BEDFORD – Local gospel groups brought uplifting music and comfort to the community during a time when many are concerned about the ways of the world. Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the developments in Afghanistan, or perhaps a life threatening hurricane all weigh heavy on the minds of many.
The local groups among those singing were Open Heart Quartet, Christian Cavaliers, Judith Montgomery Family, Mark Vice, and Curtis Pruett.
The Christian Cavaliers has been singing since 1969 as a trio. The trio eventually developed into a quartet. The quartet disbanded due to retirement, leaving Neva and Mo Tindell to perform as The Christian Cavaliers duo.
“This is what God has called us to do,” said Mo Tindell. According to the Tindell’s 30,653 people have been saved under their ministry throughout their singing journey.
“We love what we do, love seeing people come to know Jesus. We love walking into a church building knowing people are coming in with burdens and then see them lay them down, and the burdens are lifted. Following that the smiles on their faces and this is what it is all about,” said Neva Tindell.
Despite the warm temperatures, there was a good crowd for the special event. Many sat in lawn chairs, under the cover of the shade to listen to the various groups.
“Mark Vice was just wonderful, he put on an amazing show,” said Cam Anderson who attended the event.
Often times gospel groups find their singing ministry to be just effective as being in a church.
“Wherever the Lord opens a door for us is very important. Praise God, we are glad to be doing what we are doing and thrilled to be at Otis Park this evening,” said Neva Tindell.
According to Mark Vice they intend on bringing back this annual event on a regular basis.
“It has been a long time since we have done this, and the time has come to get it back going again,” said Mark Vice.