UNITY, Worship Concert, Evangelism
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water - JOHN 4:10
Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst. but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life - John 4:14
VISION AND HISTORY:
THE STORY- WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
LifeThirst had its roots in Jesus Fest, which began as a vision in 2000 in PA that grew from 50 to unite 1000 from 150 churches and youth groups monthly, then quarterly for 7 years where Laura Kaczor was the worship leader.
The vision was first inspired by a youth service with contemporary worship that set many youth on fire for the Lord, including Laura Kaczor. From that came an idea, desire and conviction to unite other youth, young adults, families and all ages in the area for a regular worship, evangelism and teaching event.
We found that strength in numbers really impact this generation, showing them they are not alone in their faith. We also wanted to facilitate a worship experience where there is a personal encounter with the presence and love of the Lord Jesus Christ in a powerful and tangible way at as young of an age as possible. We have seen that when this happens, the new believer becomes a life-long worshiper, disciple and servant of Christ.
We also wanted a place where we knew the Gospel would be presented in a clear and consistent manner and the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior would be provided at every event. Our desire was to also provide messages and testimonies that would strengthen faith and equip this generation to defend their faith, know their identity in Christ and be set free from any bondage to live out their destiny (Jeremiah 29:11). Other youth groups in the area would share gifts via drama, dance, music and speakers to make it a unity outreach effort.
Laura Kaczor’s songwriting grew during this time of Jesus Fest while attending the University of Pennsylvania where she also led worship for CRU and was in PENN’s Christian a capella group, Full Measure. Laura later moved to Nashville to become a recording artist and has released 4 albums of original songs produced by GRAMMY and Dove Award winning producers such as John Carter Cash, Don Koch and Ian Eskelin. Laura’s music has been released on radio nationally and internationally with Top 20 Billboard charting, numerous hit songs and an award for a Top 10 new Christian singer by NewReleaseToday.
In 2010, the new name LifeThirst was inspired by Laura Kaczor (Stevens) and her husband Kelly Stevens and her band was formed from Nashville. They began the LifeThirst Tour and the 501c3 non-profit, Laura Kaczor Ministries, Inc.
SPEAKERS AND PASTORAL TEAM:
Some of our speakers and pastoral team are Evangelist & Author, Joey Perez (Worldwide Evangelistic Ministries, Inc.) Josh McDowell (Author, Apologetic Speaker), Duffy Robbins (Professor of Youth Ministries, Eastern University), TJ Foltz (Youth Pastor, CEO Humankind Water), David Burke (Professor, Youth Speaker), Bob Cornuke (Biblical Archaeologist from Base Institute), Speakers from the Institute for Creation Research, Pastor Mike Harder (Exec. Director Global Youth Initiative), Pastor Bob Levins (True North Christian Church), Pastor Doug Moister (Renew Community Church. Doug was the lead Youth Pastor in the 7 years of Jesus Fest) and many other local pastors. Laura Kaczor is also a speaker.
We have seen so many come to Christ, re-commitments made and lives transformed all to the glory of God! Following a sabbatical for the arrival of their two children, Laura and Kelly and the LifeThirst Team’s desire is to duplicate this in areas of the country to revive and restore America! We have seen what God can do to transform a region and unite generations. We believe He will do it again and our desire is to be part of a Jesus Movement for Revival that will usher in the next Great Awakening!
“I had a life-changing encounter with the Lord my senior year in high school starting first in our youth group, then at Creation Festival, a huge Christian music festival held annually in Pennsylvania. My youth group organized the trip, and at the time, I had never really experienced any concentrated amounts of modern worship. I met God in those moments, very intimately, and I experienced how worship (through music, my passion!) can bring people closer to the heart of God. It was transformative, and I decided then that I wanted to use my gifts to serve God and to bring others close to Him, the way I experienced it.
Music is a great disarmer and a great unifyer bringing together all generations and all denominations. Jesus prayed 4 times in John 17 that we would be one, as He and the Father are one, and that is how the world would know that the Father has sent Him. LifeThirst is for anyone thirsting for something only God can fill. We pray you will find it here in the person of Jesus Christ!”
-Love, Laura and Kelly
"Thank you so much for coming to our area Sunday night for the LifeThirst. I can't even begin to explain what a night like that did for me, and many others I’m sure! There are no words to describe it. Basically God was there. God shook the very ground we stood on. He made His presence known and it was a beautiful thing to see. LifeThirst was a night in which God's power, love and grace were so evident! My yearning for prayer was as strong as it was at Passion Conference. God broke so many people and then lifted them up. ♥Keep spreading His Word and reviving the fire in us all!" - Janine Truppay, University of Valley Forge
"The LifeThirst was a breakthrough that I have desperately needed in my life... I want to be a youth pastor and for a while I was running from that call... words cannot express my thanks....Laura, I feel like you stole my diary by the way... your lyrics wrecked me.... thank you!!!" – Nicole Berkibile, University of Valley Forge