The Winter Jam Report! #2
From Shannon Habas, Media Relations Director:
Well, once again we had an incredible Winter Jam weekend!
Here is a recap of what God did!
Thursday, Jan. 12th
Orlando, FL / UCF Arena
Decisions: 645 people texted in a response to the Gospel. Over 900 people who stood to respond to Jesus took Gospels of John from youth pastors distributing throughout the crowd. An estimated 1,500 people stood to respond to the Gospel.
Thank you to the following radio station for supporting this show: Z88
Friday, Jan. 13th
Jacksonville, FL / Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Decisions: In Jacksonville, 598 people texted in a response to the Gospel. More than 2,500 stood to indicate a response and 1,100 received Gospels of John from youth pastors moving through the crowds.
Thank you to the following radio stations for supporting this show: The Promise, K-LOVE, The Lighthouse, Hope FM and Way Radio.
Saturday, Jan. 14th
Tampa, FL / St. Pete Times Forum
Decisions: 720 people texted in a response to the Gospel. Over 1,500 Gospels of John were distributed to those responding. An estimated 400 stood to indicate a first time response to the Gospel and 2,000 more indicated rededicating their lives to Christ!
Thank you to the following radio stations for supporting this show: JoyFM, Spirit FM and His Radio.
Sunday, Jan. 15th
Atlanta, GA / Philips Arena
Decisions: 815 texted in a response to the Gospel and more than 1,000 Gospels of John were distributed until we actually ran out (over 7,000 have gone out so far!!!). Over 500 indicated a first time response to Jesus by standing and 2,500 more stood to display they were rededicating themselves to Christ.
Thank you to the following radio stations for supporting this show: The Fish and J93.3.
Additional Ministry Notes from Weekend #2! (Courtesy of Nick Hall):
* In Orlando, God moved on the campus of UCF. We met with many college students who were dreaming of revival on their campus and heard dozens of stories from those who responded to Jesus. Among them was the stage security guard. After my message, he confronted me and said God had spoke to Him and that He had received Jesus. He asked me for a Gospel of John and we prayed together!!
* Among those in Jacksonville responding was a young man who just got out of prison the day before. He heard Skillet was in town and decided he needed to come. He gave his life to Christ and we prayed together after the program. He has already begun going through the Gospel of John and growing through a local church group.
* In Tampa was a 15 year old girl afterwards who shared that she had been running from God her entire life. She came from a broken home and experienced abuse from a parent claiming to be a Christian. But at WinterJam she heard God speaking to her through the message. She said, "As I prayed to receive Jesus, I was overcome and could not speak but just started shaking. It was as if the presence of God was real in my life for the first time and I knew his love. I now know Jesus and want to tell others!" She came with friends and we all prayed together over her and gave her the Gospel of John!
* In Atlanta, on my way down to the locker room, I met one of the workers cleaning the venue (Phillips Arena). He said that earlier in the night he had been going up and down the aisles selling cotton candy while I was speaking. He said, "It was as if God himself starting speaking to me. I had to put down the cotton candy, take off my hat, and ask Jesus into my life right there!" I gave him my last Gospel of John and we had a powerful time of prayer and thanksgiving together!
What’s happening behind the stage? In Atlanta, God began to move early as we held Jam Church with all the bands. As Matt from Sanctus Real led worship and I spoke, God's presence was moving many to tears in the group. The time ended with us gathering into groups of 3 and 4 to intercede for one another - for more Jesus in our lives - and that this tour would result in many coming to faith. One of the bus drivers received Jesus that morning!! In the evening, it was more of the same - GOD IS MOVING.
Beyond these numbers, we have seen thousands of people engaging with us online (twitter, facebook, and pulsereset.com). Students are asking questions and we are beginning to see many sharing their faith on social media outlets as a result of what God has started in their lives! In each city, we have seen between 50 and 120 youth leaders gather for prayer and at least half of each group is helping us distribute Gospels of John and be available to students. It has been such a joy to see God's people working in each city that Jesus might be known to all.
Please tell everyone to keep the prayers coming - our hope through this tour is to lift up Jesus!!
This is just the beginning. We need to tell the world!
Winter Jam is touching lives beyond the chairs in the arena! A Security Guard, A Concession Worker, and A Tour Bus Driver! God is changing lives and Winter Jam is the conduit!
This weekend we will roll in to Des Moines, IA, St. Charles, Mo, and Ft. Wayne, IN! Are you guys ready for us!? Let's hear you guys raise the roof!
Be sure to check us out at: www.jamtour.com and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=232272000116782#!/winterjam
Thank you also for your continued prayers! Thank you for all you guys are doing to make Winter Jam a success!
To God be all the glory and praise!
Media Relations Director