Internationally recognized Christian leaders Pastor Tom and Kate Hess will visit Newport this April 30th and May 1st with the Kingdom Breakthrough New England tour.  

Founder of the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations Pastor Hess and his wife Kate are well known for their missionary works in Israel and other areas of the Middle East.  Located on Jerusalem’s historically significant Mount of Olives, the organization has been responsible for 24 hour daily worship and prayer for over 25 years.

“We are excited and honored to welcome the team to Newport,” said Pastor Paul Hoffman of EFC Newport. “Since 1987 the Jerusalem House of Prayer has prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and works towards fostering unity among Christians in Israel and worldwide.  The All Nations Convocation, the Jerusalem Children’s Fund and the 24/7 Harp & Bowl are all components of their program and we are looking forward to learning more.”

In addition Pastor Hess is the author of several books including, The Watchmen. He will

be speaking at Crosspoint Church on Saturday, April 30, as well as at EFC Newport and the

Jane Pickens Theater on Sunday, May 1.

The Kingdom Breakthrough New England tour is a Christian ministry that joins international visitors with the local community for performance, workshops, prayer and worship.  Other notable performers include Priscilla Williams of Glory Gazing Ministries and the Light of the World Ballet.

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