Siegen - May 11th, 2013
Our tour manager Heinz stood at the Resource table a few minutes before the concert let out, ready to attend to any early-departing congregants who wanted a Bill Drake CD. Much to his surprise, the first one out was Anita, the local Newspaper Reporter.
Anita had been assigned the concert as one of her stories of the day, and had shown up early, hoping to get a few snapshots of the stage, and maybe some comments from me. As I had been deeply engrossed in the set-up, I had only met her briefly, but encouraged her to take some notes during the concert, especially as I shared my testimony. I was unaware that she had informed Heinz that she was only planning to stay about 10 minutes.
As the concert unfolded, I noticed Anita taking a number of photos, before finally settling in on the front row down to my right, attentively taking notes on her pad, and continuing to take a photo now and again, as the set changed, the worship dancer came and went, or the visuals on the screen presented an entirely different view. She sat on the edge of her seat, seemingly to take in every word, and when things drew near to a close, I never noticed when she left.
Heinz asked Anita if she enjoyed the concert. She gushed. She had never expected what she ended up hearing, "I couldn't believe a Christian event would be so relevant to today, to people's everyday lives, and how they can be rather set free from their baggage!" Heinz pressed further, and discovered that Anita did not go to church, as she had thought Christianity out of date, and out of touch. But this was different - and actually had application even to her own lilfe. She had not only been surprised by this, but now admitted she needed to "walk away and really process through some things."
That gave Heinz the opportunity to introduce her to the person of Jesus Christ. The local newspaper reporter came that night for a few minutes to capture a quick story on a local happening, and got captured by a riveting story rooted in the timeless message of the Best of News, and it's transformative power for the entire world.
Please pray for her, and the countless hundreds who at this point have heard the Gospel, and the invitation to be part of God's reconciling the world to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)