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FLOYD, Iowa – For Phyllis Van Den Hul, singing gospel isn’t just about sharing her voice with others.
It also gives her strength.
Phyllis was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just three years ago.
“I can’t imagine not being able to sing going through this not being a Christian going through this. This is just overwhelming when you’re going through cancer,” said Phyllis.
And so she sings.
Phyllis says one her favorite parts about going to the Floyd Gospel Sing is that she knows she’s touching someone’s life, just by sharing her passion.
“Its just really neat to how many people come up to you and say my daughter had breast cancer, or ovarian cancer or whatever cancer and you’ve helped me so much,” said Phyllis.
Pastor Paul Phillips is with the Gospel Lighthouse Church and Academy and says each year; the event continues to get better.
“I think people of faith they like to celebrate their Christianity and they just love coming and hearing these old gospel songs and a lot of new songs as well,” said Pastor Phillips.
Pastor Phillips says he loves seeing the more than twenty groups from all across the state come together with the goal of brightening people’s days.
“I just like for people to have fun and kind of get de-stressed. We live a very stressful life and I think this is a great opportunity to just have a good time and enjoy the music and enjoy one another,” said Pastor Phillips.
“Coming to things like this not only are you participating but you are also being fed, getting strength from that music yourself,” said Pastor Phillips.
One group came all the way from the state of Washington, which is the farthest they’ve seen a group travel.
On Sunday, many of those participating will be at area churches to sing.