Every now and then an opportunity comes along that I just laugh out loud about. I enjoyed a good belly laugh almost a month ago when the opportunity came for me to be a part of the African American Festival this year. In Baltimore, we call it AFRAM (and I suspect that we’ll refer to it as such no matter how the organizers try to finesse the name) and it is the singular biggest celebration of American African culture in the city and region.
This year, I’ll be ministering on the main stage with my Father and Brother. Under the banner of uplifting spirits and amplifying hope, we’ll be conducting a worship service on Sunday, July 8, 2012 12Noon. The churches that we serve – Pleasant Hope and Shiloh Baptist have been working diligently along with Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy to make sure that we maximize the great opportunity that this weekend affords.
My Dad and I will be preaching what has been traditionally called a “dual sermon.” We’ll actually preach one sermon together. A spiritual collaboration of sorts. It’ll be the second time we’ve done this. My brother, Anthony, who was recently featured on TBN singing his latest single “Testimony” will be leading the combined choir effort.
With an estimated 500,000 people in attendance throughout the weekend, we believe that we’ll meet some amazing people, lay foundation for some enduring relationships, and be able to extend support to those present.
This weekend will also deepen our ability as a ministry to connect with those who are making a positive difference and those who are attempting to. As much as we talk about the social ills, injustices, and maladies in the Black community; I believe that we are the ones who must link together, speak to the possibilities present, and create the future that we know we deserve. AFRAM can be a gathering place not just to have a good time, but to establish the relationships that are necessary for positive development and communal strengthening.
On a personal note, this is the biggest stage that I’ve ever been invited to stand on. Aside from radio, this is potentially the biggest audience I’ve stood before. To be honest, it is a bit unnerving to think about being at that microphone. Primarily because I realize what’s at stake in the few minutes that we’ll have. Every word is magnified and of all that can be said on that stage, the question is what MUST be said in that moment? What Truth does Almighty God want shared this Sunday at this event before this crowd? Discernment. That’s where I am right now.
Please pray for us this weekend. Much is at stake and I just want to be found faithful.
Finally, in addition to your prayers, we’d welcome your financial support that will help us take advantage of every opportunity this coming weekend. Please consider making a secure online donation by visiting Pleasant Hope Baptist Church’s website and clicking the “Donate Here” button. From there you’ll be able to make a one-time or recurring donation to our African American Festival Fund.
Thanks for your support and I hope to see you this weekend at AFRAM!