Love Come to Life Tour comes to Portales

Micajah Martin of Clovis stood on top of his chair the last half of the Love Come to Life Tour concert at Eastern New Mexico University, hand in the air in the praise position, watching the performing bands intently as he wore his concert T-shirt.

“I like it ‘cause we all get to sing songs about God and everybody gets happy,” Martin said, 7. “People like to sing songs about him ‘cause he’s our only God.”

Micajah attended the concert with his mother, Stacy Martin, who said she was proud her son knows how to praise God at such a young age.

Others among the approximately 200 audience members also left the Christian music concert by bands Big Daddy Weave and MikesChair and solo artist Kerrie Roberts satisfied, many saying they were deeply moved by the music and the ministry at the concert.

Gowan Hays of Dora said he thought the concert was a great venue for the local area.

“I really like that we had something different in our community,” Hays said. “It’s great to see everyone come together and worship God and love him and each other. It’s like Big Daddy Weave said, ‘we need to make Jesus famous in this community.’”

Close to 200 residents from surrounding New Mexico communities, such as Clovis, Portales and Elida piled into the ENMU Union Building Ballroom Sunday night to hear a Christian music concert performed by bands Big Daddy Weave and MikesChair and solo artist Kerrie Roberts.

Mike Weaver, lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, said his band’s current tour is the first in which the band has asked audience members to come to the front with prayer needs at the end of the concert.

“The Lord began to lead us into more than just music,” Weaver said, after telling of his band reaching a point of feeling burnt out on the music industry. “We started taking time to pray with people and help them to heal. The Love Come to Life Tour has taken on a whole new sense of purpose for us.”

Audience members went to the stage to pray with band members toward the end of the concert.

One such audience member was Patrick Timmons, who said he was a recovering alcoholic going eight and a half years sober.

Timmons said he travels between the Clovis and Portales communities ministering to others and giving out crosses, carrying his own crucifix on his back, which has sentimental value, because it was a friend’s treasure.

“It reminds me of the things Jesus does, especially in my life,” Timmons said of the cross. “And these guys (concert members) have an incredible ministry.”

Another element to the concert was My Ashleah Foundation, a non-profit organization started by a Portales family who lost their daughter in a car accident with a drunken driver. The organization is geared toward alcohol awareness.

“I think she would just be amazed and humbled because she didn’t want recognition for anything,” said Ashleah’s sister, Kassandra Howard, of the ministry. “She wasn’t afraid to show her faith anywhere.”

Mike Richards, of My Ashleah Foundation, said the organization raised about $1,000 at the Portales concert event and expected to raise at least the same at Monday night’s Artesia concert.