Women flock to evangelist's conference

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bishop T.D. Jakes' brand of spiritual healing is too big for even the Georgia Dome, where more than 80,000 women from around the world came to get closer to God.

''We've come to be radical for the Lord,'' said Lisa Bailey of Claymont, Del., who attended ''Woman, Thou Art Loosed!'' with her mother, sister and cousin.

The three-day conference last weekend featured sermons to recharge the soul and seminars on economic empowerment.

Big-screen televisions were set up next door to accommodate the overflow after tickets sold out. Jakes' message of getting ''loosed'' -- liberated -- was also broadcast on cable television and via satellite.

Jakes, 43-year-old pastor of the Potter's House in Dallas, one of the fastest growing churches in the nation, said he was ''teaching practical applications of the Bible's truths.''

Black women in particular have flocked to hear his candid discussions of such things as domestic violence, sexual abuse and breast cancer. Many credit his revivals for delivering them from low self-esteem and bad relationships.

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