What is the purpose of “The Gathering?”
The Gathering is an opportunity for our diverse community of faith to come together and rally around our shared love for Jesus. This year, The Gathering will be a day of serving and celebrating. We will do community service projects all over the area in the morning, and then we’ll gather in the stadium for a time of worship, prayer and inspiration.
What are some of the service projects you have — or will be — involved with that pertain to The Gathering?
The community service projects include: completing the Glory Community Garden, working out at the Hill County Youth Ranch, expanding the prayer rock path at The Coming King Sculpture Garden, and doing some clean-up work on several streets in Kerrville. We will also have teams getting things set up at the stadium, and we will have teams going door-to-door in a a handful of neighborhoods inviting people to the event and praying for any needs the people share with our teams.
What is your role in The Gathering?
This year, The Gathering is being sponsored by the Kerr Ministerial Alliance. I am currently the president of that group, and the pastor at Impact Christian Fellowship. I am also the catalyst and coordinator for The Gathering.
People are asked to bring diapers to the event. Why?
We are asking people to bring diapers to the event as just one more way to bless our community. The diapers will be given to The Pregnancy Resource Center, a couple of the Early Childhood Education programs in Kerr County schools, and a variety of other social service agencies who can help give these to needy families in the months to come.
At a similar event my wife and I attended at McLane Stadium in Waco last Palm Sunday, the organizers of that event asked people to bring canned goods. Here in Kerr County, we have some great ministries like CAM, St. Vincent dePaul, and Salvation Army that give out food like this — but we think we can better serve them by making a significant financial donation to them after our Christmas Walk Services in December. The last couple of years, the Kerr Ministerial Alliance donated about $1200 to these groups — but this year, we are aspiring to add a zero to that and be able to bless them with $12,000.
What would you say to encourage someone to take part in The Gathering?
I encourage people to come experience The Gathering. We have the incredible opportunity to mobilize and bless our community in tangible ways, and then to host an open-air worship service. We were so encouraged by our experience in Waco last Palm Sunday. And our featured guest speaker, Dominic Russo, of missions.me and 1Nation1Day, is dynamic and inspirational. This will be a history making event. Lives will be changed.
What is Love Kerr County?
The Gathering is a moment that’s intended to spark continued on-going actions that help create lasting, sustainable, positive change in Kerr County. That’s where LoveKerrCounty comes into play. It’s a way to keep encouraging people to be difference makers inside and outside the walls of our local church fellowships in intentional, consistent and purposeful ways. It’s intended to inspire a unified expression and answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17. It is modeled after the successful strategies 1Nation1Day has used after their nation-changing events in Honduras in the summer of 2013 and in the Dominican Republic this summer.
*Cited from an interview for the Kerrville Daily Times, published September 25, 2015