Whenever the faith community at large comes together under one roof for the same purpose, salvation is the expected end. That was no different in Caroline County for three nights during the community revival June 19 to 21, which centered around the theme: “Reviving Hope from Caroline to Kenya.”
The sub-plot to this unique togetherness was to support a seven-person team traveling to Kenya on a fact-finding mission to partner with Kenyan ministries in order to best serve people home and aboard.
The first two nights of the revival were held at the Caroline Middle School auditorium, where Rev. Duane Fields, pastor of Oxford Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ruther Glen and Rev. Melvin Covington, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Bowling Green rendered soul-stirring messages that challenged everyone to have “now” faith and to be made well.
The praise team from One Family Ministry, musicians and singers from various local churches, set the atmosphere both nights that collectively lifted hearts and voices in worship.
The revival concluded at the Meadow Farm Event Park in Doswell with a three-group concert and an inspirational message from Rev. Bruce Claiborne, pastor of One Family Ministry, Ruther Glen, who captivated the audience with his divine challenge from the Book of Deuteronomy to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Individuals from various denominations, races, and ages filled the Farm Bureau building. They rejoiced to the angelic voices from the Long Branch Baptist Church, Woodford, Bethel Baptist Church, Bowling Green, and Abundant Life COGIC, who came from Richmond.
These amazing praise teams barely gave people a chance to sit in the nearly 2,000 perfectly aligned chairs. State and local elected officials were also in attendance, which included United States Congressman Rob Wittman and Virginia Delegate Buddy Fowler.
Most spiritual events end with a closing prayer, but when Rev. Devolus Parker, one of the event coordinators, delivered the benediction, people stayed almost an hour after the revival hugging, laughing, and exchanging information.
“I look forward to doing this again next year,” said Jeff Sili, Caroline County Board of Supervisors member, who was also in attendance.
If you would like to support the missionary team to Kenya, please contact the Hermon Baptist Association for more details.