Sharing His word: A musical message

National hip-hop artist to headline gospel fest

IDLEWILD — Detroit Gospel Music Management Company PJF will bring its’ Gospel Hip-Hop “Wounded Soul Tour” to the Historic First Baptist Church of Idlewild at 6 p.m. on Saturday. That is when the church will host its’ second annual free Gospel Fest for the public. First Baptist Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kathy Young-Welch said, “we are excited about the opportunity to once again showcase a different type of praise and worship. Sometimes we get caught up in traditional methods of teaching God’s word and we alienate our young people. The tour, which will feature artists Whyz, Lavel Jackson, Rockiano and other special guests, offers a fresh approach to gospel music that connects with our youth and young adults. Last year’s concert was phenomenal and we anticipate an even better show this year!”

Tour Manager Minister Terrell Lipsey said, “You can consider this tour to be a mission because it is evangelistic in nature. Our goal is to reach young people with the love of Christ Jesus, especially those hurting, broken and void of purpose. We have made ourselves available to reach out to a dying nation to declare Jesus as Lord and Savior. We understand that God is calling the broken hearted to His purpose. We realize that healing is necessary for this generation. Our youth are in great need and waiting on a ministry such as this, at a time such as this.”

Also offering praise in song at the Gospel Fest will be local community choir “The Encouragers” and local Gospel Rappers. While the gospel fest is geared toward young people, Young-Welch says, “there will be a message for adults as well and we hope the community will support the event. This is a rare opportunity to bridge generations in our community and the Historic First Baptist Church of Idlewild is blessed to be able to showcase these national and local artists.”