Last night my band played at a single-parent family retreat put on by New Life Media, a network of radio stations in Illinois that includes WIBI-FM 91.1 in Carlinville, WBGL-FM 91.7 in Champaign, WCIC-FM 91.5 in Pekin, and WCFL-FM 104.7 in Morris. It was an interesting evening - the crowd was not our target market (the age range was from 2-15 and then 26-60 - college students were absent) and because one of the lights blew up right at the start of the show we had to do the rest of the set under florescent lights (which REALLY is not an ideal situation when you're trying to put on an entertaining, dramatic event!).
But they could have cared less. For an hour and a half last night, I got to watch a thing of beauty - single parents who generally live their lives stressed to the max having a good time with their kids. The weekend was highly subsidised by the radio network - from what I gathered the registration fee they charged each family barely covered their meals for the weekend. The radio network planned on losing investing over $40,000 in the weekend, giving these parents an opportunity to come out to a fun place and have fun with their families without being stressed about how they were going to pay for everything afterwards. As we signed autographs after the show, each parent and child were genuinely thankful and apreciative of the night. I felt privileged to be a part of something more significant in their lives than just another night of "entertainment".
Way to go, New Life - great job. You are living out the gospel, taking care of the widow and the poor. Thanks for the privilege of serving alongside you last night. Press on!