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Table of Contents SPIRIT ALIVE BATH AND BEAUTY.................................................................................................................................... 5 FAITH BEHIND BARS AND BEYOND! ............................................................................................................................... 7 PRAYER TASK FORCE .............................................................................................................................................................. 8 STORIES OF INTERESTS......................................................................................................................................................... 9 FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE MONTH ......................................................................................................................... 11 EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE ......................................................................................................................... 12 Guest Writer: The Apostle George.............................................................................................................................. 13 MISSION STUDY GUIDE ....................................................................................................................................................... 16 Getting into His Presence: .............................................................................................................................................. 16 Making the Most of Your Time with Jesus ............................................................................................................. 16 An Effective Guide for Entering Into the Presence of the Lord .................................................................... 19 Featured Profile of the Month ........................................................................................................................................... 20 The Walls Family ................................................................................................................................................................ 20 APHESIS HOUSE ...................................................................................................................................................................... 25 MISS BLACK TENNESSE ...................................................................................................................................................... 29 FAITH BEHIND BARS ............................................................................................................................................................ 34 The Question Many Are Asking: Are Conversions Behind Bars Authentic? .......................................... 34 KAYLA'S CORNER.................................................................................................................................................................... 36 POEMS OF PRAISE ................................................................................................................................................................. 38 If Only ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 38 Spiritual Suicide .............................................................................................................................................................. 40 CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLES ..................................................................................................................................................... 42 CHANGING LANES ............................................................................................................................................................ 42 RELATIONSHIPS ..................................................................................................................................................................... 44 Christians, Sex and Marriage ....................................................................................................................................... 44 SPIRIT ALIVE BOOK SHELF NEW AUTHORS ............................................................................................................ 46 SISTERS OF FIRE WOMEN ................................................................................................................................................. 48 MUSICIAN PROFILE............................................................................................................................................................... 50 CHRISTIAN BUSINESS PROFILE ...................................................................................................................................... 54 SENTENCED TO LIFE: The Kay Baker Story .............................................................................................................. 57 AUTHOR KAY BAKER....................................................................................................................................................... 59 CHEF'S DELIGHT .................................................................................................................................................................... 63 SNOW CRABLEG RECIPE ............................................................................................................................................... 64 INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOCUS .................................................................................................................................. 66 MISSIONARIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD ....................................................................................................................... 67 HAND OF GOD SOCCER PROJECT .............................................................................................................................. 67 AUTHOR PROFILE .................................................................................................................................................................. 69 Anica Walston ...................................................................................................................................................................... 69 BROADCAST PAGE.................................................................................................................................................................. 73 JUNIOR MISSIONS .................................................................................................................................................................. 75 HEALTH WATCH...................................................................................................................................................................... 76 Anorexia: Crossing the Color Barrier ......................................................................................................................... 76 BEAUTY WATCH...................................................................................................................................................................... 78


FAITH BEHIND BARS AND BEYOND!

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PRAYER TASK FORCE

Sunday: Focus on Marriage: Let us pray that God will cause a revival in marriages. That the Spirit of God will reign in their communion. May we return back to the holy communion of marriages. We pray for blessings, prosperity and joy everlasting. Monday: Focus on Intercessors: Let us pray for the heart of intercessory. Lift up those who are interceding for others. Challenge many believers to discover the gift of intercession in their walk. Anoint those who pray for others. Tuesday: Focus on the Seekers: May God touch those who diligently seek Him. May He be found in them who seek. We lift them up and encourage each of them to continue to seek the Spirit of Truth while it may be found. Wednesday: Focus on Evangelism: Let us lift those who are spreading the gospel. Those who evangelize the forgotten, the prisoners, the prostitute, and the addict. Give them strength Lord, revive their spirit. Renew in them a new heart daily and a new strength in you. Thursday: Focus on Back to School: Let us pray for our children as they return to school. That the Lord will give each of them divine wisdom in their studies, protection from those who seek their destruction. Protect their ears, their eyes and their mouths Lord that they may fall not into temptation nor consort with those that seek to do them harm.

Friday: Focus on Laborers: Lord, we want to thank those who work hard to care for their families. Give them divine endurance, peace and comfort. We ask that you bless them daily in their time of need. We pray for a refreshing in their lives. We speak against weariness, weakness and fatigue. Renew them each day Lord and provide them with rest from above. Saturday: Focus on the Lost Souls: Lord we pray for salvation each day. Help those who are lost to find their way to you. Restore their hope in humanity and in you. Let them not fall away into the traps and snares of the enemy. Lead them to your everlasting spring that they may find joy and peace in You.


FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE MONTH Dawniel Winningham

GIRL POWER

With Author Dawniel Winningham Dawniel Winningham is the author of “Girl Power� a book dedicated to tweens and teens. Her inspiring book has challenged ladies from all background to transform their lives, deal with issues and reach for the stars. Ms. Winningham will be joining Spirit Alive Magazine as a contributing writer. Her articles will help us to deal with the current issues affecting young women of all ages. Her expertise and Girl Power program will help women around the globe reach their goals. You Don't Want to Miss GIRL POWER with Dawniel Winningham.

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EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE NO MAN LEFT BEHIND No man left behind is a phrase that many men are familiar with. It reminds us that we are not alone and that we have someone we can depend on. It truly means that you will have someone by your side. However, how many men can say they have another brother by their side in church walking with them; a brother who has your back and your ear? Every man needs someone he can trust to help him stay on the right track. We are responsible for one another in the Body of Christ. In essence “no man left behind.” When another brother is struggling in his marriage, unemployment, raising children or just the plain midlife crisis we should have more than “I will pray for you” we need to have sound biblical answers to share with one another. We should have more than “I feel for you brother” instead we should be able to lead them to the resources and information they need. No Man Left Behind. We should as brothers make time to get together outside of the church in order to really get to know each other, pray for each other, and strengthen one another. When we talk about friendship it should be more than just inside of the church walls. We should know each other enough to tell each other the truth, to discipline, encourage, provide and strengthen one another. We are called as brothers to sharpen each other so that we can lead our church, our family and our community. Don't leave you your brother behind.

I KNOW GOD CAN! DO YOU BELIEVE HE WILL?


EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE Guest Writer: The Apostle George The David Generation

(The Voices in the Wilderness)

By The Apostle GEORGE Prison for many young black men in America has unfortunately become a way of life, which has turned into an overcrowded warehouse of souls to the highest bidder. (The State versus The Federal government ); I have travelled across this country visiting one prison after another, Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Atlanta, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. It is unbelievable what I have witnessed. Our youth and young black men comprise over seventy percent of the total population. Yet we represent only 13.5% of the population of the United States as a people. I am not speaking in terms of whole but in each individual prison/plantation. Between the ages of 18-25; many have sentences longer than they have been on earth, while most of their white counterparts receive light sentences or probation and get sent to one of the "Exclusive" Federal camps. These are no more than the fabled county clubs seemingly reserved for whites and those who can afford a high priced attorney. This is sad because it is supposedly being done in the name of “Christianity & Justice." However in reality it is being done behind the cloak of white supremacy. Truly this is “MASS GENOCIDE”, the calculated annihilation of our future and people. As the saying goes, there are more young black men in prison today (2011) than there are in the universities throughout the nation. "WAKE UP!" The reformist of society state that prison is a place of rehabilitation and education. However I have only seen a system that strives off of young black men, who to the government have no real value or positive skills. A system that perpetuates and advocates "LOCK THEM UP, FEED THEM, CLOTH THEM, DISTRACT THEM & WORK THEM" in our American UNICORE. This system does not re-educate the young black man with the proper knowledge for his survival and reintegration into society. As a result, they have removed the college programs through the Federal system. These young black men are viewed as a threat to the orderly running of America. Just look back into history/his-story and one can clearly see the plan of Pharaoh at the time of Moses and Herod at the time of Jesus. This outlook is beginning to be made manifest in our communities and unfortunately many of our own people are turning their backs on our young black men with dire consequences. The deceptions of the powers that be are bigger than one would have us believe. The media, television and radio are all a part of the young black man’s' destruction. One is first conditioned and prepared before he is destroyed. “WAKE UP!"Few wonder how this catastrophic scheme has come about unchecked. As well as what can we do to unravel this tangled mass of injustice? First we must look at those who are in a position of power. They are the ones who appear on television whenever a storm rises in our communities and use some words of appeasement filled with empty promises but they soon quickly retire and disappear into the comforts of their secure white America, most of the time leaving us worse off than before. They say they are of us and for us but they never really were. Then you have those organizations that have done nothing to institute real meaningful justice or liberation for our young black men. The National Association for the Advancement of Color People have become The National Association for the Advancement of Certain People. Then you have CORE, Congress for Racial Equality, now they are the Congress for Reasonable Excuses. And let us not forget the Southern Christian Leader-ship Conference; they now resemble by far,


MISSION STUDY GUIDE

Getting into His Presence: Making the Most of Your Time with Jesus


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MISSION STUDY GUIDE

An Effective Guide for Entering Into the Presence of the Lord

Opening Prayer – A Time of Repentance (10-15minutes) Bible Reading – A Bible Reading Program (10 minutes) (Spirit Alive Network has ongoing programs, for more information contact us) Meditation on the Word- (15 minutes) Prayer- Seeking His Face – This is time to be thankful (15 minutes) Praise- A time to just enjoy the Joy of the Lord (10 minutes) (Music is good way to get in the Spirit of Praise) Intercession: This is my time to intercede for others in prayer (15minutes) The Covering- This is the time I pray for my family (2-4 minutes) Bible Reading- Psalms (2-4 minutes) Worship- A time to just bathe in the Lord, To Honor Him for Who He is (10 minutes) – Again I usually play about 2-3 songs that will usher in the Spirit Closing Prayer- (5-8 minutes) This is only a suggestion an outline to get you started feel free to adjust it to make the most of your time with the Lord effective in your daily life.


Featured Profile of the Month The Walls Family

A Tradition of Praise The challenge for this anointed group is balancing career, education and life. However, their commitment to the Lord has given them the skills needed to take it all in stride. They have performed all over the United States of America and hope to do more. The love they share keeps them close to one another and helps them stay on the right path towards their Lord and Savior. This group does more than just lift up their heavenly voices, they minister to the hearts of those who are in need of a special touch from God. Their gift of exhortation, edification and encouragement is a testimony of how God can use anyone at any age to transform lives. No one can say that they are just children for the Lord has not only placed His Song in them but His Words. They hold fast to the Word of God in every aspect of their lives. They represent to the Body of Christ that we should never set the children on the side lines when God can use them. They reveal that there are youth out there that can be used to change lives of the young and old. When we say YES to them they will say YES to the LORD.


The Walls Group is made up of four of the eight children born to Roger & Alicia Walls. Being the children of two musicians, these kids could not escape the inevitable. Music has resounded with the home of the Walls household for years. These amazing children bring Glory to God.


Darrel McGlothen Walls is 19 years old and is the eldest member of the Walls Family Singers, formerly the Walls Kidz. At a very early age Darrel demonstrated very unique musical abilities. While at Grace Memorial C.O.G.I.C., a young girl taught him to play the tambourine at the age of 1 ½ years old. Everywhere he went he had to have a tambourine and everyone knew it. At the age of 3, a pastor friend stood him on the Remembrance table and he sang his very first solo, Somebody's Knocking At Your Door. That was the start of something big. Darrel was a soprano until the age of 13. He started playing drums at the age of 4 and did so until he replaced them with the organ/keyboard. He is an exceptional young man and has blessed many people with his gifts all across the United States. Darrel spends most of his time writing, recording, and singing music. It is his passion for God that causes him to be an exceptional individual. He aspires to someday be a great producer. Rhea Walls is 15 years old and is the second oldest of the group. Rhea is very shy, but an awesome soprano. Darrel started out alone, but was soon joined by his younger sibling. Rhea could match pitch before she could talk. She loves music and sings all the time. She is inspired by her older brother and often times gives 200% when prompted by him. She has an exceptional ear for music and plays piano and clarinet. Rhea is an outstanding athlete. She runs track and was one place away from going to the Junior Olympics this past Summer for the Carl Lewis Track Club - CL Stars. Her goal is to take home the gold this year and she has started off #1 all the way since the school season began. At the end of the school track year, with 25 schools in Fort Bend County School District, she won the district championship title in the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 hundred meter hurdles for 2009-2010. Rhea aspires to be a dentist when she grows up. Alic (Paco) Walls, 14 years old, is next in the line. Alic is known for his raspy, soulful sound. He is compared to his mother with the raspy, hoarse tone. Paco is very laid back and doesn't show a lot of excitement. At about the age of 7 months, his parents noticed him riding in his car seat, tapping his foot to a song playing over the car radio. It was then that they knew that this fever was catching in the Walls family. Paco soon joined his brother and sister as the alto of the group. Paco could win the attention of any crowd with his charm and his peculiar voice. At the age of 13, Paco struggled with the affects of puberty and tries to adjust to his voice changing. He manages to do a little tenor, because alto is not an option anymore. Paco declares that God spoke to him in a dream and called him by his name and told him that he would pastor a mega-church one day. To God be the Glory. Ahjah Walls is the baby of the group, but not the baby of the family. She is 12 years old, but says she feels so much older. Ahjah started off a little differently than the others. Ahjah loved songs and singing. The difference was her vibrato was a little faster than everyone else's and she couldn't quite get her part and hold it. This did not seem to bother Ahjah, though, as she had so many other things she liked to do. Once, while at a program in the country, instead of singing, Ahjah asked if she could do gymnastics instead. She has since then developed into an awesome alto and loves to sing more than doing gymnastics. Ahjah has the riffs and the runs like her older brother and can emulate just about any artist. Ahjah has so many gifts. She spends her time listening to music, singing, and drawing. She will one day be a famous cartoonist.


Mr. and Mrs. Walls have worked diligently to support their children. They have accomplished their goals through lots of prayer, humility and love. Their gift for music and the ability to discern what God was doing in the lives of their children proves that when a family praises and prays together God will perform mightily. The anointing in which God has placed upon their children no doubt had a lot to do with the foundation they played in challenging their children to stand on the Word of God. They reveal that there is nothing God can't do in the lives of a family who praises and prays together.

