Markethill charity to host gospel concert at Craigavon Civic Centre

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Grace Ministries, a charity based in Markethill, will be hosting their annual Friday Night Live Gospel Concert next Friday, March 10 commencing at 7.30pm, in Craigavon Civic Centre.

For almost 20 years, this local charity has been supporting the spreading of the Gospel, in both spiritual and practical ways, to the Philippines and South East Asia.

Since 1999, Grace Ministries Field Missionaries Mr Gareth and Mrs Lorelei McDowell have been serving the Lord in the Philippines and through the help of family, friends and the local community, Grace Ministries have developed a network of Christian literature distribution to many churches and pastors from across the Philippines.

Prior to commencing his role as a missionary, Gareth obtained his trade as an electrician, a skill which he still utilises in the churches he supports. A native of Markethill, he felt called to join the mission field. Gareth obtained his Theology Degree from Marietta Bible College, Ohio, USA where he met his wife Loreleli, a native of the Philippines.

After the couple completed their studies they served in the USA, before the opportunity to support Churches in the Philippines arrived.

In 1999, the couple along with family and friends saw the need for the establishment of a charity, based in Northern Ireland and supporting the churches, pastors and people of the Philippines in a both spiritual and practical ways.

In recent years, this support includes Bible and Gospel Tract, Distribution, Typhoon Relief, Education programmes and Food Programme.

To support this work, raise local awareness and bring glory and praise to the Lord Saviour Jesus Christ, an evening of Gospel Music and Praise has been arranged.

There will be a range of artists playing on Friday Night Live including Testify, Live Issue, Cup O Joe, Laura Dowey, Victoria Salt and the Magherafelt Free Presbyterian Choir.

This event has been sponsored by the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Paul Greenfield.

Speaking in the run up to the event Mr McDowell stated, “Friday Night Live is a wonderful way to celebrate the Gospel and also enable the local community to learn more of the Work which Grace Minsistries is providing throughout the Philippines.

“We hope you will be encouraged to hear of the work we are delivering and our plans for the future and I know you will all enjoy those musicians

taking part to which we are extremely grateful.”

Grace Ministries will be hosting Friday Night Live as a free event with a retiring collection for the charity. Donations are welcome.