FESTIVE JOY: J-L Rathbone, Jacob Waltishbuhl and Emma Kraak from Jesus King of Kings Evangelistic Ministries performing at the Charleville Christmas carols event. Pictures: Georgia Kerr
FESTIVE JOY: J-L Rathbone, Jacob Waltishbuhl and Emma Kraak from Jesus King of Kings Evangelistic Ministries performing at the Charleville Christmas carols event. Pictures: Georgia Kerr

Music brings relief to town

THE Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory brought Christmas cheer to town hosting Christmas Carols sung by the Jesus King of Kings of Evangelistic Ministry on Saturday, December 14.

Travelling across Australia founding director of Jesus King of Kings Evangelistic Ministries J-L Rathbone performed on the night with Emma Kraak and Jacob Waltishbuhl, playing original songs as well as Christmas carols.

As a lot of people are going through difficult times, and Mr Rathbone said the carols night provided some much-needed relief from daily struggles.

“Depression is very real fright this minute and we’re able to speak into that with music – with an internal message.” Mr Rathbone said.

“There’s a lot of music around with flimsy messages but our songs and the crew of people I have around are interested in speaking about real issues and delivering real hope because people are really hurting.”

It was a great night to capture community spirit, Mr Rathbone said, and remind people that they are not alone.

“That was the crux of the evening I would say, to let people know they are loved, they mater and they’re cared about,” he said.

“A lot of the important stuff for us is not what’s happening on stage but getting to chat with people and seeing where they are at.

“It’s always about the ones and twos, as in you can have a crowd but it’s good to chat with individuals, that’s always powerful.

“I got to chat with some dear folk and hear their stories and it’s encouraging when they’re blessed by the evening, so that’s always meaningful to me.”

Rathbone said their music is about connecting people and using it as a common language to address and validate issues that everyday Australian are struggling with.

“We want to share hope and freedom through the avenue of music, that’s one of the main aims,” Mr Rathbone said.

“I’ve got a single message and it’s that people matter. It doesn’t matter where they are, what they’ve done, where they’ve been – people matter and they have an internal hope, and everyone is here for a reason and they all matter to God.”

Up to 200 people turned up for the night under the stars which included live performances, Christmas carols, free sausage sizzle, and the big man himself – Santa brought presents for the children.

Charleville Western Times

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