This was our third time with YWAM Lausanne for their Regeneration outreach at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. About 40 of us from Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Barbadoes, Brazil, America, England, Venezula and Nigeria joined forces each evening on the promenade of Lake Geneva to share the love of Jesus in various ways. Performances included a traditional Korean Fan dance and music, a Brazilian band, fire poi, dances, the UniShow plus the Gospel message shared. Teams also did arts with children, handed out tea and cookies, walked through the festival picking up trash and all of us visited and prayed with those watching and took every opportunity to point them to Christ.
We had the privilege of sharing individually with many from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, England and Spain. Many wealthy people from the Middle East vacation in Switzerland and are more open to hearing the Gospel outside of their home country. We connected with many families who came to shows multiple nights and relationships were formed. It was so exciting to see people become increasingly open to and interested in Jesus over time. We pray the many seeds planted will take root and produce lasting fruit. Many videoed the show and Gospel message and will take it home and share it with family and friends. We just don't know the full impact of these outreaches and what God can do with our offerings.
One evening, a lady from a middle eastern country came up to the Bible kiosk which was connected to our performance tent. She saw a picture of Jesus hanging at the kiosk and asked "Who is that man?" She had seen Him in her dream the night before! What an opportunity to introduce Jesus to this Muslim woman whom God is pursuing!
Another evening a guy mocked Dustin while he shared the Gospel during his performance and shot a wine bottle cork onto the stage. After the show was over and we were all packed up and waiting for our transportation, the man sat down next to Dustin saying, "I come to you as the devil. I will convert you to the dark side. Your light cannot change me." This was interesting wording since our theme verse for Regeneration this year was: John 1:4, "In Him was life and that life was the light of man." When Dustin told him darkness can never overcome light he was stumped and then asked Dustin why he has hope. After sharing with him for a while the guy asked Dustin to pray for him, saying he sensed something pure in Dustin. The man got on his knees as they prayed.
Katie shared about Jesus with a Muslim woman from Dubai and was able to pray with her for God to truly reveal Himself to her. She was very open to learning more about who Jesus is and said she would read the book of John from the Bible.
As Dustin prayed for another man, an atheist from Syria, the man said he was "touched in his heart". God is working in these people's lives. We rejoice and pray that He who began a good work in them will continue until they completely surrender their lives to Christ.
Thanks for praying for these outreaches and for the continued work of God in these people's lives!
|Dustin with the Korean fan dancers|
|Traditional Korean Fan Dance|
|Arm wrestling was a big crowd grabber! Go Susanne!|
|Dustin praying with "the devil"|
|Susanne wowed crowds with her fire poi|
|Dustin's "Wow, I just rode down some stairs!" face.|
|Samay came every day and really connected with our group. He even rode his uni with Dustin in some shows!|
|Serving up tea and cookies in Jesus name!|