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2017 CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast First Thursday of every Month

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Call Bishop Redfern II @ 803 730-2758

January 2017 Bishop Redfern II

February 2017 Rev. Carolyn Brailsford

March 2017 Rev. Luella Redfern

April 2017 Rev. Tim Hanley

May 2017 Rev. Anthony Dicks

June 2017 Mac Bennett

July 2017 Elliott Powell

August 2017 Rev. Charles Austin

September 2017 Daniel Rickenman

October 2017 Rev. Ben Johns

November 2017 Rev. Dave Philips

December 2017 Lew Wayburn


COMarch N T2ndEN T S • 2017 ARTICLES Walk by the Light of His Love Tony Evans ................................................................................................................ Page 7 Godly Jealousy Bonita Britt ............................................................................................................... Page 8 Rev. Luella J. Redfern CEO and International Director of the Esther Women of Influence ............................. Page 10 How to Start a CityLight Prayer Group ................................................................................................................................. Page 12 Newton’s Laws of Influence Chakisse Newton....................................................................................................... Page 18 Choose Jed N. Snyder, D. Min............................................................................................... Page 21 Speak the Word, Win the Battle Daniel Henderson .................................................................................................... Page 22 Jesus Pusher Stephen Manley ....................................................................................................... Page 24 CityLight Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................ Page 26 The Esther Women of Influence Luella Redfern .......................................................................................................... Page 30

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Local Events & Points of Interest ................................................................................................................................... Page 4 CityLight Prayer Breakfast Order of Service........................................................................................................... Page 5 Midlands Prayer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 14 Volunteer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 20 march 2017

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Local Events & Points of Interest SATURDAY MAR 4th

LADIES EVENT AT THE WELL EXPERIENCE

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DENMARK (SC) 433 BEECH STREET, DENMARK, SC 29042 CALL: 704-589-1022   Please join us for a day of inspiration through songs, drama, speakers, comedy, and so much more! Lunch will be provided from 11-12 for those who register!!

FRIDAY MAR 10th

NEWSBOYS LOVE RIOT TOUR 2017

TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM 1703 TAYLOR STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201   The Love Riot Tour is coming to Columbia! Make sure you don't miss out on your chance to see the Newsboys live!

SATURDAY MAR 11th

GROUP'S MAKER FUN FACTORY VBS- FUN SHOP TRAINING

REHOBOTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6911 TWO NOTCH ROAD, COLUMBIA, SC 29223 CALL: 803-760-9511    VBS Training & Networking event for churches using Group Publishing’s MAKER FUN FACTORY VBS this summer. Hands-on training from Group to maximize the impact of your VBS program along with networking and decorating ideas. Early Bird-$20 or $15/for 5+.

SUNDAY MAR 18th WOMEN POURING INTO WOMEN CONFERENCE

DUNN'S CHAPEL CHURCH 281 CHAPEL ROAD, WEST COLUMBIA, SC 29172 CALL: 803-309-3798 Please join us for a fun, encouraging day featuring comedienne Cherie Nettles, marriage and family speaker Stacey Watts with Happily Parenting, Jenny Martin with Southern Savers, Sandi Davis with Sandi's Organizing Solutions, vendors, and more!

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March 2017 Publisher: Redfern II CityLight Founders: Joe & Gladys Grimaud

Associate Publisher: Rev. Luella J. Redfern Operations Manager: Gwen Byrd Director of Chapter Dev: Bonnie Miles Prayer Breakfast Chair: Creative Director: Gabe Lowe Managing Editor: Editor: Casey Lowe Photographer Videographer: Zoe Warren Sponsorship Manager: Registration Manager: Logistics: Min. Bernard Byrd Music Director: Rev. Edward King Contributors: Tony Evans, Stephen Manley, Joseph Grimaud, Gladys Grimaud, Luella Redfern, Bonita Britt, Daniel Henderson, Chakisse Newton and Jed Snyder. For information about sponsorship opportunities and rates, please contact: Gwen Byrd gbyrd@citylight.org (803)500-0475

Check Out The Catalyst Online Publication at CityLight.org!

