On November 5th at the AstroWorld Music festival in Houston, 8 people were crushed to death by an out-of-control audience of over 50,000 that had been fueled by a performer with a history of inciting crowds to violence. The event promoters, deaf to the audience’s coordinated shouts of “Help!” and “STOP THE SHOW!”, allowed it to go on for more than half an hour after local authorities declared it a mass casualty event. Two more people have since died of their injuries.
That same weekend, Cru Music (what our team is now officially called) was hosting a weekend training event for student musicians from campuses all over the Midwest. We coached them to become more effective leaders, more proficient musicians, and most importantly, to know Jesus better and love Him more. Then, they bring all of that into their efforts to lead musical worship on their campuses and reach the people in their worlds.
I can’t help but be tremendously sobered by the contrast. The influence music and artists have in our culture truly can be a matter of life and death. It’s devastating that 10 young people went to see a performer and enjoy music – but because of the brokenness of this world and the people who were more concerned with profit than safety, they ended up losing their lives. It’s a proper tragedy, and it’s completely senseless.
But it’s not hopeless.
For me, it’s a call to persevere in the work of using music to help people encounter Jesus. Through our outreach, worship and training efforts, we’re helping people know Jesus and grow as His followers. Our team continues to push forward with efforts to return to in-person music ministry when it’s safe to do so, and to develop video/online resources for where in-person concerts are not yet possible.
As we close out 2021, would you consider giving a special year-end gift to help us enter 2022 more fully funded and focused? A donation of $500, $250, or $100 (or any other amount!) would bless us greatly and help us remain completely available to do the work we’re called to do. To do that, visit http://give.cru.org/0546266 where you can give online securely.
We consider it a great privilege to share our prayer needs as well as our financial needs with you. However the Lord may lead you to respond, we are grateful and take comfort in knowing you are standing with us for the gospel!