UNITED CARIBBEAN TRUST -
Compliments of the Nation
THE HILL COMES ALIVE. Thousands of Barbadians
lifted up their eyes onto the hill – Farley Hill –
as artistes from as far as Britain and the United States joined
local and regional performers to praise the Lord in Awesome
worship at the 15th annual Gospelfest yesterday.
(Picture by Sandy Pitt.)
Earlier in the afternoon, they enjoyed the scenery
and songs of artistes who included Christian Youth Incorporated
from Trinidad and Tobago and Amy Cooley from Nashville, Tennessee,
but it was not until home-grown Dragon Slayer, seen here, took to
the stage that the crowd felt the spirit. Hundreds got to their
feet, waving their hands and flags in unison as the once wayward
youth had them dancing to the Word of God, accompanied by infectious
reggae and soca beats. (TM) (Picture by Sandy Pitt.)
of the Nation
News by TRACY MOORE
Although small in stature, Jason Mighty showed why
his name is mighty as he had a giant effect moving the dancing and
ONE AWESOME DAY, on one sacred hill, saw over 3
000 people feeling the blessings of the 15th annual Barbados Gospelfest
Family, friends and church congregations descended
on Farley Hill National Park, St Peter, with stuffed picnic baskets
and coolers in tow for a wholesome experience, a joyful scene and
fellowship in Jesus from around 1 p.m. ( Pictures below Gospel Fest
Executive producer of the event, Adrian Agard, lauding
it as the largest turnout in years, attributed the success to the
unique line-up of performances.
"We thought we had a really wonderful package
this year and we were excited about the artistes we pulled together,
like Isaac Blackman, who has maybe the most popular song in the
region, but a lot of people never knew that it was gospel.
"We had Atlanta's Canton Jones whose popular
love song many people loved but didn't know was gospel. I feel we
will have a larger audience than we have ever had at Farley Hill
. . . ," he said.
Despite many competing activities yesterday, including
Rally 2007, the Democratic Labour Party's scenic ride and several
picnics around the island, including that of Attorney-General Dale
Marshall, gard said it was no battle for Christ.
And as the DAILY NATION team mingled with the crowd
on the Hill, Agard's words held true.
"I'm here because I want to be here. Nothing
can get between me and my God. Anything dealing with praising God
or putting God first, I would leave out anything else," said
Deborah Hinds, of Bank Hall, St Michael, who came with a small group
that included her son and neighbours.
Members of the Hillaby Church of the Nazarene, St
Andrew, including six-month-old Ahren Francis, sat with their picnic
baskets in perfect view of the stage celebrating the gospel together
as a family.
"It's a level of excitement, anticipation and
a sense of being a part of something bigger than us. It makes me
feel strong that Barbados Gospelfest can host something of this
magnitude. It is a proud feeling," said Lana Edwards Francis,
who said she had been coming to Gospelfest every year.
Apostle Bernard Cadogan also brought his congregation
not only to enjoy the show, but also to support one of his own,
Dragon Slayer, who hyped up the Hill with popular dub and soca beats
and warrior dance.
"He's a young guy that got saved four years
ago. He was on drugs, alcohol, marijuana and used to be out in the
world but the Lord saved him," said Cadogan proudly.
There was also a package for the children, as Chefette,
main sponsor of the event, held a Gospelfest Kids Show for the first
time which included God's Treasure Chest and puppeteers.
"We tried to pull the kids away for a special
ministry catered to them because we know that even though they might
enjoy the ministry on the other side, they deserve some focus,"
said Avelyn Christie, co-ordinator.