ACU's Soul Lift preparing to take off across the nation

For immediate release
July 6, 1999

The Abilene Christian University Alumni Association will serve as host for Soul Lift in five cities this year: Los Angeles; Newark, N.J.; Houston; Dallas and Chicago.

The first Soul Lift this year will be July 9 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles. Brad Voss of ACU will be speaking at the Grande Oak Picnic Pavilion at 6 p.m. Other sponsors of this event include the Camarillo Church of Christ and other Los Angeles area Churches of Christ.

On July 17, youth in the northeast will gather at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Invitations were sent to churches from Minnesota to Virginia. The Manhattan Church of Christ of New York and the Monmouth Church of Christ of Tinton Falls, N.J., will help sponsor this day along with other Northeast Churches of Christ. The guest speaker will be Andy Spell from the Golf Course Church of Christ in Midland, Texas.

The next Soul Lift will take place in Houston at Six Flags AstroWorld on July 19. Gulf Coast area Churches of Christ are helping sponsor this Soul Lift, and Dr. Ervine Seamster of ACU and Marsalis Ave. Church of Christ in Dallas will speak at 6 p.m. at the A&W Ranch.

The largest Soul Lift will be in Dallas at Six Flags Over Texas on July 26. More than 7,000 youth are expected to attend this year. Mike Cope, minister at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, and Jerome Williams, praise leader of Farnett Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla., will lead the youth rally at 5 p.m. at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ. Christian artists Jaci Velasquez and Avalon will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m.

The last Soul Lift will be held Aug. 8 at Six Flags Great America in Naperville, Ill., near Chicago. The rally will be held at Naperville Church of Christ, which is one of the sponsoring churches. Mitch Wilburn of Park Plaza Church of Christ of Tulsa, Okla., will speak at 7 p.m.

Bob Gomez, ACU senior alumni officer, said Soul Lift began in 1984 in Dallas. Each Soul Lift event is designed for Christian youth to gather for a day of fun at Six Flags amusement parks under a spiritual umbrella. The days conclude with a youth rally to generate excitement for Christ among young people. After several years of success in Dallas, Soul Lift was expanded to different Six Flags parks across the United States.

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education, is a private, selective university that attracts more than 4,600 students from all 50 states and more than 60 nations. Located on a beautiful campus in Texas' No. 1 small city, ACU offers exceptional academic quality and is one of "America's 100 Best College Buys." ACU is also a member of the prestigious council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

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