The concert I went for was the “Passion: Let the Future Begin” Tour featuring Kristian Stanfill. It was held on Thursday, October 24th. The tour goes all over the country and this year was its first time coming to Harrisonburg. JMU was privileged to host the event. It was held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium from 7 to 9 pm. The doors were opened at 6:40 pm and people got their seats on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets for the concert were $10 for general admission before the day of the concert and $12 at the door on the day of the concert. However, the tickets sold out before the day of the concert arrived so there were none left to sell at the door. There were more than a thousand people in the auditorium.
The event was sponsored by DUU and Aletheia and promoted by the Shenandoah Valley Justice Initiative (SVJI), a student organization that strives to end human trafficking through advocacy and prayer. The main purposes of the event were to enjoy a night of worship and to raise awareness of the injustice of human trafficking. According to SVJI, human trafficking is now the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. Approximately 27 million people are enslaved today worldwide. Human trafficking (sexual, domestic, industrial, agricultural) is a $32 billion per year industry, bringing in more revenue than the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB combined. People were encouraged to give donations that were to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Justice Initiative.
Initially I wasn’t planning on going for the concert but my friend who had bought a ticket had too much schoolwork to go, so she offered me her ticket and I gladly accepted it. When I came into the entrance I stood in line and someone scanned my ticket and let me in. Another person put a stamp on my hand to indicate that I had bought a ticket. I didn’t realize the concert was such a big deal until I saw how many people were already there waiting for the doors to open. When the doors opened, I got a seat and settled in to enjoy the concert.
It was an evening of wonderful worship with Kristian Stanfill and the Passion band. I really enjoyed the singing. Most of the songs were popular contemporary Christian songs that almost everybody was familiar with and we sang along and worshiped God with enthusiasm. Everything ( especially the lights effects) was new to me because it was my first concert ever. The sound was very loud and the lights were very flashy, moved with the rhythm of whatever song was being sung and changed colors. It had a very nice effect. In between the concert, a speaker came up and talked for about twenty minutes. He then asked if there were people who wanted to give their lives to Jesus and led them in a prayer. Overall, the concert was so much fun and I was so glad I went!!! There is always an ongoing stream of activities to partake from on campus. We should take some time to explore what this campus has to offer. You never know; just like me, you could be in for a lovely surprise