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Heart Praise Worship Fest 2016 as success

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 5:00 AMShanna-Kaye Monteith
Patrons in praise at Heart Praise Worship Fest which took place on Labour Day, May 23 at Colonel’s Cove in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
Kevin Downswell was one of the performing artistes at Heart Praise Worship Fest which took place on Labour Day, May 23 at Colonel’s Cove in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
Promoter of Heart Praise and Gospel Recording Artiste, Rondell Positive
Patrons in praise at Heart Praise Worship Fest which took place on Labour Day, May 23 at Colonel’s Cove in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
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The highly anticipated Heart Praise Worship Fest which took place on Labour Day, May 23 at Colonel's Cove in Morant Bay, St Thomas, weathered the storm and came off a success.

The event, which was sponsored by Lasco ICool, stayed true to its 5 o'clock scheduled start time despite the many rains that were associated with the tropical wave that threatened the east of the island.

Promoter of Heart Praise and Gospel recording artiste, Rondell Positive, told Family and Religion that he is overwhelmed by the support that the event got.

"The people still supported the cause in spite of flood rains. It says that we are affecting lives. The most satisfying aspect of the event to me was entering the venue in extremely heavy rains to see my two daughters (15 and 13), along with some members of our team using umbrellas to shuttle the patrons from the entrance to a covered area. We were able to serve the people," he said, adding that the ministries of the different performers were of extreme excellence.

The seventh staging of the Heart Praise Worship Fest saw the ministries of Evangelist Kimola Brown Lowe, Kevin Downswell, Christina Roshay, IWorshipp, Jermaine Edwards, Rondell Positive and a few other artistes.

Also making a surprise appearance was rising gospel sensation, Chozenn with one of his signature hits, God Love Yu Enuh".

One supporter described the event as simply amazing, stating that her favourite performance was delivered by Kimola Brown Lowe.

"Mi nah lie, what a woman love praise God!" she exclaimed.

Rondell Positive, who says the theme of this year's Heart Praise was 'I Am Purpose' believes that intention of the concert was somewhat met.

"The purpose of this year's event was to bring individuals to an understanding of who they really are and to help them develop a changed mindset. I do believe that it was about 85 per cent (of its purpose was met). People have been talking and sharing their views.

"However, we have a formula that says we do not seek to satisfy the patrons but that they leave the event wowed. Any change to be implemented must be an improvement. These changes must add to the reflection of God's Kingdom that continues to be seen in the event," he said in answer to what he would change about this year's staging.

And with regards to his plans for next year, Rondell Positive responded:

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is God's purpose that will prevail. As such, we await the 2017 mandate from God. One thing is for sure, we will continue to transform the lives of the people of St Thomas and Jamaica."

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