“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” ~ 2 Chronicles 16:9
This weekend (Saturday, April 23rd) I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the birth of a dream. I attended and discretely covered a musicians clinic at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland where a newly developed non-profit organization called Vessel Music and Mentoring held its first ever event.
Music lovers of all ages came out to support the vision of one man, the founder of Vessel Music and Mentoring, Mark “TJ” Adams. The interactive forum gave attendees the opportunity to hear the stories of and glean insight and wisdom from seasoned professionals in the industry and in music ministry. The keynote speakers included, renowned Music Director, Anthony Tony Walker, Percussionist, Willie Howell, and Gospel Recording Artist, Kevin LeVar. The environment was intimate, giving each of the speakers an opportunity to be transparent with their audience and share sage advice with them as well.
Anthony Walker shared the importance of saying “yes” to the Lord and emphasized that, “When you say “Yes” to God, it’s not saying yes one time, it’s saying yes to Him every time”, and Kevin LeVar challenged the attendees to understand that in whatever capacity that they serve the Lord, they must learn for ourselves that “your service to Him is not equal to your relationship with Him.” LeVar also encouraged the participants to come into full agreement with the purpose that God has for them. He said, “[because] anything that God whispers to you, it is already established and guaranteed.” The take away was that God has already made the provision, we just have to take that leap of faith.
Toward the end of the event, Mark shared his heart and his vision for Vessel Music and Mentoring saying, “Vessel is about teaching the youth and young adults to stay on top of life, while staying connected with the music that they love.”
For it being the very first event for Mark and his team, the Musicians Clinic was an afternoon well spent. I’m so glad that I had an opportunity to support the vision of this man of God and see the manifestation of his dream realized.
Be on the look out for more event from Vessel Music and Mentoring coming soon to the Washington DC Metropolitan area!