Monday, May 11, 2009

The 99

On Friday, We took Strong Tower Youth to see...
"The 99: The Ultimate Near Death Experience!"

What is the 99? The number 99 represents lives of people between the ages of 10 and 25. 99 young people die every day. Many of these deaths are influenced by drugs or alcohol and a vast majority of them could be avoided. 31 die in auto related accidents. 16 die from homicide or domestic violence. 12 commit suicide. The other 40 die from drug overdose, accidents or natural causes. The 99 is a walk through theater that dramatically reenacts these leading causes of death in teens and young adults. Once your eyes are opened to the reality of deadly consequences for bad decisions, then the program introduces the salvation and protection our Lord Jesus Christ provides.

Just a warning, the scenes are very graphic! So everyone who attends must be at least 11 years of age.

The 99 travels to various cities throughout the US. The company my husband works for is a National sponsor for the 99. They actually built the cross that is used for the crucifixion scene. It's made to look VERY realistic! Tommy was one of the first people to stand on it. He says it's even harder than it looks!

All the way home, the group could not STOP talking about their experience. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the topic of their discussion. In a van full of 12 year old boys I would not have been surprised if they were talking about all the blood and gore. However, there was actually very little mention of the gory stuff. On the most part, it was the last of the production that stood out to them, Jesus on the cross and the ending video which depicted a father's sacrifice of his only son to save a multitude of unworthy people.

At the end of the drama, every person had their own individual one on one conference with a prayer partner. This REALLY impressed me because these people didn't just hurry through the process. They actually took their time and counseled each individual. Every person was prayed over... whether already saved or not saved! As you can see....

The volunteers had their work cut out for them. We arrived early and the line was much longer when we left.

Strong Tower Youth enjoyed the experience and fellowship! Once again they achieved their goal...To have fun while growing in Christ!


Stephanie RN BSN (to be!) said...

So glad they had a good time and got something out of it. The world needs more events like this one.