Get empowered at annual revival
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
The third annual Alachua County Empowerment Revival is once again being held to give women dedicated to ministry a chance to witness and share their commitment to building up the kingdom of God.
What: The third annual Alachua County Empowerment Revival.
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 23-25.
Where: Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 718 SE 11th St.
Information: Call 352-222-3699; transportation, call 352-373-6350.
The revival will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 23-25 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 718 SE 11th St. The guest speaker each night will be Pastor Wendy Smith-Martin of Greater Victory Christian Center in Atlanta, who has also been the guest speaker the two previous years. Transportation to the revival is available by calling 352-373-6350.
The revival will also feature the Empowerment Revival Choir and psalmists Minister Sebreneh Phillips of Gainesville and Evangelists Charlotte Ellis-Colbert and Gladys Ellis, both of the Monteocha community.
The theme of the revival will again be “Stretch Forth Thy Hand and be Revived, Renewed and Restored,” which is scripture found in Luke 6:10.
Angela Terrell, one of the organizers of the revival, said although the revival features the godly talents of women, it is for the entire community.
“Though the original thought was to have a sister-to-sister type thing, the revival is open to everybody, including people of all genders and races,” Terrell said. “We just want to be open in our approach so that we don’t forget or leave out anyone.”
Terrell said the theme encompasses all the tiers of the work the revival does throughout the year.
“The revival is more than just those three nights,” Terrell said. “We start planning and getting ready for the revival in September and October, and that includes a lot of outreach lifting up the kingdom of God.”
Terrell said the revival is also held to benefit a local agency, group or organization whose work empowers the people it serves.
“We gave $1,000 to Peaceful Paths last year, and this year’s revival will benefit the Reichert House,” said Terrell, adding that a check will be presented to the Reichert House the last night of the revival. “We hope to give them $1,000 or more.”
Peaceful Paths is a shelter for abused women and children and the Reichert House Youth Academy in southeast Gainesville is an after-school program for male boys and teens.
Terrell said the revival is a year-round endeavor that includes the Empowerment Revival Team, which consists of men and women who do evangelistic work, such as training churches and organizations how to go into the community and spread the word about Jesus Christ.
She said the Rev. Dr. Marie Herring of Dayspring Baptist Church is the coordinator of the team, which is comprised of individual teams, including evangelism, finance, health forum, hospitality, intercessory, media, praise and worship, program, transportation and ushers.
“There are lots of people from a lot of churches in Gainesville who work on the teams,” Terrell said.
Leanetta McNealy, a founding organizer of the revival, said she hopes people will leave the revival closer to God.
“We want them to come and praise the Lord, stretch forth their hands and be delivered and set free,” McNealy said. “We know that if people come to the revival on any of the three nights, they will have time to commune with the Lord and rejoice in his goodness.”
Phillips, a leader of the intercessory team, said she is looking forward to singing and praying at the revival.
“I’m extremely excited about being a part of the Empowerment Revival as a minister and a singer,” Phillips said. “I will be singing with the choir and I will also be head of the intercessory prayer group. That is what God has called me to do, to be an intercessor, and that is what I am going to do.”