Last week, I told you about the very beginning of Crossover, and how it got its name and the initial planning. So the group of “visioneers” had a great idea, and had committed money, mostly borrowed, to start this brand new music festival. But Challenges lay ahead.
The amphitheater property, unused for over six years, was a mess. The stage was thick with animal droppings, backstage was a mess, and weeds were 4 feet tall everywhere. KCVO made on-air announcements asking listeners to come to the amphitheater and volunteer, to mow, to clean, to weed-eat, to power wash. A small army of local citizens, myself included, responded, working in the heat with great enthusiasm and anticipation of live Christian music on the stage, right here in our area!
I can still remember, as a total novice in 1999, being blown away by the giant speaker stacks being raised with electric hoists, and the boom boom of the subwoofers as the first sound checks were held. When I hear those sounds today, it brings back memories of that first Crossover, now twenty two years ago.
So Crossover #1 was held as planned on June 2-5, 1999. Wednesday and Friday nights were Southern Gospel, and Thursday and Saturday nights were Contemporary Christian.
God has preserved and blessed our festival through disappointments, setbacks, major storms, economic recession, and opposition. He has always been faithful, in spite of our very human limitations. We used to have a saying, as we were anxious about many uncertainties, that “God is the God of the just in time”. That still is true today. He always provides, He is always faithful, even in our anxious moments. Hardly a week goes by without someone coming up to me with story of encouragement, or a life changed, because of a Crossover in past years.
Our prayer is that you attend this year, and that you will allow the voice of the Lord to speak directly to you as we celebrate the joy of the Lord on Friday and Saturday, and we worship together in biblical unity as THE BODY of Christ. All of us together…it will be great!