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Aug10MonDr. Tony Campolo participates in anniversary celebrations at Kamloops Community Church. August 10, 2015
Kamloops Community Church, B.C., held a weekend of festivities in June to celebrate 100 years of Army ministry in the community. Among the thousands of corps and community members who participated in the three-day celebration was guest speaker Tony Campolo who delivered sermons, told stories and participated in anniversary events.
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At the Friday night youth concert held at a local park, a Salvation Army worship band from Langley, B.C., and The Valley Collective, recording artists from Vernon, B.C., led 300 young people in praise and worship. After hearing Campolo preach, three people accepted Christ for the first time and several others recommitted their lives to God.
“Six hundred people stopped to listen to the music,” says Captain Lisa Trickett, corps officer. “We talked to people walking through and invited them to join us for the weekend.”
On Saturday, The Salvation Army hosted Kamloops' first Christian Mission Fest where 19 churches and Christian organizations from the community partnered to hold a barbecue in the park. More than 1,000 community members attended the event. “That means more than 10 percent of the Kamloops community walked through the mission fest,” says Captain Trickett.
Campolo also spoke at the morning meeting and evening service on Sunday. “He said something that stuck with me: 'Will you die with a title, or will you die with a testimony?' ” says Captain Trickett. “I want to die with a testimony.”