There was an aura of peace, harmony and togetherness during the Unity Concert held at Kingdom Builders Evangelistic, Ministries, (KBEM) Inc. on July 30. Apostle Ronnie Hoard, accompanied by his band performed, and local law enforcement agencies were recognized.
The sanctuary of KBEM, Inc. was filled as local community members came out to attend the Unity Concert. Gospel recording artist, Apostle Ronnie Hoard, pastor of Ephphatha New Ministries House of God, Inc., of Columbus, was also accompanied by his band which sang a host of songs which inspired unity and faith. The Portsmouth Police Department (PPD), Scioto County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lucasville, and the Shawnee State University Campus Police Department were the local law enforcement agencies that were recognized.
Chief of PPD, Rob Ware, said the local community has a rich history of positive race relations.
“We are blessed to be in a community that has a rich history of positive race relations, and we can’t let the things going on around us divide us,” Ware said. “When I grew up I had mentorship, and that is one of the things lacking today with our youth. But I had mentorship, and I had this coach tell me one time that there are four principles that you need to follow in life, honor God, honor your country, honor your family, and then you come last. I have lived my life that way, and it is kind of fitting that this is a Unity Tour, because within country is community, and part of community is unity and if we are not united then we can’t raise our children to rise above poverty. To rise above lack of education. To rise about all the evil that is out there lurking to take them down the wrong path instead of the right path.”
Sheriff Marty Donini thanked Malone for the invitation to the event, and stated that it was the most, “energetic,” service of it’s kind that he has attended.
“Dave I appreciate that fact that you’ve invited us. This is probably the third or fourth event that we have been to in the last month or so, but I would have to say this is probably the most energetic event that I have attended,” Donini said, as the audience responded in laughter. “All too often, during our lives when we hit rock bottom, or things go bad or go south, all too often many of us ask, where is God? Where is God during this time? And all too often we don’t realize that he is closest to us when these events occur, and he is here, and I think that is the answer to our current situation. We need to get God back into our lives. Yes, I am into politics, and I have been for 20 years, but I am pretty private, and religion is one of those. I know there are plenty others who are boastful, but that’s not who I am, but I do think that is the answer to our solution.”
Awards were also prepared to distribute The Ohio State Highway Patrol Lucasville Post, and the Shawnee State University Campus Police Department, who were unable to attend.
Overseer David Malone, pastor of KBEM, Inc., said it was an honor recognize local law enforcement.
“It was an honor and an awesome privilege to host an event to recognize , honor and show support to our local law enforcement agencies,” Malone said. “With all of the police shootings and protests taking place around the country, I felt it befitting for us to do this on behalf of our local agencies. Our law enforcement and public safety officers are heroes who risk their lives on a daily basis in order to protect our schools, workplaces, roadways, and homes. Each of these brave men and women go to work not knowing what dangers might lie ahead, making tremendous sacrifices to uphold justice and protect the innocent.”
Malone said Hoard’s musical talent brought a very pleasant tone to the atmosphere.
“With music being the language of the soul, Apostle Ronnie Hoard really set the tone and the atmosphere with talent that God so blessed him with. Those of the law enforcement community that attended the service was very impressed and shared their appreciation of such support,” Malone said. “It is always a good thing to build and maintain positive community relations with our law enforcement and first responders.”
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