The generational tragedy in Belfast, Northern Ireland is so far removed from Americans’ way of life and culture that it is hard to even imagine life in Belfast. For centuries, Roman Catholics and Protestants have been at odds, with generations of ongoing armed conflict and skirmishes being a routine way of life. So when I heard that Northern Ireland’s premier Southern Gospel trio, Revelation, has had a chance last week and this week to sing for a Gospel meeting with both Catholics and Protestants present, I was immediately intrigued.
I asked baritone Andy Calderwood:
Daniel: I’ve heard that, this week and last week, Revelation has had the chance to sing at Gospel meetings where both Catholics and Protestants have been in the same room. How have these meetings gone?
Andy: Well, seeing that the divide between ordinary Catholics and Protestants in normal life here in Northern Ireland still remains quite high, it is really something amazing to have various opposition paramilitaries coming together under the one roof to hear the gospel, being brought by men throughout the country who are on the streets weekly witnessing about Christ, and who are closely connected with Richard Bell and his team from “the Gospel Bus Ministry,” who does a great work amongst the needy and problem areas in the large town of Ballymena and a Homeless outreach in inner-city Belfast.
Daniel: Praise God for His touch of revival upon one of the most troubled areas of the English-speaking world!