The Long Beach Kajabe Tournament

 

I know what you’re thinking: What is Kajabe? You can tell in the pictures that it has something to do with a number of people holding on to ropes in a circle surrounding a trash can. Big whoop, right? This is actually a game that is very popular among our high school students because it’s one of the premier events of recreation held at Hume Lake during the summer. The goal of the game is to be the last person standing by pulling one another towards the trash can. If the can is touched by an individual, they are out of the game. The circumstances are very competitive, and our students love it!

 

Around four years ago, a group of Long Beach youth pastors got together to talk about ministry, and the Lord brought about the idea of having a community event that involved numerous churches from the area. Their vision was to not only spread the gospel to the lost, but to also invite high school students to their local churches and experience Christ-filled community. Multiple churches involved in those meetings were going to Hume Lake for their Summer Camp, so they thought a kajabe tournament would be a great opportunity for Long Beach students to have fun in a safe environment, to hear the gospel, and to be invited to church!

 

For the past four years we have had a Long Beach Kajabe Tournament in the spring at Arbor Road Church (they have an amazing futsal field that is perfect!), inviting students through promotion in youth groups, schools, and clubs. Every year around 200-300 students show up for more than just kajabe, because the night also consists of lawn games, free tacos and dessert, a speaker, a DJ, and an awesome dance party! So students don’t have to play kajabe if they show up because there is a lot of other things going on! However, those who want to play can come with a team of four and have the opportunity to win up to $350 cash (in $1 bills!). Free food and the chance to win some money are magnets for high schoolers!

 

This year, the Long Beach Kajabe Tournament will be held on Friday, April 5th. With about 8 churches involved, the represented youth pastors have been meeting for 6 months planning and praying for this event. We continue to pray that students would come and hear the gospel and experience true community that would lead them to a local church. An amazing blessing that has fostered from this event is the unity of the invisible Church through the comradery of different congregations. There is no existence of jealousy or competition between youth groups, but simply a desire for students to know Jesus and be a part of a Bible-believing church.

 

Please join us in prayer for this event and that the Spirit would be working in the hearts of Long Beach students and preparing them for the gospel message and true community. If you would like to know more about this event, please contact me through email: simon@cclb.org.

 

-Simon Viss

"Around four years ago, a group of Long Beach youth pastors got together to talk about ministry, and the Lord brought about the idea of having a community event that involved numerous churches from the area."

"With about 8 churches involved, the represented youth pastors have been meeting for 6 months planning and praying for this event. We continue to pray that students would come and hear the gospel and experience true community that would lead them to a local church."

"An amazing blessing that has fostered from this event is the unity of the invisible Church through the comradery of different congregations."

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