Well, my letters seem to be a big hit among my followers and subscribers so here goes another heartfelt letter. As we come to the close to the end of 2015 this letter is dedicated to my church family. I have been a part of Church of the Living God International, Inc. since I was 8 years old. Even though, I was young when my family came to the headquarters church in Columbus, Ohio I could sense that there was just something different. It could have been that the Lord was drawing me at a young age, but I just felt that there was something extraordinary about this particular group of people. Please enjoy this letter to my wonderful church family because they are a part of – my life, my ministry and my passion!
As a collective whole, I want to take the time to tell you how much of an impact that you have made in my life. The Lord called my into the ministry at the tender age of 13 and from that point my journey has been quite interesting. By the time I was 21, I was married and had already earned my first Bachelor’s degree. At this point, the relationship with my biological family was broken and strained. Although I had accomplished quite a bit in my young life, I was isolated and felt the absence of not having a good relationship with my family.
What the Lord began to do for me through the saints and the church was to create a network, a family that adopted me and took care of me as if I was part of their own biological families. As I looked around I had aunts, uncles, older/younger sisters & brothers and adopted mothers and fathers who gave me wisdom and wise counsel. I had leaders who prayed, encouraged and helped nurture me to become the woman of God that I am today.
The connection that I feel with so many of you, far exceeds the geographical boundaries of our locations. I have dear, dear CLGI family in so many places that I just could not begin to name them all. Through all of the joys, sorrows, triumphs of my life – the saints have experienced them all with me. You all rejoiced when I completed my PhD, we all marveled at the Goodness of the Lord with the birth of my miracle baby – Heaven. I had some pretty dark days when my husband was on his death-bed and through your effectual and fervent prayers the Lord raised him up and we cried and rejoiced together as I gave my testimony.
Through all of the ups and downs, good times and bad times the love of God has been shed abroad in your hearts by the Holy Ghost and that love has abounded to me in so many ways. At our 2015 Pastoral Conference in Atlanta, GA, our Founder and Presiding Bishop – Dr. Joseph White made a statement that resonated with me – “We have a cohesiveness that unifies us through the Spirit”. I can honestly say that I have experienced that cohesiveness and bond of love. It motivates me to do what I do for the Lord and for the saints.
As 2015 draws to a close, I am thankful for my church, my saints, my people – MY FAMILY! I love you all dearly and I pray that we continue to stand strong as a church and grow stronger in Faith as we work together in the ministry.
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” – Ephesians 4:13-16