GALLIPOLIS — A weekend Gospel event brought blessings to those in attendance in the form of song and testimony. The 23rd Annual Gallia County Gospel Sing was held Friday and Saturday at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds.
The event was held from 5 p.m. to midnight both evenings. Singers from as close as Gallia County and as far as neighboring states participated in the event, with 20-25 gospel groups and soloists taking part.
Audience members came from all over the Ohio Valley — including Gallia, Meigs and Mason counties — with lawn chairs in tow. The event was free to those who came to listen. Sandwiches, bean soup and homemade desserts were available at the concession stand.
Soloist Terry McKinniss took the time on Friday evening to praise God — and thank the local community — for healing and supporting him and his family during his battle with cancer.
“I have boys — strapping, eat-everything-in-front-of-them boys — and this community fed those boys when I was sick,” said McKinniss. “And those same communities held fundraisers to assist my family financially during that time.
“There were 100-200 churches taking part in community prayer for this one body,” added a grateful McKinniss. “The cancer is history, but these blessings are a permanent memory.”