|Created to establish Waverly's first Christian music festival, our goal expanded to making an impact locally, globally and eternally for the glory of God.|
Hey everyone, my name is Kirsten and I’m one of the “original” Revibe team members (whatever that means, God had us all planned originally!) I wanted to take a minute and share a few things with you about myself and this event. I’ve been on the planning team for the last two years, Revibe is next weekend, and I just moved out of state. Revibe has been a big part of my life the last couple of years, and I can’t believe it is about to come to an end.
Since starting this ministry, I’ve been inspired, challenged, heartbroken, and elated. This team is amazing. If you haven’t heard this message yet let me say it again, this team is amazing! Our God is amazing. This summer I got married and now life brings us to St. Louis, but before I “officially” leave (let’s face it the team will never get rid of me completely) I want to share some of the incredible lessons I’ve learned during my time as a Reviber. (Can we please make this a real term??)
1. When God lays something on your heart, pursue it. Pursue it with everything you have. When God asked Noel and his Bible study to “do something” they did. They had never organized an event like this, but they listened, and they found other volunteers (yours truly), they prayed, and they pursued the dream of Revibe. If you have felt called for a specific purpose, don’t go to bed tonight until you’ve done something about it! Pursue it!
2. Not everyone who goes to church or even calls themselves Christians are saved. When I learned people living right here in Waverly don’t know Jesus died because they are sinners and without him they have no hope of eternal life, I was heartbroken. Some of these people are faithful church-goers! It really put the mission and purpose of this event into prospective for me. Our goal is to make an impact eternally. I pray each person who attends Revibe learns what Jesus has done for them, and how God is absolutely and passionately in love with them. For people who don’t think they can make an eternal difference in this community, wake up! This is a mission field, and it’s a battle for souls!
3. Christianity is a faith inspired by community. I decided long ago that my Savoir Jesus was the Lord of my life, but I can’t imagine where my relationship with him would be without my spiritual family. I’ve always known this, but planning Revibe has revealed this truth to me even more. I can’t thank this team enough for its commitment to God’s will, this community, and our purpose. You inspire me to pursue Him relentlessly.
4. Your church is not where your loyalty lies, it lies with Jesus! On our planning team there are five different churches in three different communities represented. People aren’t joining our team because of a church, they’re joining our team because of Jesus. This event is not only about worship, but about uniting the body of Christ. Can you imagine how much of an impact we could make if every church was involved somehow? I love my church family, and I will be the first to admit I am very biased toward our worship and outreach approach, but if I let that affect my ability to serve Jesus wherever he called me…well let’s just say I don’t want to have a conversation with Him about that someday. I want my loyalty to lie with Jesus and not with my church.
Thanks not only to each member of the planning team but to each of you for your encouraging words, your financial support, and your excitement about the event. It has been an unbelievable journey and I hope I can be a part of this ministry in some way for years to come! (And maybe even make it back for the event next weekend!) Blessings,
Hello my name is Noel McMillin and I am one of the members of the Revibe planning team. I am also the person who one Sunday night at bible study asked, "What if we put on a Christian music concert in Waverly?"
The question came up after we talked about "doing". I knew our bible study group was being called to action by God, just like everyone else. We knew we had grown complacent and comfortable. It’s easy to do when we have everything we need. My question and the resounding "yes" from the group put us on this fantastic, God-filled journey just over a year ago.
We started meeting every Sunday evening to plan Revibe 2014. We came in with absolutely no knowledge or experience on how to put on an event like this. We started with virtually nothing. No budget. No bands. No idea on what it might even look like. But when God is on your side there really are no worries, right?
Slowly and surely things began to fall into place. Local businesses, churches, and individuals started to jump on board with financial support (we are blessed to live in this community). We were able to book some local bands and well-known speakers.
We knew early on that we not only wanted to bless the community with music and speakers but wanted give back in other ways. We agreed to partner with Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Compassion International and by the end of the day we were able to donate over 400 pounds of food and sponsor over 30 children from the Philippines and Haiti. It was nearly a perfect day with easily over 500 people in attendance. God is good!
Revibe 2014 did not disappoint nor will Revibe 2015. It will be bigger and better! Jason Gray is our headliner and I have heard nothing but great things about his live show. He's a mainstay on Christian Radio and it is impossible to not sing along with his songs.
Rob Roozeboom from Rise Ministries is our keynote speaker. Rob was one of my first contacts last year when seeking advice for Revibe. Rob has a full time ministry and part of that ministry is Risefest, a huge 2-day Christian music concert in Sheldon, IA.
Kendra Smiley is also speaking. If the name sounds familiar it is because she has a syndicated radio show and you can hear her on Life 101.9 daily, “helping you make the next right choice." Jessica Mathews, our headlining band from last year, is returning also after recording her first album this May.
Local and Global Impact
This year, we are going to be collecting gently used clothes for Trinkets & Togs, a local thrift store with an incredible mission of assisting people with disabilities and the elderly. We also plan to help build a well in Africa through the organization Water to Thrive through pledges made by people in Kohlmann park that day. Both organizations have strong ties to the Waverly and Wartburg communities and we are extremely excited to accomplish our mission by helping them reach theirs.
I really don't know where Revibe will be in five years. What I do know in my heart is we are being called and we are being obedient. We all see God's handiwork in this event.
We want it to be a day of worship.
A day for people to see a glimpse of what God's grace and mercy look like.
A day for the lost to be found.
A day that has the power to change the trajectory of lives in this community.
A day that starts a revival.
It is my prayer that anyone reading this blog will find themselves at Kohlmann Park on September 12th.
When talking to people who don't know a lot about Revibe we are often asked how much it costs to attend. And typically a conversation like this follows.
Them: So Revibe is a free event?
Us: Yes! We want everyone to come hear great music and the good news about Jesus' love for them.
Them: But you'll probably take a "free-will" offering right?
Us: Nope, this event is FREE and we don't want to make people feel obligated to give. So no offering baskets, no intermission speech asking to empty your pockets, it's free.
Them: Oh, that's unusual.
Us: We know. So is God's love. In fact, it's crazy!
Right now we have a fundraiser going on asking our friends, Facebook followers, and community members to support this event. We do this for three reasons.
1) We want people to invite everyone they know to come to Revibe. Maybe someone who has never heard the gospel will come, and we don't want to make them feel uncomfortable by asking them to give away their money right then.
2) Most, if not all, of our expenses will incur prior to September 12, meaning we need to be fully funded before the day of the event so we can pay all of our performers and crew.
3) We want people who love and appreciate our mission to have the opportunity to give to Revibe. We do NOT want people to give because they feel obligated since they attend the event for free. Rather, we want to reach people who are already looking for ways to support us and are willing and able to help us financially.
The Revibe team started meeting in November to start planning for 2015. It is a highlight of the week for me. Why? Because it is entirely about YOU and for the glory of GOD. We want to make the day the best we can for YOU and for the glory of GOD. We want awesome music from passionate performers for YOU and for the glory of GOD. We want a life-changing message from the guest speakers for YOU and for the glory of GOD.
Revibe 2015 will not disappoint. God has His hand on this ministry because we see it almost daily.