July 20, 2010
By Char-lai Newkirk
Prayer and Inspiration filled the streets of New York City Tuesday night, as Bishop Hezekiah Walker hosted Part 2 of
“A Night of Hope for Haiti”. Thousands of people lined the streets of Times Square to pray, in support of the country who has faced major devastation in recent months.
The Night of Hope, sponsored by Verizon Wireless’ “How Sweet The Sound” and New York City radio stations, WBLS and WLIB, started off in unity with Bishop Hezekiah Walker leading the crowd, as they sang “I Need You To Survive”. Psalmist, Lucinda Moore, soon followed and encouraged the people of Haiti to “Turn their Pressure Into Praise”, which is a song from her self- titled debut album. Spirits were lifted as people of all nationalities joined together to worship and praise God. Pastor Michelle White-Haynes (Bronx, N.Y.) brought forth a powerful prayer and proclaimed “Haiti has not been healed, and things aren’t back together yet, but God is a God of restoration”. Many other Gospel & Christian artists blessed the stage as well. Artists such as: Maurette Brown- Clark, Jules Bartholomew and Juda Camp, Jason Crab, Wes Morgan,
JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, James Fortune & FIYA and The Love Fellowship Choir all took part in taking the praise to another level.
Tourists from near and far looked on as Pastor Paula White delivered a word that not only gave hope to the people of New York City, but also to those who have family and loved ones in Haiti. “There is a cry from the heart of humanity. Each person who came out tonight was called to make a difference” she said, as she reminded them that, “With God, all things are possible”. For those who came doubting the power of God, they certainly left with their faith restored, knowing that God will deliver not just them, but most of all, the great survivors of Haiti.