NHF YG @ Shane and Shane + Casting Crowns

August 25, 2009

An event update from Tim K. of the NHF YG:

“On August 1st, the NHF Youth Group and I attended the Shane and Shane + Casting Crowns concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Everyone congregated at John’s apartment to relax after the Sports Day until we had to catch the train from the White Plains station at 5:00 P.M. There we met Jen and her two nieces. The train ride took approximately 35 minutes and we ended up at the beautiful Grand Central Station. Once inside the terminal, we headed outside into the streets of Manhattan. As always, it was crowded with people from both ways with cars and taxis coming and going as far as the eye could see. Nevertheless, it was great to be in the city. To be in the center of the most populated and influential place in America, and by far the most famous. We stopped first at a Vietnamese restaurant and ordered a dish called “Pho.” The crystal noodles were served in a warm and spicy soup along with slices of beef, lettuce, and herbs. After eating, we walked across the street to Pinkberry where we purchased yogurt served with many colorful and healthy toppings. Some of the choices included rice cakes, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, and many other fruits. Everyone walked while eating their yogurts because we didn’t have a lot of time to waste. When we arrived at the Hammerstein Ballroom, there was a long line that stretched for at least two city blocks. It was interesting to see the diversity of people heading into the same Christian concert. Once inside, I noticed that the theater was old looking. It resembled a music hall in Europe with ornate architecture including brass candle light fixtures. The concert started at 8:00 with a one minute countdown at the beginning of the event. In the last ten seconds of the countdown, everyone was shouting as if it were New Years’ Day. The crowd went wild. Everyone was jumping with their hands waving in the air. There were a couple of singers who performed first before the Casting Crowns went on. Each act was certainly worth the wait. Finally, it was the Casting Crowns turn to perform. All the lights on stage went bright, stage smoke was rising off the floor, and the people on the floor level were cheering louder than before. They played many songs that were played at New Hope Fellowship. I don’t know if anyone else was thinking what I thought, but I dreamed that I too would be on the stage just singing out to God and the Holy Spirit. After a great time of praising together, it was time to go home. We waited at the entrance until everyone gathered and after walking a few blocks, everyone could see Grand Central Station. Many of us were tired by the time the train left and several of us fell asleep. As we stumbled off the train, we could see our parents waiting for us. It was good to be in the car heading home to a night’s rest.”

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