What Others Are Saying


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Mardi Gras is a must for leaders that want to stay fresh and want to keep their Church fresh.  This outreach is just what you need. Just show up and watch God work in your teams’ lives!

– Pastor Gary Grogan, Stone Creek Church Urbana, Illinois

As both a dad of a young adult, and a global speaker, I observe as never before, a generation that wants to be God’s solution for our times! Certainly this is evident in the attitude demonstrated with the Mardi Gras team. It is my privileged opportunity to invest in their efforts!

– Sy Rogers, International speaker and author

The Mardi Gras Outreach challenged us to be like Jesus in every way. In my 13 years of being a pastor to young adults, I have never experienced a more powerful and impacting mission trip as Mardi Gras.

– Pastor Lane Arnold, Family Faith, Huntsville, Texas

The experience that our Master’s Commission students had in New Orleans was clearly life-altering. Our students returned with a strong determination and focus on prayer and reaching the lost. I strongly recommend that other groups partner with Answering The Cries to bring the love and grace of Jesus to Mardi Gras.

– Pastor Art VanZanten, Fort Myers Master’s Commission Director

Answering The Cries and their Mardi Gras Outreach has always done an excellent job of prepping, protecting, and providing my students with the right Spiritual atmosphere for God to do an AMAZING work in them and to give them longevity and boldness as lifetime soul winners.  I trust Answering The Cries Leadership with my students and have been for the past eight years.   

– Pastor Derrek Sulivan, Master’s Commission Director, MCIN

Mardi Gras Outreach is an opportunity to see people saved for the first time. There were also many opportunities to minister, but the greatest thing I saw was that those opportunities were preceded by training. Training to do it better than maybe anyone has done it before, and a freshness to stay up on that training. If I could give you anywhere to go for Mardi Gras, it would be with Answering the Cries.

– Pastor Lloyd Zeigler, Relevant Church, Addison, Texas

Mardi Gras forces trip members to be “all in” as a Christian…  For those looking for a challenge, it can be the most life changing experience of a lifetime.  

– Nate Ruch, Pastor Emmanuel Christian Center,  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mardi Gras opens students up to prayer, moving in the gifts of the Spirit, and evangelism in fresh, new ways. Wayne and Kristi and their team are well-organized and take care of the teams so they can learn and grow. I highly recommend it!  

– Carolyn Tennant, Former Vice President, of Academic Affairs, North Central University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bringing students to Mardi Gras is discipleship on steroids. Every young adult should come to Mardi Gras at least once. 

– Pastor and Evangelist, Sam Farina