It was a knee slapping, toe tapping, hand clapping and tambourine snapping good time in the city of Compton on Saturday September 8. The City of Compton hosted its 2nd Annual Gospel concert at Compton Par 3 golf course with the goal to send up praises of healing, restoration and rebirth for the city. Thousands came out to support this very positive and uplifting event.
The faith community, clergy and elected officials were very supportive as they sang, danced and ate delicious cuisine from local food vendors. The day was warm, the sun was shining and the atmosphere projected love and hope. Michael J Fisher the pastor of Little Zion MBC of Compton came out and ministered with his choir along with local choir Love and Unity. Pastor Fisher shared “the scripture says can anything good come out of Nazareth? A lot of times people ask can anything good come out of Compton? And I’m a firm believer that God births greatness out of dry places, so this is just the beginning. To see everyone come together and do something positive, praising God not running around shooting each other, like we are stigmatized of doing is a good glimpse of a bright future. I’m glad that they invited us to come and be a part.”
As the day progressed the Starlights brought back the good old time religion as they sang in four-part harmony. While they were singing I caught up with Ben King owner of Louisiana Catfish a food provider for the day. He stated, “I’m there because of the mayor. I think it’s a nice thing that the city is doing, the way the mayor is trying to change Compton and bring everybody together. I think that’s a good thing.”
Up next was Dorinda Clark Cole of the famous Clark Sisters. She gave the awesome testimony of how she was going to commit suicide but the Lord had another plan. Her ministry had the undertone of prosperity and she kept letting the audience know that God was able to meet our needs. At that time a brother that has a testimony of how God gave him back his eye sight Mr. Norman Hutchins walked up and had this to say, “ the Mayor and just his whole vision is not just a positive thing for the country but it has a spiritual under tone as well. You cannot enjoy gospel and not enjoy God.”
Bishop Todd Ervin the pastor of One One One Church in Long Beach but a native of Compton came over to show his support and stated “ this is something opposite than what we are use to hearing about Compton being so negative. There are great people in Compton, there are still great citizens here people that love Compton and want to see a better Compton come forth. The Mayor made a comment one time that people only come to Compton when something negative happens, and I wanted to be here when something positive happens.”
Next up was John Kenney the pastor of Christ First Baptist in the City of Compton who host the Mayors quarterly pastor breakfasts, his church is also a Compton polling site. He commented on his thoughts of the day, “ this is just another opportunity for the Mayor and city officials to put actions to their words. “
The Williams Brothers and J Moss continued to keep the praises high and fun. Mayor Eric J. Perrodin was full of joy and optimistic as he shared words of encouragement and inspiration from the bible, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
Get ready for next year because Compton is giving birth to the newness of hope, prosperity, helping one another and bringing positive activities and events to the city.