Annual citywide revival a united effort

The annual citywide revival of the Pine Bluff Baptist Area Ministers Alliance is aimed at making its theme of “Unity in the CommUnity of Faith” a reality.

This year’s revival commenced Aug. 7 and will continue through Aug. 30.

“We are grateful to God for bringing us this moment and allowing us to come together in unity,” the Rev. Steven E. King, president of the alliance, said in a written statement. “As we worship, pray and evangelize together, we know that God is going to transform this city because of your presence, support and prayers.”

King said he and other alliance leaders fully expected the revival to be “productive and life-changing.”

“We are living in perilous times,” King said of the integrated effort, “and I am convinced that we must equip humanity with the proper tools and resources in the truth of God’s word.”

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth agrees.

“There is power in unity and strength to overcome any obstacle if the people are of one accord,” the mayor said. “I believe in the saying, ‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power, we shall prosper.’ This revival and its message of unity is a strong tonic and just what this city needs. I am proud to support it and appreciate its leaders and participants.”

Dates of upcoming services — all beginning at 7 p.m. — at Gospel Temple Baptist Church, 1100 Oakwood Road, are:

• AUG. 28 — The Holcomb Brothers and the Gospel Temple Choir will sing and the Rev. Todd Howard of Watson Chapel Baptist Church will bring the message. The Rev. George Barnes of New Galilee Baptist Church will preside over the service.

• AUG. 29 — The Gospel Temple and New Morning Star choirs will sing and the Rev. Donald Agee of New Morning Star Baptist Church will bring the message. The Rev. Levell Bass of Regenerated Missionary Baptist Church will preside.

• AUG. 30 — The Gospel Temple and Newbirth choirs will sing and the Rev. Terry Brown of Newbirth Baptist Church will bring the message. King will also speak, and the Rev. William Shaw of Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church will preside.

Previous services have been held at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, King’s Highway Missionary Baptist Church, Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church and First Assembly of God.