Churches take to the streets in support of Fun in the Son
Event answers the call for Portmore staging
"I call the Best Dressed Chicken the Gospel Bird because they die that we may live!" said Bishop Everton Thomas, head of the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, in a fevered show of support for the 12th installation of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son (BDFITS) in Portmore, St Catherine.
He was speaking at a recently held BDFITS-sponsored Pastors' Breakfast, at the Power of Faith Ministries' Complex in Portmore.
At the breakfast, 100 pastors and church officials from the church communities of Portmore, the neighbouring Spanish Town and Kingston pledged to form prayer groups, volunteer in peer counselling and assist in children's ministry to help bolster this year's event.
One thousand, five hundred young people will be trained in peer evangelism to counsel persons expected to respond to the Word and to the ministry of music and sports. Music and sports form a major part of the activities at the gospel festival.
Over the years, more than 12,000 persons have committed their lives to the Lord at the BDFITS Gospel Festival.
In his address, chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Robert Levy, said the decision by the Best Dressed Chicken and Glory Music to host the gospel festival at the Portmore Mall Park on Saturday, July 12 is in response to a call two years ago from the Ministers Fraternal in St Catherine to take the event to that town.
Tommy Cowan, managing director of Glory Music and producer of the event, reiterated the vision of the gospel festival, which is to "win this generation for Christ".
That sentiment was echoed by Bishop Thomas, who noted that the church had to take a non-denomination approach in order to achieve what he described as a faceless revival of the nation.
In endorsing the event, Bishop Alvin Bailey of the Holiness Christian Church announced that the church community would be taking to the streets of Portmore in a major marketing blitz to promote BDFITS 2014 and to hand out flyers.
GREAT TIMES AHEAD
"We look forward to a packed venue come July 12, and to a number of persons joining the church family on hearing the Word from Evangelist Andrew Palau," he said.
Also speaking at the event, Bishop Rohan Edwards, head of the Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Assemblies - and organiser of the 10-thousand man march in Spanish Town - said the coming of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son to Portmore was a "move of God" and a timely intervention.
"The church is being called to a state of readiness and we cannot waste this great opportunity which is being facilitated by the Jamaica Broilers Group through its Best Dressed Chicken brand, so we must do our part," he said.
The call of commitment came from Bishop Delford Davis of the Power of Faith Ministries, who said Best Dressed Fun in the Son was the vehicle to reach the multitude, and the church must be the first respondents.
At the end of his presentation, he led a walk of the pastors, church officials and Jamaica Broilers Group representatives to the nearby Portmore Mall Park, where a prayer of dedication for the venue was held.
Festival director Richard Sadler noted that among the highlights of this year's Best Dressed Fun in the Son will be a Children's Village, Health Zone, Extreme Sports zone featuring Christian BMX riders, a Football Fest and a Gospel Jazz concert.
For the first time in the event's history, marching bands from St Catherine will also be featured.