This weekend was the Warriors Project’s Warrior Fest: The Awakening at Living Water Church in Massillon, Ohio. This event marks the opening of the projects new chapter in Stark County. Tiny, Tiffany, AJ and the Warriors turnt up Lincoln Way East with live music, Redbeard‘s Family bar-b-que, John‘s Embroidery and an all-star line up from Pastor Randy Baker of the Kingdom Knights, Logan Bruce, James Cain of Hope From Ohio, Andrew Hager, and Minister G just to name a few.
(Doesn’t this photo look like a concert or WWE flier?😂)
The event started at 11AM, however I did not and like Momma Hart said I would be late to my own funeral ⚰️ 😁.
I woke up around 11 in the morning. I gave myself a stretch up, a morning yawn. I went to the bathroom to wash up. I threw some soap on my face and put my hands up on a cup and said “Dear Lord, the mightiest of them all, thanks for picking me up when I stumble, and when I fall.”
Clean, dry, was my body and hair I threw on my brand new Hanes underwear. Almost time for me to leave my home, but I can’t decide, Burberry or Chrome cologne?
Now I'm fresh, dressed, with minimal funds, I put on my white socks 🧦 and my Kingdom Knight Air Force Ones. I split in the whip hoping to catch Pastor Randy spit. Hoping I get there before he gets done.😁💪
(Pastor Randy Baker Warriors Fest - The Awakening)
(Andrew “Real Talk“ Hager of Andrew Hager Live who I thought was gonna jack me for my shoes)
Fashionably Late 🤷♂️...
Now who am I kidding, when I arrived fashionably late Pastor had already ghosted (due to his daughters graduation 👩🎓 party 🎉, congratulations Rachel!) and if I’m being completely honest I didn’t get my butt in gear until I saw him live on Hope From Ohio. Not to mention Cain is “summa-time“ on the texting game. Summa-time he responds summa-time he don’t 😂😎.
(Bill “Tiny” Lawson Servant to God the father, founder of the Warriors Project)
Pulling into the lot all you could smell was that delicious Redbeard’s Family BBQ and all you could feel is that rhythmic hip-hop bass knock in your chest which made this urban cowboy smile 🤠.
Hope From Ohio...
As I made my way thru the parking lot I easily spotted James Cain and his flamboyantly red Hope from Ohio T-shirt in a sea of black Recovery Mafia shirts. When I get to him, I ask him where Pastor went and he proceeds to tell me how he up and pulled a Kaiser Soze (1995 film 🎞 Usual Suspects). See I wanted to talk to Pastor Randy because there was a rumor going around that for my baptismal💧he was going to dunk me twice, and that Roger possibly might be in the tub to put his foot on my head and hold me down to make sure they exercise all the demons 😂.
(Logan Bruce and James Cain)
As we perused the parking lot and begin to mingle I embarked upon this Post Malone, Brett Micheals looking cat. Turns out it was Logan Bruce 🎸🤘😂 who I have heard so much about. Then Cain assigns me my first Hope From Ohio gig. I didn’t even realize Cain was going to spit that testimonial fire 🔥 and I was honored to do so.
(James Cain shares his testimony, speaks on teaming up with the Ohio Sober Living Network and Transitional Housing)
ShortStack in the House...
I managed to stumble across a midget in a Knights vest. As I made my way to introduce myself to this fun sized ministry brother I noticed that he looked some what familiar. When he finally turned completely around I was like “oh snaps!” it’s that homey Shortstack who also ventured the event with me. It was food and fellowship with many organizations and projects in attendance from Prison to Purpose, to High on Hope Ministries.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Ephesians 6:12 KJV