CTZNS began as an idea over a year ago. We had a vision to go out into the world and hold events. We wanted to bring Christ’s love to all people. Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:22 inspired us, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (NIV). There was no limit to who we wanted to reach.
But what did that look like? We discussed concerts, book readings, fashion shows, speaking engagements, etc. For a year, a group of friends and members of Harvest OC prayed about an event that had no shape, no structure, and no date. Some of them did not know that others were praying for the same thing. God had been placing this same desire on the hearts of those around us.
In late April 2016, God began to answer those prayers. As word spread about what we wanted to do, God began to appoint people to tasks. Gifted individuals offered their talents, Harvest OC saw the vision, and CTZNS Collab Events became a movement to share Christ’s love outside the walls of our home church, Harvest OC. God had impressed CTZNS on our hearts and, in His timing, last night’s event took place.
Live music featuring Ricky Jackson and band set the tone, covering Radiohead’s “Reckoner” under the beaming lights of the Tree House at The Camp. New friends were made as people enjoyed coffee and snacks, created memories in the photo booth, and snapped filtered photos on Snapchat. The event streamed on Facebook Live. The evening’s host, Shea Forbes, created an atmosphere for people to enjoy themselves and spend time together.
Covered in tattoos and full of Christ’s love, speaker Tim Harding took the mic and poured out his love for Christ to a packed crowd that overflowed into the venue’s hallway. His testimony revealed a broken man made whole by the grace of God. Calling the day he gave his life to Christ the best day of his life, Tim touched the hearts of the people with his rawness, honesty, and passion. The sun set as Tim explained what it means to have hope in Jesus as an anchor for your soul. Tim invited those who did not know Christ to accept Him. Five lives were committed to Christ when Tim led them in prayer. Ecclesiastes 1:9 states that “there is nothing new under the sun” (NIV). This is true, but those in attendance witnessed what can be made new by the Son.
The night continued with more music and mingling. Plans were set to hangout at future events like the upcoming bonfire and at Harvest OC on Sunday mornings and Thursday nights. We are blessed by what happened last night and look forward to what is to come.