After our hike to Angels landing, we were able load up in the bus and leave right way for Las Vegas.
We made it to Vegas around 8:30 pm and met up with some old friends from Liberty. Sarah and Ricki, who were both on ministry teams with Collin, Tom, and Tim have moved out to Las Vegas with several other Liberty University alumni to be involved with a church plant there. Under the leadership of pastor Dave Earley, former professor at Liberty University, these Alumni and current students are on a mission to change Vegas from being “Sin City” to “Grace City.” Grace City church was planted about a year ago and has a young and growing group of Christians that are on fire for the Lord. You can tell when you walk in the room these people are so happy to be redeemed by Christ! They BELIEVE in the power of prayer. They pray hard for what they want God to do in this city.
We were starving so we all went to In-N-Out Burger for the first time in our east coast boys lives and, we pretty much decided we could eat there the rest of our lives if we didn’t die after a week or two.
We spent the night at Sam’s house. Sam is a Liberty graduate, I actually know him from Virginia but I didn’t know he was the Sam every one was talking about. To give some perspective about the people in this church, Sam had to kick them out of his house at almost 1:00 am after bible study so that we could get some sleep. We woke up at 7:30 on Monday to lead these folks in worship from 8:30-12:30 solid with no break, just worship of God and prayer over the city. It was so awesome, people were just praising God and Roalt boys did a great job of leading in song and following pastor Dave’s lead. When we finished and got on the bus, Tim and Collin and Tom looked at each other in amazement and said, “We didn’t know half of those songs,” but everything went extremely well. Praise God for what He is doing and the lives He is radically redeeming and changing in Las Vegas through Grace City Church.
At 1:00 pm we got something to eat with Andrew, who is one of the hardest working people for God I have seen in a long time. This guy completed his Masters in Theology in 3 semesters and is now leading bible studies and an entire homeless ministry effort while letting random people stay in his own place and just, a host of things I cant even explain. Please pray for him, he suffers from insomnia and migraine headaches. God is not failing to take care of his needs right on time so just pray that God would protect him from the attacks of the enemy and would bless him with rest and replenish his soul. Andrew is already pouring out everything he can. Please pray that God would continue to spiritually and physically fill Andrew to over flowing.
After a needed nap back at Sam’s place, we headed to the church to lead another worship and prayer service. Something I have never really seen before was that they would read a passage of scripture, Dave would explain it then they would all take a moment to pray for its application. We led worship from 7:00 to 9:30 pm with a truly awesome group of Christ followers. Grace City is a group of people truly redeemed and regenerated. We packed our gear on the bus and headed to the strip. It was our one and only chance to see the famous downtown area so even though we were tired, we decided to just go. There wasn’t much worth noting in Las Vegas. We took some pictures near famous buildings but that’s about it. We drove back to the church to drop people off, and when we got there, someone said “Hey, we are only going to be in Vegas once, lets go back out and sing worship songs on the strip.” It was already 1:00 am and we had been tired when we left for the strip the first time at 9:00 pm. We were all teetering on whether or not to go when Collin, who is usually the last person to decide to do stuff said, “Never in my life have I ever agreed to do so many things that when I started them I was like, ‘there is no way what the heck am I doing that, I do not want to do this,’ but with this group, those things keep ending up being the coolest ever. I’M IN!” Then everyone shouted, “Ok, lets do it!”
We all rushed to get on the bus and every one was throwing out ideas for where to go and for what songs to sing. Ruth, a Liberty student and current intern at Grace City Church, agreed to go with us to help us find parking and the right place to set up. She is also a photographer and took Collin’s cameras to make sure we documented this excursion.
We started playing right in front of the Bellagio Hotel. After a little while and a few dollars earned, we moved down the street to where there was a little more activity. There was only going to be so much activity, it was three o’clock in the morning after all. We were singing hymns like “How Deep The Fathers Love” and “I’ll Fly Away” when this totally intoxicated English guy came up to us, put a 20 in the case and asked us to play “Wonderwall” by Oasis. We were a little embarrassed because although it is a classic song, none of us knew it. We started trying to play it and some guys walking by heard our lame attempt and offered to play it for us. (I guess not knowing songs but still sounding great doesn’t just happen, because the Roalt boys have talent (refer to that morning when we didn’t know several of the worship songs.)) We handed the guy one of our guitars and then this happened!
We stayed on the strip and played until 5am, we made 102 dollars, and met a ton of crazy awesome people. Nothing like singing Amazing Grace and Wonderwall, huddled in a circle, arm in arm with a group of 25 or so strangers. What a night!
On our way out of the city, we decided once again to do something we might not get to do and that was to see the sun rise over the city. Ruth assured us that she knew just the place so we followed her to the top level of a parking garage and waited for the sun to rise.
Friends, we need to stay in prayer for the city of Las Vegas. It is a city of nearly 600,000 people and less then 1% claim to be Christians. Statistically that makes Las Vegas an unreached people group. There is an unreached people group right in the heart of our own country. Pray for the conversion of so many lost souls in Las Vegas. Pray for strength and protection for those redeemed slaves who are now servants of Christ at Grace City Church.