A Historic Night: Thousands Gather for PULSE Twin Cities
Posted June 18th, 2018
By Travis Bondy
One stadium. 66,000 seats. 50,000 pillows. One night to remember.
PULSE Movement, located in the Twin Cities, held an event called PULSE Twin Cities on May 18, 2018. Volunteers prepared for months by placing ads across the cities, spreading awareness to churches and potential sponsors, and praying for attendees. Many Crown students either helped out or attended.
Nathan Johnson, a sophomore Elementary Education major at Crown College, had an incredible experience.
“PULSE Twin Cities was a full night of great performances and a phenomenal message by Nick Hall,” says Johnson. “How they were able to organize an event and have such great execution was by the grace of God. The event was amazing, and I would love to see events like this continue.”
Hillsong Young & Free, a popular musical group from Australia, opened the night in worship. The crowd responded by raising their hands across the entire stadium. Jabawockeez, who won the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008, electrified the dance floor. Tye Tribbett led soulful worship with high-spirited passion. Lastly, Lecrae came on stage to perform the finale.
In between performances, the crowd joined in a record-setting pillow fight. A Guinness World Record official judged the pillow fight (thanks to MyPillow, a company based in the Twin Cities) and later made the record legitimate. Kirk Cousins, the Minnesota Vikings’ newest quarterback, sent a video testimony. Other professional athletes also shared some faith moments on stage, including Vikings players Everson Griffen and Jake Wieneke.
Crown students served with PULSE Movement by spreading the word, running booths at local churches, and partnering in prayer.
Jaylene Abeyta, a senior Nursing major at Crown College, served beforehand on a street team and came from Wisconsin to join the PULSE event.
“The PULSE Movement was much more than I thought it would be, and I had the bar set high,” says Abeyta. “Two of my friends that came were not Christians, and one had hardly any experience with a church. To my surprise, they listened and enjoyed it. There was a moment when Hillsong was singing ‘What a Beautiful Name,’ and it seemed as if everyone had their hands raised in the stadium. It was such a powerful feeling of unity and seeing how great our God is.”
Nick Hall, the founder and Chief Communicator of PULSE, delivered a message of hope between the performances. His message and the performances allowed attendees to experience Christ.
“You may have been stepped on, you may have had some tears and some scars in your life,” said Hall at the event. “Someone may have said you are not worth something, but I want to tell you, you are priceless. You’re worth something tonight because the God of the universe says, ‘I made you, I love you, and you are not a mistake.’”
At PULSE Twin Cities, 7,000 people responded to Christ. PULSE Twin Cities touched countless lives and helped spread the word about Jesus Christ.
“Revival begins when a person turns to Jesus, but it doesn’t have to end there,” says Hall. “A God moment can become a God movement.”