Christafari - Part III
- Monday, November 01, 1999
The next day we went site seeing and ate some great Roti and curried Goat. Late that night when we were swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea we heard the sound of familiar rhythms playing in the distance. It was reggae, and it was drawing us closer. As we followed the sound we were led to a club on a pier called "De Palm". We watched as a local band sang reggae and dancehall classics. It wasn't long before they found out that we were there and called us up on stage to play some tunes. The crowd was hyped as we took the stage. They were cheering and dancing to the music as we sang our original songs like "Best Friend" and "Can't Stop" without compromising the lyrics. It was cool that even on a sightseeing day we were given a great opportunity to minister.
The following day in Aruba would prove to be the most memorable day of the tour. In the afternoon we went to the Kia Prison. We were invited by the chaplain to perform three concerts for the prisoners. The first show was for those who were still waiting for their final sentencing, the second was for those serving hard time and the third was for the women and teenagers. Most of the inmates were in jail for smuggling drugs.
It was at this prison that we witnessed the greatest harvest of the tour. As we performed for each group I shared my testimony in-between songs. Over the rhythm of "Set Me Free" I told them that everyone is waiting on the most important sentencing of all by the Highest Judge in all creation. My emphasis was not on physical freedom, but on spiritual freedom and true emancipation from sinful slavery. They were extremely receptive to the Gospel message and responded by confessing their sins to the Lord and praying the Salvation prayer. Before saying "Amen", we all sang the chorus to "Set Me Free" together. All hands were raised in praise and the prisoners danced as we celebrated these new found salvations with the songs "Can't Stop" and "Praise the Name of Jesus".
At the end of each of the concerts I asked; "How many of you prayed this prayer for the very first time and truly meant it in your hearts?" After counting the hands that were raised in each of the three performances it turned out that over 80% of the prison population accepted Christ! Glory be to God! Please pray for these prisoners as they grow in their walks with God and for the chaplain and his wife as they continue to minister to them.
On our last morning in Aruba we finally had an opportunity to meet with one of the pastors that had banned his congregation from attending our event. It turns out that some of his church members went to our show against his will. They absolutely loved our concert and were brought to tears during the ministry time at the end of the show. Seeing the fruits of our ministry firsthand they went back and told their pastor everything that happened at the show and all that I shared from stage. They knew that I had specifically requested to meet with their pastor and asked him to meet with me. He agreed, so the whole band met with the minister and I shared our ministry purpose and showed him key passages in the Bible. He was very receptive. He told us that he was filled with conviction and even had trouble sleeping after he told his church members that they could not attend our concert. Forgiveness was in the air and the meeting ended on a positive note. We prayed together and then the pastor gave us his blessing and promised to speak with any other ministers that did not endorse our ministry. God works in mysterious ways!
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