The annual Nehemiah Fest is Friday through Sunday at Smith’s Fork Park at Smithville Lake.
This is the eighth year for the free Christian music and camping festival. Last year about 3,500 people attended throughout the weekend.
“The festival is about the body of Christ acting like the body of Christ and not a bunch of scattered body parts,” said David Lin, an event coordinator. “We want to have some fun and some fellowship. It’s about community coming together and accomplishing great things for God.”
The festival will feature music by more than 40 Christian bands on five stages including national acts Cloverton and Bread of Stone. Local bands who will play include Lester Estelle, 9th Hour, Don’t Know Dorothy, Grandeur, Jeannie Furst & Furst Light, The Center State, therest, Bearing Armor, Alex Sons & 2819 Crew, The Tudon Boyz, Million Trax, and Whosoever Will.
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Other festival offerings are family activities, vendor booths, open mic, solo artist performances and a kid’s play area.
Nehemiah Fest opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, and concludes following a worship service hosted by Grace Community Church about noon on Sunday.
Lin founded the first Nehemiah Fest in 2004. “This is what I feel like God put on my heart to do this. This is my mission field, it’s right here,” he said.
Each year the event has grown in attendance and volunteers, from 15 volunteers in 2004 to over 100 this year.
“Each year we start with nothing. I call it faith-based budgeting, where we start with nothing and we spend what God provides. If we end up with a surplus, I turn around and give it back to those that help. I tithe 80 percent back to those who helped us,” he said.
Camping with tents is still available. Campers can set up Thursday afternoon or Friday. RV camp reservations are full.
To reserve a campsite, to volunteer or for more information go to nehemiahfest.com.
Contact Lin at 816-645-1982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star