WANT TO GO?
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. May 4 and 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Lincoln County High School, Hamlin
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On May 4, nine contemporary Christian bands will be in Hamlin for Break Free, a Christian youth concert and conference. Now in its fourth year, the nonprofit Lincoln County ministry was founded by Jamie Elkins and Will Basham.
"[There was] a passion to see more and more young people come to Jesus. We were seeing an area that a lot of churches weren't focusing on -- youth ministry -- and we saw an opportunity to reach out to that group," said Basham, the organization's vice president and Hamlin Baptist Church's youth pastor.
Break Free is free, which was always the intention. Not only do teens not have a lot of money, Basham noted, but Hamlin is also a rural community with a lot of poverty.
"We didn't want to do it if we couldn't do it for free."
Break Free splits the weekend into two parts, introducing it in a lively manner with a concert Friday, then continuing the fellowship with the conference Saturday.
"The strategy to reach students is that we get them to come out Friday night when we have music. It's a big party, but we have an evangelistic component to it," he said. "On the second day, we strengthen the ones who are already Christians and be the first step for the ones who committed the night before. We connect them and work to get them plugged into a local church."