All set for Fun in the Son

BY SADE GARDNER
Observer writer

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Tommy Cowan is claiming a spiritual fun day for the sweet 16 staging of Jamaica Fun in the Son, organised by his family-run business Glory Music.

The free-entry gospel festival will be held tomorrow on the grounds of National Heroes Park in Kingston.

Cowan updated the Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash on the show's preparations yesterday.

“So far we've installed sound and light on the grounds and we're doing continuous clean-up,” he said. “We've installed fencing — the one that was around the monument before was taken down, I don't know if visitors did it. We've also been setting up the various areas we have been assigned; the health and wellness village, wealth village, our sports venue... so we really want people to come out early.”

Children and family-oriented activities aside, a stellar line-up of ministers and artistes is scheduled. Carlene Davis, Papa San, Marion Hall, Kevin Downswell, Prodigal Son, Rondell Positive and DJ Sticko are billed for the main show which commences at 4:00 pm. Pastor Sara Conner of the Word of Truth Family in Texas as well as renowned minister Donnie McClurkin are also rostered to appear. The latter, who also spoke at the event in 2016, is scheduled to appear at 7:30 pm.

“When you look at the interest Donnie is bringing, he went to do some witnessing in the streets in Half-Way Tree, he also went to Riverton City, he supports a school in Callaloo Mews I believe and he visited the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre this week. Pastor Sara Conner will be doing exaltations,” Cowan said.

Youth ambassadors Marq, Kyann Knight, Maurice Griffin and Brotha George will also perform. Cowan's personal goal for this staging centres on winning souls for Christ.

“I'm looking for lives to be changed and for us to make an impact, we want a reduction in crime and violence. We want to encourage people to keep praising. I'm looking forward to a future where people come to look for salvation and then they will go out to preach about Christ. We have to take the lamp of God and be the light of Jesus,” he said.

New additions to the event include a health village powered by Sagicor, a wealth village by Jamaica National, a food court courtesy of Best Dressed Chicken and the Champions of Hope section, reserved for donors of $2,000 or more to the gospel event. A football sports venue will also host a third-place play-off for the World Cup finals match between England and Belgium, which will broadcast live from the venue.

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