More than a thousand worshippers flocked to Kanye West’s Sunday Service in Louisiana on Friday night, committing their lives to Christ alongside the rap star.
The service was held at Bethany Church, Baton Rouge, and according to Curvine Brewington, a pastor at Crossroads Church in Lafayette, Louisiana, at least 1,000 people accepted Jesus during an altar call – a moment for congregants to make a new spiritual commitment.
‘In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior,’ Brewington said in a post to Instagram.
Despite a few hiccups, including a late start time and unsavory-looking food, the rapper arrived with his children to perform spiritual hymns with a choir and songs from his new album Jesus Is King.
Pastor Brewington said there was an altar call during the service – a tradition in some Christian churches for those who wish to make a fresh spiritual commitment to come forward publicly.
‘If you’ve ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this Sunday service project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL,’ Brewington wrote.
It was at that time, that at least 1,000 people came forward to accept Jesus, according to the pastor.
‘Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given,’ he added.
Baton Rogue was just one stop on the rapper’s ‘Sunday Service’ tour, as he’s been traveling the nation to spread the Gospel.
West’s service Friday came with some controversy when local organizers at the church service came under harsh criticism online for pathetic food offerings prior to the event, sparking comparisons to the notorious failed Fyre Festival.
Though the church service was free, local organizers reportedly charged $55 for a ‘Brunchella’ breakfast plate before the service as a church fundraiser, and at least one woman demanded her money back, posting a photo of her sad-looking Styrofoam breakfast plate to Facebook.
A source close to the event says that West was not paid for his performance, and even covered his own travel expenses to attend and spread the Gospel.
A spokesperson for West declined to comment to DailyMail.com.
Nevertheless, a social media post quickly went viral complaining about the food sold by local organizers prior to the event.
‘Can y’all cover a story on this because I want my coins back,’ wrote Kimberly Kinchen in a post directed at a local news station.
‘This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served,’ she said, adding, ‘the server looked at me crazy when I asked for another pancake.’
In a statement provided to DailyMail.com, the caterers who worked the event said: ‘Lauryn’s Fine Catering has been contacted about the poor service and quality of food provided during the event as a paid vendor.
‘The catering company acknowledges it did not provide adequate food for ONE attendee and a social media post went viral. Any further inquiries or food complaints associated with the event can be directed to Lauryn’s Fine Catering,’ the statement continued.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kayla Brantly