Thursday, August 8, 2013
Buses and cars flooded Victory Baptist Church’s parking lot on Saturday as more than 2,000 people came together to learn more about the gospel.
The annual youth rally hosted by Victory usually brings in many people, but when they teamed up with CT Townsend and the Carolina Youth Rally, that number increased dramatically.
The event opened with singing and preaching for youth and adults that came from different places around the United States.
Amye Schroeder, a student from Victory, worked during the rally and said that Victory is a great place to be, and that these rallies are amazing opportunities.
“CT Townsend does these rallies all throughout the year,” Schroeder said. “There’s so many things I love about it. At Victory, I love how much the lord is present in this place. We have a preacher that is a man of God. He preaches the truth.”
Hunter Ramsey went to Bible College and now preaches himself.
“I’ve seen a lot of teens saved, I’ve seen families get back together, and I’ve seen so many lives changed,” Ramsey said. “I’ve been coming since I was about 10, and every year I come out for this event.”
Amanda Randolph, of Augusta, said she really enjoyed the rally and learned a great deal. There was one point in the day that truly stood out to her.
“The drama was amazing,” she said. “It was my favorite part of the day.”
The drama that Victory performed was titled “The Judgment.” It was a depiction of different young people coming before Satan to find out whether or not they would get into Heaven or Hell.
Keith Pope works with the Garden City Rescue Mission and caters for the event. He was ecstatic about the turnout.
“It was amazing,” Pope said. “We love doing this. This is something we contribute every year. To see this many kids from different states and backgrounds to come together; we love it.”
Ansley Pope from Garden City Rescue Mission and Victory said the group that worked to cater the event was thriving off of the pressure to get everyone fed.
“We’re used to chaos, but it was pretty smooth,” Ansley said. “They say Keith makes the best barbecue around. The adrenaline of getting everybody fed quickly was great.”
She said the event is important to the young people, and she is glad that it was extended this year.
“I think it’s impactful for the youth of America to come to a church that’s at their level and, hopefully, meet the lord,” Ansley said. “We’re grateful that CT has done this.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star.
She is a North Augusta resident and earned a degree in communication from USC Aiken.