(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
The Haining Family, a musical group from Branson, Mo., helped share the value of their faith through their music and personal stories.
Tami Throener, who helped to organize the event, explained that this concert came together by the request of the Haining family. They asked if Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury would be willing to host them for the night.
“What an awesome way to spend a summer evening, just enjoying the Word, hearing the music and getting to meet them,” said Throener. “I think people probably have been inspired by the stories they’ve shared. They have endured some very tough times to get where they are. They have had to live in some very tough situations, and they’ve relied on God through all of it.”
She stated that over 100 people attended the concert and was impressed that the audience was composed of people from different backgrounds and faiths.
“We are very grateful,” Throener said. “I hope that people will feel like it doesn’t have to be your church, or my church, or our group. We can all come together under the umbrella of God, and just know that we are loved and accepted no matter who we are or where we are.”
With the help of many people and God’s hands, Throener explained that she hopes this concert will be a starting point to host similar events in Jefferson County to spread a sense of community and to share the faith.
“I hope this is the beginning of some wonderful things to come in the future,” said Throener. “We worked hard, but in the end it was just allowing the Lord to do his work. I would hope that we continue to offer this to the surrounding communities. If we can bring in some new people once in a while and just give them an opportunity to hear how God’s working in people’s lives is just amazing.
Although she believes it is important to share the faith with others, Throener urges people to come together, putting aside differences and realize that we are blessed to be alive. She would like to thank the community for all of their support in spreading the word about this event and all those who helped to organize it. She is grateful that the Haining Family was able to spread God’s message of love to everyone who attended, regardless of their background.
“Every church would like to have numbers, but I hope that we come together as a community of churches and just start accepting the fact that Jesus is Lord,” said Throener. “Just accepting Him and sharing Him. Forget about the numbers, forget about the politics and all the things going on in the world and just be grateful where we are and what we have because we are so blessed to be able to hold a concert like this; to be able to open the doors to everybody.
“We aren’t living underground or fighting or our homes aren’t being burned out,; our lives aren’t at stake,” Throener continued. “We are so very blessed. I hope people will start grasping those concepts and hanging onto those.”