Judson to Host a Marathon of Music, Worship, Prayer and Testimonies to Raise Funds for Hurricane Harvey Victims


To aid the many victims of recent Hurricane Harvey throughout the state of Texas, Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will host a “marathon” music, prayer and testimony vigil set to begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Thulin Auditorium in Thompson Hall (1151 N. State St., Elgin). It will culminate with a Celebration of Giving Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Thulin Auditorium.


The around-the-clock event, called “26.2h of Music, Worship, Prayer Vigil, and Testimony,” will be directed by Music Department Chair Dr. Robert Kania, who himself will share his harrowing testimony and tell of the pivotal role prayer played in disarming communist regimes in his native Poland. The idea will be to pray for the hurricane victims and to raise funds during the 26.2-hour event. The prayer event will be open to students and others to share their testimonies, musical talents and special prayer requests.


Sunday’s Celebration of Giving Concert at 2 p.m. will feature internationally acclaimed soprano Maria Kanyova and pianist Huntley Brown, along with Judson’s Music faculty and the Judson University Choir under the direction of Dr. Warren Anderson.


Everyone is welcome to come, enjoy and contribute toward the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.


“I know prayer is essential to help victims of this tragedy,” Dr. Kania said. “Although we do not require contributions for participation, we do hope to raise as many funds as possible for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  26.2h is open to anyone in the community that would like to share their music, lead in prayer or offer testimony. Please contact me to fill a need.”


For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Kania at rkania@judsonu.edu.


Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Nestled along the beautiful Fox River in Elgin, Ill., just 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to more than 1,200 students from 33 states and 20 countries. Judson offers degrees in more than 65 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate and adult students and ranks consistently among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Judson has also been recognized as a “Christian College of Distinction.” With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that shape the world.

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