Storming the Gates of Hell 2013
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Our Third annual “Storming the Gates of Hell” “21 Alive 2 Thrive” was absolutely Awesome beyond description!!! We give many Thanks to Ryan Saari, Senior Pastor of Pasadena Baptist Church for his heart of generosity and service. Most people I am sure did not even know who he was, he did not want to be seen; only to serve we were honored by his humility. Also, many thanks to Youth Pastor Mike Trofe and his oldest son John, their youth group who worked none-stop to make everything beautiful for our conference, and it was absolutely beautiful! Rev. Ronnie Alicea is without a doubt the Face of “Storming the Gates of Hell”. He is known for his God given talent of bringing together Christian Artist who want to use their talent to bring Glory to our Amazing God, and they all did just that!
From the opening drama, featuring Selene Alicea and Radical Youth Ministries who opened with “You’re an Army dressed for Battle “ by: Rick Peno. Rev. Ronnie Alicea took his sword and Knighted the youth one by one as the chorus rang out: “You’re an Army take the land”. The youth ran into the audience and brought another solider up front to be knighted! In no time the entire audience was on their feet declaring “You’re an Army take the land!!” THE POWER OF GOD FELL MIGHTILY!! Hallelujah!!! .
Technical difficulties can lead to small delays, but sometime that is just Gods way of introducing someone else into the agenda; such was the case for two Spirit filled young Ladies from Georgia, Dora and Anna. They blessed us with a few songs from a guitar supplied by our Daniel; you see they had come straight from the Airport, not knowing that God wanted to use them to fill our delay. Such a spirit of worship filled the sanctuary, washing over everyone. Andrea ministered with a Worship dance that she had choreographed herself; Andrea so was surprised at Gods impromptu call to use her gift. Later she would give her compelling testimony of many years of struggle with depression and Anorexia and thoughts of suicide. Andrea gives thanks to someone who had cared enough to bring her to our first “Strom the Gates” she has been able to recover, not through doctors, medication or programs, but by the mighty power of the Love of Christ. Her voice of triumph will bring hope to many, only God knows how many lives will be saved by her testimony. Though Andrea is only 18 yrs. old she has much to share from her road of suffering to her wonderful recovery, so we have asked her to come and share her journey at every one of our conferences.
The Front Band graced us with high energy praise and worship inside;
Outside: Pastor Mike Trofe and several of the youth from “YNot” were getting the Barbeque ready for lunch.
Big Thanks to Pastor Say Kim for donating almost all of the food and soda; he also brought his own outside-stage for the “Rappers” and singers “Beyond Skills”, Pastor Bennie Reyes and Deshaun, many others. Brother Al Dix from “Catching Hope” and our faithful tech Daniel were there to help get everything set-up and assist wherever needed. Brother Al also got our ice donated by Dons’ Dock at Johns Pass Thanks a Million Guys you truly are a major Blessing!!!
During Lunch the Tampa Bay “Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry” provided heart stopping Entertainment as they performed their amazing stunts!! As they say the crowd went Wild! A little entertainment can lighten things up a bit, when you are tackling some very uncomfortable subjects, like childhood sexual abuse.
For me Pastor Moe captured the reason for why we “Storm the Gates of Hell” as he shared his deep childhood wounds of sexual abuse, and the Power and love of our heavenly Father to heal; many hurting men came forward for prayer,(women and young ladies too) Pastor Moe and his wife listened, wept and prayed with each of them to be able to receive complete emotional healing. If we are ever going to recover from our past, emotional healing of our soul wounds is vital … I love Ray Bolts song “That’s what this Alter is for you don’t have to carry these burdens any more…” If you have not read “Nicks’ Story” Please read it and you will understand why Pastor Moe’s’ ministry was so dear to my heart.
Time will not allow me to share the entire ministry that took place or to mention everyone who brought their gift and presented themselves as an instrument for the Masters’ use. But I must share this with you, at least 3 people came to the conference having little or no hope that anyone could help them; they did not know each other, but all of them were planning to commit suicide. One person brought a gun and thought they would just slip-away un-noticed to the back of the grounds and end their life. But our God is a “reader and a discerner of the intents of men’s’ hearts “He knows how to post Angels (sometimes disguised as men) to reach-out at the right moment and help a hurting child heal. No, time will not allow for me to share with you all the miraculous moments that took place at the Third annual “Storming the Gates of Hell” but know this many now have the opportunity to reach “21 Alive 2 Thrive.”
We want to acknowledge our over-whelming gratitude to all who had a part in making this Life Saving, Life Changing Conference possible:
Pastor Ryan Saari Senior Pastor of Pasadena Baptist Church; Youth Pastor Mike Trofe, his sons John and Jonathon and all of their youth, of Pasadena Baptist Church;
Senior Pastor Eric Moore of Faith Christian International and Sol University, and his Youth Pastor Rev. Ronnie Alicea, daughter Selena, son Adam and Mom Tammy of Reignfest
Pastor Say Kim and Lionel of SunCoast Heaven of Hope;
Jody Spearman Thompson our photographer,
Bernie Rivera our comedic Announcer,
Rita Pierson from Hope form the Hood,
Pete O’Shea & Fred Hinton from WTIS 1110 am radio,
Onesm SunCoast Cathedral Steppers,
Mitch Davis, Donna Ayers, & Brian Fisher and all who donated their time and Spiritual gifts we give Thanks.
My sign-off will forever be:
“Do Something before another Child Dies”
Forever Nicks’ Mom, Honored to be in service to our Great God!!
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