LUCASVILLE — The 20th Spring Jubilee hosted by Evangelist Outreach Ministries (EO) at the Scioto County Fairgrounds kicked off Monday with 1,241 people in attendance.
Pastor of Rubyville Community Church, Calvin Evans, founder of EO, and host evangelist of the Spring Jubilee, told The Daily Times that locally popularized gatherings came from humble beginnings.
“Bob Alexander, one of the local pastors came to me 20 years ago and said that he had a burden for cooperative meetings in the area,” Evans said. “I said if you can get eight churches. Then three days later, he came to a revival that I was preaching at in the area and told me that he had a dozen. So he and Ed Cox started coordinating the meeting, and Bob Alexander, the pastor of Miller’s Run, has been the coordinator for 20 years now. We had 1,241 people gathered here on Monday and it has been wonderful what God has done, just tremendous.”
Mike Blanton, evangelist, the Tuesday preacher for the 20th Spring Jubilee, preached that when the Holy Spirit totally consumes a person’s life, other lives will be impacted.
“I shared tonight that a spirit-filled life and a spirit-lived life will bring a spirit-empowered life, where we can reach people who are hurting, who need help not only physically, but mentally and emotionally through the word of God,” Blanton said. “If we live our lives according to the word of God then we can help others and they can see Christ through of our lives.”
The crowd was responsive and heart transformation will take place, which only God will know about, according to Blanton.
“We had 966 people here tonight. Some were rejoicing. Some were coming to the altar and accepting Christ tonight,”Blanton said. “Some were here helping heal the hurts of others, things we will actually never know that God did that we cannot see, but God did in their hearts.”
Brian Baer, assistant pastor of Rubyville Community Church, and host evangelist of the 20th Spring Jubilee, said there is renewed interest in the Jubilee gatherings.
“We have notice this year with it being the 20th year that there is a renewed excitement. Sometimes meetings that go this length can get repetitive and people have a tendency to lose interest,” Baer said. “This year we have felt an extra burden for the unsaved and also for the local church to become unified with each other, and we have found that people are doing just that and they are seeing effort and interest from people that didn’t have an interest before.
“People are coming together in one faith, one spirit and one baptism. The Bible says, ‘How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.’ When we can just forget about the differences that we have and focus on the goals that we do have together.”
The ever increasing number of people attending the Spring Jubilee caused the meetings to be moved to the larger space of the Pavilion there at the Fairgrounds, according to Evans.
“The first one started in a building two or three doors down, and had to move it into the Pavilion to hold the crowds, and it has just been phenomenal what the Lord has done. There is over 30 churches involved locally now. We are just seeing great things happen,” Evans said. “On Wednesday evening during the Jubilee, we will be honoring all of the veterans, and the Northwest marching band will be here with a medley and chorus to acknowledge our veterans and recognized every branch of the service and thank them for their service to our country. We are thrilled every year. It is a very special time.”
The Spring Jubilee choir sings nightly at the Jubilee. Musical artists performing have been The McKameys Monday and Mike Blanton & Evidence Tuesday.
Remaining musical performances at the 2oth Spring Jubilee at 7 p.m. nightly include the following:
Wednesday, May 11 – Karen Peck and New River, a musical performance by the Northwest High School marching band
Thursday, May 12 – The Primitives
Friday, May 13 – Gordon Mote
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