Stanton, CA, December 15, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Xclaimed Ministries reached out to the community with their 2nd annual Christmas Festival. Over 500 people attended this year’s event, up from 350 people last year. The event started at Noon on Saturday; however, people began to show up before 10:00AM. From Noon until 1:30PM, there were children’s activities and free barbecue pork sandwiches for everyone. After 1:30PM, the Xclaimed Ministries band presented a worship concert followed by a message by Pastor Paul Karanick.
Karanick said, “God came down to us in human form as Jesus Christ. I don’t understand how God can do that; but He did.” Karanick took out a balloon and a 12 inch needle and performed a magic trick; Karanick put the needle through the balloon without popping the balloon. He looked to the audience and said, “You may not be able to explain how this needle goes through the balloon without popping, but it did! Just because we don’t understand how it works doesn’t mean that it can’t work.” Karanick asked, “Who would like to accept Jesus Christ into their life?” Over 50 people raised their hands and accepted Jesus as their Savior. Karanick said, “As the people repeated the prayer, I couldn’t believe my ears; it sounded like the entire audience was praying. It was awesome!”
At the end of the day, 20 children went home with new bicycles; over 300 children went home with two new toys each, 200 children (ages 3-12) received free admission to Adventure City Amusement Park, 20 children received free Tommy’s Original Hamburger meal vouchers, 100 people received free hamburger vouchers from Fuego’s Restaurant, 7 adults went home with new adult bicycles and hundreds of people received a free cooked meal and t-shirt.
Karanick said, “We are a small ministry that reaches out in big ways. The toys come from our own funds and from a handful of people who donate toward our community outreach program. I think we have a maximum of 25 people who donate to make all this possible. We were blessed to have Adventure City donate passes again this year. It was a great surprise to receive vouchers from Tommy’s Original Hamburgers and Fuego’s Restaurant. The 7 adult bicycles were provided by a donation through Orange County’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Over the next few years, I believe more businesses and donors will participate in our efforts to provide assistance to the community. Remember, we do these types of events almost every few months not just during Christmas time. We know people need help throughout the year and we look forward to providing more community outreach events in the near future.”
Visit http://www.xclaimed.org for additional information about Xclaimed Ministries and upcoming events or call (714)803-9692.
Children bicycle winners (in no particular order):
Joann Lopez, Marissa Shockey,Carina Luna, Jazmine Jadsun, Yasmin Martinez, Fransico Morales, Mishel Basilio, Chloe Brand, Alexa Simsim, Hector Daza, Emmanuel Catarino, Alex Cornjo, Wandale Webb, Bryce Burris, Dominic Benhumed, Joseph Vega, Johnny Sebreros, Alexus McGookin, Ernie Soto, Enrique Martinez