First Baptist Church of Panama City hosts "A Night of Hope" concert

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The First Baptist Church of Panama City, First Baptist Church of Atlanta and Roopville Road Baptist Church teamed up to remind locals they're not forgotten after Hurricane Michael, and their faith should remain strong.

A 300 person choir and full orchestra performed the concert. (WJHG/WECP)

Pastor Rodney Brooks/Minister of Music for the First Baptist Church of Atlanta said, "Tonight [Sunday] is a night of encouragement, it's a night of reminding the folks that He's still there and He'll be there tomorrow, in a musical way and in a way that we can worship the most high God."

What started with "A Day of Service" on Friday, where volunteers helped repair any damage from Hurricane Michael, ended with a night of hope on Sunday, where the voices of a 300 person choir and full orchestra rang through the sanctuary of First Baptist of Panama city.

The concert aimed to try and help lift the spirits of those in attendance.

Brooks said, "What our hope has been all along is that we will leave a mark on this place that will be a constant reminder that there are people beyond what they see,or maybe even come in contact with, who care, who love, and are there, willing, and able to assist when the need arises."

While the churches worked with their hands to provide hope earlier this week, organizers say music has a different healing quality.

Brooks said, "Music speaks to the soul. To communicate through music, there's no age barrier, there's no barriers with where you came from or where you are in life, it speaks to the heart of the matter."

The concert also featured special guest, 11th Hour.

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