The sky lit up in a huge display of hundreds of fireworks July 5. Life fellowship hosted its 14th annual Freedom Fest opening the doors to hundreds.

The Life Church praise team performed live worship music prior to the fireworks and Christian music accompanied the fireworks.

Local food trucks were on site and snow cones were available as well as several enormous blow-up slides.

Pastor Mark Allen designed the fireworks show himself, and the finale was absolutely spectacular. It is most definitely worth sticking around for.

One of the more inspiring parts of the evening was when Micah McElveen, founder of Vapor ministries and friend of Pastor Allen, gave a riveting testimony about coming back from the dead after a surfing accident. He woke up in the hospital after breaking his neck. During the recovery process McElveen was given the concept that life is but a vapor creating the desire in him to spend his time wisely seeking those that are lost spiritually and addressing poverty. He visited an African slum, and while processing what he saw, According to www.vaporministries.org, “I felt like I came to a crossroads. I would either waste the rest of my life trying to forget what I saw or spend it trying to do something about it.”

Vapor ministries was created and their mission statement became Meet needs, feed souls. Elevate God. According to the site Vapor Ministries establishes sustainable centers for alleviating poverty and multiplying disciples in third-world environments.

According to patrons Freedom Fest gets better and better each year and is just one form of outreach the church offers to the community. Pastor Allen started the church with less then 20 people in 2006. It has since grown in to a new sanctuary with enough seating for 800. They offer two services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m on Sunday mornings. You can learn more about Life Church at www.youbelongatlife.org.