Please show your support for this dynamic family of God! Visit www.thewallsgroup.org For booking information or to purchase music & videos!


APHESIS HOUSE TRANSITIONAL LIVING THAT WORKS

Aphesis was designed to provide transitional housing for individuals being released from

incarceration. The housing facility has a full-time staff, provides meals, and offers job search assistance, a mentoring program, community involvement, recreational activities, and a structured 90 day re-integration program. At the present time we have male only facilities. Prison staff or inmates in the state’s many correctional facilities mail letters to Aphesis House, Inc. requesting entrance into our program. We send an application along with a contract which details out rules and the required program fees. Upon receiving the returned application we review it and, if necessary, schedule an interview with the inmate. Upon approval, an acceptance letter is mailed. We accept offenders from any county jail or state prison. The only ineligible offenders are those with medical conditions which make them unable to care for themselves.

Aphesis House 1522 Compton Avenue Nashville, TN 37212 Office Phone: 615-742-3463 Fax: 615-742-5177


ESSENCE OF A WOMAN SUMMIT

ESSENCE OF A WOMAN SUMMIT CHATTNOOGA, TN OCTOBER 2011 We are now scheduling this Essence of a Woman Summit for Chattanooga. The next summit is in October.

We are looking for motivational and inspirational Speakers, Pastors, Authors, Poets, Singers & Rappers, Vendors and anyone who has something to share with The Sisterhood

To be added to this year’s summit please send a request to: theapostleoftruth@yahoo.com Don't delay as we are preparing now!


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Jocelyn encourages young women everyday to go for their dreams. She believes there are no obstacles in which you cannot overcome. Jocelyn has always been a person who works endlessly to help others. Her giving, nurturing and jovial spirit easily lightens up any room in which she enters. But don’t mistake this for a weakness; she is also a go-getter, tough and strong in all that she seeks to do. She stands upon the foundation in which her parents have built for her. Jocelyn has a strong relationship with her parents who are the backbone of her accomplishments. Her talents, strength and courage make her the Queen that she is today, beauty just happens to be an added benefit.

I wanted to get into Advanced Studies, I was self-motivated.

Her Faith 

I grew up in Christianity, Episcopalian. I grew up in a diverse church and I was exposed to different culture. I’ve met people from Lebanon, Syria, etc. However, I’ve always felt that I needed a pageant and a lot of friends didn’t’ even know what that was. It was very uncomfortable. I was used to being quiet. I started going to Mt. Zion Baptist and then I stopped going. I started going to bible study with Bishop Joseph Walter in Nashville, TN at church that holds 5000. One day I went up to him and he knew who I was. It made me more comfortable. I am serious about my faith now and I do go to church regularly, twice a week. 


Miss Black Tennessee 2011 Jocelyn Watts Speaks Out

Spirit Alive Magazine: What are the responsibilities of being Miss Black Tennessee? Miss Watts: Well there are a lot of personal things you have to keep in check. I am a role model. I am a social worker so I work with children with disability. Children with special needs. I advocate for other people. I do a lot of motivational speaking for young girls. I speak to young girls about positive things. Young ladies who come from disadvantaged homes and have low self-esteem. You have to make sure you are being a positive role model. Even with my profession, keeping a professional relationship and keeping a diplomatic mindset. Spirit Alive Magazine: What was the experience becoming Miss Black Tennessee like? Miss Watts: The experience was indescribable. I had a couple of people do it from Alabama A & M University. I thought it was a great program. I didn’t do it my first year in TN. I had to really pray about it. Then 3 years later I tried. I didn’t know how many girls had tried but they found something in me that was worth investing. This is a legacy for my family and my children. I felt overwhelmed as I was not raised in pageants; all I’ve done is some child modeling when I was 3 or 4 years old. My first pageant I won in college. This was such a big deal. Spirit Alive Magazine: Can you share some words of wisdom for young ladies who desire to follow in your path? Miss Watts: My advice is always keeping God in the Center. It is so true. When I was in school, my first couple of years I wasn’t connected but once I [connected with him] through prayer things started to change. Keep positive people around you. I had a hard time with that. Because of that people tried to influence me to do things that weren’t me. You have to learn to say no. Spirit Alive Magazine: Can you give these young ladies advice on dating and relationships? Many ladies want to rush into relationships what advice can you give them about being single and successful? Miss Watts: I was single throughout college. I was too involved to be in relationships. I took that path and here I am. I would say stay focused. Spirit Alive Magazine: What challenges have you faced on the road to Miss Black Tennessee? Miss Watts: The challenges were mainly within me. I love to talk. I am very independent. A lot of the time trying to raise the money was hard. I was trying to do things on my own. I had to venture out and ask people. I wanted to do it on my own. I realized, the more I put myself out there for networking, I could open doors. Confidence. This is my first national title competition. This is so big. I was starting to feel a little self-conscious because of a lack of pageant experience.


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FAITH BEHIND BARS The Question Many Are Asking: Are Conversions Behind Bars Authentic?

We have all heard the statement: they have prison faith, the jailhouse religion that only last as long as their sentence. But in reality, many of those who come to know Jesus behind bars have received salvation. Although so many end up back on the road to destruction. So what's the problem? Well, it seems that when an individual is released from prison they find themselves back in the same environment in which they were arrested (James Settles, Aphesis House Nashville, TN). Earlier this year we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Settles who is the Director of Aphesis House in Nashville who works with men entering the transitional living program. Many of these guys can't escape what is happening in the environment it is all they know. Any ex-felon coming out of prison will find themselves around familiar circumstances. In order for them to stay on the right track they must break away from familiar surroundings. In most cases, that means leaving their hometown. However, this can be very difficult. Anyone leaving prison is automatically paroled primarily to their city of origin unless there is extenuating circumstances to change that parole location. Oftentimes, that means returning to a place where they are connected in their old “It seems that when an lifestyles which can be detrimental to their growth in the Lord. That is why they end up fallen away. individual is released They have no support system from the church. from prison they find

