By Portia Williams
Our Mantle Ministries, in conjunction with 15 other local churches endeavors to bring hope to the community through a musical concert. Gospel artist, Eddie James with perform in concert at Tracy Park on Monday, June 16. Pre-service starts at 6 p.m, with local ministry groups, James is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m.
Tami Van Bibber, a volunteer for the Eddie James concert, said James brings a message of hope.
“Eddie James Ministry brings a powerful message of hope to people that are depressed, or in despair. He has a special emphasis on addiction, specifically drug addiction,” Van Bibber said.
According to Van Bibber, James gives 100 percent of his earnings into his ministry called Dream Life.
“He doesn’t take a salary. He takes all that he receives and pours it back into his Dream Life ministry which takes adults and teens on drugs off of the streets, or wherever they are and puts them in programs for drug addiction without charging them a penny, not even for transportation,” she said.
She said the idea to host James concert came through Tanner Salyers from Our Mantles Ministry.
“Tanner was having an event on the river every Monday in June. There is a problem with the electricity on the river right now, so he cancelled it, but we already had Eddie James coming in from Oklahoma. So, we didn’t cancel the concert with Eddie James, we just moved it to Tracy Park,” she said.
She said is a cooperative effort among some local churches.
“It is a lot of area churches working together. It’s actually about 15 churches,” she said.”Our church in South Shore has hosted Eddie James many times, and so other churches started asking about having him at their churches,” she said.
After several inquiries from other congregations, Van bibber said she decided to try to make the concert a collaborative effort.
“I just put out a mass message, asking anyone who desired to get involved. It’s really 15 churches working to promote it, but seven are actively working hands-on to provide hot-dogs and other food at the event,” she said. “We are really excited about this event, because we know that so many people in our area really struggle with drug addiction, and we know that it is going to be a blessing to many people,” she said.
For more information regarding Eddie James Ministry, visit the website at: http://www.ejworship.org/ dreamlife/.
The event is free and open to the public. For questions about the upcoming concert contact Tami Van Bibber at 740-727-8032.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.