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6 DR. ALLISON WILEY hosts the annual Women of Valour Prayer Breakfast.
ON THE COVER 16 DR. MAX A. MILLER talks about community involvement beyond the walls of the church. 10 MENDING BROKEN HEARTS University Hospital’s Children’s Heart Program 12 BLACK FATHERS AND THE BLACK CHURCH By Dr. Trevor Alexander
8 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Real Estate Agent ANGELA WILLIAMS IN EVERY ISSUE 4 In This Issue 15 Separated and Satisfied
20 CREATED FOR COMMUNITY By Dr. Brian Quarles 22 GOSPEL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT New music by Treva Jones SUMMER 2017•FAITHMAGAZINEONLINE.COM 3
IN THIS ISSUE “What is God’s intention for your life? That, and that alone, is what matters.”
s I listen to the life stories of church and community leaders, parents, and youth, I am often encouraged by the tenacity, faith, and commitment embraced by these individuals as they navigate the path of their lives. No matter how great the challenge, determination and dedication are key components to accomplishing the plans God has for you. In this edition of FAITH, Dr. Max A. Miller, Pastor of Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, shares details about his passion for serving the church and community. Having experienced life-changing illnesses, he is living his life on purpose and giving God his all. Our event coverage focuses on the Women of Valour Victory Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Dr. Allison Wiley, Founder of Women of Valour. During the breakfast, women were inspired to stand on the promises of God and live the victorious lives that God intends for us to live. What is God’s intention for your life? That, and that alone, is what matters. We serve an intentional God. Travis Green sings about the intentionality of God in his song Intentional: All things are working for my good Cause He’s intentional Never failing. As your read the features and other articles in this issue of FAITH, it is my hope that you are encourged to be intentional as you live your life with purpose and on purpose. Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!
Diane Hannah Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
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“I love reminding women that God cannot be stopped and that they are victorious through Christ.”
omen of Valour (WOV) founder and author of the book, Be Lifted, Dr. Allison Wiley, hosted the Women of Valour Victory Prayer Breakfast on March 11th at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Attendees were inspired by uplifting prayer led by Dr. Wiley and praise and worship with Gospel recording artist Vicki Yohe. Pastor Rhema Ehiemere delivered the preached Word for the occasion. Dr. Allison Wiley founded Women of Valour in January of 2016. When asked what led her to organize WOV, Dr. Wiley says, “Honestly, I can’t take credit for this. God identified the need. Many women don’t understand where they stand in and with Christ Jesus. Christ’s death and resurrection gave us the gift of victory and the blessing of overcoming all negative situations. We are winners. If we stand firm in authority and stay true to the Word of God, we’ll have many more testimonies. I love reminding women that God cannot be stopped and that they are victorious through Christ.” Many who attended this year’s breakfast shared testimonies of being delivered from failure and hopelessness. Burdens were lifted and women walked out as conquerors determined to trust God and stand on His Word. Make plans to attend the next Women of Valour Prayer Breakfast in the Spring of 2018. For more information about WOV, visit the Women of Valour Inspirational Facebook page, Instagram @ womenofvalourhoubelifted.org or send email to Dr. Allison Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Allison Wiley Founder, Women of Valour
Dr. Allison Wiley
Attendees in prayer
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Attendees in worship
Michelle Harden, Dr. Allison Wiley, Dorothea Caldwell, Vicki Yohe
Stephanie Ehiemere, Dr. Allison Wiley, Pastor Rhema Ehiemere
Lady Regina Allen
Belynda Miene, Dr. Allison Wiley
Dacia Baker, Floresrine Albert
Pastor Rhema Ehiemere
Pastor Bridget Israel, Dr. Allison Wiley, Pastor Lenora Jones
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AngelaRealtor Williams Keller Williams Premier Realty
Why did you choose to work with Keller Williams Premier Realty? Keller Williams is #1 in training. This, along with support, a culture of giving back to the community, technology, and profit sharing make Keller Williams stand out from other companies. What is most fulfilling about your job as a realtor? Helping people move toward their goals of home ownership which builds wealth over generations. My passion for life has always been about opening new doors that create new beginnings. What do you enjoy most about being a realtor? The people I meet that I would otherwise not know and the life stories they share with me are what I enjoy most about my job. hy should buyers and sellers choose you when buying or sellW ing a home? I am ethical, trustworthy, knowledgeable, professional, and I keep my clients’ best interests at heart. How would you describe the service you provide to your clients? I provide excellent customer service with a genuine desire to please my clients by listening to what they say verbally and non-verbally. I am quick to respond to their inquiries. Buying or selling a home can be very stressful for some clients, so I pride myself in always being courteous and respectful. I am grateful to my clients for trusting me with their real estate needs. What are three most important things for buyers to consider when purchasing a home? Location. Location. Location. A great location will remain an asset no matter what the real estate market does in the future. Having a home in a desirable school district will pay off when it comes time to put your home on the market whether you have school-age children or not. Also, take into consideration the taxes, dues, and other fees involved with the purchase of a home like annual taxes, homeowner association fees, or monthly condominium fees.
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What are three most important things for sellers to consider when selling their home? Price - Setting the right price for your home is important. The listing price should be in line with other comparable homes in the market. Condition - “Move-in ready” is key. Aesthetics are important, but it is also important that all electrical, plumbing fixtures, and appliances are in good working condition. Presentation - Staging your home is a key part of the sales process. In real estate, appearance mean a lot. Describe your work experience and strengths. I am a skilled negotiator, and I am known for outstanding client service and marketing techniques. I strongly believe that it is not only my duty to represent my clients to the best of my ability but to also educate them throughout every step of the process by providing them with top notch information and market insight so they can make the best decisions possible.
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