Festival of Life announced
By Howell Dennis
A coalition of community leaders from all denominations has formed to bring The Acadiana Festival of Life to our area. The group is led by Chairman Jimmy Meche and co-chairs Laurita Pete and Ted Carmichael. They are devoted to bringing churches together to win back the lost and unchurched of Crowley and Acadia parish and steering them down the right path.
The group will hold a kick off banquet on Monday, November 6 at the Knights of Columbus Home in Crowley. All the church members of Acadia parish are being urged to attend. Renowned Evangelist Jay Lowder, of Harvest Ministries, will be at the banquet to share the vision for reaching the area with Christ’s message.
The Acadiana Festival of Life is scheduled for March 14-17, 2010 at the Rice Festival Arena. Lowder will be there and will serve as the gathering’s main speaker. The group is hoping for a large turnout and from the sound of things Friday they won’t be disappointed. When contacted Friday, each chairperson sounded excited at the prospect of winning people back to the church.
“I was an adult when I found Jesus and when you have that peace, that wonderful feeling . . . you want to share it with other people,” said Meche Friday.
“We put too much responsibility in our police and other government agencies to guide our children, and for that matter adults, in the right direction,” he added. “It isn’t working. The change has to come from within. We need a change in our young people’s values.”
Pete, who serves on the Crowley City Council among her many duties, sounded equally excited at the prospect of changing the outlook for those who “have been lost”.
“When I was contacted I did some looking into what this group was all about and this is just a wonderful thing,” she said. “I think they were looking for a person who is familiar with west Crowley to serve as a liason between them and the Pastors and leading laymen of our area. This is an attempt to win people to local churches and get them committed to serving the Lord.”
“It is nondenominational and we are united in our goal,” she added.
Successful Crowley businessman Ted Carmichael sounded equally committed.
“Before I found the Lord I was a terrible sinner but I still knew where that line was that I couldn’t cross,” he said. “These days it seems as though people don’t even remember that there is a line.”
“We’ve had so much support from all the area churches and to chair this with Jimmy Meche, who is a fantastic man, and the wonderful Laurita Pete, who is as hardworking as they come, has just been incredible,” added Carmichael. “We’ve lost that spiritual importance and we need to remind people about it, and how that single trait can lead to good character.”