Faithful gather for GO TELL prayer rally

The Rock of Ages Church Choir sings during Saturday’s GO TELL Crusade Prayer Rally at Fred Miller Park.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon before the weekend celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection, the faithful were praising Jesus.

While a birthday party went on, while children were playing, while adults walked, Jesus was being praised.

A GO TELL Prayer Rally was held at the Hughes Amphitheater at Fred Miller Park. What the event lacked in numbers, it made up in praise.

Elder Ventrus Norfolk, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Morristown, was one of many who delivered a praise message on Saturday.

“When I study the word of God, He said to me, ‘If I be lifted up from the Earth, I’ll draw all men unto me,’” Norfolk said. “I believe Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever because he said in The Word ‘I am that I am.’ I believe if he was yesterday, he is today and I believe if he is today, he will be tomorrow.”

Norfolk thanked God that we can come together to lift up the name of Jesus. He also thanked God for being a forgiving God.

“When you feel the Holy Spirit working inside of you, that is the best feeling there is,” he said.

Norfolk referred to the passage where “If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves, pray and seek my face, then will I hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sin and heal their land.

“If we would begin to do what God has called us to do, and understand that God has called us to be his witness for him, we’re supposed be the mouthpiece for God, to go out and tell a dying world about a Savior that is still alive,” he said.

Norfolk heard a lady say that preachers used to say that we were living in the last days.

“I’m a firm believer when you look around and see the things that are taking place, I believe that Jesus may be coming back at any hour,” Norfolk said. “Ready or not, He’s coming back. It behooves us to stay ready and encourage others for the return of Christ. One day, he’s going to break the clouds and he’s coming for a church without a spot or blemish. I know we want to be a part of that. We don’t want to see anyone else left out.

“What denomination you’re in doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Forget about the color of your skin, Jesus doesn’t look at the color of your skin, Jesus came to save that which was lost,” Norfolk said. “We’ve got to understand that.”

Various praise bands came to the rally, as well as church choirs. One of the bands sang praise songs in both English and Spanish, encouraging unity among many cultures, races and ethnic groups.

The Lakeway Area GO TELL Crusade will be held beginning April 28 through May 1 at Walters State Community College Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center, located at 1615 Pavilion Drive just off Exit 8 at Interstate 81 in White Pine.

Sunday, April 28 is Church Night, honoring Lakeway Area pastors. Monday, April 29 service is First Responders Night with guest speaker Adrian Despres, former chaplain with the University of South Carolina. Worship leader is Christian Artist Charles Billingsley, who was associated most recently with Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Ministries. Tuesday, April 30 is Veterans’ Night with guest speaker Tim Lee. Wednesday, May 1 is Student Night with free pizza for all students.

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