Saturday events keep Lewisburg busy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

It was a cold but fun-filled Saturday as Mayor Jim Bingham hosted the very first Ice Cream Social in the Public Square Park. Ice cream lovers bundled up in the park and listened to music from VFW members Barry and Mark. The ice cream was donated by First Farmers and Merchants Bank.

On the other side of the square, men were hard at work taking down the Bank of America sign and putting up the sign for the new bank, First Tennessee, which has bought out a number of Bank of America branches in Middle Tennessee.

The Dillahunty Lodge on East Commerce Street hosted a fish fry from four to seven and were able to raise $1,500 towards a new roof for their Masonic Lodge.

Later that night the New Life Community Church, on Easy Street, held their Free Grace Fall celebration. Pastor David Hale welcomed the first speaker, Nelson Foster, after hymns were sung with Ray Bennett leading. Foster, a Marshall County High School graduate, attended Middle Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee on his way to becoming a doctor. The retired anesthesiologist explained that New Life was his father's first church 57 years ago.

Kevin Adams was next to give his testimony. Adams and his wife were living high on the hog until one day in 2008 they lost all they had. Their rental property sold at an auction for half of its worth, and they were living off one loaf of bread and a gallon of milk. Adams tried everything he could to keep his family together. He didn't want to do what everyone told him to do, get five jobs. He explained the moment he thought his wife was going to walk out on him, but instead she saved his life. He prayed that God bring him work and finally He spoke to him. "If anyone believes God doesn't speak, he does," said Adams. He started blogging and started building their life back together. One day he got an offer to do a three-week marketing project that covered his income for a year. He believed that God wanted him to be a writer. This year he published his book, "The Extravagant Fool," which lays out his financial four-year journey of potential homelessness. Adams put his faith in God and He brought his family together from the bottom to the top. "If someone makes you angry, love them," Adams ended.

Last to give his testimony was Jamal Jivanjee, who grew up in a blended religious home. His father grew up in East Africa, and his mother in Ohio. He explained how his mother and father were pen pals until his father escaped from Kenya to the United States and married his mother. His father is a devout Muslim and his mother a Catholic who was about to become a nun before getting married. His parents, of course, fought for their children to be either Catholic or Muslim. While attending a Catholic school and praying in the Muslim mosques, Jivanjee questioned who God was and what story to believe. During high school he came across a group of Christian kids who he pitied at first. He soon started interacting with them and discovered a mystical peace he felt as they were around him. "I didn't figure out who Jesus was, He revealed himself to me," Jivanjee said.

Growing up his father always expected him to make straight As, but he never did. After Jivanjee went to college, he finally made straight As one semester. He drove home to show his dad what he had done, in hopes of making him proud. His father looked at his results and congratulated him, but proceeded to ask him if he was going to make it a new thing. Jivanjee walked out numb with disappointment that his father wasn't as excited as he wanted him to be. As he was walking out, he heard God say, "I can't get more proud of you." That moment, all of his questions were answered and he knew that God was pleased with him.

The service was ended with joyous hymns from Bennett.

Editor's note: David Hale writes the devotional for the Tribune's church page, which appears in the Friday paper.