First up on Summer Tour #1 was Creation Festival North East in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. Creation is a favorite among Christian artists because of its warm hospitality and overall vibe. DENS had a great show there, and left feeling encouraged - tanks full, and ready to go out to preach the Gospel.
Next up on the schedule was a venue called Buzzbin Music Shop in Canton Ohio, which was the polar opposite of Creation Festival. Throughout the night, DENS was keenly aware that they were the only band there with a Christian message, and they were excited for the opportunity to share the hope of Jesus.
Guitarist Josh remembers: “Halfway through our set, we shared the Gospel as part of an introduction to our song “Hopebringer,” and we had wondered how this would go over. I noticed from the stage that the entire bar (even the bartenders) stopped to listen to that part of the show. It was truly encouraging to see that people were listening!”
DENS always focuses on being the same off stage as when they’re performing - not just preaching to the crowd, but truly living out the words and message they share.
At yet another show, an outreach event organized by a church in Columbus, Ohio, the neck of Josh’s guitar was somehow stepped on and broken during the rush to get off stage. “I can honestly say that it was a moment where the Lord reminded me to worship him and not a piece of wood with strings,” he recalls. “That could have so easily been used by Satan, but hurt feelings were quickly washed away because of the unity we have as a band, and the mission we have together. It felt like a test for us.”
The following day in Illinois, during their set at AudioFeed, vocalist Shaun shared from stage about the need to let earthly things and desires fade away in light of the glory that Christ calls us into. After their show, they were able to pray with many people who were feeling hopeless and caught up in materialism, and to remind them they are not alone.
Let’s pray for DENS as they prepare for Summer Tour #2, asking God for more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with the people they meet.