Crusader Rick Gage will be coming to town a few times before the Sandhills Go Tell Crusade in September.
Gage will be preaching at Roberdel Baptist Church in Rockingham on Sunday evening, at 6 p.m.
“It’s going to be a good evening,” said church member Cathy Wilson. “I think people ought to know about it.”
She said Stanley McDonald, of Stanley McDonald Ministries, would be singing and playing the piano before Gage takes the pulpit.
“I think people will enjoy hearing him,” said Wilson.
“I’m just excited to have him preach at Roberdel leading up to the crusade,” said Roberdel Baptist Church Pastor Chris Smith. “We are excited about Stanley McDonald; he grew up in the area. He is a pianist at Second Baptist Church in Hamlet. He is a very talented musician.”
Smith said he hopes Gage can come back to town before the crusade to be a guest at other churches in the area.
Gage will still be in town Monday evening for marketing training, taking place at 7 p.m. at Beverly Hills Family Life Center on Kimberly Street in Rockingham. The evening will center around discussion about the upcoming Sandhills Go Tell Crusade to be held at the Raider Stadium of Richmond Senior High School on Sept. 16-19, and how tickets for a banquet on June 4 can be sold to individuals, groups or corporations.
The banquet will be held at the Rockingham Speedway on Highway U.S. 1, north of Rockingham. Wilson said they are expecting “hundreds” of folks to come out to the banquet.
“At the banquet, Rick will be speaking about the crusade,” said Wilson. “It’s to get people excited about it.”
Wilson said the banquet tickets are $12, and will be provided by Gage’s crusade, who organizes the event and brings materials like ticket stubs.
“He’ll be talking about how you can sell a table to a group and that sort of thing,” said Wilson. “Anybody is welcome to come to any of these events.”
The Sandhills Go Tell Crusades are scheduled for Sept. 16-19, and are being put on by Rick Gage, a former football coach. According to Task Force Co-Chair Thad Ussery, Gage’s father, Freddie Gage, came to Rockingham in 1986 to hold a crusade that Ussery said many in the community should still recall. The crusade will have music, worship, preaching and encouraging messages filled with hope for people struggling in hard economic times.
Gage holds crusades in other countries as well, like Russia, Costa Rica and the Philippines.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.