BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western, Bureau email@example.com MONTEGO BAY, St James
LAST Saturday night the Montego Bay Convention Centre was transformed into a large 'church,' as thousands of people crammed the facility for praise and worship.
It was the Come Celebrate Jesus concert, and with the New York based-gospel singer and songwriter, Alvin Slaughter, as well as local gospel artistes like Jabez, George Banton and Kevin Downswell in the line- up, soul-stirring gospel music was bound to be in the offering.
Slaughter, no stranger to Jamaica, who opened his set with Praise Jehovah, had the large congregation singing and waving as he ministered to the flock.
The former Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singer's musical offerings also included Rain Down, Shouts of Joy and Move this Place. But the place was truly moved when Slaughter shared stories of his own walk with God. He said: "At one time I had lost all that I had and as I sat in the bankruptcy court I said: God I don't even know why I talk to you, you don't care about me. At that time my life was falling apart. I had lost my job and my house, even though I was serving God," said Slaughter.
But after battling depression, Slaughter said, God came to him when he needed him most.
"Within a year God began to open doors, I was singing at weddings, funerals, I was singing at conferences and before I knew it, God gave me the privilege to travel around the world and sing about a God who is able...," said Slaughter to thunderous applause.
Earlier, Banton, Downswell and Jabez had the worshippers on their feet, for the most part, as they belted out popular gospel songs.
Other performers included Shirley Simpson, Sonia Rowe and the Leharia Singers.
Part proceeds from the event will go towards the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the Victim Support Group of Jamaica.