Stanton, CA, August 03, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Xclaimed Ministries wasn’t sure what to expect for their July 28th “Concert in the Park.” The struggle to attract event attendees is a bit more complex in the month of July, due to the nice weather and the Pacific Ocean being just a few miles away. In addition, almost all of the neighboring cities had some kind of event or festival scheduled for the same day as well. Paul Karanick, ministries co-founder and evangelist, said, “We typically average around 300-350 people at our spring and summer events, but due to all the other events in the area, we were prepared to call it a success if we had 150 people attend.”
The concert was scheduled to begin at 3:15 pm, however, by 1:45 over 75 people had already arrived. By 3:15, sure enough, the attendance was near 150 people. As the Xclaimed Band played a few opening songs, the crowd quickly increased and by the end of the event over 350 were in attendance. Karanick said, “This is huge for us. We are a small ministry doing all we can to help the community. It is good to see how many people chose to come to our event over so many other options available to them this weekend. We have been very consistent in providing free toys, free food, free concerts and a message of Hope in Jesus Christ for many years now. Our next concert event will be on September 22 at this same location. We anticipate another great showing, especially since the fall season is a little less hectic.”
Xclaimed gave away 400 cheeseburger meals, free Admission to Adventure City theme park, Original Tommy's Hamburger meal vouchers, hundreds of free toys to all the children and ten children won new bicycles. The toys and bicycles are always all new and are purchased by the funds raised within the ministry of about 35 people. The ministry serves in a low-income community and many of the families live in motels, RV’s, and on the streets. Karanick says, “These events are a great place for us to meet the families in the community and find out the needs of the people. We have a great variety of people that attend and many are considered homeless. The homeless that attend these events are not what most people visualize as homeless; these are children who live in local motels who do not have a permanent residence. We are currently unable to provide a residence program for these children and families, but we do what we can with what we have and God blesses it greatly. Just this month alone, we have helped children who have had nothing (no exaggeration) to eat for the entire day and another family (two adults and two children) who were looking for the nearby alley to sleep for the night. These are the families and situations that God has given us to connect with and to serve in this community.”
Learn more about the ministry online at www.xclaimed.org or in Paul Karanick's book, Faith of a Mustard Seed.