Acadiana Festival of Life kicks off March 14
By Paula Guillory
CROWLEY - The Acadiana Festival of Life, a Harvest Crusade to win the lost for Jesus Christ and help establish them in a local church where they can grow in grace, learn to serve and determine the Lord’s perfect will for their life will be held March 14-17, 2010 at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena in Crowley. The crusade kicks off nightly at 7 p.m. except for student night which will be held Monday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
This four-day event is “guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone that attends,” expressed Pastor Loyd Singley of Northside Assembly of God.
“We really think this event is going to be unlike anything to have ever happened in Crowley. I really want to encourage and invite the community to attend; they should come with the attitude of seeking the Lord,” extended Pastor Roger Tarver of First Baptist Church. Furthermore, Pastor Tarver continued, “the is not a Baptist of Assembly of God thing, it is a Christian thing a place where people can meet the Lord.”
The event will include live music, dynamic speakers, family fun and eye-opening worship. Jay Lowder will be the evangelist for all services. A Harvest Ministry Music Evangelist and praise band will lead worship.
Admission is open and free to the public. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. A free-will love offering will be received each night for support of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries around the world.
A Student night will be held Monday, March 15 beginning at 6 p.m. This event night is geared toward Jr. high and high school students. The first 750 students attending will receive a free t-shirt. Students attending will be served pizza and coke and enjoy a concert prior to Lowder’s service. Attendees have the opportunity of winning prizes including a car and laptop computer.
As general chairman, Jimmy Meche is very excited about the opportunity that this crusade brings to the community. Meche has been highly involved in the community as a leader in education. Meche recounted, “I’ve always felt that I owed our community something, but it wasn’t until I discovered the Lord that I realized it was a community of Christian unity.”
Meche explained that this event, “is clearly being guided by the Lord. The bible says come to me and then go out to the people. That is exactly what we did and He is working through us. Everything is coming together.”
One accomplishment the community crusade team has proudly achieved is breaking barriers that exist within the community. “All barriers have been broken there are different colors and Christian denominations coming together for this!” Meche excitedly exclaimed.
The festival, according to Meche, “will be an interdenominational event as well as a fun environment for people to come together to worship the Lord.”
A major program that Jay Lowder and Harvest Ministries promote is the “Each one, bring one,” a simple plan to reach out to those who need Jesus.
This is designed for everyone to pray for, invite and bring at least one unbeliever to the Crusade. The ministry uses John 1:40, 42 to convey this, “Once Andrew met Jesus, his greatest concern was bringing others to Him. He began with his family - he found Simon Peter and insisted he come to meet Jesus. Then Andrew spent the rest of his life bringing people to Christ.”
Lowder firmly believes, “you are the key to reaching your friends for Christ and that through prayer their eyes would be opened so that they will see their need for a Savior and that their hearts would be receptive to the Gospel.”
Meche supports this by requesting that each attendee, “bring a friend that needs to meet the Lord, bring them to hear the word of the Lord.”