On June 25, Friendship Tabernacle Church was the venue for an evening dedicated to showcasing young people. On that day, young men had the opportunity to showcase their talents. Performers sang, read poetry, preached, read scripture and danced. The theme religion and morality was communicated through many of the performances.
The function, emceed by Leroy Thompson of Central Abaco Primary School, started with Gospel singing performed by the group ‘Heart on Fire,’ with Joshuah Robins who graduated from St Francis de Sales Catholic School as the lead singer.
The invocation was followed with Pastor Silbert Mills advising the boys to reject Satan, and encouraged them “here in this church you are free, free to take off your shoes, to sing or dance.”
The scripture was read by a basketball player from the Long Island team who participated in the weekend tournament.
Al Johnson, another young man who is now a pastor, took the stage to share the story of how he had become a man of religion after saying he “never wanted to go to church as a child.” Witnessing too much depravation made him turn back on his tracks.
Another man shared a story, but the outcome was to demonstrate how important good parenting is.
The Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, attended the function and passed along a message. After commending the organizations that support young people, he said he wanted to tell young men how important it was for them to find their right place in society.
“Fox Hill is full of young men between 18 and 25,” he warned, “so my best advice is to give your life to Jesus Christ.”
A three man band from Cooper’s Town stole the stage next with reggae and rap rhythms. Teon Russell was the lead singer performing “I know who I am, do you know who you are?” He was accompanied at the drum by Timothy Bullard and Farry Thompson at the keyboard.
Pastor Robins with Grace Baptist Church also told a redemption story, going from a self-acknowledged “very bad boy” to a preacher.
DJ Godson, who had come from Nassau to participate in the boys’ weekend, put on music for the blessing of the money collected, while two young men from Dundas Town, Church of God of Prophecy, performed a duo “We Must Praise.”
The Anointed Ones, a group of youngsters dressed in purple and white, interpreted a praise dance.
Rap Rhythm pervaded the stage again with a performance from Shawn Bain from Sandy Point. Following him, Joinelle Jeune made the assembly react to his powerful poem.
The evening ended with more singing and preaching. Quite a lot of talent was unearthed that evening.