Heart Praise Worship Fest set for Labour Day
With previous themes such as Send Judah First, Thy Kingdom Come, I Am Purpose and Have Dominion, the annual Labour Day gospel event, Heart Praise Worship Fest, is set to return to St Thomas for the fifth year, this time under the theme 'Purpose Calling'.
It's being put on by the gospel artiste-led initiative Rondell Positive Music, sister company of the Healthy Music Group, which has presented the event in the previous years.
According to Rondell, this year's theme, which was taken from one of his songs on which he collaborated with Christina Roshay, is a synopsis of his life story.
"I was a teacher, on the nine-to-five job, and every day, I was at school. I was teaching, yes, I was changing lives, but there was something in me that was saying there's more to you.
"This year's event is aimed at helping people to find what they are here for," he said.
Rondell told Family & Religion that the Heart Praise Worship Fest is more than just a gospel concert.
"I tell people that we don't keep a concert. Heart Praise goes beyond that. We really want to touch God's heart. Heart Praise is about the ladies and men who go to dance and smoke dem weed. When they come to Heart Praise, they are on their faces before God, and many are changed. Heart Praise is about bringing back man to meet with his maker.
"God told us at the start of the year that He will make a road in the wilderness and create a river in the deserts, and He's doing just that," he said, adding that the people of St Thomas are very excited about attending the event this year.
In addition to catering to the spiritual man, the event also aims to assist students in the parish and also in Portland, Rondell's place of birth.
For the past few years, proceeds from the Heart Praise Fest have provided scholarships for numerous students who performed well.
"We have added a new aspect to the scholarships that we have been offering. Normally they go for three years. We have now started offering scholarships for five years for those students who have maintained their average of 75 per cent for all three years. They become ambassadors of the event and of the company and we pay for all five years of high school and their CSEC exams.
"Kevrine Haynes of the Seaforth High School in St Thomas is our first ambassador," Rondell shared.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at Colonel's Cove in Morant Bay, where Rondell Positive will be joined by fellow worshippers such as Minister Kevin Downswell, Evangelist Kimola Brown-Lowe, Rhoda Isabella, and Alicia Taylor.