We asked eight bands and soloists who played the fest to give us their impressions of what they saw and heard at CROSS RHYTHMS '99.
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Although it was early, the expectation of what God had in stall was ever growing. The surrounding countryside is fantastic and all helps with the atmosphere, but then I guess we're all biased because Devon is our home and we love it here. It was great to be part of Cross Rhythms Festival after a three-year absence, especially to see some old faces. Sadly it was soon time to head off for another engagement up country - but not before having one of those burgers!
An early start (it's a long way from Newcastle) and some nine hours travel saw us arrive at Late Night Jewels - great opportunities!
Immediately bumping into Mike Rimmer seemed to produce our first encounter with a prophetic edge that God seemed intent on grabbing our attention with. You see the previous day we had been in meetings with record companies to discuss the 'Rainmaker' album distribution, future recordings etc and quite frankly there was a great deal of confusion as the pendulum swung one way then another. Without realising it numerous people throughout the day would breathe key 'words' into us.
It was amazing that each 'performance' seemed to produce fruit in the form of ministry opportunities (even an appeal given over the air in a radio interview) and each slot was extended to accommodate the work that God was doing. We had the privilege of leading three or four people to salvation during our Fireworks stage gig, and again received prophecy (from TC this time!) regarding the anointing of God and the near future.
Late Night Jewels, which we had expected to be a kind of chilled thing, ended up being a deep experience where God met with people and resulted in a great time of spontaneous worship. Again more prophecy as God directed us down a definite path.
Back at our Travel Lodge, God carried on working with His Spirit touching us in a prayer time and Colin our promotions and networking man got healed of problems with his feet! Whey hey!
So finally, thanks to all the folk who sowed into us during the festival and our prayers for the people who were touched by God.
Doing Devon this year was very special for us as we'd been looking forward to the event for some time. We were really encouraged by the response we got to our songs and thankful that our ministry touched so many souls. The fellowship was once again great - we met lots of people and the atmosphere was beautiful.