Harlan, Ky. - (WYMT) - Hundreds of folks were treated to a free Christian concert and festival Friday and Saturday called "Vision For Him." The event, organized by the non-profit group "Vision,” featured music, guest speakers, and other activities.
Organizers say it began as a shared dream about a year and a half ago to bring folks together from across the region for a free concert to celebrate their faith, and to share that faith with others.
“In my mind, we're talking about an event that's God's. It’s not mine,” says Bobby Jones, one of the organizers.
On Friday and Saturday, that event became a reality on the fields of the Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park in Bell County. The two-day concert featured camping, food, music and special guests speakers.
“I just want to share my faith with other believers here, and maybe some that aren't. Just to share my faith with them is an honor, and it's great that we have the freedom in this country to do so,” says former University of Kentucky Quarterback Freddie Maggard, who was a guest speaker at the event,
“God gave me the opportunity to play [baseball] and for me to use it as a platform to share him…and to use the gifts he's given me, but to give him glory for it,” Josh Anderson, a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Atlanta Braves.
Organizers say they are truly grateful for the donations, support, and encouragement that made "Vision For Him" possible, a sentiment those in attendance say they share.
“The energy you get from just the view being up here. We call this the Vision, and we have these mountains all around us, and you think this is what God created; this is what he did for us and anyway we can try to spread that word is always an excitement,” says Michael Lawson, one of the attendees.
Organizers say they hope this will be the first of many "Vision" events moving forward. For more information, including a list of the performances and speakers, just click on the link attached to this article.
One group off eastern Kentuckians are making their final preparations for a two day outdoor Christian event in Pineville later this month. It is called "Vision For Him," and organizers say it has been about a year and a half since they first had the idea.
Organizers say it began with a sense of divine calling, coupled with a desire to make a positive impact on their communities.
“You guys were actually covering the closing of Ichthus, and I thought in my mind, why are we not spreading the love of Jesus Christ and restoring hope,” says Bobby Jones, an organizer of the event.
“Vision [For Him] means a lot to me because of the obvious impact it has [and] the potential for this area,” says Gary Grant, who is the Harlan County Area Coordinator for the event.
Thus, the idea for the outdoor Christian event "Vision For Him" was born. The two day gathering will feature music, guest speakers, food, and a range of activities which organizers say are designed to bring people together to spread, and to celebrate, the word of Jesus Christ.
“Regardless of what the denomination is on the front doorstep, this is about unity of people, of faith, and in this kind of timeframe we need to unite,” says Duane Jones, the Bell County coordinator for the event.
And the entry fee for those who come? Nothing, thanks to the roughly $16,000 in donations to the group over the past several months. They say this level of support from the community has been moving.
“We’ve had anonymous donors, corporate donors, and it has just been phenomenal,” says Brad Abraham, an organizer.
“I know God's people. I mean I know they're great here and they've given us everything that God wants us to have in it,” Jones said.
Organizers say the plan to make "Vision For Him" an annual event.
Vision For Him will take place at the Wilderness Trail ATV Park in Pineville on July 25th and 26th. For more details, please follow the link attached to this article for the event’s official website.