Christian music festival organizer: Forget the rain, 44 were saved (PHOTOS)

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Holt resident Elizabeth Klabuhn shares her testimony on Saturday during the Rise and Unite Music Festival at Old Spanish Trail Park in Crestview.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 07:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — For Stephen Booe, co-organizing Saturday's Rise and Unite Music Festival was fruitful.

"I’d call the festival well worth the time and effort," he said in an email. "(Rainy) weather and all sure stopped a lot of participation, but it did not stop God ... with 44 youth and adults turning their lives over to the Lord."

PHOTOS: See 12 photos from the Rise and Unite Music Festival >>

Attendees listened to live Christian music and testimony from guest speakers, and could speak with church volunteers about matters of faith.

 Holt resident Elizabeth Klabuhn shared how her faith helped her overcome a thiamine, or vitamin B-1, deficiency called Wernicke encephalopathy.

Two bilateral strokes left her with memory loss, a speech impediment and often dependent on walking crutches.  

"I used to have a photographic memory; now I'm lucky to remember what I had for breakfast," she said.

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