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Eddie James concert draws crowd to Tracy Park

June 17, 2014

By Portia Williams, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

June 17--Even with the continuous rainfall throughout the day on Monday, up until the Eddie James concert, the show went on. James took the stage with high energy, engaging many in an audience of more than 200 people in Tracy Park.who came to hear the gospel recording artist and his band perform.

With a style that could be classified as "radical," in Christiandom, gospel recording artist Eddie James addressed an attentive crowd in the interim of the musical selections.

"People speak boldly about the things they believe in. If its drugs they talk about it, if its a perverse lifestyle they're bold about it, but I am bold to tell you that there's no one that can do you like Jesus. No one can love you like him, no one can hold you like him, no one can give you peace like him," James said. "You might call me radical, but I don't mind being looked upon as crazy, for the one who healed me, for the one who freed me. He's been too good to me to be quiet about it."

He brought an entourage of 30 people who, according to James, are young people who are former drug addicts, those who society has rejected. Some accompanied him on the stage in singing, and dancing, others played musical instruments, and helped with the sound equipment.

Tanner Salyers, executive director of OurMantle Ministries, said hundreds attended the concert despite the rain, and that the event was effective.

"Even through torrential downpours almost 300 people attended this worship service and nearly 30 people received Jesus into their hearts. We hope this is just the beginning of a greater revival that will sweep through southern Ohio and the tri-state area and people begin to see the redeeming and freeing power of Christ," Salyers said.

He said the event was possible through unified effort of the churches, and appreciates all who helped with the planning.

"We have so many people to thank. Tami Van Bibber and the South Shore Church of God for all their hard work. Over 15 churches helped by donating food, money, time, prayer it was a great thing to see Portsmouth's Christian community come together to make a difference," he said.

He said he is challenging Christians in Scioto County churches to be receptive to those impacted by Monday's concert.

"We at OurMantle challenge the body of Christ in Scioto County to be ready to take in all of the new believers that stem from this coming revival. Whether it is through our ministry events or Invasion, or whatever program brings them into the house of God. Be ready to care for them, teach them, and love them as Christ loves the church," he said.

Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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