Amesty & Deliverance Fest seeking volunteers, donations, ministries for Aug. 23

| July 2, 2014
Joe Ayers is founder of the Amnesty & Deliverance Community Festival. (Photo: Michael Patterson)

Joe Ayers is founder of the Amnesty & Deliverance Community Festival. (Photo: Michael Patterson)

FORT WAYNE—Organizers of the Fourth Annual Amnesty & Deliverance Fest, scheduled for  Aug. 23 in McMillen Park, are looking for volunteers and vendors to participate.

According to founder Joe Ayers, the annual event is designed to give people the spiritual lift and tools necessary to help them overcome afflictions that are holding them back from living a full, joy-filled life. Those afflictions, said Ayers, could come in any number of forms, including health issues, spiritual and mental despair, addictions, family problems and more. Each year, for the past four years, Ayers and supporters have put on a festival filled with inspiring speakers,uplifting gospel music, sporting events-including a basketball tournament—and other fun activities for the entire family. Barbers from the community are scheduled to be on hand to give free haircuts to young people.

521 Entertainment of Los Angeles and the Weisser Park Boys are donating school supplies to give to children at the festival. 521 also is scheduled to hold auditions for artists that weekend.

A number of choirs and praise teams already have signed on to lead worship for the day, but Ayers said there’s room for plenty more.

“We invite anyone who wants to minister to the community,” he said.

In addition, the Amnesty & Deliverance Fest organizers have put together a food drive for the community and asks attendees to donate canned items, if possible.

Festival organizers also are asking for donations of clean, used clothing for a giveway the day of the event.

Other donations, including financial support for the festival, are welcome.

For more information about the Amnesty & Deliverance Fest, call Ayers at (260) 348-6080; to arrange for drop off or pickup up of donated used clothing, call Ayers or Gloria Thomas at (260) 466-9106; for more information about the five-man basketball tournament,call Michael Ayers at (260) 479-8588.

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