WEST PORTSMOUTH — The first ‘Worship at West’ service held at the West Complex West High School was wonderful worship experience that compelled many hearts to Jesus Christ.
The idea to host Worship and West originated from Zach Evans, assistant pastor at Rehoboth Mission in West Portsmouth, and his wife Beth Evans. The service was hosted by a newly formed local ministry called ONE, which the Evans are a part of.
“We are here as ONE, a local outreach ministry. I am an assistant pastor at Rehoboth Mission in West Portsmouth,” Zach Evans said. “The way got the name, most of the people that are helping out in here don’t go to the same church. With the Body of Christ, we are one body, one church, the church. So we all came together and formed the bond with one another, and we plan on seeing this thing through.”
Zach Evans said they started Worship at West Service to try to make a difference in the life of Scioto County youth.
“We planned on coming in here tonight and bringing Jesus Christ to the schools,” Zach Evans said. “For so long you have heard of all of the overdoses that have taken place. Last year there were several kids in Scioto County alone that took their own life, teenagers in high School, and junior high. There are a lot of people that would rather sit back and not take any action, but we decided with God on our side that we’re gonna step in and make a difference in these kids lives.”
He was humbled by the move of God in the service and how youth and adults who attended were impacted.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the turn out that God provided. Every seat was full, and we were still pulling out chairs. If I had to guess I’d say there was roughly around 250-300 people. I sat in the sound booth most of the evening before I went up to preach, and just cried at how great God moved,” Zach Evans said.“We went to the schools with one purpose and one vision and that was to reach a lost and dying generation with the Gospel of Jesus. Throughout the night there was teens and adults just letting go and worshiping Jesus! It truly was an amazing thing to see.”
Beth Evans, said it was God who opened the door to allow them to host the Worship At West service.
“I am very glad for the turn out. We have been praying for this for a very long time,” Beth Evans said. “We know that it is the Lord’s will that we are here, because there have been other people that have tried to get into the school, and they said that they were unable to, and then my husband asked and we got in, and the door was opened for us. When it is in the Lord’s will, the doors will be opened. We are very blessed for the people that are sitting here tonight.”
At the conclusion of the Worship At West service, an invitation was given many came to the altar.
“When it came to go give the invitation, I remember telling them that it would only take one person to make a change, one person to lead the way,” Zach Evans said. And the chairs emptied and they flooded the altars. There was kids all over the place praying for one another, kids crying, kids being released from bondage and chains and I am just so thankful that God made all this happen. Hopefully this is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things.”
The next Worship at West service is scheduled for Oct. 15, at The Complex in West Portsmouth.
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