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Virginia Ministry Offers Encouragement At Biloxi HopeFest

HopeFest has arrived in Biloxi. The two day event featuring free food, games and prizes attracted a large crowd at North Bay Elementary School Wednesday night.

Faith Landmarks Ministries from Richmond, Virginia held the fun-filled festival, aimed at raising spirits and restoring hope.

Ferrell Brown of Faith Landmarks Ministries delivered a sermon to storm-weary victims.

"It didn't have to be Katrina, anybody had a storm in life knock you down," said Brown.

He says even though it has been almost a year since Katrina struck, South Mississippians are still on the minds of many.

"We just decided to say, 'Hey, you are not forgotten,'" said Brown.

Biloxi residents like Karen Sherman, who lost everything in the storm, appreciates the generosity of Brown and his church.

 "All these things these people are doing for us is wonderful. I mean, I think if it wasn't for them, it would be miserable down here," said Sherman.

More than 100 volunteers from the Richmond, Virginia area are participating in this two day event. Organizers say they hope the event will spark a sense of relief among Katrina victims.

Sherman says events like this one make things a little easier.

"For people to just get up and do things, not to just be sitting home and being depressed," said Sherman. 

"The goal is to just teach people about the love of Jesus and to bring hope to the area and just show people that we haven't forgotten," said Ashley Taylor of Faith Landmarks Ministries.

"They care for us, they are not just leaving us down," said Sherman.

Organizers say they raised more than $100,000 to put on the event and give out prizes like bicycles, CD players and an X-Box.

Thursday's HopeFest starts at 1pm at John Henry Beck Park on Division Street in East Biloxi.

by Keitha Nelson

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