FUN In The Son returned with greater momentum on Saturday, after being shuttered for 2 years on account of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“The turnout was higher than expected. With promotions being focused on the communities inside South St Andrew, we expected about three to 4,000 individuals, but were hoping for five,000. The audience was beyond even those numbers and attendees were from beyond the borders of South St Andrew. Even with this, the event remained incident free,” Tommy Cowan, co-conceptualiser of the event, told the Jamaica Observer.
It was held on the Pembroke Hall High School in St Andrew. The event featured American minister Donnie McClurkin, in addition to Kevin Downswell, Carlene Davis, Goddy Goddy, Rhoda Isabella, the Pembroke Hall High School band, and Isaiah Raymond.
Nadine Blair was the master of ceremonies, alongside Sounds of Perpetual Praise.
In line with Cowan, all of the acts delivered exceptionally well; nevertheless, one in all the highlights was Pastor Donnie’s exhortation.
“One among the highlights was the preaching of Pastor Donnie McClurkin that the gospel message have to be in regards to the pure and unconditional love of God that embodies the grace of God that results in salvation,” he said.
Pastor Donnie, together with a team, provided 127 dental procedures, including cleansing and extractions. The doctors saw roughly 300 patients and this was supported by the Sagicor team doing additional health checks.
Fun In The Son — which began in 2002 in Ocho Rios, St Ann — is one in all several gospel events he has staged with support from Jamaica Broilers Group.
Cowan said Fun within the Son will probably be returning to New York next 12 months.
“Fun In The Son Bronx will probably be back in August 2023 with Good Neighbors Community Outreach and New Testament Church Temple within the Bronx who were present at this event giving out grocery packages to members of the community,” Cowan said.
Within the meantime, he can be extending gratitude to all stakeholders for an additional successful staging.
“Fun In The Son and Glory Music are grateful to the community of South St Andrew for inviting us to serve you and dealing with us to make this Community Engagement successful. We couldn’t have done it without the members of the community, including the Pembroke Hall High School and the South St Andrew Division of the JCF [Jamaica Constabulary Force]. We’re thankful for the support of our sponsors who’ve helped bring this to reality,” he said.