From 1985 to 1990, I attended a dozen retreats throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Most of these special moments were spent serving as part of a Lay Witness Mission Team member. As a teenager, I served on the high school team with my spiritual mentor Ken Horne. Ken was a modern-day disciple who incorporated new Christian music into every retreat to revive dead and dying churches.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him, John 3:16-17.
Jon Gibson’s song Jesus Loves Ya was one of many Christian tunes I was first introduced to on retreats. Jon has that acoustic, fingering snapping sound with lyrics that serve as a testimony. When I got back from this one particular retreat, I couldn’t get Jesus Loves Ya out of my head. Subsequently, I made a trip to the SonShine House to purchase the Jesus Loves Ya album. I hope this song still touches your heart.
by Jay Mankus