Faith and Freedom go hand in hand. And what better time of the year to celebrate both than in July when we celebrate our nation’s freedom.
Pastor Jeff Mosley of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Phelan, CA says God gave him a vision for the festival many months ago. In August of 2016, the Blue Cut Fire ravaged the High Desert community, burning 37,000 acres and destroying 105 homes. Although devastating, the fire served to bring the community together.
“We saw churches and people coming together for a common purpose. Through that, God showed us the great need for the local Christian churches to put our denominational differences aside to come together for the common purpose of sharing the Gospel with a very broken community and continue to work together to provide for their physical, mental, and spiritual needs by getting them connected to their local churches. The reality is we all serve and worship the same Lord and are tasked with continuing His mission for the purpose of the salvation of the world,” said Pastor Mosley.
“Jesus’ prayer was that those who would believe in Jesus through the Gospel would be one and through our unity, the world would come to believe that the Father sent the Son. Jesus prayed that we would come to complete unity (John 17:20-23).”
Mosley recognized the great need for the High Desert communities to continue working and growing together after the Blue Cut Fire. This is how God fostered the idea for the Faith and Freedom Festival.
“I met with Billy Mack from the H.A.L.O. Project (His Arms Loving Others) one day and we discovered together that God had given us the same vision. We prayed together in his office at Victorville Motors and asked God to reveal others to whom God had also given this vision,” said Mosley.
After the meeting between Pastor Mosley and Billy Mack, the Lord brought together other local Pastors who shared the same vision: Pastor Zeke Flores (Calvary Chapel Phelan), Pastor Eric York (Harvest Christian Center), Pastor Ron Thomas (Set Free), and Pastor Mike Lemon (High Desert Baptist Church).
As the idea for the festival grew in momentum, local businesses, the Fire Department, sports organizations, and schools got on board with the plan.
The event will be held at The Serrano High School’s football field on Saturday, July 1st from 6-10pm. The event is free except for food. Bottle watered is allowed, but no coolers and no alcohol.
There will be live music, food, a giant slide, bounce house, guest speakers (including Big Al Aceves), face painting, balloon animals, prayer booth, magic/puppet show, carnival games, community teaching garden, and a professional firework show.
“Watching this event unfold has been nothing short of a miracle. To watch the local churches work together with the school district, local businesses and nonprofit organizations, the local fire department, Sheriff’s Department, and county officials have been inspirational. The church is part of the community and the community needs us. My prayer is that we will set the example for others churches and community leaders to recognize what is really important–the future of our community and the love we share in Christ Jesus,” said Mosley.
For more about Pastor Mosley and New Life Church of the Nazarene in Phelan see https://www.facebook.com/phelannewlife/