SANTEE - A group of young lake area residents have ignited a spiritual movement to attract young people to Christ.
It all started with social media, says Reggie Fludd of Holly Hill, who, along with his longtime friend Diandra Hilliard of Santee, began doing a live broadcast on Facebook once a week sharing their love of Christ. Moses Smith, also of Santee, was also pivotal to the success of their Facebook Live production, which is broadcast at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Fludd said.
The live Facebook broadcasts have reached more than 3,000 people in a matter of a few months, he noted.
Fludd, who describes himself as “a country man (who) grew up in the church, going to church every day," said he "saw a void of what’s needed in the community, and I’m a man that likes to fill a void.”
The live Facebook broadcasts were intended to reach his peers but has expanded into much more, Fludd said.
As a result of the support the broadcasts received from the community, he and others have scheduled an event titled "I'm Not Perfect, But I Know God" at the Santee Conference Center on Aug. 25.
The program will include musical performances, praise dancers and Christian comedy, Fludd said.
The committee putting the event together consists of Fludd as president; Diandra Hilliard, secretary; Moses Smith, treasurer; Latonya Dash, marketing; and MyKeida Middleton. Together they have formed the IKG (I Know God) Choir, which will perform at the Aug. 25 program.
Group members are taking money out of their own pockets to pay for the cost of the event in order to serve the greater good of bringing people to Christ, Fludd said.
At a recent rehearsal for the "I'm Not Perfect, But I Know God" program, those involved talked passionately about making a difference and breaking the traditional trends in today's church. They aspire to "reach people from all over," Fludd said.
He said when he was a child in church, “The older people would always say come as you are, and I thought it meant your appearance. But when I got older, I realized that it meant much more than that. That no matter what you’re doing, you can always come to God.”
He said the movement he and his friends have started is about "reaching people from all over and trying to overcome the judgment in (today’s) church ... a movement of forwardness, betterment of the community ... but to always be humble. This is a chance to be saved."
He said more and more people are relying on the weekly live Facebook broadcasts as a way to connect in a worship experience that they may not get in their own churches.
"The intention is not to separate anyone from their church, but to bring awareness to others that no matter what you have, what you don’t have, how you dress, or what you may have done, you can be saved and you can come to Christ just as you are," Fludd said.
Ticket are $10 for "I'm Not Perfect, But I Know God" and are available at some local businesses including Balloon Boutique in Eutawville, Celebrity Designs in Santee, Marie’s Touch of Style and Jimmy Jones Toyota in Orangeburg.