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Two-day Prayer and Fasting Convocation starts Friday at New Beginnings church

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Former First Baptist Church Pastor Jack Robbins and New Beginnings Fellowship Pastor Larry Jordan are partnering to present the two-day Prayer and Fasting Convocation in Hopkins County this weekend.

The event is being sponsored from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday by LOVEM Ministries Inc. at New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

Robbins, currently of Tulsa, left FBC-Sulphur Springs in 1980 after serving four years to return to his home state of North Carolina, and has since ministered in Oklahoma and India. He and Jordan, who will soon be  retiring as pastor of New Beginnings, formed LOVEM Ministries Inc. in 1980. The idea behind LOVEM is an international grassroots movement for revival of spiritual values and awakenings of Christians, according to Robbins.

LOVEM encourages people to  “love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength” and “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The five primarily goals are spiritual awakening in Christians, churches, communities, cities and countries; evangelism of unbelievers; discipleship training of Jesus’ followers; church planting where new congregations are needed; and missions across the world.

Robbins said last fall, the board met in Sherman and “felt the Lord was speaking to the heart” following the elections. He said it inspired them to try to change people’s spiritual thinking in this country to see beyond red and blue states to one united nation under God, who pray for ministry, missions, leaders, churches and individuals.

“There’s a great need in America not to solve problems politically but a for revival of Christian values,” said Robbins.

Hence, LOVEM’s “Transforming America-One County at a Time” project. This is to be achieved by contacting pastors in each state to get a church to host a Prayer and Fasting Convocation to spread the “2020 Vision of LOVEM Ministries.” Ideally, “friends and encouragers” in all 50 states regardless of any  denominational, ethnic, political, creeds or other divisors will get involved and join together to praise God for the coming revival.  Leaders and laymen will commit to praying “until the USA is spiritually revived and awakened. Ideally, grassroots movements would spread through local leadership to every county in each state, and so forth so that people in every county in every state are involved by 2020.

Each county would also be asked to adopt a location in which missionaries are serving to pray for those individuals for the spread of Christian belief and values, according to Robbins. Hopkins County is being asked to pray for ministry and missions in The Philippines.

If the program doubled each year, there could be a prayer and fasting convocation held annually in every U.S. county by 2019, Robbins noted.

LOVEM Ministries invites everyone to join them in prayer, 17-hours of fasting. The convocation begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a welcome by Jordan. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be praise led by NBF’s Chad Ferrell, prayer by Robert Newsom and a message by Roy Edgemon of First Baptist Church. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be more praise lead by Ferrell, prayer by youth minister Brian Brewer and a message by Sulphur Springs High School Athletic Director Greg Owens.

Saturday things get under way again at 9 a.m. with praise led by Ferrell, and continue until 1:15 a.m. with prayer lead by Color Blind Ministries’ C.J. Duffey and message by Eloy Gonzalez of Hispanic Ministry.

From 10:30 to noon, Ferrell will lead prayer; Terry Wiese of Central Baptist Church will give prayer and testimony as a former missionary to The Philippines, a message by Garland evangelist Mike Courtney and wrap-up by Robbins.

The Prayer and Fasting Convocation for Hopkins County is being hosted at New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church, located at 155 N. Jackson St.

For information, call 903-885-6102 or 903-885-0624 or 918-728-0858.




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