Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jesus Power Explosion--July 10-13--Kersey, PA

March 25th, 2008

Area Churches Unite

Jesus Power Explosion Headquarters. (Photo provided by Pastor Bill Braley)

RIDGWAY - Area churches join forces in what will be a tri-county evangelistic campaign. Although the event is targeting Elk, Jefferson and Clearfield counties, there are already local church representatives from over seven counties that have partnered together in the outreach effort. The campaign has been named “Jesus Power Explosion” with its headquarters located at 143 Main Street in Ridgway.

The idea of the Jesus Power Explosion outreach began in spring of 2007 upon completion of a very well received night of contemporary Christian praise with the band “Free Rain” from Southern Maine. This event drew a crowd from many of the surrounding communities. The night of praise left many so deeply touched that a suggestion was made that the band return the following year, perhaps for several nights and with a guest speaker. Within two weeks Evangelist Mark Swiger from Atlanta, Georgia unaware of what had just taken place contacted Pastor Bill Braley of Ridgway. This conversation ended in an agreement to pursue an evangelistic campaign throughout the upcoming year. “The Lord has both confirmed and opened the doors before us, we trust this outreach is His idea and the result of His leading”. The difference between this effort and others like it is that Jesus Power Explosion is focused on area revival as opposed to being event focused. It is not about the numbers that attend but rather the lives and communities that are transformed by its four-day impact. Christian volunteers will be coming from as far away as Atlanta, GA, Las Vegas, Nev. and southern Maine. The use of over a thousand chairs, stage, lights and generators have been donated by ministries outside Pennsylvania.

The Jesus Power Explosion campaign is scheduled to take place July 10 through 13 at the Elk County Fairgrounds in Kersey (Fox Township). International Evangelist Mark Swiger of Mark Swiger Ministries will be the main speaker for each night of the campaign. Mark has conducted crusades throughout the world for over a decade now with crowds exceeding 200,000 people in attendance nightly.

Praise Band “Free Rain” from southern Maine will be returning to the area to join in the effort along with a local youth worship team from Gospel Tabernacle out of Coudersport.

Pastor Braley of Living Waters Christian Church of Ridgway, Pastor Harold Hills of Smithtown Community Church of Falls Creek and Pastor Steve Millinder of The Lighthouse Evangelical Church of West Decatur, are the chairmen named for each of the three counties. The committee for tri-county revival will be conducting a three pronged strategy throughout the North Central Pennsylvania region which is to pray, evangelize and disciple. The scheduled coordinators kick-off meeting will take place in DuBois on March 29. The committee continues to seek Christians who are praying and believing God for spiritual revival throughout our land to act as coordinator representatives for their local church or Christian organization. If you would like more information regarding this event or wish to register on line please go here or call 814-512-2820

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