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Mississippi Coliseum rocks to Gospel message

By William H. Perkins Jr.

Worship and praise once again filled Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on July 25 as Mississippi Baptist Youth Night — the largest annual gathering of Mississippi Baptists anywhere in the state — wrapped up another successful summer of youth activities sponsored by the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB).

“I was pleased with the turnout and, as always, pleased with the conduct of our young people in the eyes of the unsaved who were among us that evening,” said Don Lum, lead organizer for the event and MBCB evangelism director. “Attendance was about 7,500, which is on par with Youth Night attendance in recent years, but I won’t be happy until the Coliseum is filled.”

As the oval-shaped facility is configured for Youth Night, that would mean a total attendance of about 8,500.

“Pastors and youth leaders should be sure to put Youth Night on the church calendar every year,” Lum said. “It’s the perfect opportunity for Baptist young people to be with other Christians who are their age, with the confidence that they are not alone in facing the pressures of their world. There are many thousands of young people just like them across the state, and Youth Night is their special time to get together.”

Lum added that Youth Night is also a powerful evangelism tool with unsaved young people who are invited to ride along with Christian friends to the event.

“You don’t have to know the speakers. You don’t have to be familiar with the worship leaders. You know it’s going to be good for your young people, and you need to get them there every year,” he said.

The featured speaker this year was Bryant Bush, evangelist and artist from Atlanta, Ga. Worship leader was Christ Albritton and his band, known as The Gathering, from Temple Church in Ruston, La.

A mission offering was taken, and because all expenses of Youth Night are covered by gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program, 100% of the mission offering will be available to Mississippi Baptist churches to help fund youth mission projects.

For more information on Youth Night or the mission offering, contact Lum at (601) 292-3278 or toll-free outside Jackson (800) 748-1651, ext. 278. E-mail:

“I want to thank the many adult volunteers who counseled young people after they made a decision for Christ at Youth Night, and also the staff of Mississippi Coliseum. We could not have Youth Night without the event’s planning committee, which was chaired this year by Mike Brister, working so hard behind the scenes, and I want to thank them,” Lum said.

In addition to Brister, of Temple Church in Hattiesburg, the 2014 Mississippi Baptist Youth Night Committee included:

Mississippi Baptist Youth Night 2015 will be held July 24 at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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