Deep Outreach hosts revival

Keisha Sumpter worships during a revival at Zion Temple AME Zion Church hosted by Launching Out In the Deep Outreach Ministries Inc.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

The holy ghost took control of the last night of a revival with no objections from parishioners and leaders of the church.



Pastor: Prophet Carlos Williams.
Location: 111 SE 14th Terrace at Zion Temple AME Zion Church.
Services: Sunday, Fresh Manna is 3 p.m.; Monday, prophetic intercessory prayer is 7 p.m.; Tuesday, new beginners class is 6 p.m. followed by Bible study at 7 p.m.; Friday Night Raw is 7 p.m.
Phone: 352-575-4712 or 352-575-4854.

The service held Sunday night concluded a four-night revival hosted by Launching Out In The Deep Outreach Ministries Inc., which meets at Zion Temple AME Zion Church at 111 SE 14th Lane. The founder and pastor of the church is Prophet Carlos Williams, and his wife, Prophetess Evette Williams, serves as assistant pastor. The ministry has been in existence since 2010 and became incorporated in April 2012.

Prophet Carlos Williams opened the service with a powerful prayer as he asked God to move in the service. He then set the atmosphere for the service that Minister Frank Mazon, who presided over the service, took to another level.

"It is good to have a printed order of service to go by during church service, but when the holy ghost takes over, you have to let it have its way," said Mazon, who attends Shekina Glory Praise Ministry in Gainesville. "I'm not caught up with who is in here. I am caught up with who I am seeking in this place."

The service included testimonials from Prophetess Jessica Edwards and her husband, Bishop Eddie Edwards of Grace Temple Outreach Ministries in Micanopy. The service was energetic and the holy ghost moved in the church in a mighty way as parishioners continuously praised God by shouting "hallelujah," with their hands held high in the air. One woman danced up and down the aisles as the service reached a fever pitch when Williams began to sing "Let it Rain." Williams himself walked around the church, urging parishioners to let God have his way.

"He is here! He is here!" Williams shouted. "Rain your blessings down on us, oh Lord."

Williams then turned the service over to Minister Chase Phillips of Launching Out In The Deep,

"How many of you are looking for a blessing tonight?" Phillips asked. "Lift your hands up and pull down your blessings. We are looking for that rain to come down."

Phillips told parishioners their blessings were going to start with their praise, and he told them to thank God in advance for the things he is getting ready to do in their lives.

"Pastor, I don't know about you, but I am feeling this thing," Phillips said.

During testimonials, Prophetess Jessica Edwards thanked God for delivering her from some issues that has helped her build a closer relationship with God.

"I really thank God that I am not like I used to be," she said. "Things still come my way, but God keeps me right where I need to be. He has brought me from suicide to salvation."

Bishop Eddie Edwards said he has been saved for 47 years. He told the story about how he got saved while living in Fort Lauderdale. He said he used to go to church with his first wife because he wanted to be a good husband, but he noticed that the preacher was always looking at him. He said the preacher asked him to join the church one day, and when he refused, the preacher started coming by his house to talk with him.

He said he was headed to the Eagles' Nest bar in Oakland Park near Fort Lauderdale one Friday night with his wife, but made a wrong turn and ended up at the preacher's house. He said the preacher wasn't at home, but his wife was home and came to the car. He said he remembers saying out loud that he wanted to be baptized while the preacher's wife was talking with his wife.

"The preacher took me to a canal that Saturday morning to baptize me, and I've been saved ever since," he said.

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