By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Politics, race and religious denominations can often divide people, but a group of seminary students in Tupelo is trying to remind folks of their similarities.
“Fishers of Men,” a group of students who attend classes at the Lee-Itawamba Baptist Association, are sponsoring a citywide revival Monday through Wednesday.
It will be held at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium, and organizers are appealing to people of all races and religious persuasions – especially to those who aren’t religious.
“There’s a great need out there, and we feel that this is an open, comfortable setting in which people can come to Christ,” said the Rev. George Pritchard, one of the students. The neutral setting and casual dress code, Pritchard added, are further incentives for people to simply come as they are.
Each evening will kick off with a sermon from the Rev. Don Lum, director of evangelism for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.
“I plan to challenge people about their walk with Christ,” said Lum. “God put us here to make a difference, to be salt and light, and each of us matters in a special way.”
Lum will be followed by the Rev. Frank Davis III, pastor of The Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church and Little Bethel Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Refocusing in the midst of recession will be the theme of Davis’ message.
Using Psalm 37, he’ll preach about the dangers of covetousness and “gaining things in a way that doesn’t honor God.”
Bringing people together from throughout the community is important to the seminary students, and that emphasis will be echoed from the pulpit.
Davis is part of a ministerial alliance that formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and he’s seen firsthand what unity in the body of Christ can do for a city.
Lum said that an invisible racial divide has existed for some time in Mississippi, and events like this are a great opportunity to make further progress in reconciliation.
“As they often do, Christians can lead the way in this,” said Lum. “And, they can bring others along with them.”
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Pre-Thanksgiving citywide
WHERE: Tupelo Civic Auditorium,
1009 Varsity Drive
WHEN: Monday to Wednesday,