Blindness has not stopped Kurt LaBouve from singing, preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today, the blind evangelist from Bowdon will lead a revival at the Trinity Baptist Church in Ludowici. According to Pastor Tim Parrish of Trinity, the church family has been looking forward to this time of revival.
“Evangelist LaBourve will speak during the 11 a.m. service and again at 6:30 p.m. today. On Monday and Tuesday evenings, he will speak at 7,” Parrish said.
LaBouve was diagnosed with a genetic eye condition known as retinitis pigmentosa when he was 7. He lost his eyesight before he reached the third grade. While attending the School for the Blind in Baton Rouge, La., he learned to read Braille and was introduced to music.
Despite losing his sight, LaBouve has carried on a productive life because of his faith. Although he was raised a Roman Catholic, LaBouve said he was “saved” shortly after high school. According to LaBouve, his wife Dale, who was a Baptist, drew him into her denomination.
In 1982, he recorded his first gospel song, “I Just Want to Thank You Jesus,” in Nashville, Tenn. Three years later, he began writing gospel songs.
He writes most of his music, and has recorded numerous hit songs. He loves to mix old favorite Southern style gospel with original work.
He sings such inspiring songs as, “The Old Rugged Cross,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “There is Power in the Blood,” “There is a Fountain” and “Draw Me Nearer,” along with songs such as “It’s Just About Time” and “Number One Family Man.”
LaBouve has recorded more than 20 albums.
At the age of 25, he took another leap of faith as he began preaching the gospel. He became an evangelist at the age of 28 and learned to prepare sermons with the use of a Braille Bible.
He is in constant demand. His travel schedule has taken him overseas on several occasions to minister to large audiences.
LaBouve has a heartfelt testimony as he shares his life story and his faith. His message of hope has helped so many people as they surrendered their lives to Christ.
To learn more about LaBouve and listen to a sampling of his music, you can visit his website at: www.kurtlabouve.com. For more information about the revival, call Parrish at 877-6544. Trinity Baptist is on Lee Place between Airport Road and Elim Road in Ludowici.