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Kevin Ridgeway
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Hey gang, just wanted to pass along this event. If you are in the Dallas area, drop in. If not, we hope you will be praying for an awesome weekend.

We are the opening act for the Will Graham (Billy Graham's grandson) Crusade, The Greater Johnson County Celebration in Burleson, TX, this weekend May 31.

We will do 30 minutes, featuring several of our illusions along with Kristen Johnson's Full View Water Torture Cell. Later in the evening during one of the set changes, Kristen will do a 65' foot aerial escape. On the billing with us that night are bands; Starfield, Inhabited & Tree 63. Of course Will Graham will be speaking as well. The BGEA is an incredible organization and we are honored to be ministering with them.
http://www.bgea.com
http://www.billygraham.org/WGC_Burleson.asp

Kevin & Kristen
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Donald Dunphy
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Hi Kevin and Kristen -

May God richly bless you in this opportunity. Keep safe!

BTW, I saw Will Graham in September 2006, here in Victoria, along with Tree63, Salvador, and another artist (her name escapes me at this moment). The event was called "Epicentre Victoria", I think. I believe these events have a powerful impact on the youth, and the one here in Victoria was one step in a multi-step plan. There was a different event beforehand, and they also promoted an upcoming missions trip for some youth as the next step. Is something similar happening with the youth at your event?

- Donald
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This question maybe a naive one since I am not familiar with the detail or the nature of this event; but is "crusade" really a right word to use for this event? Historically the Crusade claimed a vast number of lifes and caused unsolvable hatred between Muslims and Christians.


What is the meaning of "crusade" in this context used by Will Graham?
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I believe that was the Crusades (capital "C"). This is a crusade (little "C"). The capital "C" involved forcing Christianity on a group of people who were neither understanding nor accepting of it, with disastrous consequences.

A "crusade" is defined as "A vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse", such as a crusade against proverty or homelessness.

This "lowercase crusade", although the message is no-nonsense and hardhitting, is completely voluntary. I have never heard of anyone being imprisoned or slaughtered (except maybe in the Spirit), at any of the Grahams' crusades, Billy's, Franklin's, or Will's. Smile
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Kevin Ridgeway
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The crusade went very well and hundreds of people came to know Christ over the weekend.

Kristen's two main stunts were very well received. Her full view water torture cell got a standing ovation. The message I shared during our part was concise and we heard later from people that it was one of the clearest forms of a message they had heard. We were very honored to be invited back up on stage to sit behind Will as he gave the message. What a powerful and moving experience to see the masses come down to the stage from that point of view.

BGEA is an amazing group of people. From Billy's photographer who has been with him over 50 years, to the advance team that moved into the community six months ago, to the local counselors...the kindest most genuine people you will ever meet...and above all that, everyone involved knows that only God receives the glory for this event.

P.S. Donald...I am not sure if there is a mission trip as a part of this event. It was great to catch up with Salvador...they are friends of ours and we had not seen them in years. What a great group of guys.

Kevin & Kristen

P.S. On a side note...I am having minor knee surgery today in Wichita, KS. I appreciate any prayers. The surgeon wanted me off my feet for 14 days and we only have a 12 day window between shows...hopefully that should be just enough time to get back up and running. It was either today or not until December.
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ClintonMagus
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On 2008-06-02 10:56, Living Illusions wrote:

P.S. On a side note...I am having minor knee surgery today in Wichita, KS.



Two things to remember:

1. Getting old isn't for sissies! Smile
2. Minor surgery is surgery that is performed on someone else! Smile

I'm sure everything will go well, but I'll keep you on my prayer list.
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On 2008-06-02 01:39, ghostpianist wrote:
This question maybe a naive one since I am not familiar with the detail or the nature of this event; but is "crusade" really a right word to use for this event? Historically the Crusade claimed a vast number of lifes and caused unsolvable hatred between Muslims and Christians.


As was explained earlier, there is a big difference between evangelistic crusades (large outreach events), and "The Crusades" of centuries ago.

Billy Graham and a host of others are well known for the large crowds they draw and the impact of these events. Evangelistic crusades seem widely accepted, without any "baggage" attached to the other "Crusades". They were often held in large tents at one time, and now are usually at major arenas, etc.

- Donald
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Kevin Ridgeway
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ClintonMagus...
This wasn't my first rodeo...LOL I have had two previous ACL surgeries. This was just clearing some scar tissue. I was very fortunate in that my mother runs the orthopedic residency program for Kansas University Medical Center. Doctors that have come thru her program did my last surgery ten years ago and today that same doctor did this minor surgery.

Kristen and our production manager head back to Indy to get some things done while I stay here in Wichita and begin physical therapy on Wednesday. Thanks for the thoughts & prayers.

Kevin
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Other than wishing you hadn't had to do it at all, how did it go?
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It went very well. I start PT tomorrow and pray it all goes well. We have a 12 day break...then we are booked solid through November. So the next 12 days of PT are very important.

How are things down your way?

Kevin
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Kevin Ridgeway
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Here is a photo and short article from the local newspaper after the Celebration. It was deemed a success and was the largest Will Graham Celebration to date.

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/homep......hotoview


Kevin & Kristen
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Thanks for the updates...I'm so envyous of you...Now I have to repent.

Keep the faith!
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God Bless you guys. I didn't know you were christian's. COOL I hope that God continues to bless your ministry. God bless.... and thank you for the updates.
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Thanks for the clarification Smile
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