By Wayne Allen
In anticipation of City Invasion taking place at Spartan Municipal Stadium on Saturday, members of the local faith community gathered Thursday night at Christ Community Church for worship and support of the activities of the event.
Invasion founder Amy Lambert has been working for months in anticipation of the event. She addressed those in attendance.
“I can not tell you how much it means to me to see this room full of people. God gave me a word back in 2009, he said ‘Amy, I want you to go by faith and rent out a stadium. I will begin to bring in people that would have never stepped foot inside the four walls of the church the drug addicts, prostitutes and gang members. Those that are the furthest away from God,’” Lambert told those in attendance. “Since that dream in 2009, we have continued with this movement. We saw God in 2010, our first city invasion in a town with a population of 16,000 there were over 8,000 people that came.”
She said the City Invasion in Portsmouth will be the sixth one.
Lambert said bringing city invasion to Portsmouth started when she was invited to speak at a local celebrate recovery meeting.
“Little did I know we would be where we are today. On that night (Celebrate Recovery meeting) there were about 200 addicts that came and the Holy Spirit said you have got to bring Invasion to Portsmouth,Ohio,” Lambert said.
The headliner for this event is the band RED. According to www.redmusiconline.com, “Together, its three prior albums — End of Silence (2006), Innocence & Instinct (2009), and Until We Have Faces (2011) — have sold nearly 1 million units, garnering two GRAMMY nominations, five GMA Dove Awards, two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles and 10 consecutive No. 1 hits at Christian radio.
Other musicians scheduled to appear include The Rep, THI’SL and We As Human.
According to the organization, “Invasion is much more than a concert; it is an event with a mission to see lives transformed. We dare to love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, and see hearts changed through the power of music and the message of hope. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance, a reason to live and an opportunity to dream. Invasion is not just a onetime event, but an event that will change lives forever.”
As part of the festivities, a 2014 Harley Davidson Street 500 is being raffled off for $5 a ticket.
The gates will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the festivities starting at 5 p.m. There will be limited parking around the stadium and overflow parking will be at Shawnee State University. An Access Scioto County bus will serve as a shuttle from Shawnee State University to the stadium. Roberts said if the shuttle is not available some may walk the floodwall to the stadium.
For more information about the event visit www.cityinvasions.com.
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