By Pam Robinson
Five preachers passionate about Posey County people will speak during the Big Tent Revival, Sunday, Sept. 9, through Thursday, Sept. 13, in Mount Vernon. Literally, a big tent, reminiscent of old-time camp meetings, will be spread on the lawn of Mount Vernon General Baptist Church, or MVGBC, 1717 N. Main Street. More than 200 seats will be set up under the tent, but the Senior Pastor at MVGBC, Rev. Matt Watson, says the tent can cover more—and hopes the crowd expands the tent to capacity.
The Big Tent Revival opens on the heels of River Days, where informational cards will be available. The speakers are scheduled as follows: on Sunday, Brother Lucas Ricketts, Boyce Bible College, Louisville; on Monday, Pastor Derrick Ousley, First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon; on Tuesday, Pastor Jim Weihrauch, Agape Family Ministries in Mount Vernon; on Wednesday, Pastor Tyrone Edwards, Forest Hills Baptist Church in Evansville; and on Thursday, Pastor Matt Watson, MVGBC.
The opening speaker, Brother Lucas Ricketts, is a Posey County native with an amazing addiction recovery story.
“I was led to Christ in the Henderson County, Kentucky, jail waiting to go to prison for the second time,” Ricketts explains during a phone interview.
His conversion happened in 2006, and Christ ministered to his heart while he served 4 ½ years in prison. There, he was supported the first year through the Good News Jail Ministry and the remainder of his sentence through the prison’s own chaplain and support staff.
“I had tremendous support,” Ricketts recalls. “They taught me theology; they taught me the Bible. They helped me to cultivate my skills. They knew I had the call of God to preach on my life, and they helped to cultivate that, to grow that, throughout my time. That’s one of the main reasons I am where I am today and doing what I am today.”
Ricketts is now studying two years at Boyce Bible College in Louisville before attending Louisville’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He wants to return to Posey County afterward to begin his ministry.
The second speaker, Pastor Derrick Ousley, who has led First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon for nearly six years, reflects on the importance of revival to the “spiritual awakening” of the community. He hopes people realize how short temporal life is in comparison to eternity.
“We would like to see an spiritual awakening in our community that is over and above the civic awakening and the social awakening that is perhaps going on in our community,” Ousley states. “We want God to really pour out blessings upon us through people understanding their own sin, their own plight before God, and recognizing that the only solution is through salvation in Jesus Christ and the blessings that are found in him.”
Likewise, founder of Agape Family Ministries in Mount Vernon, Rev. Jim Weihrauch believes in God’s power to mend broken lives through revival.
“We live in very difficult times. Families are broken and fragmented,” he says. “I think Matt [Watson] and I, and every other speaker who will be there, believe Jesus Christ is the answer to putting our families back together, our communities. We believe that passionately.”
Another enthusiastic speaker is Pastor Tyrone Edwards of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Evansville. The Golden Glove boxer trains with Guns –n- Hoses, and MVGBC Pastor Matt Watson recognizes his appeal to youth as a man’s man—with religion.
Closing the revival, Matt Watson wants to reach the region as well as the local community through hearing different speakers. Like his four colleagues, he believes the Bible is our blueprint for living the good life.
“Revival is about spiritual revival that gets us back to the Scripture as God’s inspired Word. Revival is about believers getting back to being people of the Book,” Watson comments. “Ninety percent of the people don’t go to church on the weekend—90 percent of them. They may say, ‘I’m a Christian,’ but as far as practicing their faith in a gathering of believers every weekend—it’s just not happening. We need a revival.”
These five ministers are prepared for the harvest in Posey County.
By Pam Robinson
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