Something special happens when many gather with one purpose in mind. Those are the times when race, culture, gender and social status are thrown right out the window and unity commands a blessed time of re-envisioning. At LIV we dream of these times of commonality and ushering in something more of the new South Africa.
LIVE@LIV was just that; a time to set aside all else with the agenda of meeting with God, to see the Kingdom come in our lives and in our nation. Expectations were alive, excitement was palpable and the atmosphere spoke of potential…
Opening this amazing event, was LIV Village’s very own teenage band, ‘The Kingdom Boys.’ These six boys wowed the crowd with a mix between their original songs and famous worship songs they love. What a start! As the evening gathered more momentum Tim Hughes lead worship along with ‘Worship Central South Africa,’ which included Mark Counihan and Langa Mbonambi. As anthems echoed around the village and beyond into the neighbouring community of Cottonlands, lights flashed and smoke filled the air. Something special was happening. Something we could not see but could be felt. It was like a gear was being changed and speed was picking up.
Dylan Jahnig, Lead Pastor of LINC Church in Salt Rock, spoke on “We will not stay silent” and rallied all listeners to speak up for justice and truth in the nation of South Africa and beyond. There was something for everyone – even the 100+ visitors from the UK. The LIV Choir sang uplifting songs of hope and joy found in Jesus. Tich Smith, founder of LIV, shared his heart on what he believes God is wanting to do in our nation and each declaration was met with applause of agreement and resounding cheers. A final set of worship led over 1000 people to jump up and down relentlessly. The afternoon had turned to evening but fatigue didn’t seem to hinder.
When the music had faded, the lights taken down and chairs packed away, some things remained…
Faith remained. Having the audacity to believe in what we cannot see, but what our hearts truly long for.
Hope remained. It had been grafted and woven into each of our hearts. We have a hunger for justice and peace in our land.
Love remained. For God, for each other and for the nation of South Africa.
This was an event never to be forgotten and the lasting impression on changed lives will impact generations. Our God is worthy to be praised!