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Roy Hope to perform program of sacred song

Roy Hope, a gospel concert and recording artist, will share a program of sacred song and testimony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at New Life Evangelical Free Church. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received for Hope Ministries.

Hope's recording and singing ministry is based in Sinai, S.D. He shares a unique blend of hymns and contemporary gospel songs and adds a touch of country western flavor to his varied repertoire. Hope has performed more than 200 concerts a year since 1971, touring throughout the United States, Norway and the western provinces of Canada. In 2003 he was joined by two Nashville friends for a 10-day concert tour featuring southern gospel and a variety of other special features. He has since produced "The Sweetest Song" recording.

"My greatest purpose is to be an encourager," says Hope. "Everybody has problems and they are seeking help. I try to be realistic and practical in my music by sharing a part of my life to help point people to the Lord for guidance."

A native of South Dakota, Hope began his full-time singing ministry after working with Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures organization arranging film premiers. During the summer of 1986 he was privileged to attend the Billy Graham Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam.

In addition to his singing ministry, Hope has produced more than 24 recordings of his own, in addition to producing for a variety of other artists. He assists churches with improving their sound systems to insure clear communication of the Lord's Word. Hope also has a significant outreach to young singing groups and musicians by consulting them with their ministry, which may include providing them with a sound system, and/or producing a recording of their music.

Roy and his wife Rose have four grown children and seven grandchildren in Minneapolis. In 1994 they moved to Sinai, where Roy grew up.

All are welcome to attend this concert of hope at New Life Evangelical Free Church, 11245 Point Douglas Dr. For more information, call 651-437-1545.