HOPE FEST: Hope in the City

On Friday June 24, 2016 the Elim Arrival went out to Marion, Iowa to join Josh Misener and White Ribbon Day for an event called Hope Fest put together by River of Life Church of Cedar Rapids.  The event was launched for multiple different reasons. 

It was not only something for the church to take part in but for the entire community.  It was time for the community to come out and have a fun time with a meal, music, fellowship and attractions for children.  At the same time it was also a food drive, an opportunity for those with an abundance to bring non-perishable food items to give to those in need. 

Most importantly, it was an event to give spiritual food to the community.  In a time when people are so hungry and thirsty for something of substance, it is detrimental for the church to bring them the hope of Christ.

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After Josh Misener and his team finished with their time of leading worship, Zach Blickens of White Ribbon Day sent out an invitation to the community to do something historical at Marion Square Park that day.  He lead them in a prayer, and gave them a chance to come lay everything down and lift it all up to Jesus.  Following this time, the Elim Arrival was up to lead the people in worship. 

We took the time to truly engage the people and bring our message of hope and rest in the midst of the wilderness.  Even when it seems hope has died and everyone/everything is ridiculing us, Christ has something to say to His church.   He says to His bride “talitha cumi,” which is to say “little girl, arise.” 

What great love the Lord has for His church, and the way He showed the depth of His love was no easy road. 

White Ribbon Day stands in agreement with us as they sang out “Love is hard but love is wide.” 

For a nation to revived, a state has to be revived.  For a state to be revived, a city has to be revived and that is exactly why we came with the hope of Christ to the city of Marion. 

-On behalf of the Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival