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Memorial Day Community Celebration – May 28, 2018
What started as a day of expecting rain and trying to forecast when the clouds would bring us a downpour, quickly morphed into a day where God reminded us that He is the Author of this world! The Rockingham County Fairgrounds were surrounded by heavy, drenching rain on every side; however, we did not see a single drop during the 6th annual Memorial Day Community Celebration. Some may say that it was a mere coincidence, but we know that our God wanted to bless those who attended this event and He most certainly did!
The Steve Wingfield Evangelistic Association was blessed to have a number of local businesses and churches support this community event. From financial support to advertising, our local leaders felt called to do their part in making this important celebration a reality. We were also happy to welcome a number of vendors to provide food such as BBQ, doughnuts, ice cream, smoothies, hot dogs, and drinks. We also had local artisans who brought their talents to the forefront by selling their beautiful products. In addition, since this was an event for the entire family, we felt it was a necessity to have an area for the children. The kids had a great time on two inflatable bounce houses, pony rides, and performances by Lesha Campbell-Everett and her “puppet friends.” Finally, the event kicked off with some of the most beautiful “rides” you will ever see at our classic car cruise in.
Though our number in attendance was down due to the severe weather encompassing our area, the crowd was entertained all evening. We welcomed the Jeff Polen Band, John Schmid, and Grammy winner Jason Crabb to the Victory Weekend stage. Each performer gave a great show. Throughout all three concerts, people were having a great time clapping or singing along with the music. We were very proud of the quality entertainment we could provide the amazing people in our community.
However, before Jason Crabb came to the stage, we all were witness to the greatest concert of the evening: a concert of applause and gratitude for our veterans, active military personnel, and first responders. In a memorable medal ceremony, we had the honor of placing medals around the necks of 68 heroes who sacrificially gave of themselves for our country. Following this moving tribute, Steve shared that we “must be a hero to our heroes” by praying with them and for them, offering our bravest our support and love. Steve also shared where our hope truly comes from and where the only hope for our country can be found, Jesus Christ. Through Steve’s speaking of what the Lord placed on his heart, we saw 148 people make decisions for Christ.
Our overall number of attendance was down because of the historic storm system that blanketed the area for several days, however, God was there and we made a difference in people’s lives because of Him. We, all, are excited for what God has in store for this ministry. We cannot wait until it is time to get ready for next year’s Memorial Day Community Celebration!
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