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KAYLA'S CORNER FAITH. How many times have you tried to measure yours? One thing about faith is that it is more than just believing in God and his existence. It is trusting in God and trusting that although you don’t understand the storm, you understand him and believe in his promise. This is something that I’m slowly learning to do. It is not easy! I’m trying to reconcile who I am in relation to who God is, who God says I am, and what I believe I am. My imperfection allows me to begin to humble myself and y too many times I become angry and prideful. Trying to allow my situation to play out as it is and sit back seems impossible. My life has been filled with pain and all I want is to help young women like myself realize their potential and grasp at the opportunities presented to them. All I want them to do is embrace God’s love early so that they can get the full benefit of his gifts. This desire has never become so important as it has since I’ve gotten my daughter back in my life. I had Dajha at 14 years old while still in foster care. She was my world the only thing I had in this world that was mine and no one (so I thought) could separate us. At 15 years old I was moved to a teen parent group home and things were rough. I lived in a home with a bunch of other teen mothers but instead of teaching us life skills all they offered were chore charts, rewards and consequences for going to school, following house rules and that was it. Most of the girls were like grown women making their own choices, deciding whether or not they wanted to go to school and trying to play mommy when they still needed one. I was right in the mix. By that time I was angry, confused, and a scared teen mother but I loved my baby girl and I really wanted to try to stick that group home out. It wasn’t easy I had to contend with the girls in the house, fighting, stealing my things, among other things. Then the staff was even worse. They were just doing their shift and following the rules and ensuring that we followed ours. One day I got into a fight with a staff member was arrested and sent to juvenile hall. I still didn’t realize that they could take my daughter away just because of my behavior. One thing led to another and once I got out they basically told me that I could visit my daughter but I may not get her back. The visits got shorter, further in between with false claims of not being able to contact me even though I was still a foster youth and a quick look in my file would give my location. I had stopped running away by then, just choosing to live my life the way I wanted. The social workers and agencies involved made it seem like I was too young and an uncaring teen parent and felt it would be best for my daughter to stay in foster care. I never got a say. I know that you may think that it is better for a child to be raised by adult parents but a mom is a mom, no matter how old she is. What they should have been doing was offering me parenting classes, real support, and love. Not punishing me for the mistake of sex, making me feel unworthy. How could you have faith in a situation like that? Fast forward 10 years and I had it in my spirit to look for my daughter. On my birthday in 2009 I sent out a letter to random P.O. boxes after using US Search to find her former foster parent’s information. I was told that they had adopted my daughter but at the time I wasn’t sure if that was true. I was notified of the termination of my rights but not told that I could contest it. February 2010 I got a call from her foster mother and they were in Belize! I had written to a Sacramento PO Box and my letter made it to Central America. How could I not believe that was God? I had only been saved a few months at that time but wow, he worked and it felt like he knew what he was doing all along. Her adoptive parents were gracious enough to let my daughter come stay with me. They felt like she was better off with her birth mother since I was able to provide her a stable home. I was so blessed by this situation that I had been slapped with a reality that all along God had given me what I need to pursue my path. No financial blessing could trump feeling the strength that comes with knowing your purpose. Mine started at home.


See I couldn’t have been the kind of mom that made her daughter find worth in herself if I had I never gotten separated from her. I would have spent my life trying to overcompensate for the lack of a mother in my life and would have spoiled Dajha with everything. I wouldn’t have had the first initial Christian connection had it not been for meeting Dajha’s foster parents (Sister and Brother Wills were the first faithful Christians I had ever met). It was like God was waiting for me to come to him, not for me to be perfect. He was waiting for the time when I could teach my daughter right and have the desire to do the same for others. Our story seems strange and you haven’t even heard it in full but I’m not sure how I would have turned out if Dajha hadn’t been taken from me. I would have never checked my anger, I would have never tried to be a better person, and I would have probably never turned to God. Losing her made me wake up and realize that I had to be better for my children if not for myself. I was wild and had a hard life. I lived life by my own rules. Even as an adult I would still get into fights, didn’t hold on to jobs, and moved around a lot. I knew this wasn’t stable but it was how I learned to adapt to life raising myself in foster care. This is what foster care had done to me: institutionalized in my own mind I was always fighting for freedom. I didn’t know how to just be, so how could I now sit back and just be and let someone I cannot see take the reins? And if I am having a hard time accepting it, how could I have passed it on to my daughter, my sons, or other young girls and women like myself? I want to trust and I want my faith to stay on fire despite my weariness for the storms. I’m always waiting for the bottom to fall out, now I just to lean on his understanding and not my own. A generational habit of trying to be fast paced and get to the finish line. I am grateful that God has given me the tools I need to succeed and thankful that he has begun a work in me that cannot be undone. I have learned that to hold on to your Faith and to keep trusting it is important to strengthen yourself through networks like Spirit Alive Network. I’ve never realized how important fellowship was and how important it was to be with like-minded people. As god works in your life with you none the wiser you are able to witness him working in the lives of those you fellowship with. It could have been love that you extended or seen extended, a miracle you have witnessed. Then you can look around when you feel that inner peace and see that all along he has been working in your life as well. Now it’s time to spread the gospel. The truth. But I don’t’ see it happening so I’m not sure if those who say they do, actually have faith. Faith is something our generation cannot truly understand nor trust. But as I lay it down I realize that if I bear good fruit and try to live in faith and trust those around me could be inspired to do the same. Now I can begin to encourage others to never give up. I’m thankful for groups like Sisters of Fire and Faith Behind Bars and Beyond because it is representative of what the body of Christ should look like. Members of the body working together to serve a greater purpose. I want a servant’s heart and so I’m here to serve while I‘m waiting on the Lord to continue his work in me. So people like me are reaching out to you and reaching back to others. We are young in our Faith and cannot really understand it. And all I ask is show us your faith and reach back out to us. Love Sister Kayla


POEMS OF PRAISE

If Only

If only there was a Lord that saw my needs If only, there was a place to shelter me in the storms of life Maybe I could find my way out of this mess If only there was a man willing to love me beyond my pain If only there was someone who cared for just me Maybe I could find a way to stand in the storm If only there was someone who could forgive my sins If only there was one who could wash me clean If only there was someone who looked at my present and not past If only there was one who believed in me Maybe I could find peace in the midst of it all If only....


If only you knew I provided for your needs when you didn't know I was there If only you knew that I carried you through the storm If only you knew that I took your pain on Calvary If only you knew that I stood with you when you needed me the most If only you knew how much I loved you from your mother's womb If only you knew I came just for you. If only you knew how much I believed in you that I sent my only begotten Son. If only you knew that peace I have given you If only.. You knew My Son

Written by Lila Robinson


POEMS OF PRAISE

Spiritual Suicide

I feel like I’m losing my mind, losing time Gaining wounds but no ground, being lost Never Found I feel like I’m falling away, From everything I’ve wanted and claimed No turning back dark as night and I treading In the quicksand going deep and losing heart. The pain cuts through like no other And I’ve lost more than just my soul I’ve lost my life, the will to move and breathe The need to be, to feel love deep. I’m losing my mind and time has gone Young in years but not in hope. If I don’t hold on to my savior, my living Christ The strongholds cut me through, I cannot thrive. Why do I go and wallow in the mud, swine for the taking? Why can’t I accept a love that is in the light just waiting? I can’t feel my worth, my struggles and pain are my burden I can’t not hope through all this hurting. I rather stay in the fog and dramatize the situation Pretend to love myself and say they hatin


CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLES CHANGING LANES

A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL HIMSELF Christians! What can we truly say? We have become so much like the world these days we can't tell us apart from them at times. It is amazing what happens when God opens a door for someone that the church can't seem to figure out. Once upon a time there were street preachers fighting for the corners on the street for the opportunity to share the message of Jesus Christ with those who were lost. Then we decided to shift gears and move inside to a building. The air was cool, the congregation was provided and there it was great. All this you can have if you will only move from the corner so the dealers can have them, if you will get inside the comfort of this building instead of interceding for the prostitute. Come inside! All this you can have if you will give up this preaching to the people and move into the pulpit. I will give you ears who will listen to a designed message. They will flock to you for positions. You will be king of this domain. The street preacher exchanged His Mission Garment for fake fur. Don't worry, you will still be preaching, so he took the bate But, we missed something. Have we made a deal with the devil himself ? Somehow we have lost focus of the true mission in which we are commanded. It doesn't matter how busy you are inside the building if you can't reach the people in it. Many have settled for the comfort of the pulpit. They fight for the opportunity to stand upon the pulpit with a designed message and not a divine message. The real kicker is; they believe that they are doing the work of the Lord. They have not stepped inside of a prison, nor have they stood side by side with those who feed the homeless every week. They made a deal you see to have a place to preach it, to give their all! But they missed the mark. That is what Christ means when He says there will be many who cry LORD LORD DID I NOT‌..? and you can fill it in. They were not about the people of God. They have not heard of those in shelters only those behind closed congregational doors, they can't see the hurting because they are blinded by the pulpit, they can't feel the stench of the enemy sitting in the front row laughing because he has us so busy doing programs, preaching to itching ears while hundreds lay dying in their spirit. But there is good news. God always has a plan. What man considers worthy God may stamp it null and void. However, what God has set into motion will prosper. Not because we serve man but because we serve God. We humble ourselves to the call; we follow the cries of those hidden. Day and Night we search out prepared with blankets, food and drinks. We have not chosen to make a deal with the devil instead we chose to Follow Him.


