by Nicole Reitz
A Christian outreach event called Hope Fest 2013 will continue tonight and tomorrow night at the Fulton War Memorial.
Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and is presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee.
Hope Fest will feature local christian bands, testimonies and preaching from organizer John Palm and his son, Joe Palm, a pastor in Orlando, Fla.
The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, a former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md., the Palms’ home church.
Fifth Ward Councilor Jay Foster will give a brief testimony on the first night speaking about how Jesus changed his life. Valley News Managing Editor Andrew Henderson will also speak at Hope Fest.
Palm and his wife Mary Lou were drawn to Oswego County after serving as American missionaries in Newcastle, Australia. Palm said that he was given a vision in the middle of the night of the word “Oswego,” which he then looked up on a map.
From there he began writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area and pastors from the Rive of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God both responded.
The Palms then travelled to upstate New York because of the vision that God shared with them. Palm said he found it interesting that the Native American definition of Oswego is “outpouring.”
“As Christians we are always praying for an outpouring,” said Palm.
Over the past 14 months, Palm has stayed mainly in Oswego County, meeting and praying with different denominations.
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