The third stop on our tour of California was Menifee. Menifee is in a part of Southern California known as the Inland Empire (IE) that is growing like crazy. Thirteen years ago I went to Bible College in Temecula, a city that is also a part of the IE. Every time I return I am blown away by how much it has grown and all the new housing developments as urban sprawl continues to create more suburbs – that themselves become giant cities with suburbs of their own.
I have done a lot of preaching in Riverside County, the county which Menifee is in, and I have a lot of love for the people that live there. The event was hosted by Revival Christian Fellowship, a church lead by my good friend Pastor John Miller and his wife Kristy. When I was in Bible College Pastor John taught my Galatians/Ephesians class and we have been friends ever since. He has been an amazing encouragement and support all throughout my ministry. Several years ago he asked us if we would bring the O2 Experience to Revival and we were so stoked to finally come.
Let me say that this was by far the most insane event of the tour. With great church support and the fact that I have done a lot of ministry in the area we expected a good turnout, but it was far beyond what we were expecting. The sanctuary filled to capacity and they began opening up overflow rooms with video feeds, after opening up eight of these rooms people were still coming. They weren’t able to get everyone in and sadly some were turned away, but they made a valiant effort. It was an incredibly energetic night and we saw many come to know Jesus. To make it even more special that day was Clover’s third birthday so at the very end of the night she came out and we had everyone sing happy birthday to her. So. Much. Fun.
Here is the O2 Experience Menifee look book: