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Salvation USA Crusade Makes Historic Evangelical Impact in Orlando



Patrons sit in the Magic Mall parking lot to hear the gospel during Salvation USA's crusade. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – This past weekend, Salvation USA created one of the most historic evangelical events in the city of Orlando, Florida, where hundreds of people said yes to Jesus Christ.


On April 1-3, Salvation USA held three nights of gospel crusade at Magic Mall in Orlando, Florida. The organization worked with many local churches, pastors, and evangelists from Central Florida to spread the word, reap the harvest, and connect all the new believers into a local church for discipleship. Some of the Christian leaders involved include pastors George Cope and Manny Rosario of Vision Orlando, Bishop Derrick McRae of Experience Christian Center, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda of Nations Church, Pastor Caleb Ring of The River Church Clermont, and many others across the city.

In addition to working with the local churches, Salvation USA offered free giveaways for low-income families that suffered financially in the Pine Hills area. They offered bill payments and groceries to every attendee, and other fun gifts for Pine Hills youth. They also gave away at least one free car to someone in need. Most importantly, they gave the best gift of all: salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 1

The first night was one of the most exciting and energetic gospel crusades that ever happened in Orlando, Florida. Eddie James and his worship team did an amazing job leading the crowd into the presence of God. It was also amazing to see Evangelist Steven Hurlburt working with the crowd and getting them excited about Salvation USA’s giveaways. After Evangelist Chris Mikkelson preached the gospel, the response was incredible. At least 70 percent of the crowd raised their hands to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When Mikkelson asked them to come forward, the altar area was full of people, many crying, receiving Jesus Christ into their hearts.

After the altar call, Mikkelson prayed for the sick, and many people testified of being completely healed. One woman came with severe arthritis all over her body. She said she hadn’t been able to dance or walk without pain. She danced on stage, completely healed and pain-free. Many others testified of being healed of various pains and problems, and one crying mother asked the team of Salvation USA to pray for her son, who was on life support in the ER. They all prayed together for her son to be healed, and they got word from her at the end of the night that the boy was taken off life support, and the doctors said he was completely well.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 2

On the second night of the crusade, rain poured down in Orlando, but a big crowd attended anyway and dozens of people still got saved in the rain. Even though the crowd was very small, a few hundred people still showed up.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 3

On the final night of the Orlando Crusade, hundreds–maybe even thousands–of people attended. There was a strong feeling that something special was about to happen. Eddie James and his team led the crowd into very anointed praise. When Evangelist Chris Mikkelson made the altar call, most of the crowd came forward to receive salvation. It was astonishing!

Mikkelson mentioned on social media that he was used to seeing that happen in Pakistan, but not here in America.

This year, a woman named Rose came with her son to the crusade because they didn’t have any groceries in their house, and they heard that Salvation USA was giving out free food. Not only did she go home with bags of free groceries, but she also got healed from major neck pain that she had for years when Mikkelson prayed for the sick. And if that wasn’t enough to show her how much God cares about her, after the prayer for the sick, she won the free car giveaway. She said to Evangelist Chris Mikkelson, the creator of the crusade, that she didn’t have a car and was very much in need of one for her work, but she couldn’t afford one.


About Chris Mikkelson

Chris Mikkelson is an evangelist who has been doing gospel crusades near the Middle East, in places like Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Over the last seven years, He has seen over 1.5 million first-time decisions for Jesus, and God has moved mightily with signs and wonders at every crusade. Recently the Lord spoke to him about America and he felt the urgency to start holding crusades right here in the United States.

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Funk Master George Clinton: to Perform at ZORA! Outdoor Festival in Early June



George Clinton. Photo via North Carolina's Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NC DNCR).

EATONVILLE, Fla. – At 81 years old, George Clinton, whose career started as a member of a Doo-Wop band influenced by Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers, has spanned over 60 years. He and his band Parliament Funkadelic are known globally for blending a cornucopia of music genres to create an original sound that is often imitated but never duplicated. Clinton and his band members’ work has influenced, been borrowed from, and has been sampled by an astonishing list of rap and funk rock artists including Public Enemy, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, and a host of others.

