by J.L. Martello

The 2010 JAM (Jesus Anoints Me) citywide back to school session had over 800 youths in attendance at Petra International Ministries in Penn Hills Aug. 20.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES—Centers of Healthy Hearts and Souls Survey Giveaways. Valerie Williams and Miss Ebony Teen Pageant winner Jacqueline Clarke gave out backpacks and gift cards to the kids to buy school supplies. Many showed off their backpacks.

This year’s JAM back to school revival’s theme was “I’m Not Scared” to show today’s youths there is nothing wrong with being positive and praising God. Several churches participated including Cathedral of Praise Church of God, Central Baptist Church and Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, making up 15 different churches from countless communities, all under one roof.

This is the ninth annual JAM. Over the past nine years Minister Kay Brown has helped the Black community rise above many social obstacles such as age, denomination, schools, and race as well as how people who are different should be treated. Many young people had a different reasons for attending this year’s back to school revival such as 14- year-old Kyna Kearny of the Hill District. “I came to JAM to watch the ministries perform and to participate in the revival,” he said, along with Shannon Prent, 19, of Houston, Pa., and Lindsay Howard, 25, of Canonsburg, Pa. “We came to worship the Lord,” Prent said.

Joshua Simpkins, 22, of Penn Hills, said, “I am trying to get my life right that’s why I’m here.” Youths came from several different communities such as Canonsburg, Penn Hills, North Side, Bloomfield, Homewood, East Liberty, and the Hill District. JAM is a great event for young people because it is easier for them to worship the Lord when they see others their ages feel the same way about God, Minister. Brown said. Inspirational performances and sermons from youth ministries of several churches from various communities motivated all who arrived at the revival. During the revival they gave praise and thanks for making it through another summer safely and prayed for a safe and productive year in the new school year. JAM ministries and Minister Brown have been able to provide backpacks and school supplies to those who came to the revivals through donations from family, friends and community partners.

Anyone who would like to support an outlet of Christian entertainment, music, miming, preaching of the word and fellowship for our young people should visit http://www.jesus­ to learn more about JAM, a yearly event, Minister Brown said.

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