A special event is coming to the Fulton War Memorial June 7, 8 and 9.
Hope Fest is an outreach presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County that have come together in unity to provide opportunities for people to hear and see the gospel through music, messages, prayer and personal stories.
“The vision for Hope Fest is to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John Palm, one of the founders of Hope Fest. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we’ll see lives changed in powerful ways that will bless our entire community.”
Doors open nightly at 5 p.m. and the event gets under way at 7 pm.
Palm and his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou, were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.
“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” Palm said. “We looked it up on a map, and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”
The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.
Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches as well as many others, have been praying for.
“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” Palm said. “We’re very excited and we want to share what God has done already in so many lives.”
Palm will be the evangelist for two nights during Hope Fest, and his son, Joe Palm, who is a church pastor in Orlando, Fla., will fill that role on the remaining evening.
The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md, which is the Palms’ home church.
“There will be live music each night featuring worship bands from around Central New York,” according to Laurie Ludlow, event director for Hope Fest.
Also, shuttle bus service will be provided within the City of Fulton during each night of Hope Fest.
Those interested may check the event’s web site at www.hopefest2013.com for the schedule of stops and times, as well as more information about the event in general.
People who are seeking prayer for special needs, such as physical healing, restoration of broken relationships, freedom from addictions, will have the opportunity to receive prayer each night of Hope Fest, Palm stated.
“Mary Lou and I have seen many miraculous healings in our 40 years of ministry,” he noted. “We fully believe and expect to see more of them during Hope Fest.”
Local residents will be sharing personal testimonies during this event including Andy Henderson, who has been managing editor of The Valley News in Fulton for the past 13 years; and Norman “Jay” Foster, Fifth Ward councilor for the City of Fulton.
“We are very blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” Ludlow stated. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who are providing prayer, donations, and volunteer support. We look forward to seeing the Fulton War Memorial filled to overflowing each night of Hope Fest 2013.”
Hope Fest 2013 is a free community event being presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee under the financial oversight of River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida Street, Fulton, NY 13069.