RELATIONSHIPS Christians, Sex and Marriage

Marriage is a hard road when we attempt to do it without the Lord. One of the leading topics in marriages is sex. No one wants to talk about it in the church. This is a major problem. We need to address these issues in the proper manner from a Biblical Perspective. Otherwise, we have deemed sexual intercourse demeaning, filthy and embarrassing. One of the methods the enemy uses to destroy God's design for the family is the strained relationship between a husband and wife. Think about it. If he can get to you then surely he can bring down the entire household. In fact, we have been led to believe that the enemy slinks around for the woman. This is not so, the enemy will go for the head of the household. There are many distractions in the world that can lead a man astray. Problems of the day, issues, frustrations and the one who makes him feel like a man. So what is the solution, the first ingredient in which we are missing today in our marriages is consistent prayer. As a couple we should seek to pray together as often as we can to render the enemy powerless. The next step is to communicate and finally ensure that lovemaking is a priority. To order the book Christian Sex and Marriage: What does a Garter Belt Have to do with it? Visit: www.spiritalivenetwork.weebly.com


FAITH BEHIND BARS AND BEYOND A ministry committed to SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE! If you or someone you know is behind bars or have been released and is struggling with issues this is the group for you. Do you have a desire to see them Change Their Lives? Or as an ex-felon are you looking to strip that title and change your life? Are you interested in serving the needs of ex-felons, inmates and their families? Then contact Faith Behind Bars and Beyond working together to Set the Captive Free through bible studies, resources, networking and programs. You can connect with us via FaceBook to join our Forum Group or email spiritalive12@yahoo.com


SISTERS OF FIRE WOMEN

The Power of these women of God is astounding Each one bringing a special anointing to the Sister Network. Sisters of Fire is a network of powerful women speakers, authors, producers and more.

Sisters of Fire women are available for speaking engagement around the world. Touching on topics such as Women Behind Bars, Missions, Brokenness, Getting into Position, Empowerment, Business, Finances, Young Women, Teens and more.. For more information you can contact this powerful network at spiritalive12@yahoo.com

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EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE

Men EQUIPPING, TEACHING AND MENTORING TAKE OUR PLACE FROM THE KNEES TO THE FATHER JOIN EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE NETWORK ON FACEBOOK FACEBOOK Gary Robinson – I want to stand in my Place!


MUSICIAN PROFILE

Shannen Wilson In His Own Words

I was born on February 17, 1991 in Simi Valley, California. I was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I became an athlete at the age of four but I was still raised in church. As a child playing sports, growing up in church helped teach me how to conduct myself on and off the field. As I got older I started to develop an interest in playing the drums at church. Once I learned to do that I wanted to go to church all the time. As I got older I became more interested in dancing. When I first started dancing, it was just a hobby. When I first started miming, all I thought I was doing was just dancing. Not knowing the number of people’s lives I touched. I learned very soon that what I was doing was ministering. Every time I take the stage now, I remove myself to allow God to take over so that I can be a potential blessing to somebody in the audience that may be struggling with something in their life. I have found a greater love for what I do and I am grateful for the talent that I was blessed with. I want to thank my partner Maurice Miller for giving me the opportunity to minister with him. He is truly an amazing dancer and I love him like a brother. I want to thank my mother Deborah Wilson for bringing me up in the church as a child. I didn’t like it then but now I’m cool with it. Most of all, I want to thank God. With him anything is possible.


Maurice Miller Maurice Miller was born March 3, 1991, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky to two proud parents Jacqueline D. Toney and Harry B. Miller. At the tender of two Maurice and family moved to Chattanooga, TN. Maurice Miller is a proud 2010 graduate of Brainerd High School. Maurice is a member of Piney Woods Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Junior Deacon board and also a Sunday school teacher for six years. Maurice lost both parents at an early age, his mother at the age of 8 years, died of a massive heart attack and his father when he was 18 to a cocaine overdose. During the course of Maurice getting over the passing of his parents he went into a depression that caused Maurice to have a mental breakdown in his way of thinking about life school and his relationship with God. This affected Maurice for the rest of 2009, now Maurice is currently serving in the U.S. Army National Guard. Maurice was given the gift to start miming in 2009. Over the next year God allowed him to a have a solo ministry called Visual Praise Mime and in 2010 God brought Shannen into his life and together they gave birth to God’s Image Mime. Maurice was blessed to have loving grandparents Henry Sims and Brenda Sims and a God sent aunt, Glenda Jones, who raised him to have a strong belief in God. Maurice attended Middle Tennessee State University where he will return next spring after his basic training in August to continue to pursue a degree in Graphic Designing and a minor in Military Science. Maurice is the youngest boy of 6 kids, four sisters and one older brother. Maurice has been blessed to have a Godly stepparents Gregory and Audrey Toney whom Maurice considers his best friends. Maurice says that despite his ups and downs he realizes that God has something special waiting on him and he is going to run on to see what the end is going to be. To God Be the glory!


Shannen Wilson & Maurice Miller

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GOD'S IMAGE MIME TOUR 2012 God's Image Mime will be on tour this upcoming year 2012. The two men are currently seeking sponsors to help them minister to young people across the Globe. They will kick off their Visual Arts Tour 2012 in Tennessee from their they will allow God to lead them as they spread the Gospel through visual arts COMING SOON

There is no mistaken the power of God when these two men jump on stage and share the Word of God. The anointing just spreads throughout the atmosphere. ~ Lila Robinson, For more information Contact: Maurice miller via FaceBook or godsimagemime2@hotmail.com


