Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing good. It's been such a busy week for me as we have shifted into another place. Another blog post for that! I was so tired and emotionally stressed that I really could not find the time to post about the best thing that's happened this week, which is the Hillsong Concert that took place in Dubai last April 28 and 29. When Hillsong coming to Dubai was announced at church last Christmas, I couldn't help but to be so excited about it. Actually, excitement would be an understatement. I was more of ecstatic and joyful at the same time knowing that one of the few bands I wanna see live was to perform in Dubai.
I absolutely love Hillsong and their passion to serve God by leading Christians around the world through music. Don't get me wrong. My admiration for Hillsong isn't an act of idolization, but because I grew up listening to Hillsong songs at church, I feel like I automatically have the right to want to watch them live and worship Jesus with other Christians in a country like the UAE. Something I have always been thanking God for. Freedom. Tolerance. I couldn't even wait for four more months! Even if I wasn't so sure if I could attend the concert, I still trusted that God would make a way, but before I even knew it, as soon as the tickets were out, there I was staring at the announcement on Facebook saying that tickets were sold out. I was so saddened by that fact and secretly hoped that someone would put it on Facebook live, Haha! Then out of the blue, someone from church asked if my family wanted to volunteer. Right there and then, I knew that God was working. I love volunteering and even if volunteering in a Hillsong concert seemed so impossible, a form was sent on e-mail. I filled it in and earnestly waited for a reply.
After a few weeks of filling in the volunteer form, we were finally sent a briefing pack which included so many rules, do's and don't's. My parents and I were allocated in the areas where we would serve and I was assigned to help in the merchandise area on the 29th of April -- the 2nd day of the concert. I honestly did not know what I would be doing, hence the anxiety and worries. One thing that I was so happy about it though is that I get to be at the venue earlier and watch behind-the scenes. Sadly, unlike the first day, we were told to arrive at the venue a little late and we were also not allowed to take photos of the band practicing or any other stuff that the crew did before the concert. Their drummer and tech team were just walking around though! In the video below, I just took a super short clip of the stage without any people in it.
Only those aged 18 and above were the ones to volunteer and so I did fit in the criteria except for my sisters. That was another problem we were worried about, but God is good and they were both given Pearl tickets which meant that they'd watch in the upper-most part of the stadium. We did not worry about that as long as they could watch the concert. But on the 28th (1st Day), when they were lining up to get their tags, a friend my dad knew from church suddenly offered his two Platinum tickets for free as his wife and child could not come. At hearing that news when my dad called, I could not help but be so grateful to God for another blessing. In turn, two other people without tickets were able to make use of the supposedly Pearl tickets for both my sisters. Give and take!
I stayed at home during the first day and boom! Almost everyone I knew was filming it on Facebook. I was honestly watching them even if I knew that it was a spoiler alert. Getting all that pumped up really helped me know what I would and should be expecting on day 2. On the 29th, we arrived at the venue at around 3:30 and we were able to spend some time with the rest of the volunteers and were also briefed about what to do. Luckily, I was placed in the merchandise area at the Silver pit. To be honest, I never got hungry and never touched the food given to me for the rest of the day. I was so energized and busy that I didn't have time to eat!
People started entering the stadium at roughly 6:45 pm. Some were screaming for joy, the rest maybe were a little worried about the warm weather. I love my team too! They were laughing at me because I was so hyped up even before the concert started. Haha! We were so on the go as we entertained the people coming and the team knew that I would be putting things on my blog and so helped me with the photos etc.
By the time the concert started, I had the chance to watch it too and recorded parts of the songs the band sung. It was so amazing to witness a huge crowd singing and worshiping Jesus together. I have watched many tennis matches in the same stadium but in all honesty have never seen it filled with so much joy and love. Not to mention the thousands of people! At the end of the day, every single thing points out to Jesus. It's not Hillsong, it's not me, it's not them. Singing in the open air is just a little glimpse of what heaven would look like- minus the warm weather :). Over all, I had a super good time. Lost my voice at the end of the day, but it's all worth it.
I have made a short compilation of the videos I took below. The point of views may differ from time to time as they were taken from both Platinum seating and Silver (standing). Not bad for a first try... Hope you enjoy it!
P.S. Sorry for the bad writing. My bad... still got so many things to do.. teehee!
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