Christafari Concert in Oak Ridge

christafari (1)The Lord gave us an amazing ministry opportunity to host Christafari, the #1 Christian reggae group in the world, for a Friday night concert here on Oak Ridge Point where we live.  Christafari are musicinaries which means they travel to over 80 different countries a year using their gifts of music to share the gospel and they raise their own support as missionaries. This end of the island had never had a concert like this before so it was a huge event for everyone!
IMG_3384We were asked to coordinate all the logistics and event planning for this concert in Oak Ridge and we also had the privilege of hosting the band in our home for the day as well. We had an amazing day with the band and enjoyed getting to know them personally, fellowshipping and having fun with them at our house, praying over them before the concert and then worshipping with them at the concert that night.
IMG_3389They did 3 concerts across the island over the weekend but our concert in Oak Ridge was the largest crowd of the 3!  On Saturday, the band invited us to come to the music festival where they were performing that night.  They invited Abbey to join them at our friends house where they were staying that day.  She got to spend several hours having fun with them, playing music together, they talked to her in great detail about life as a musicinary, and they made lots of great memories together.  Then we all got to enjoy their concert that evening as a family.
IMG_2725Then on Sunday afternoon, Christafari gave Abbey an incredible opportunity and they asked her to be their opening act before that concert.  She literally played on stage right before Christafari took the stage.  She performed 2 Christian songs she had written herself and also did a few covers of Christian songs.  Abbey plans to study music in college and hopes to one day be a musicinary like Christafari.  The way Christafari poured into her over the weekend was such a blessing!  They literally allowed her to do life right with them, answered questions and gave her lots of helpful thoughts and tools, and even gave her hands-on experience by allowing her to open for them.
bad83f77-e5ae-4248-b88e-52e7e3e3ae97On Monday morning, Christafari invited us to join them for a day of fun at the beach.  We got to go snorkeling with all the band, ride kayaks and paddleboards, enjoy a delicious oceanside dinner, and just enjoy relaxing and having fun together after a very busy but extremely blessed weekend together.

Most importantly, Christafari clearly shared the gospel at each concert.  Not only are all their songs Christian songs but the band members even shared their personal testimonies throughout the concert as well. Lives were changed through their concerts and it was a beautiful way to evangelize and share Christ in a unique way.  There are people that we can invite to church over and over but they will never step foot inside a church building.  So having unique ways to evangelize and share the gospel like was done with this concert are an incredible ministry tool.  People came to this concert who have never been to church…and they heard the gospel, they heard how Jesus changed lives and redeemed and restored and broke chains of sin and bondage. Seeds were planted and God will continue to water them. We LOVED getting to know Christafari and pray that the Lord will continue to use them as mightily as He did during their time in Roatan as they travel around the world singing and sharing Christ.

If you aren’t familiar with Christafari, check out their YouTube channel.  Also, the video Love Supreme was filmed here on the island of Roatan last year too!

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