Clinton’s reputation as a creative mastermind not only touches on his being a talented bandleader. It also includes his visionary artistry as a writer, producer, and consummate performer. And, his flamboyant personal fashion statements are considered nothing short of legendary.

On Saturday, June 4th, Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will headline ZORA! 2022 Outdoor Festival of the Arts. Kim Waters and Tom Browne are featured guest performers on Sunday, June 5th.

ZORA! Outdoor Festival of the Arts begins on June 3rd and features programming for youth. All festival events take place in “The Preserve in Eatonville,” which is a natural habitat that has a historic and literary connection to Zora Neale Hurston.

Additional ZORA! Festival 2022 programmatic events are “Traditions” Weekend: Middle and High School Students Celebrate Black Music Month, happening June-17-18; and “HATitude! Cultural Flair,” an African and African American design event on October 29. HATitude! Cultural Flair is the festival season’s culminating event and is a fundraiser for P.E.C.’s Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Arts Lab and Learning Center programs for students K-12.

Information about all these programs is available at 2022 ZORA! Festival Season Schedule – ZORA! Festival (

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Servant’s Heart Ministry’s Hearts Against Hunger 5K Kicks Off Saturday, May 14



Photo: Serving Hearts Ministry.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Servant’s Heart Ministry’s in-person 5K kicks of on May 14, 2022. Attendees can run, walk or stroll through the beautiful streets of Belle Isle in the Greater Orlando area to help bring awareness and support those in need. People can register as an individual or create their very own team. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, running groups, or church groups and make a difference today.

The entry donation fee of $35 provides two full weeks of groceries for one local family. Anyone and everyone can participate. Supporters can help the ministry reach its $40,000 goal by creating a fundraising page or creating a team through the event page.

Those who want to help even more can create their own unique fundraising page after they register to help the ministry reach their goal. Supporters will be able to customize it just the way they want and will be able to share it with others as well as on social media platforms.

As a special thank you, with every $35 donation/registration fee, the ministry will be gifting those registered with a t-shirt the morning of the event while supplies last. Shirt sizes may be limited.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Where: Belle Isle, Florida (Central Florida)
Registration begins: 7:00 AM
Race begins: 8:00 AM

For more information, contact Servant’s Heart Ministry at 407-447-3022, or visit

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Olympic Boxer Antonio Tarver to Host First Boxing Event in Tampa Saturday



Antonio Tarver Jr. (left) and Olympic boxer Antonio Tarver Sr. Photo: Tarver Promotions.

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN) – “Fight Night in Tampa” is set to take place Saturday April 9th at Calta’s 24 Hr. Fitness in Tampa. The event is organized by Tarver Promotions and Antonio Tarver Sr., 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Boxing Champion. Tarver Sr., who has a wealth of knowledge and experience outside of the ring, couldn’t ask for a better fit for the main event than his son Antonio Tarver Jr. and fight veteran Donnis Reed in an eight-round contest.

“We at Tarver Promotions feel that 2022 is the year Antonio Tarver Jr. separates himself from the rest and April 9th starts the race to the title,” Tarver Sr. said. “This is our first show so I’ve had to learn a lot on the fly, but I’ve enjoyed the process and we hope that this is the first of many. We want to bring this community together in support of the young man that dreams of one day becoming champion.”

It’s a special moment as Tarver Sr. passes the torch to his son, but will be close to all the action as the main coach in his corner. Tarver Jr., who grew up in Central Florida, is presumably on the “fast track to success” at 34 years old. He is currently 8-0 with 5 KO’s and looks to step up in competition and in ranking seeking to challenge other high profile names and contenders in the Jr. Middleweight Division.

Tarver Jr. possesses a fan-friendly southpaw style with power in both hands, but is noted for his relentless body attack that’s sure to keep the crowd on their feet. His nickname is “T2,” but Mr. Excitement might be more fitting.

For the veteran Reed, he is one upset away from making a name for himself.

For more information and to get tickets, click here.

WHEN: Sat, April 9, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

WHERE: Calta’s 24 Hr. Fitness
4913 W. Waters Ave.
Tampa, FL 33634

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