By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer
Coordinators of the “Blaze the Nation” Youth Rally hope the Clovis-Carver Library parking lot in downtown Clovis will be crowded with people from 6 p.m. until 11p.m. Saturday night.
Rene and Monica Herrara of Artesia founded “Blaze the Nations” youth ministry and have planned rallies in other cities similar to the one that will take place in Clovis, said Krystal Rios, a 19-year-old from Clovis who is helping the Herreras coordinate the event by soliciting donations and handing out flyers.
Though Rios said she has been frustrated with getting donations, she has faith they will have everything they need.
“God will have it there one way or another,” she said.
The event will include refreshments and music from a variety of Christian groups, including rap and R & B.
Rios has found some support in the Clovis community, she said. The Clovis-based New Life Assembly Church of God is supporting the rally locally, helping with planning and allowing the use of their stage.
“They have been very supportive,” Rios said.
Rios said she was surprised to be well-received by teens when she told them about the convention.
“They usually said, ‘yeah, we’ll go,’” she said.
Rios along with the other coordinators hope to attract at least 300 people.
Randy McBroom, youth pastor at New Life Assembly Church of God, said he thinks the turn out will be good.
He said he thinks the free refreshments, live hip-hop, rap and R&B will attract a good number of teens.
The youth group at his church is putting together a skit for the event, and McBroom said he’s excited.
“I think I should be pretty cool,” McBroom said.
Rios, who has attended Clovis High School, said they hope this rally will help to get kids out of the streets and keep them out of trouble.
“Clovis needs people out there trying to reach the youth. The youth are so corrupted here with drugs and sex,” she said.
Rios emphasized that even though the rally is focused on youth, anyone is invited. “The biggest reason (for the rally) is to give honor and glory to God,” Rios said.