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Listen Live on BLOG TALK RADIO Lila Robinson is the CEO/Founder of Spirit Alive Magazine. She is also a published author the book titled “Divine Keys for Kingdom Living” and her upcoming book titled “Sex, Christianity and Marriage: What Does a Garter Belt Have to Do With It” She has spent numerous years working in the ministry. Mrs. Robinson has been featured on ItsOurWorld7 Blog Talk Radio Show and has interviewed personalities such as Lady Charmaine Live, Judith Gayle, Gospel Artist and scores of authors. Mrs. Robinson is also a motivational speaker, spiritual coach and women’s empowerment leader. Her no bars held attitude has helped her to build up the kingdom of God. Mrs. Robinson has also created the Spirit Alive Network and conjunction with Spirit TV Gospel Talk on Livestream 24/7 and the Jus Being Real Gospel Show. Although her life hasn’t always been a bed of roses she takes the salt with the sweet and handles it with humility. She believes in putting Christ first no matter what the cost. “Many times I will find myself outside of the church walls, not because I don’t like church, it is the call of the lost that keeps me on the road to helping others Breakthrough in their own lives. Mrs. Robinson is currently working on her next project Faith Behind Bars and Beyond a radio broadcast show on Blog Talk Radio. The purpose of this show is to help change the stigma of ex-felons to provide a platform to discuss issues such as addiction, family, recidivism ratio, and how this impacts our society as whole. The program launched its first episode on August 19, 2011 with Co-Host Cynthia Metcalf Miller author of “In Rare Form”. These two ladies come from what they have labeled the road to Hell. But we they have been redeemed by the Savior Hand. There is no subject Mrs. Robinson is not willing to touch on as long as it is edifying for the Body Christ. I think my strongest calling is to those who have been broke down not just broken. My message is to bring hope, transformation and lead them to the Savior. Lila Robinson also has a Gift Store where she sells her all natural bath and beauty products made with all natural ingredients. You can check out her products at www.spiritalivenetwork.weebly.com Proceeds help to support the ministry and keeping all our broadcasts and magazine free. The Spirit Alive network store has African Clothing, All natural beauty products, gift baskets for the holidays and all broadcast Books, Transcripts, DVD's and CD can be purchased online. You can listen to Lila Robinson on Livestream, Facebook, Blog Talk Radio, Cinch Cast and Spreaker. Join us every Friday at 11;00am Fit for Jesus Broadcast, 6:30pm Lessons For Life and 11:00pm for Faith Behind Bars and Beyond...


SENTENCED TO LIFE: The Kay Baker Story

SENTENCED TO PRISON: After listening to both the prosecutor and my lawyer give their statements and arguments, the judge made his decision. He sentenced me to eleven years in prison and five years supervised release after I had served my prison term. I was shocked! I knew my family was shocked. When the judge asked if there was anything I wanted to say, I was still in shock. To this day, I do not remember what I said, if I even spoke. I was taken back to the holding cell to wait to be transported back to MCC. I could not pray; I could not think. I could not believe what had just happened. I sat in the cold cell, hugging my arms around myself. My mind was blank. I could not even cry.


AUTHOR KAY BAKER

HER BOOK, HER LIFE, HER TESTIMONY

I am a widow with five children and eight grandchildren. My husband passed away in 1999. We were married for 34 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the State University in the Philippines. I have a passion for learning new things. I have expanded my education to include an Associate degree in Construction Occupation. I am an A+ certified computer technician and hold a certification in AUTOCAD. I am originally from the Philippines. I migrated as a U.S. citizen to Chicago, Illinois in the mid-70s. I lived in Chicago for almost 30 years. In 2006 I relocated to Houston, Texas in obedience to a call from God. I worked for Cornerstone Assembly of God as the church’s office administrator and treasurer. I was a ministry leader at the church. I led a life group where I led Bible studies and group discussions on Bible verses and topics ranging from family life, edifying Christ by living a Christian life, to personal relationship with Jesus and spiritual warfare. Due to financial difficulties the church had to lay off its staff members in 2010. I currently live in Rocklin, California and worship at Abundant Lie Fellowship church. Although I was born and raised as a Catholic, I am now a born-again Pentecostal Christian. I received my salvation in 1993 while in federal prison serving a sentence of 125 months for bank fraud. The Lord has blessed me so much that I want to bless others through my writings. I want others to know how the Lord brought me from a life which had no meaning to a life full of love, peace and purpose.


Interview with Kay Baker author of “Sentenced to Life” Spirit Alive: When did you start writing your first book? Kay: I started writing my first book, Sentenced to Life, in 2009. The book was published by Tate Publishing Inc., in 2010. It was released on March 22, 2011. My stories are about ordinary people finding salvation in extraordinary circumstances Spirit Alive: You talk about an addiction can you tell us what form your addiction came in? Kay: When people talk about addiction we immediately think of drugs, alcohol, gambling. But there are other addictions which are more subtle but more devastating because they are intertwined with the normal course of life. My addiction was the love of the good life meaning having “stuff ”, material things. I could not afford all the niceties, the cars, the parties, the beautiful houses but I wanted them, my husband and I both wanted them, and I had to make a way to have them. This is the trap the devil set for me. I was in a position where I had total access to other people’s money and I took advantage of that position. Spirit Alive: How did getting caught change your life? Kay: When I was finally caught I was scared and I was also bitter and angry at the people, some of them family members and close friends, who gossiped about me. My immediate family members stood by me and I was grateful for that. My main concern was for my children, how they would survive without me. After several weeks, when I knew that they were going to make it because of the way I brought them up to be survivors, I started to assess myself and my situation. Being angry and bitter brought me no peace. I then decided that if I was going to survive in prison I had to let go of my anger. The only way find peace was to forgive. I then made the decision to forgive, truly forgive, not only in my mind but in my heart as well. That was the beginning of the change that God was doing in me, although I did not know it then. One day, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I attended a Christian service and received Jesus into my heart. I have never looked back since. Spirit Alive: What are some of the obstacles you encountered after being released from prison? Kay: The main obstacle was the finding a job. With the stigma of “ex-felon” it was difficult to find a job. The federal system required me to inform my prospective employers that I was on probation. As soon as they heard that it was over. But the Lord brought someone across my path that was willing to give me a second chance. That man, my boss for 5 years, is my very dear and close friend to this day.Second was establishing credit. Although it was not a major issue it was still part of being in the free world and that too was difficult. Spirit Alive: Do you regret being arrested? Why or why not? Kay: In the natural, I would say I did regret being arrested because it took me away from my family, my children, two of who were very young. My youngest son grew up without me. He was 20 years old when I was released. I missed out on the weddings of my three children and the birth of my 6 grandchildren. However, in the spiritual, God had to put in a place where I could no longer ignore Him. For a very long


