Out of the Pigpen, Into the Meadow
KidzFest teaches children about God's love
September 20, 2008 - Nine-year-old Chantel prayed: "I want to go to the meadow with Jesus because my daddy is in heaven." View photo gallery
by Janet Chismar
It’s hard to tell which the kids enjoyed more: the emcee stuffing 20 marshmallows in his mouth at one time or the boy vs. girl screaming competition!
One thing is certain, the 5,768 children who came to the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday morning had tons of fun and learned about God’s great love.
Reaching children with the Good News of Jesus Christ is one of the top priorities of any Franklin Graham Festival. According to the Barna group, nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13.
KidzFest is an intentional effort to reach these important little ones.
Here in Charleston, close to 5,800 showed up Saturday morning and a few hundred responded to the tug of Jesus on their hearts.
First up, an amazing 900-voice choir made up of area children got the crowd on their feet with "He Knows Your Name". Then God Rocks took the stage! This talented quartet used upbeat tunes to teach little ones about the fruit of the spirit and the joy of the Lord.
Utilizing large screen animation, a state of the art digital layback system for audio and video, and a professional ministry performance team, the God Rocks tour has been experienced by over 500,000 children across North America since its inception in 2003.
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Dennis Lee, a ventriloquist from Dallas, brought along a few barnyard pals to bring home the message of Christ’s love. An operatic bovine, a sarcastic pig and a funky monkey shared the greatest story ever told.
After a long series of amusing puns and skits, Lee and Friends got serious. "You can move out of the pigpen and into the meadow. There is no joy in the mud of sin."
Capturing the attention of his wide-eyed audience, he then shared the story of the prodigal son in a way kids could understand. "Jesus is the gate that moves you from the pigpen to the meadow," Lee told the children.
Kyle, a 6-year old from North Charleston, quickly jumped up to respond to the Gospel invitation. "I know Jesus loves me forever!" he said after praying.
Nine-year-old Chantel also prayed: "I want to go to the meadow with Jesus because my daddy is in heaven."
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