to me to get baptized, since I was in a place of transition in my heart and life.

“The Holy Spirit reminded me of the Jewish tradition of a “Mikvah” where you immerse in the water to enter into a new season. So I stepped into the water and confessed the new season. Then Pastor Scott and Bob dipped me in the water! There was so much joy and love poured into me as the community of believers prayed for me. I felt the Lord’s fire in my heart. I could sense Jesus cleansing me and setting my heart and spirit for the new season, where I am called to run into the harvest with Him.”

Face Paint Testimony

“Hi, I’m Courtney Cordes and I am one of the core leaders for LoveReach.  I’d like to share with you my journey of God preparing me for Bonnaroo.

I remember as a teenager, all my “druggie friends” talked about going to Bonnaroo, as if they were making a spiritual Mecca. I also dreamed of attending so I could experience something outside of myself, however God had a different plan for my Bonnaroo experience.

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee with a wonderful Christian family. At the age of 14 my father passed away from lung cancer. This was my first real life-altering experience. I was devastated. I began to party using all kinds of drugs and becoming sexually promiscuous to deal with the pain I felt.

At the age of 17 I was at a youth worship night. God’s presence was after me so strong. As I got up and ran out of the room a 13 year old girl ran after me. She began to fervently pray and prophesy over me. Others came as well, interceding for my life. Even though satan’s forces had a strong hold on me, I knew God was fighting for me. I thought, “Wow God, You really have an awesome plan for me. This is worth it. I’m giving my life to you, which I did that night.”

After eighteen months of rehab and discipleship I went from being in bondage to walking in freedom. I found myself at Harvest Sound Nashville giving my life as a missionary in creative evangelism.

Every June I approached my spiritual leaders, pastor’s Scott and Sarah MacLeod, about going to Bonnaroo because I knew there was a “great harvest” out there. Also knowing that many of the Bonnaroovians are “little Courtney’s” drove me with passion to see them saved. Yet somehow, for almost a decade, I knew God was closing the door. It wasn’t the right time, until now.

Courtney's Journey to Bonnaroo

At the Bonnaroo Music Festival, we have one large outreach tent that is surrounded by 7 smaller tents that serve in creative evangelism to reach out to lost young adults.
 
A young girl was walking with her dad near the tents and she saw the “personalize Art” tent for face paint.  The father agree to her getting painted as he stood by observing. After the girl experienced God’s love through free face painting, the little girl pled with her dad to get his face done.  After a number of her pleas, he reluctantly said, “yes.”
 
After the first swipe of paint under his eyes the evangelistic artist, whispered to him “God sees you as a good father.” Upon hearing this a tear trickled down his cheek.  After the second sipe under the other eye, the disciple whispered, “God sees you as one who does not quit.”
 
The man’s hardened exterior softened. He slowly succumbed to the love of God and tears began running down his face.
 
His little girl said, “Daddy, what’s wrong? Are you ok?”
 
He assured his daughter he was okay, then he leaned forward and whispered in the creative Godly artists, “Today was my last day with my family. I was planning on walking out today and leave my family forever.  I have felt like a failure and want to just escape.  I want you to know that I am going to stay with my family beginning righty now. You save my family today!”