MegaFest 2015 Closes on High Note Despite T. D. Jakes’ Absence

Laleeta Smith of Atlanta, who calls Bishop T.D. Jakes her "spiritual father," lifted her arms in praise during MegaFest’s closing service Sunday at the American Airlines Center. (Marc Ramirez/Staff)
Laleeta Smith of Atlanta, who calls Bishop T.D. Jakes her “spiritual father,” lifted her arms in praise during MegaFest’s closing service Sunday at the American Airlines Center. (Marc Ramirez/Staff)

With a concert-like atmosphere of light beams and rib-shaking bass beats, MegaFest 2015 came to a raucous close Sunday with a final service at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

Here was a crowd ready to make some noise for the Lord — and attendees’ enthusiasm barely flickered with the news that man-of-the-hour Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House in southwestern Dallas, was a no-show because of an eye issue warranting immediate medical attention.

A MegaFest spokeswoman said late Sunday she didn’t have an update on Jakes’ condition.

Jakes’ four-day festival of faith, film and family events was expected to draw 85,000 people from throughout the nation and around the world.

“It’s not just a movement,” said speaker Cynthia James of The Potter’s House. “We’re becoming a nation.”

The morning service capped three previous days of events that gave participants plenty to choose from, at venues including the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Klyde Warren Park. Activities ranged from self-help and financial planning sessions to inspirational gatherings and entertainment.

“I wish I could have duplicated myself,” said Robin Seabrook, who had traveled to MegaFest with eight others from New York City. “It was more than I expected.”

Sunday’s service packed the floor as well as nearly all of the arena’s two lower bowls as a succession of speakers and performers kept spirits high. Attendees answered with raised hands and hallelujahs, posted selfies on social media and followed along on smartphone Bible apps.

There were people like Denise Green of Palmdale, Calif., who had come to have her spirituality renewed, and Laleeta Smith of Atlanta, who called Jakes her “spiritual father.” Kelly Hughes of Norman, Okla., at MegaFest for the second time, said she’d been following Jakes since she first started watching him on YouTube.

“This ministry has changed my life,” Hughes said.

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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News
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