John Gunden Band

November 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Yesterday I accompanied the John Gunden Band to two juvenile lock-up facilities, for Christian rock music and a message about God’s Word. The first show was at Goss Secure Treatment, located in an old, run-down brick building that would make a perfect setting for a horror flick. (I am not kidding!) Once inside we were led to the courtyard to set-up the instruments. Sixteen boys perched themselves on picnic tables while staff members listened to the music from behind the boys.

The neat thing about this concert was that the numbers of those who heard the Gospel don’t tell the whole story. Not only does Goss house juvenile offenders in the brick building, but the State Hospital also houses mental health residents.  It was clear from the beginning that the Goss boys were not the only audience the band had. Looking up at the windows we could see many faces pressed against the panes. And many windows were opened, presumably to hear the music below.

The band’s second show was at a girls’ facility in Lakeville. Nine girls plus a couple of staff were present. Afterwards the facility invited the band to stick around and enjoy hot chocolate and brownies while talking some more with the girls. As the band was mingling after the show one of the girls remarked incredulously, “You came all the way from Michigan to play for us?”

It was a great day and I’m very thankful for the band’s ministry to our population of youth.


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  • 1. Wendy Tennessen  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Ah, praise God that is wonderful. It sure is an honor and priviledge to be a vessel for the Kingdom and that sure does show …in the people who ministered to the two groups they are true vessels.
    Keep it up!!
    God bless you all as you go forward in reaching the “lost” and sharing the good news.
    ~Wendy Tennessen


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