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June 2014

Inspiring through song and testimony

  • Written by  Casey Wolverton
Naomi Striemer sings to a packed crowd at Victory Life Toowoomba Church. Photo: Provided

Nearly 200 fans packed the Victory Life Toowoomba (VLT) Church on May 22 to hear music sensation Naomi Striemer perform for the first time in Toowoomba.

Every seat in the house was taken by people from a large cross section of the community, including large contingents from Church in the Park, Glenvale Seventh-day Adventist church, 92.9 Voice FM listeners, and of course, the Victory Life congregation.

“It was such a refreshing concert,” said Victory Life Pastor Jimmy Njino. “So many people were moved to tears by her music and story. She inspired people to keep on pursuing their dreams and never give up.”

The opportunity to bring to Toowoomba the Canadian-American singer known for her connections with some of music industry’s biggest names came as a surprise.

Originally charted to perform at Easterfest 2014, a scheduling conflict in Striemer’s calendar forced a cancellation to that commitment.

92.9 Voice FM heard another Australian tour was being planned a month later and immediately seized the opportunity to invite her to Toowoomba. Shortly afterwards VLT leadership offered to orchestrate the concert in their venue.

“Voice FM is really thankful to Victory Life Toowoomba for partnering with us to make this a free event for the many who came,” said station manager Damien Johnson. “The venue was overflowing with people who I believe were touched by Naomi’s message.”

“I was really glad I went to the concert,” said aspiring 12 year-old musician Sydney Wolverton. “Not just because she is an incredible singer, but because I could see Jesus in her before she even spoke to us.”

Plans are already underway to bring Striemer back to Toowoomba as part of a potential Australian tour in April 2015. Voice FM President Paul Taylor is keen be apart of such an event.

“We are really looking forward to helping even more people to hear her amazing testimony.”

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