JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - John 3:16 Ministries has worked to help change the lives of addicts.
Thousands of people filled the First National Bank Arena Saturday, as the non-profit organization held its annual Community Fest.
"Jesus saves, we don't offer the treatment, we offer the cure," said Brent Waugh, a John 3:16 instructor and former resident.
Waugh spent six months in the organization's program, becoming sober and eventually moving on to give back to others walking in the shoes he once filled.
"I graduated as a 1,000th graduate and became an instructor, was called to help men out of the same situation I was in," said Waugh.
His journey led him to another year of Community Fest, where thousands enjoyed the famous catfish platters, bouncy house fun, and the restored vehicles that were up for live auction.
"We are giving away the 66 Mustang and auctioning off the other vehicles that people have donated to help us," said Waugh.
The event gave other ministries like John 3:16 a platform to share stories of overcoming life challenges.
Christian artists Building 429 performed for the crowd, along with other live music throughout the evening.
The organization expected more than 8,000 people at the annual day of festivities.
"It's just great to see not only how much I've grown but how much the men that have come in that led me have grown and how much we are going to help that next guy," said Waugh.