time the Lord was calling me but I refused to listen. If I did not go to prison I do not know where I would be today. God turned my life around and He has brought me peace and purpose in my life. Spirit Alive: How has being labeled as ex-felon impacted your life? Kay: The label and stigma of being an ex-felon bothered me when I was first released from prison. However, once I had established myself at my job and in my church, it no longer bothered me. In fact, I was even able to talk freely about my incarceration with my boss. God has been using that label as a tool for doors to open for me in prison ministry. God has used that label for me to write my book to encourage people who are in the same situation I was in, that there is hope in Jesus. Spirit Alive: What would you share with others who are battling temptation? Kay: The Bible says “Be vigilant. The devil, like a roaring lion, roams to and fro seeking who he can destroy.”Always be vigilant. Live a life of honesty and integrity. Be humble because pride can bring you down. And, “always look to the hills from where our help cometh”. Live a life of prayer and worship to the Lord, fellowship with other Christians, and connect with a church that teaches the Word of God, not sugar coating the Word. Spirit Alive: Tell us about your return to grace, how did you re-discover Jesus behind bars? Kay: When I went to prison I was not a born-again Christian but I was a solid, practicing Catholic. I knew about God (actually all my life) but I did not have a personal relationship with Him. I knew how to pray, memorized prayers, but I did not talk to Jesus. One day, in FPC Alderson, West Virginia I went to one of the Christian services. This was a spur-of-the-moment decision. However, I know now that it was the Holy Spirit that led me that service. It was not by chance, it was not a mistake. The Lord touched my heart that night and several weeks later I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Spirit Alive: Once you returned to Christ how did that impact your life behind bars and beyond? Kay: Actually I never left Christ. I just did not know Him like I should have. And, the devil had a stronghold on me that I could not resist. But once I had that personal relationship with Christ I had the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. There were times when the challenges I faced in prison were beyond what I could physically and emotionally bear but I always turned to Lord, trusting in Him to help me overcome. I could not have done 9-1/2 years in prison by myself. I did it because Jesus was doing time with me. He never left me; he never for one minute said “you are on your own today”. Spirit Alive: Why did you feel it was important to share your story with others? Kay: I share my story, my book, to bring hope to the hopeless, to bring encouragement to the downhearted, that there is hope in Jesus. I also wrote my story to introduce the unsaved to Jesus, that he is the truth, the way and the life. Jesus can turn any situation around if you trust Him with all your heart. Spirit Alive: You spoke about writing your book(s) in the first person. Why? Kay: I write my books in the first person in order to be able to personally experience the situations the character went through. Although my first book, Sentenced to Life, is my own story I still had to go back to the things I experienced and write it as my story. My second book, which is initially titled “More Than A Conqueror” is a story of domestic violence. Since I never had this experience I had to be able to feel what she went through by writing the story as if it were my own.


Spirit Alive: What do you hope to accomplish by telling your story “Sentenced to Life” Kay: I pray that the readers of my book will know that no matter what they are going through, no matter what their circumstances and situations they are in, God can see them through all of them. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous and the Lord delivers him out of them all”- [Psalm 34:19] God is bigger and mightier than any problems we have. Nothing is impossible to God. Spirit Alive: What is your favorite scripture and why? Kay: 2 Chronicles 20:15 “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. This verse has brought me through all my challenges because God promised that He would do battle for me. The verse goes on…”Stand you still and see the salvation of the Lord” I did not even have to do anything in certain situations. God did it all. Spirit Alive: What message would you like to send the world about assisting ex-felons? The ex-felons have done their time and have made amends through their incarceration. Give them a second chance. By the world turning their backs on ex-felons they are pushing them back to doing what is wrong in order to survive. Everyone has done something wrong in their life, if it is just cheating on tax returns. The difference is that the ex-felon was caught. Not one knows the reason that the ex-felon committed the crime but he did his time and now he is ready to start over. Give him that chance. Spirit Alive: Do you believe that one can truly find Jesus behind bars and live a life in accordance to the scripture? Kay: Yes I do. Actually it is easier to live a true Christian life in prison than in the world because all inmates are in the same boat, so to speak, no one better than the next person. So the inmate does not have to suffer the humiliation and guilt of being a felon. Spirit Alive: How did you find the strength to live in Christ beyond the bars? Kay: By connecting with a Church that was no respecter of person, just like the Bible says Jesus is. Fellowship with other Christian is the key to being able to stay in the Word and live the Word when integrating into society. And by studying the Word, living a life of prayer, and trusting and having faith in God.

You can purchase Kay Baker's Book at http://www.kaybaker.tateauthor.com

Proceeds from her book support Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree Ministries You can find out more about this organization on Kay Baker's website


CHEF'S DELIGHT Bringing it Home With Chef Andarrio!

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INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOCUS

International- Let us pray for the Spirit of God to be unleashed around the globe. That we may see a mighty move of God in foreign lands across the land spanning the 10/40 Window and Beyond False gods- We pray against the stronghold of manmade gods in these regions, we pray against the enemy who seeks to destroy these nations and your people. We pray against the spirit of religion, we pray Lord that you will open up their eyes that they may see You. Persecutions- We pray for the uplifting, encouragement and protection of those in the underground church, we pray that the Lord will manifest Himself as He had done in the days of Daniel. Lord, we seek your face on their behalf. Protect, embrace and comfort them who are persecuted for your name.

Human Trafficking- Lord we release your divine protection over those at risk in these countries to be slaves. We ask that an outpouring of repentance to those who organize and conduct human trafficking That they may be moved to repentance and begin to act as protectors of your people. Violence- Lord we ask that you empower us to speak against violence, war, poverty and destruction. We ask for peace for those who seek your face, we ask for divine intervention on their behalf. Those who are endangered that your hand may lift them up out of the violence. Continents- Lord we ask for the Gospel to reach over the highest mountain, in the deep valleys. Let your Word spread across the widest ocean and deepest seas. Let it go forth into the dry lands, surpass the wetlands, the forests and sands. Let your Word be Light to those in the darkness.

The international prayer focus is a guide for us to pray for missionaries as well as the people, situations and persecution of those around the World. It is our responsibility to intercede, equip, support and seek out those in darkness. Share it with your prayer group, church or ministry. Spreading the Message of Prayer


MISSIONARIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD HAND OF GOD SOCCER PROJECT HAND OF GOD SOCCER PROJECT reaching out to needy children, showing them love and care, sharing love of God with them is the only way that God can use us to bring hope to their despair. We use soccer to get them together and teach them about God, to stop using drugs and show them the bright future. This project is not revolutionary when we talk about applying sports as a method to helping children find a better way in life. However, what is unique about these children is that they come from the streets of Uganda. Many of these children were rescued from the violent and cruel streets of Uganda, Africa. These children are at high risk for human trafficking, abuse, and starvation. Some of these children are orphans who have no other choice but to live a life of crime, sell their bodies or be abused. In Africa, more than one million children are orphaned by war that raid small villages daily, disease and starvation. The children in the Hand of God Project have the opportunity to stand up against the odds by focusing their energy on positive activities like the favorite and most well-known sport in Africa and that is soccer. Prince Kakungulu Ggobango Ismael (PRINCE KAKU) is also the father to many of the children in who come to the Hand of God Project. “So many of these children are without any guidance, parents or friends” Prince Kakungulu Ggobango is able to minister the Word of God to each and every child that enters the program. “This is our main focus, sharing the love of Jesus” comments Prince Kaku as he is known by the children. In Uganda, Africa you will find that children are the one thrown away this is such a tragedy. In the past year we have had volunteers from around the World helping us to bring more than just physical food but the spiritual food of God.

