RenewPasco West-County Vision Rally
Pasco County Commissioner of District 4 Henry Wilson spoke about God’s calling for him to reach Pasco as an elected official, and Christian Farris, lead pastor of Next Level Church in Holiday, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
He dug into the book of Romans: “…because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1: 21-25).
Pastor Farris wrapped up by noting that despite all efforts by man and regardless of countless programs or resources, our ultimate source of hope for the renewal of our community begins with the one true Savior. It is not whether we have hope, but what we have our hope in, he said.
The Pyro Youth Group drama team, led by Youth Pastor Josh Morales of Highest Praise Family Church in Tarpon Springs, also joined us. It performed two amazing “live-videos” illustrating the grace that Jesus unconditionally gives.
Corporal Alan T. Wilkett of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office provided statistics on the vastness of human trafficking, homelessness and food insecurity among children in Pasco County. He is a RenewPasco board member and pastor of Lifes’ Harbor Church in Dade City.
He referred to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco as a star-thrower, based on an analogy of a man walking along the beach noticing thousands of starfish washed ashore. Despite criticism from naysayers, the man throws them back into the ocean one at a time with the hope of making a difference to that one.
Sheriff Nocco also spoke about the fragile state of youth in Pasco County. We have to go upstream to see where the hurt begins, he said, and that is where children are in the greatest need.
Pasco Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigations Director Ken Kilian showed images of actual abuse and neglect situations in Pasco County. He guranteed that we have neighbors who have faced similar experiences and inspired us to reach out to them, to share the light.
With disheartening numbers at hand regarding the 900 children in foster care in Pasco County largely due to prescription drug abuse, Richard Hayes, RenewPasco president, CEO of Digital Lightbridge and publisher of TwoTen Magazine, closed in prayer that RenewPasco might reach the hurting individuals and victims in our community and that our efforts would begin with the Lord.comments powered by Disqus