LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An uplifting video of a spontaneous moment of praise at an Atlanta airport is making the rounds on Facebook.
One of the people featured in the video, which had already been shared more than 40,000 times as of Thursday afternoon is Stacy Perkins, the senior worship pastor at Lufkin's Harmony Hill Baptist Church. The video also had more than 5,300 likes.
"We were on a three hour lay-over at the Atlanta Airport waiting on our flight to Shreveport, and we were just messing around, chit-chatting with the people around us, and having fun," Perkins said. "A lady asked us, 'What do y'all do?'"
At that point one of the people in their group, Classic Worship Praise of East Texas, broke into impromptu song and started singing the lyrics to the chorus of the Christian song, "Jesus Messiah."
"This was just a spontaneous praise. The lady happened to video that and it's just captured people's hearts and it's really been interesting to watch," Perkins said.
Then the other members of the praise team joined in and started harmonizing with each other.
"It was fun," Perkins said. "It's just what we do."
The older man in the blue plaid shirt that points to where Perkins is standing by the ticket counter is Perkins' dad. Perkins said the praise team also includes his two brothers, his two sisters, his nephew, his niece, and five or six other people.
"It just took off, and people started gathering around us," Perkins said. "The lady at the ticket counter was so thrilled that she put the microphone in my face."
People around the group started singing and snapping pictures. A Bossier City woman named Donnette Williams Koertge posted a video of the spontaneous performance on her Facebook page on May 2, and people have been sharing it ever since.
'It's been crazy," Perkins said. "I've had people contact me from Houston and as far away as Georgia and Illinois. People last night at 10:30-11:00; bing bing, my phone's going off and I'm looking at it and somebody else from another state saying 'hey, I saw this. This is you and your family.'"
The group was on its way back from the Pastor Restoration Conference in South Carolina when they stopped at the Atlanta airport.
Perkins, who has been at Harmony Hill Baptist Church for seven years, said he grew up singing in the church where his father served as the music minister for 40 years, Mobberly Baptist in Longview. He said his dad taught him that it was OK to praise God anywhere and at any time.
"Our youth choir got up to 250 kids," Perkins said. "We would go to a restaurant, and we would just break out into song."
Visit this link to watch the video.