Evangelist David Ring to rally the faithful Monday at North Carroll High

October 21, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Some 850 people are expected to participate in a "One Day Victory Rally" led by Florida evangelist David Ring at 7:30 p.m. Monday at North Carroll High School.

The rally celebrates Mr. Ring's "triumph over the odds," including his lifelong struggle with cerebral palsy.

"David has a positive outlook on life and uses his handicap in a positive way," said the Rev. Chris A. Brammer of Hampstead Baptist Church, whose members organized the event and have invited congregations from 80 area churches to the rally.

During the 90-minute service, Mr. Ring, 39, details his life story and asks participants to surrender to the Lord, said Dan De Armas, spokesman for the ministry.

"He always ends with, 'What's your problem?' " said Mr. De Armas. "If he can do what he is doing with his limitations, others should have no problem."

Mr. Ring, who relates his personal message nationally in about 200 churches a year, received two invitations from followers in Carroll County.

Debbie Kurtz of Westminster also had written to Mr. Ring's headquarters in Orlando, Fla., asking him to share his testimony, which she first heard on television.

"His faith is so strong despite his afflictions," she said. "He is an inspiration to both handicapped and non-handicapped people."

Mrs. Kurtz said she thought Mr. Ring's story would inspire her 13-year-old daughter, April, who, like the evangelist, has cerebral palsy.

"Our people need to hear David's message," said Pastor Brammer. "The whole country needs his message of hope."

Mr. Ring, a staff evangelist for First Baptist Church in Orlando, has a severe speech impediment that "makes him difficult to understand and forces people to listen closely," said Mr. De Armas.

"There is a deathly silence when David begins to speak. After a few minutes, people can get into the rhythm of this voice.

"David's biggest handicap -- his speech -- is also his biggest strength," said Mr. De Armas. "He refuses to accept limits."

Mr. De Armas said he has heard hundreds of stories about people who have stopped flipping television channels once they hear Mr. Ring's voice.

"His speech stops them, and they are locked into what he is saying," he said.

Mr. Ring's sermons are among the most watched and most requested in the 30-year history of the "Old Time Gospel Hour," his spokesman said.

"I just hope he will get God's message through to people," said Mrs. Kurtz. "The world is going downhill, and his story can touch many hearts with faith and hope."

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