ALTON — An ordained evangelist who frequently reaches out to hearing-impaired people is planning a free community youth banquet in Alton.
The annual event will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Transformers United for Christ International Outreach Ministries’ banquet room, called the Holy Ground Cafe, at 1145 College Ave.
Lorena Burnett, founder of The Gift of God Ministries, is planning the event. Her nonprofit organization reaches out in an attempt to give the younger generation positive directions.
Born in Metropolis and growing up in Alton, she attended public schools and has said she was sheltered because of her hearing disability. Some of her ministry includes on-air teaching and prayer on KSTL-AM 690 radio in St. Louis.
She retired at Olin Corp. with 32 years of service. She is a songwriter, recording artist, and poet and has published several books.
The banquet will feature local talent, the Praise dancers, and miracle testimonies with special guest and emcee Elder Linda Galloway of 690 AM Radio St. Louis.
Other guest speakers include Pastor the Rev. Marva Petrus of Cornerstone Deaf Church in Godfrey; and evangelist Lorena Burnett, founder and president of The Gift of God Ministries and honored organist Brendalia Spearman, whose father is a renowned singer on the Bobby Jones show.
The event targets people ages 11 to 29. Those bringing a youth group will receive a free meal.
Burnett has been giving fund-raisers and working with deaf and dysfunctional youth community since 2008.
She can be reached at P.O. Box 492, East Alton, IL 62024 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (618) 462-4309.