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Hundreds of men from across the Valley packed the Covelli Centre Saturday for the annual Men’s Rally in the Valley.
The event is an opportunity for fellowship and challenges men to better themselves, their families and community.
The concert like atmosphere included music, lights, and words of encouragement from speakers like Pastor Ebenezer Appiagyei. Appiagyei leads New Hope Free Methodist Church in Warren and is from Ghana. He’s lived in the Valley for five years and his message to men is all about family.
“God sent me to this Valley because there’s so much work to be done in this Valley,” said Appiagyei. “I believe the family is the focus. Family is the main thing for everything. If we work with the family, and we all work together, we are able to curtail crime.”
The chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts, Pastor Ken Johnson, also had some tips on how to strengthen the playbook saying it’s not about how you start, it’s about the end product.
“We got to be able to have a mindset that we are going to finish strong,” said Johnson. “I’ve never entered any competition where if I kept score, I didn’t expect to win. And so at all costs, I’m going to do that.”
Youngstown native Maurice Clarett said he hopes sharing his story with teens will show them how to finish strong even if you make mistakes or have setbacks.
“A lot of things I did in the past I thought I was doing the right thing at the time and I can identify,” said Clarett. “But you don’t want to beat them up or just throw them away.”
This is the fourth year for the Men’s Rally in the Valley. It’s set up in the style of the men’s ministry Promise Keepers. Austintown resident Kevin Campbell said it’s good to have something like this.
“It was really powerful. I’m glad to be here,” said Campbell. “There were a lot of good things said in there.”