Mealtime Prayer Results in Gospel Convo & ‘The Ambassador’ Musical Legacy
Bowed heads before their meal on an anniversary trip led a Tennessee couple to an opportunity to share their faith. That encounter, in turn, was followed by a social media call-out for help and success in connecting the new believer to a local church. And, long before William Branch became a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was known as one of the most influential Christian hip-hop artists of all-time, “The Ambassador.”
Bowed heads before their meal on an anniversary trip led a Tennessee couple to an opportunity to share their faith. That encounter, in turn, was followed by a social media call-out for help and success in connecting the new believer to a local church.
On Aug. 2 at 4:08 EDT Jimmy Inman, elder and teaching pastor at True Life Church in Jefferson City, Tenn., received a text from Sarah Tarr, a member of True Life. A server had observed Tarr and her husband, Blake, pray before their meal the night before and the next morning approached them as they began breakfast.
The server told the couple she hadn’t been able to find answers to her questions. Could they tell her a little bit about their faith?
Of course, they would talk with her, the couple responded. The server had a 45-minute break later that morning, which meant the Tarrs’ hike into the surrounding canyons would be pushed into the hotter afternoon hours.
The conversation covered the free gift of grace offered through Christ for sins – even the ones their new friend felt were unforgivable. Blake used a small New Testament he takes for travel.
Just minutes before returning to work, she prayed to hand her sins over to Jesus. The Tarrs weren’t finished, though.
Long before William Branch became a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was known as one of the most influential Christian hip-hop artists of all-time, “The Ambassador.”
Branch’s music career carries on, as his new EP “The Invitation,” releases today Oct. (28).
He told Baptist Press the nine-track project’s title represents both an invitation from Christ and toward Christ.
Branch was recently honored with the “Kingdom Legend Award” by the Kingdom Choice Awards, a ceremony dedicated to the Christian hip-hop and urban gospel genres.
The award recognizes artists who have left a lasting legacy on the genre over many years. Branch accepted the award and performed during the show Oct. 1 in his hometown of New York City.
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