2017 marks the season of new beginnings for LifeLight, hosts of the outdoor music festival, held annually in South Dakota. After 19 years, the creators of the event have changed the focus of their ministry:
After much consideration and seeking the Lord through prayer, it is with mixed emotions, but resolve, that we are announcing that LifeLight 2016 was the last LifeLight Festival as we have known it.
For LifeLight, the festival has always been a tool to preach the gospel, however in the past few years, it’s felt like we’ve spent more time on the tool than we have sharing the good news of Jesus. We have felt God calling us in a new direction and we’re seeking to be faithful to that call.
We are excited to be coming back to the heart of Sioux Falls with a new look and a more targeted mission ready to serve in our City. We are humbled to see what the Lord has done throughout the years and thankful for the lives that have been changed through the power of the Gospel. We are grateful for the heartfelt service over the years of hundreds of dedicated volunteers and the many gifts of very generous donors. We have seen the Word spread and we are so honored and privileged to serve alongside so many wonderful people. The festival platform has expanded our reach into many communities throughout the region, nation and globe, thereby giving us new opportunities to further the Gospel.
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, LifeLight will host CityFest in the city of Sioux Falls, SD (home of LifeLight). We are partnering with Volunteers of America (https://www.voa-dakotas.org), Empower Sioux Falls (www.Empowersiouxfalls.com) and the local community to host Serve Sioux Falls (www.Servesiouxfalls.com). We will spend 60 days uniting the City, along with many churches and ministries of Sioux Falls to be the hands and feet of Christ.
We hope many of our past festival attendees will join us in reaching out to our hometown by loving and serving in the name of Jesus. This is a missional opportunity to give back to our City. Serve Sioux Falls will culminate with a festival celebration on Labor Day weekend, somewhat keeping with the tradition of the annual festival with the focus on serving and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.
LifeLight will continue to answer our call of “bringing light into darkness” and communicating the hope of Jesus Christ locally, regionally and globally. As the festival has grown, so have the many invitations to go into other communities with the Good News.
For more information, go to: www.lifelight.org.