Giving God The Glory
At the 108th Holy Convocation Church Of God In Christ banquet, actor Denzel Washington gave the keynote speech to the 1,200 people in attendance. In his speech, the award-winning actor recited the Lord’s Prayer and gave a speech about his faith, his gratitude, and his own journey.
After being introduced as “The World’s Greatest Actor” by the presiding Bishop Charles Blake, and receiving acknowledgement for his effort in sharing time and resources at West Angeles Church in Los Angeles California.Washington shared about his father who has been a pastor for over 60 years. “I can remember the most important time in our house – and he would be so excited – was when he was preparing to attend Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee,” he explained. (Continued Below)
He went on to tell the banquet attendees, about how a chance encounter with a woman at his Mothers beauty salon had led him back to the faith. He remembers the day the woman revealed to him, “Young man, you are going to travel the world and speak to people.’ She said, ‘”you are going to preach.” At that time, being around 20 years old his movie career had not even started yet. “I had flunked out of college. I had a 1.7-grade point average. I had no future.” Washington then jokes with the crowd, “I guess she was right.”
“Through my work, I have now spoken to millions of people,” Washington recalls. In 2015, he told himself “I’m no longer just going to speak through my work. I’m going to make a conscious effort to get up and speak about what God has done for me.”
At the closing of the speech he inspired the crowd saying, “There has never been a time when God didn’t, direct, protect or correct me,” Washington said. “There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him – but he continued to have faith in me.”
The purpose of the COGIC Cares Banquet is to raise funds for international disaster relief and scholarship funds for youth.
Article: Stl American