REVIVE aims to touch community
Walt Whorten of Boonsboro speaks during a free Christian concert hosted by Revive Outreach Ministries, Saturday at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. (By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer)
The Steubenville, Ohio, duo was one of several Christian performers at the fifth annual free concert hosted by REVIVE Outreach Ministries Inc. of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Formed in 2007, REVIVE started the concerts as a outreach for teens, said Jeremy Miley, who founded the ministry with Todd and Ashley Lady.
"Our heart goes out to teens because that's where we think the devil is trying to reach," Miley said.
The first concert was held in Berkeley Springs, but moved to a farm near Hagerstown for a couple of years and was held at a local church last year, he said.
The concert was moved to Fairgrounds Park this year in an effort to make the event more open to the public, Miley said. A number of area churches, businesses and individuals helped sponsor the event, he said.
Between sets by local groups such as Consumed and Souled Out, and bands from outside the area, such as All Things Aside of Hollywood, Md., evangelists and preachers took the stage to preach the Word.
"My message was mostly focused on keeping the devil under your feet ... because Jesus gave you the authority over him," said Jordan Lake, who at 17 is both a preacher for Keepers of the Flame International Church in Hagerstown and the author of a book, "The Fire Within."
Lake's mother, Pamela, said their church will be holding a Summer Fun Fest on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Doub's Woods Park. Pamela Lake said the event, which drew about 700 people last year, will include giving away food and clothing to those in need.
"Our purpose is to really touch the community," Pamela Lake said.
As thunder rumbled in the distance and a few raindrops fell, Miley said that attendance might have been affected by a forecast for foul weather.
"We're hoping that one person that God wants to touch will be here today," Miley said.