Jamaica (MNN) — How did you spend your spring break? An estimated 45,000 people spent their break in Kingston, Jamaica at the Luis Palau Association (LPA) eighth annual Fun in The Son Festival.
Held at Jamaica College, LPA partnered with Jamaica Broilers Group, Glory Music and dozens of local churches to hold their largest event yet. Individuals from the Caribbean, the U.S. and the United Kingdom traveled there to hear musical performances from artists such as Kirk Franklin, Papa San, Carlene Davis and DJ Nicholas.
In the evening, Andrew Palau spoke on life-shaping moments, including the plane crash he and his family survived last year in Kingston. Through his dramatic illustrations, he shared Christ's plan to rescue each and every one of the members of the audience. In response, hundreds made public commitments to follow Christ. Then, LPA said, "Each was connected with area believers through a coordinated counseling and follow-up effort."
In the week prior to the festival, event leadership teamed up with volunteers from Oregon, Minnesota and Florida to serve local schools and orphanages. Helping more than 12,000 individuals, they distributed clothes to orphans, as well as shared the hope of Christ with them. Of these people, hundreds also made a decision to serve Christ.
LPA is already planning next year's festival in Jamaica. Other 2010 festivals are scheduled for Yakima, Washington; Kampala, Uganda; and Viña del Mar, Chile.
Visit palau.org if you would like to attend, help out, or learn more about future festivals.