LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - For 15 years, Hellfighters Christian Ministries has been sharing their message for Christians to get out of the churches and into the communities.
To celebrate this milestone in the organization's history, they have planned their very first convention to be held at the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Laurel.
Hellfighters Unit Coordinator Vaughn Blackwell said that they have planned two exciting sessions with a line-up of singers and speakers, along with a benefit motorcycle ride, as part of the celebration.
"We've been working on this event for months and people will be coming from all across the country to help us celebrate," said Blackwell. "This will not be your typical convention and we're sure that everyone will have a great time."
The convention weekend will start on May 1 with a free, guided tour of the Mission At The Cross facility.
Visitors will see first-hand how the mission operates along with testimonies of men who are currently going through the free Christian based substance abuse recovery program.
On May 2nd the inaugural Hellfighters Freedom Ride will leave the Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop at 8:00 a.m., and riders from across the nation which will travel through South Mississippi and end back up in Laurel for lunch. The cost of this ride is $20 per bike, which includes lunch, with the proceeds benefiting Mission At The Cross ministries.
At 1:30 p.m., the first session of the Hellfighters Convention begins at the Ramada Convention Center. The convention has been dubbed, "The Hellfighters Rally" and will feature music by The Voices of LC and the Franklin Family, along with messages from Richard Headrick, Louisiana pastor and author, Casey Johnson and Hellfighters International Chaplain Craig Franklin.
There will also be videos and special presentations throughout the session. Admissionst to the 2015 Hellfighters Convention is free, but because of the limited seating, tickets will be required for admittance.
Tickets may be picked up at the Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop located at 323 South Nagnolia Street in Laurel. For those outside of the Laurel, contact Vaughn Blackwell atVaughn@hellfighters.org or call, (601) 323-4941 to order tickets.
At 7:00 p.m., the second session begins, called, "The God & Country Rally" which will feature a parade of flags from area pastors, patriotic music and special speakers for the event, one of which is Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.