St. Jude’s park was full of music and activities for the public to enjoy on August 11 as the fifth annual Praise Jam which brought visitors together of all ages.
The event was enjoyed by individuals throughout the surrounding area including Quincy, Hannibal, Bowling Green, Palmyra, Perry, Paris and even one guest from Italy. This year’s Praise Jam, was attended by all ages with approximately 100 guests.
One guest, Second Baptist Church Pastor Gary Cartmill, of Monroe City, attended Praise Jam for the first time, stating, “I am glad I came, felt like I was attending a revival, I won’t miss the next one.”
Praise Jam 2019 was hosted by The Monroe City Worship Center and Praise Jam Committee including Pastor Spencer Camp, Pastor Brandon Brosi, who was the MC for the evening, Mandi Kindhart-White, Justin Holliday and Rachel Edwards.
The day was filled with many different Christian performers. There were praise dance performances from Fabulous Feet Dance Company, of Monroe City and Faith Walk Ministry, of Paris touching the audience as each dancer gave praise through movement. Others shared their voice in song moving those in attendance to tears as they sang about Jesus Christ. Performances were given by Rhonda McHargue-Woods, Justin Holliday, Second Baptist Church Worship team, Pearl Harris, Brian and Carlie Yelton, Deanna Poindexter, Joseph, Ashlee and Emma Fessenden, Nations Family Church and Jennifer Brosi. Camp blessed the audience playing his saxophone, bringing listeners to their feet with his musical talent. speaking. Kindhart-White challenged believers to the scripture Mark 15:16 and encouraged them to spread the Good News wherever they spent time daily, including at their jobs, local coffee shop or while running errands.
Later in the evening, Pastor Marshall Adams of Harvest Time Ministries in Bowling Green was welcomed as he brought a message to the audience. The evening ended in prayer for those in need and a drawing to give away more than 20 door prizes donated by area authors, musicians and artists. During the event children enjoyed a large bounce house and games.
Throughout the night, people were seen clapping, dancing and nodding their heads as they enjoyed the performances and concessions available. Camp stated, “There was a great turn out, we had decent weather. I’m looking for it to be greater in 2020.” Kindhart-White shared her vision for Praise Jam adding, “I can’t wait till the whole park is full of believers praising Jesus together. There is nothing greater than getting together and giving God glory. I look forward to the day we have enough performers for a Praise Jam weekend. The joy Jesus Christ has given to each one of us is a gift. Some people just haven’t unwrapped theirs yet.” Praise Jam is held the second Saturday of August every year.