On Saturday, May 11, individuals from the Tri-State gathered for a benefit at Burlington Commons Park to show a united effort of support for Minister Larry and Stacy Medcalf. The sky was overcast and the air was brisk. That did not stop the determination behind the organizers (members of the Burlington and South Point community).
Medcalf has been suffering from a series of challenging health issues since January. He recently returned home from a 3-week stint in a Morgantown hospital, after a 3-week stint at a local Huntington hospital. He is currently in a rehabilitation center and until that day had not been out for anything but doctor appointments or transfers from one facility to another.
A very loving and supportive crowd gathered to welcome Medcalf, now temporarily wheelchair-bound, as he exited his brother’s SUV. As he approached the group of well-wishers, he realized that God had granted him a visual perspective of the cause for which he so passionately advocates: Genuine Unity in the Body of Christ.
He saw men, women, boys and girls.
He saw people of different races and backgrounds.
He saw community leaders, business owners, doctors and nurses.
He saw pastors from different denominations (Nazarene, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Apostolic, and Church of God).
They had all united as one body to show Medcalf and his family how much they were genuinely loved.
Medcalf is on the road to recovery, but through it all, his faith and trust in God has sustained him. That same faith has allowed him to persevere as he pressed through an unexpected amputation, cardiac arrest, confusion due to infection and more. Throughout his health challenges he declared, “Whose report will we believe? Ain’t God good?”
Medcalf is a local minister whom God has allowed to be the visionary of The God Factor Ministries, Inc. This ministry sponsors a series of events with the purpose of advocating for genuine unity in the body of Christ and breaking down any barriers that would hinder that genuine unity as mentioned in the Word of God.
“We unite to worship as one body in Christ, sharing the gifts and talents that God has equipped us with for His kingdom building.”
Each event also includes some form of outreach ministry (local pantries, individuals or families with financial difficulties due to health challenges), on the local and international levels (support of Philippine Missionary Queen Cabobos). Event participants have traveled from all over West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Michigan and Pennsylvania and beyond.
Several area pastors and their parishioners, business owners and local organizations partner with the God Factor Ministries to sponsor the 3-day event. Participation is open and there is no registration fee. Everything is free, but donations/offerings can be given to help support the ministry. Come and advocate with us.
From May 31 to June 2, the 11th Providential Event will convene at the Tri-State Worship Center, located at 901 Solida Road in South Point, Ohio. Bishop Terry Wagner is the pastor.
The Friday service will begin at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Ivan Davis, pastor of Canaan Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Saturday service will begin with a panel discussion at 12 noon, focused on genuine unity in the body of Christ and the necessity of uniting, followed by lunch (free). The afternoon service will begin at 2 p.m. with a Gospel Jubilee featuring the New Joy Gospel Singers of Columbus, Ohio and Ember to Ashes of the Tri-State area in concert. Sunday service will begin at 3 p.m. with Minister Larry Medcalf sharing his testimony and The Case Family of Nippa, Kentucky will render music.
T-shirts from the May 11 benefit are still available.
For more information or questions, call 740-646-3558.
— God Factor Ministries