July 12, 2013
LIMA — The folks at Cornerstone Harvest Church want to put their love into action, and they are bringing back the popular WOW Jams to Martin Luther King Jr. park on Saturday to do just that.
“This is a great way to demonstrate the love of God, and God’s goodness. He wants to bless everybody, and that’s what we’re doing here, with no strings attached,” said Nina Gladen, ministry coordinator for Cornerstone, which is sponsoring the event.
The event is an international concept, W.O.W. International, which promotes and plans the “Winning Our World” festivals. Volunteers from local churches help provide the leg-work to make the concept a reality.
“We’ve got tents set up in the park for different things. We have one for people to bring their bikes and get them fixed for free. We have free makeovers, free manicures, we have free groceries, and a free plant that people can receive. We just want to be a blessing to the community,” Gladen said.
There will also be bounce houses for the children, free snowcones, and some food.
The international organization was founded by Stephen and Linda Tavani, both of whom will be present on Saturday to sing. Stephen, along with being a singer and songwriter, produced for greats such as Smoky Robinson. Linda Tavani has sold more than 9 million records as “Peaches” in the group Peaches and Herb.
The two formed their non-profit W.O.W. International more than 20 years ago in hopes of touching lives of those in the lower income areas. The group has come to Lima in previous years.
“The organization comes in and has a template that we follow. In the past, we’ve had tremendous results from this,” Gladen said.