Local church hosts annual Invasion of Hope celebration

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Warren church invited the community in for a day of fun, free food and fellowship.

The Agape Assembly Church campus looked more like a carnival Sunday.  Hundreds showed up for the church’s 3rd Annual Invasion of Hope Community Outreach.

“I like the event,” said Tonya McLaurin of Warren. “I like that they’re doing something for the community. And I love that.”

“There’s definitely a need in our community for people to have a place where they can come and find hope, fellowship and the love of Jesus Christ,” added Pastor Johnson of Agape Assembly Church.

Community members were treated to free food and treats, and there was a plenty of fun for the little ones.

The church also gave away free clothes to people in need.

“With the winter months coming we have coats and shoes and things,” said Pastor Todd.

“I think it’s a good idea and it shows people that you can have fun with your family and something free to do,” added Rebecca Martin of Warren.

Tonya Brooks, also of Warren, agreed and said the city is great for the community and the children.

“I like Warren, cause Warren does a lot for the community, for children, and i’m just enjoying myself,” said Brooks.

Church members went out of their way to extend a personal invitation to neighbors; walking the streets inviting people to come to the event.

“Being in a very distressed neighborhood, where there’s poverty and a lot of vacant homes, a lot of blight in the area, crime, we feel like it’s necessary as a church to reach outside of our four walls and not just talk about it but do it,” said Pastor Todd.

Organizers said each year the event gets bigger;last year about 800 people showed up and they hope to exceed that number this year.

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