Saturday, October 21, was the Family Praise Fest at the Fellowship Deaconry. I am excited because people are excited. At least three or four pastors and other ministry leaders who were there said to me, “Next year how can I be involved …,” or a variation there-of. A woman visiting the Deaconry on Tuesday stopped by my office to share how she had been blessed at the Praise Fest, and as she shared she became excited and joyful and ended up praying right there for the Deaconry and for “God’s move” and for “souls”. If nothing else, she was excited by what she experienced as the presence of the Holy Spirit manifested in the praise and worship that went on Saturday.
The sense of awe, worship and praise carried on into the evening and the Greg Buchanan concert. The joy he expresses to God with his playing cannot be captured on a CD or in a video (as great as they are): being present during Greg’s performance was such a perfect cap to a day of proclaiming God’s Kingdom.
The entire Deaconry team did a fabulous job. The logistics and infrastructure were well done, and the numerous activities for the kids were fun yet peaceful. Every staff member, and every volunteer, invested fully in the day, and Jesus was glorified.
The only way I could have been more pleased by the outcome would be if there had been more people there. Then again, being this was the first time we’ve tried an event like this, it was for the best that the crowds were manageable and gradual, i.e., steady all day long.
This truly was THE FIRST ANNUAL Family Praise Fest at the Fellowship Deaconry.
Please continue to pray for us for God’s provision, for His leading, and for His anointing that we might grow in Grace and effectiveness.
- Rev. Joel Davis, Executive Director