FOLLOW OUR FOUNDER





 

 

 

Enjoy reading stories like these? Consider donating to Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

We distribute inspiring free content worldwide to edify the faith of believers and share the gospel with the broken and hurting. Our staff also launches initiatives and campaigns to benefit those who are overlooked, misused, forgotten and in need.

Learn more about who we are and why you should give today.

You can save lives. Learn more about EEW's advocacy and efforts to bring awareness to the epidemic of Autoimmune diseases that affect 50 million people, mostly women, in the U.S. Learn more here.

4 habits of strong Christian women 

Strengthen your marriage against affairs

Devotion: God is stretching out His hand

Podcast: Painful process, amazing outcome

 


Devotion: Nothing can stop God

Devotion: You are precious to God

Podcast: You're making a comeback

Devotion: You're positioned to be blessed

Podcast: Nothing can hinder your breakthrough

 

Devotion: You don't have to do it 

Devotion:  After this, there will be glory

 

 

 

Got News Tips? Our award-winning editorial team wants the buzz. Send it to buzz[at]eewmagazine[dot]com!

Join thousands within our faith community who receive inspiration from Dianna Hobbs’ “Your Daily Cup of Inspiration” podcast! LISTEN HERE

 INSPIRATION


DONATE

NEWSLETTER

 

Jessica Reedy expecting 

 

Christian rapper Thi'sl shot

 

Transgender dealer set free

 

 

Aretha Franklin passes 

 

EEW founder warns readers

 

 


Prophetess tells all

Young mom dies suddenly

Jamal Bryant's big move

Deitrick Haddon shocks

Kierra on the comparison trap

 

 

Podcast: Get your expectations up

Devotion: Expect God to do it

Podcast: You have power

Devotion: Ask for what you need

 

Read our statement of belief HERE.

How to receive Christ MORE

Get to know Dianna Hobbs HERE.

« Meagan Good Grieves Friend Lee Thompson Young's Suicide: ‘My Heart Is So Broken’ | Main | Kim Burrell Reveals Severe Emotional Struggle: ‘I Actually Wanted To Give Up’ »
Monday
Aug192013

Marvin Sapp’s ‘Epic’ Back To School Rally Draws 6,000 + Gives Away 2,000 Backpacks

The August 17 “Back To School Rally” held in Grand Rapids, MI has Pastor Marvin Sapp using words like “amazing” and epic” to describe it. On behalf of his charter school, Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology, the award-winning gospel singer sponsored an event that drew 6,000 kids and gave away 2,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies.

With the help of top-selling R&B boy group, “Mindless Behavior”—made up of tween heartthrobs Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal—who performed and distributed book bags, families came out to the campus of Sapp's Kingdom Square in droves.

Mindless Behavior group members and staff volunteers pass out backpacks to thousands of attendees of Pastor Marvin Sapp’s “Back To School Rally” in Grand Rapids, MI (Photo Credit: Marvin Sapp Facebook)

"I wanted to do something different for our community and set a fire under our young people,” he said in an interview with M Live News.

In his thinking, inviting a wildly popular mainstream boy band was the best way to grab the attention of neighborhood residents.

Though lots of good was done for families, make no mistake about it. Sapp's decision to reach outside the faith community for entertainment was a controversial one. One of the leader's supporters, Shawaun N'chelle Grayson, told Sapp via Facebook, "I caught so much flack from standing behind you on this one."

But, by now, Sapp is used to receiving “flack.”

When he collaborated with VH1’s Real Housewives of Atlanta starand adult toy line creator, Kandi Burruss, for her single “Stay Prayed Up,” the faith community went wild, arguing that “light and darkness” do not mix.

Recently, the preacher’s social cam announcement that he was headed out to the movies to see vulgar comedian Kevin Hart’s comedy film, “Let Me Explain,” didn’t sit well with more conservative Christians either.

Still, Sapp soldiers on in an effort to grow the educational vision first imagined by his late wife, MaLinda Sapp, whom he said, would be "amazingly proud" of its progress.

Back in March of this year, EEW Magazine reported that Sapp’s school was expanding from grades 6 to 8, to grades pre-K to 5, which was expected to boost enrollment. Now, the number of enrollees has swelled from 140 to over 400.

GREAAT Schools, Inc., of which Marvin Sapp is president, is a non-profit corporation and educational management company, which was founded in 2008. It partners with the charter school to provide administrative support, management, fund development, and other services necessary to successfully operate an institution.

The curriculum at Ellington is a mixture of performance art and technology, with a special focus on areas such as: instrumental music, vocal music, dance, mixed-media arts, creative arts and theater arts.

Don't know who Mindless Behavior is? Watch one of the music videos of the frenzy-creating band below:

Those who read this, also read:

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: training
    Marvin Sapp’s ‘Epic’ Back To School Rally Draws 6,000 + Gives Away 2,000 Backpacks - EEW Magazine - EEW Magazine

Reader Comments (3)

Wow, no that's the kind of servant's heart that we should all have. What an awesome way to give to the community and those in need! Obviously Pastor Sapp , didn't do it alone...what an awesome team (including Mindless Behavior).

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

Thumbs up on the giveaway. Thumbs down on the musical act.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAvery

So wonderful!!! Some people will always have small minds and see the negative. Kudos!

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEb

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>