By Margaret Anjelie P. Llorico
HANDS swinging in the air, voices singing to praise the Lord, and hearts filled with the brightest of hopes. Friday night was indeed a blast during Don Moen’s soul-filled concert.
As part of his “God Will Make a Way” Tour in the Philippines, Christian worship singer-songwriter Don Moen touched the hearts of many on July 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Philippine University (CPU) Covered Gym.
Together with his full band and special guest, Lenny LeBlanc, the gym was filled with the sounds of his hit songs – “Give Thanks,” “Our Father,” “God Will Make a Way,” “Thank You Lord,” “I Offer My Life”, and a whole lot more! Goosebumps were felt all throughout the concert as the crowd sings along with him, echoing the sweetest words all dedicated to the Lord.
As Don Moen’s fingertips touched the black and white keys and at times played the violin, the sound of music accompanied with touching lyrics expressed love and worship to the Lord above.
A NIGHT FOR COUPLES
Beyond the beautiful music, Don Moen gave a message of hope to couples when he shared a personal story to the crowd.
He told the story of how he has been married to his wife, Laura Moen for 45 years. They had struggles when they couldn’t have children during the first 12 years of their marriage. The couple didn’t give up and continued praying to the Lord. In 8 years, they had five children.
Don Moen encouraged couples to trust the Lord during the hard times in their relationship. He also asked the couples to gaze at each other’s eyes while the love song Falling was playing.
One of the couples in the audience, Cyrus and Grace Guyapa told Panay News that they were “enlightened” and “teary eyed” during the part of the concert where the importance of marriage was emphasized.
A MESSAGE OF HOPE
During an exclusive interview with Panay News, Don Moen gave a message addressing his Ilonggo fans: “My message always is one of hope. Don’t give up hope. God is always working in ways we cannot see. It’s the name of the tour, ‘God Will Make a Way’. There are a lot of people, they’ve lost hope but it’s good to know that God is working in ways they cannot see to make a way for them.”
Don Moen also said, “(I’ll come back for another concert in Iloilo) when they invite me again. I get invited every ten years. Hopefully before ten years.”
He added, “I think we are going to do Bacolod next year. Maybe next year. Pray.”
A DREAM COME TRUE FOR FANS
The crowd was indeed inspired to hear his songs and expressed their feelings to Panay News while Don Moen performed on stage.
Among the audience is Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon who told Panay News, “Before I became a politician, I was already a Christian. I was ordained as a pastor. I really could appreciate his music.” The vice mayor also shared that his favorite Don Moen song is God Will Make a Way.
Millennials also had fun during the concert. 19-year old Jinsten Javellana said that he has always listened to Don Moen’s music on TV, YouTube, and Spotify and he prayed that he will be here in the Philippines to perform live. When his prayer was answered, he had “tears of joy” and his “heart skipped a beat”.
Another millennial, 25-year-old Mary Grace Acanto expressed, “(We are) so overwhelmed and so blessed because we witnessed one of the famous Christian singers. I’m a Baptist so I’m so blessed and overwhelmed of the moment.”
Engr. Elpidio Pama, a fan of Don Moen gave his feedback about the concert, “It’s a wholesome entertainment that deals with God. It’s one way to enlighten the people that they have to seek the Lord always.”
No matter what age, everybody indeed had a good time in the soulful concert.
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
The concert ended in a way that hands are lifted in the same time the souls are. Standing on their feet and clapping their hands, the crowd couldn’t resist moving along to the beat of the music. The kind of spirit that surrounded CPU Covered Gym was hopeful and uplifting, conveyed through the powerful music performed by Don Moen.
The concert ended with high energy as everybody sang along in their loudest of inspired voices, “God is good all the time!”/PN