The summer youth revival moved to Bradley Central High School’s Fine Arts Center for its second year appearance.
According to Jam-A-Roo youth leaders Andrew Harrod, Josh Lee and Keegan Cabrera, the change in venues did not disrupt the services.
“Last night (Thursday) was incredible, all the way up to the service. Then altar call came, and it was a time where we all came together to pray,” Lee said. “It was just crazy. The spirit of the Lord was definitely there.”
Last year’s venue at Stuart field allowed about 350 people to comfortably attend the outdoor services. This year, the revival has boasted an average of 550 people for most nights. The increased seating and air-conditioned facilities further enhanced the event.
Lee said Wednesday and Thursday proved to be a packed house. Friday night promised a large crowd with the band Calling Glory set to headline the service.
Facebook and Twitter feeds allowed participants to keep in contact through the week.
Attendees like Courtney Payne made their appreciation of the event clear through tweets, “Freedom was found @jamaroo2013 tonight. @callingglory rocked it!”
Another Twitter user encouraged local residents to attend, “Ready for @callingglory to be at Jam A Roo tonight! #lastnight #bethere #7.”
Even Calling Glory tweeted out their excitement for the night ahead, “Calling Glory in Cleveland Tennessee tonight, you should come! #concert #christianmusic...”
Harrod said several people made, “a commitment to the Lord, and several people rededicated their lives.”
All three youth leaders agreed the goal of the event was to bring Cleveland together while especially focusing on the youth.
“That is just where we have that burden. You’ve got to have that good foundation,” Lee said. “Sometimes the youth do not always have that person to go to. [We want to] reach them now, before they go out into the world— like high school and college.”
According to Harrod, today’s youth face far more than previous generations.
“It was hard when we were growing up, but I know now it is more difficult. They are exposed to a lot more at a younger age,” Harrod said. “Honestly, I just don’t want them to make some of the same mistakes I’ve made. I want them to have that good foundation Josh was talking about to help them get through it. To help them make good decisions.”
Cabrera explained he hopes the unity forged through Jam-A-Roo will continue throughout the year.
“Jamaroo is only one time a year, but ultimately we should have it burning inside of us to have that same attitude year around as far as staying in community with other churches,” Cabrera said.
Organizers of Jam-A-Roo will take several months off before beginning plans for next year’s event.
More information on the youth revival can be found by contacting the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jamaroo2013.