I love soccer so much, it’s a game with same culture people who love it are one person. I call soccer power can make a pauper/street kids go to school famous and rich, soccer changes bad kids into good kids, soccer its one blood a son of a billionaire can play with a street boy. I have a dream though soccer to see the boys I train from street and pauper families to see them playing in big league in the world. I teach the kids about God after training because is the only way you can get them together because soccer is their best friend


HAND OF GOD SOCCER PROJECT helps expose and scout the needy

children to help them realize their talent, potential and those who need to learn sports. God created every one with a special gift, the same applies to the needy children so we it is our responsibility to rise up and give them a chance to develop. The world has seen children from humble backgrounds become world leaders and champions

The Hand of God Project has been going strong as there is never a short stick of needy children in Uganda, Africa. There is always a child out there who needs the Hand of God to reach out to them and give them all the love, encouragement and wisdom of God they need. Currently, our project is in need of missionaries who are seeking out a rewarding atmosphere where they can see the miracles of God everyday working in the lives of these wonderful children of all ages. We encourage anyone to get involved. The Hand of God Project has an extensive training program to help any individual, church or organization expand into the field of missions. No Child Should Ever Be Forgotten. For more information about the Hand of God Project contact us at PRINCE KAKUNGULU GGOBANGO ISMAEL Email: aguerokaku@yahoo.com Tel; +256 792 000 198+256 782 888 774 Uganda or CINDY BLAIR: Email: rogcbliar@yahoo.com Tel. +12603575611 usa


AUTHOR PROFILE Anica Walston

Favorite Scripture Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Author Anica Walston Bio Anica Lavonne Walston is a native of Petersburg, Virginia. She is the proud single mother of two sons Dylan & Deltan. Anica has been writing for over 15 years. At first, her interest in writing became a hobby. Immediately her family, friends, and teachers, recognized her creative way to express her thoughts on paper. While obtaining her Associates in Psychology at Richard Bland’s she was published in the school’s magazine, Mnemosyne. In 2006, she completed her BA in Psychology, at Virginia State University. She continued to write and was later asked to write a few freelance articles for a local magazine. In 2010, after being separated from her job after eleven years, she decided to pursue her ultimate dream and write her first novel entitled, Generational Dysfunctions. In 2011, she completed and published Generational Dysfunctions along with two poetry books: Yes, I am Woman & To the Little Girl who Loved to Dance. She believes everyone has a divine purpose, which can only be obtained by being obedient and attending to God’s word. She also believes an individual must remain positive and embrace life, regardless of any circumstance. Through her personal struggles, she has found that he only way for her to succeed is to trust and believe in the work that God is doing through her.


Author Anica Walston: reading her book “Yes I Am Woman”

H er book titled “Yes I Am Woman” is a collaboration of unique personalities that shout boldly through poetry that will empower women from any backg round to transform their lives and reach inward to achieve their goals. Generational Dysfunctions Excerpt Diana It was almost summer and Barbara was about to turn sixteen months. Diana had just found out she had passed all of her classes with satisfactory grades. While she was walking home from school, she felt a sharp pain in her pelvic area. A pain she had never experienced. I just got to make it home, and just lay down. She could see the glimpse of her house from the street. Before Diana could take another step, she closed eyes. When Diana came to, a strange man was standing over her. She didn’t know where she was or how she had gotten there. She figured she was in a hospital room because of the décor and smell. “Diana?” Diana’s eyes fluttered as she regained consciousness. She saw her mother in her peripheral. She smiled and thought of her baby girl. “Where am I?” “Ms. Green you’re in a hospital. The neighbor found you on the street, passed out, and called the ambulance.” “What happened?” Diana said. “Where is Barbara-Jean?”


“She is at Ms. Johnson house. You just lay back child and listen to the doctor,” her mother interjected. “What’s wrong with me?” “Well, Ms. Green you are severally dehydrated and you are slightly anemic and…” the doctor paused. “And what sir,” Diana asked? Well Ms. Green you are pregnant, about sixteen weeks.” Diana did not budge. “Ok Doctor, what do I need to do to get better?” The doctor was amazed that her, nor her mother seemed to have any issues with the current diagnoses. He thought it was odd that the young woman did not become frantic about her diagnosis. “Ms. Green, my chart indicates that you are sixteen years old.” Her mother interjected. “Why does that matter? What does she need to do? We can’t have her passing out, it may hurt the baby.” “Yes doctor, what do I need to do to keep my baby healthy?” Diana smiled. Bernice was born December 31st, right after the Christmas holiday. Bernard was born November 2nd, of the next year. Beatrice was born a year and a half later after Bernard. By the time, Diana turned twentyone she had four children, a high-school diploma, and had started taking some classes at the local university. She was happy, satisfied with her children, and the outcome of her life.

You can purchase author Anica Walston books at Amazon.com createspace or her website www.wix.com/anicawalston/rtg


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HEALTH WATCH Anorexia: Crossing the Color Barrier

In the African American culture this is a topic that is seldom discussed but is affecting over seven million women and one million men nationwide. What we don't realize is that Anorexia an eating disorder is considered a mental health illness. This illness affects one in 200 women according to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. We must ask ourselves in the African American community how much we really know about eating disorders and its impact in our communities. If we were to breakdown and really assess how this is affecting our young people today. Many young girls between the ages of 12-17 years old begin to take an interest in their bodies. Oftentimes, these young adolescents will almost become obsessed with their appearance. It is estimated that as high as 60 percent of junior high and high school student participate in some diet or exercise program. So what is Anorexia Nervosa? It is a distorted perception of their image. The person will become more dissatisfied as they lose weight. At this point the individual will attempt anything to formulate an image in their minds that is not realistic. However, many of us don’t look at this condition until the person becomes too emaciated where an individual has lost so much weight that their skeletal form is apparent. This is only in extreme cases. In most situation the person hasn't reach that point. Although you will notice a marked weakness, bone fragility, bowel and stomach problems along with throat issues from vomiting acid from their stomach that deteriorate the lining of the through. It is essential that we fully understand that Anorexia is a mental condition and that one needs to seek immediate professional help. Within the circles of the African American Community we need to realize that Anorexia and other eating disorder are not color bound. This condition is not just in other cultural surrounding but also within our own communities. The other thing to take notice regarding this condition is that is not gender restricted either an estimated 10-15 % of young males are also affected by this illnesses as well.


Statistical Information • • • • •

Related Anorexia Statistics Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. 40 – 60% of high school girls diet. 50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight. 80% of 13 year old girls have dieted. 40% of 9 year old girls dieted. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness

• A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old. • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems ADOLESCENTS • • • •

Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight 80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight Statistical information provided by South Carolina Mental Health Department for more information or to seek professional help http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/anorexia/statistics.htm


BEAUTY WATCH ARE YOU WASHING YOUR HAIR AND SKIN WITH BRAKE FLUIDS?

Did you know that you may be exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals just by washing your hair? Many manufacturers of body care products utilize ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate better known as SLS has been known to cause cancer, heart disease and other diseases as well. The other ingredient is Propylene Glycol is a main ingredient in automobile anti-freeze. These two ingredients are often combined together to produce an even lather as well as a humectants for the skin (moisturizer). If you wonder why you are aging more rapidly think about this these two ingredients are drying to the skin and hair. They also are absorbed into the skin causing genetic mutation in the cell growth. This is not healthy for your body. This can cause some serious health problems such as kidney failure, heart problems and most notably cancer. So the next time you shop for shampoo or body products try all natural. Who wants to go to the garage to get the anti-freeze just to take a bath. All natural products are filled with just that natural ingredients and oils to nourish your skin and hair. If you don't believe it next time you stop by the grocery store read the label and find out why you are feeling the grunge of residue on your hair and body. You can purchase all natural products by visiting www.spiritalivenetwork.weebly.com


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