Basket of Praise is returning for the eighth year in a row today for its 24-hour long special edition meeting that only happens in July.
Throughout the rest of the year, the Basket of Praise happens on the last Sunday of every month. This year's 24-hour event is happening on July 22-23, starting at 5 p.m. and it's located at Rhema Sanctuary, 3525 Pembina Highway.
Rhema Sanctuary started back in 2014 and has been progressing ever since.
"God gave us the mandates of the praise in Psalm 67:5-7. The Bible says let my people praise me. Let all the people praise the Lord. At that time, Winnipeg was just a very modest city and when God called in that praise, we knew he was going to an amazing thing in our means. The Church has risen," says Pastor Yettie Adewumi, she is the co-pastor, along with her husband, of Rhema Sanctuary. "Now I have two other parishes, not just that, even the Winnipeg City itself has woken up to what praise can do in the midst of the people of God."
"We come together to just praise God, just worship. There's going to be a bit of word, you know it's just a nice time in God's presence for 24 hours. People can go and come as they like or you can be there the whole time. So, it's just a really nice atmosphere, it's just worship," says Victoria, an organizer of the event. "Anyone can walk in at any time and they'll definitely meet people in Church."
Special guests for the event include Pastor Joseph Anthony from Potter House in Dallas, Texas, and people from Nigeria, some Winnipeg local artists. This is Pastor Joseph's first time in Canada.
"Praise is one of the most powerful weapons we have as believers. It's one of the ways that we're able to push back against the noise of pestilence that's in the land.
Pastor Joseph also offers words of encouragement for the city of Winnipeg as it deals with high crime rates.
"The Bible declares that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they're mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, and regardless of the violence of my life or regardless of the circumstances of my childhood or my neighbourhood, I always had an anchor in God. And so, I was able to overcome and I was able to climb over obstacles because I had a weapon and a resource in my praise. So, in the basket of praise, as we raised, this prays to God. I believe that he will continue to saturate this city, saturate this community and bring a sense of peace."