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March 21, 2013

Trinity Love provides hope through Christian concerts

By Christina Sanders

Trinity Love, a performing arts student organization founded on the Cleveland State University campus, in collaboration with local ministry Exit 187, hosted its first-ever Christian concert entitled "Skyfall" on Thursday, March 2 in the Main Classroom Auditorium.

It was the first in a series of Christian concerts, all entitled "Skyfall," that will be hosted by Trinity Love and Exit 187.

Photo by Maria FitzRuzanna Tov, founder of Trinity Love, was inspired to put on the concert after she and other members of the organization attended a Christian event that was being hosted by the young adult ministry Pulse.

At that event she met Adam Opper and his fiancée, founders of Exit 187, and began planning the collaboration.

Tov started Trinity Love in 2011. The organization has put on several plays on the Cleveland State campus that have dealt with contemporary issues that have plagued college students. Her intent is to provide a voice to people who think that they are alone in their struggles.

“We want to provide hope to the hopeless," Tov said. "We want to provide life and power to the lifeless and powerless."

The goal of the organization is to help young people find peace in a higher power and make friends with like minded people.

“We want people to find their self-worth, come and literally physically feel the power of God.”

Exit 187 has similar goals. The founders calculated the amount of young adults in Cleveland, and their goal is bring them all to Christ.

“There are 419,000 total young adults in Cleveland,” said Adam Opper, executive director and founder of Exit 187. “118,000 of them are college students. Our goal is to help them find God.”

Members of Exit 187 performed inspirational and emotional songs that spoke of the human condition. Far from the traditional songs that speak of giving up sins and coming to God, the performers sang of struggles that anyone could relate to.

“We want to take religion out and build relationship,” Opper said.

Tov was inspired to name the event "Skyfall" because she wanted students and community members to experience heaven on earth.

“We want to bring heaven to earth,” Tov said.

Both ministries' goals are to draw thousands of young people to God by making religion less browbeating and more emotional and relatable.

There have been positive responses as numerous people choose to convert or comeback to Christianity. Trinity Love’s events also tend to draw a big crowd. Students enjoy the many genres of art that appear in the performances.