Yadkin Christians, residents gather for outdoor concert

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

October 10, 2013

YADKINVILLE — Fans of Christian music were treated to an outdoor concert Saturday afternoon south of Yadkinville.

The Yadkin Baptist Association’s Find Hope 2013 event brought believers from the area together for uplifting music and preaching.

The event was held in a field off of Highway 601 on Old Stage Road.

Jonathan Lotz, grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham and grandson of a Bronx preacher, was the headline act in an impressive lineup. The YBA’s choir and band performed, with members of the association’s numerous churches participating.

Kenny Lamm, the head of music and worship for the North Carolina State Baptist Convention, was scheduled to lead the music but was unable to make the event.

Event coordinator Aaron Misenheimer told the audience assembled on the lawn that Lamm would not be attending because of the recent Statesville church bus wreck.

Misenheimer said Lamm had been affiliated with the Front Street Baptist Church for many years and felt that he could best serve The Lord by being with those affected.

Six senior adult members of the church were killed Oct. 2 in a bus crash east of Knoxville, Tenn., on Interstate 40.

Reports from the Tennessee Department of Transportation have pointed to a blown left front tire on the bus as the cause of the wreck.

Two others also were killed, and 14 people were injured.

The choir and band performed several songs with testimonies mixed in of how their lives had been changed by God and His grace toward them.

Lotz took the stage as darkness fell on the field. Generator-powered lights helped illuminate the stage as he spoke to the crowd.

Lotz is an evangelist who seeks to help show others how God has helped him in his life and how He can do the same for them.

Lotz has suffered numerous disappointments and heartbreaks in life. He experienced athletic disappointments earlier in life, was diagnosed with cancer and has been divorced.

He told the crowd that God had brought him through difficult times and invited others to trust Him to do the same.

The music and preaching seemed to be well received. The audience ranged from smiles to crying as the words were spoken and sung about God and his love for them.

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