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Hundreds expected when evangelist comes to Ford City

| Friday, May 29, 2009

FORD CITY — Nationally recognized evangelist, author and inspirational speaker Mark Cahill says he is coming to Ford City next week to teach people how to get into conversations about their faith. His hosts say they expect the appearance will draw hundreds.

Cahill will be speaking at the New Life Center at 412 Ninth St. in Ford City at 7 p.m. June 6 and at 10:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 7.

"It's about the fear of rejection," Cahill said in a phone interview from his home in Stone Mountain, Ga. "How can they overcome that• How do you get people to start conversations and share faith in God with others• The Bible has some good answers."

"With Sept. 11 and now unemployment and the stock market going on, people have had a lot of questions on spiritual issues," he said. "After 9-11, the country had the highest attendance ever of church services. One year later it was back to the same as it was before."

Cahill received a business degree from Auburn University, where he was an honorable mention Academic All-American basketball player. He had a short business career before being called to teaching.

While teaching at a Christian school, Cahill said he was called to evangelism.

A speaking career was the next step for Cahill and today he speaks to more than 25,000 people annually at churches, retreats, conferences and camps.

"Equipping and challenging the saved to go out and reach the lost," he said.

Cahill is the author of two books, "One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven" and "One Heartbeat Away."

Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Charles Barkley are some of the sports figures who have talked with Cahill.

Cahill has been before audiences as few as 150 and as many as 6,000.

He said he has witnessed at malls, music and art festivals, rap concerts, beaches, sporting events and bar sections of town.

"I go wherever there's a need to share faith," Cahill said. "You want to give people hope."

Cahill said he has been without a job at times in his life and can understand what it's like for people in that situation.

"Trust what the Scripture says," Cahill said. "When I went through that it was the best times for me. Being out of work is not the end of all things. It may even bring you closer to God."

New Life Center pastor Craig Riggle expects Cahill to have a big influence on members of the community. He is looking for 300 to 400 people to attend each of the three sessions.

"I believe Mark will stir our people to go out and tell our friends and neighbors about Jesus," said Riggle. "The stories he tells of people he's gotten to talk to is phenomenal. He has a powerful message but he's easy to listen to. He's able to point people who are struggling to the answer."

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