Message of Encouragement Rocks Osky

Jon Steingard of Hawk Nelson brought his own brand of hope and encouragement during a stop with Colton Dixo n and Sarah Reeves Thursday.

In a world of violence, depression and sadness, words of hope and encouragement emanated from the Gateway Nazarene Church Thursday night. Not from the words of a preacher, a hymnal or a pulpit, but from three Christian artists with amped up voices and music. The headliner placed seventh on American Idol during its 11th season.

Gateway’s ministry team ventured into the world of Christian rock and Christian punk music to bring the message from Sarah Reeves, Hawk Nelson and headliner Colton Dixon. More than 700 people crowded into the auditorium for the concert.

“We sold out in about 15 days,” said Rob Hammann, Director of Outreach at Gateway. “This is our first experience at bringing something like this to Oskaloosa.”

The ticket was tough to obtain and brought fans from Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska and all across Iowa. One fan from Waterloo also had a ticket to the tour’s stop in Mason City on Sunday.

Prior to the concert, the performers held a meet and greet with a few lucky fans. One of those was the Kaut family from Pleasant Hill. (See side bar story) Reeves, Dixon and the band Hawk Nelson took time to answer questions and take photos with those fans.

Read the full story in the March 8 edition.