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CityLight Catalyst Breakfast Columbia Prayer Breakfast

Speaker: Speaker: Rev. Luella Redfern Esther Women of Influence: Saving a Generation March 5, 2017 at 7:00 AM Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Carolina Meeting Room

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.� -2 Chronicles 7:14

Be Ye Glad by Michael Kelly Blanchard .................................. Rev. Ed King Welcome and Invocation ........................................................ Bernard Byrd I Will Be Christ to You by Marty Parks ................................... Rev. Ed King Purpose .................................................................................. Bernard Byrd

~Prayer Time: Rev. Derrick Myers~

Praying for Children .................................................................. Bonnie Miles Praying for Widows .............................................................. Rev. Lydia Ham Praying for Refugees .............................................. Evangelist Danielle Long Prayer for Abused/Broken Women ................................................. Gwen Byrd Praying for Women Leaders .......................................... Rev. Annette Balaguer Introduction of Speaker .................................................. Bishop Redfern II Keynote Speaker ........................................................... Rev. Luella Redfern Remarks/ Benediction..................................................... Bishop Redfern II On Thursday, April 6, 2017 the CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Carolina A Meeting Room of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Rev. Tim Hanley will be our speaker. march 2017

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Walk by the Light of His Love By Tony Evans

Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. – Psalm 73:23 Harriet Tubman was a small wisp of a woman, yet God used her to do a mighty work. Maybe as you read these words, you’re wondering how God could possibly use you. You feel defeated and want to give up. Don’t. Instead, keep reading. While the Civil War threatened to tear our country apart, some key players behind the scenes worked to preserve life and defend liberty, hope, and the belief that there is another life worth living. Harriet was one of these people. Without a thought about her own safety, she led hundreds of slaves to safe houses along the Underground Railroad and became a legend as she crossed back and forth over lines of battle. She made the journey countless times, and many wondered how she could continue traveling such long distances along roadways that were carved out of thick and unruly landscapes. But she did. Even though the threat of death shadowed her, she re-

fused to stop. How did she do it? The answer is simple. She had a fixed focus on her goal, and nothing was going to turn her. Her faith in God’s unconditional love gave her the strength she needed to continue her treks to freedom. Perhaps you long to travel your own road to freedom. You can continue on but only when your faith is in Someone much greater than yourself. The psalmist writes, “Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day” (Psalm 139:12). Each night, Harriet Tubman walked straight through the darkness and on to freedom. In fact, nighttime was the safest time for her to travel, and she did not walk in fear. Perhaps she was confident because she carried a light of hope with her—the light given to her by an eternal God. You too can worship the Lord because He does great things, and His loving hands light up your life.

“Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day” ~Psalm 139:12

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(Luke 19:41-44) by: BONITA BRITT, Founder Resurrection, Redemption, & Restoration Ministries International

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odly Jealousy is what Jesus felt all the time. “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy” (2 Corinthians 11:2). Paul felt this godly jealous when some wicked people were beginning to lure some of his converts to a dangerous position. It’s like a conscientious pastor feels towards his church members who might be tempted to do bad things. Godly jealousy is experienced when you feel God’s pain without being personally involved. Godly jealousy is on display when one’s personal ego is out of the pic-

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ture. It’s when one is devoid of an ego trip but is griped entirely by God’s feelings of jealousy. Godly jealousy is in play when you want the gospel to be preserved. It’s not our ego at stake, but it is God’s Word. When Paul said to his beloved Corinthians, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy” (2 Corinthians 11:2), it was because a group of people were alienating the affection they once had for Paul to a different gospel.

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Godly Jealousy Drives You to Share the Gospel Paul felt godly jealousy when he was in Athens. He was waiting for Silas and Timothy to turn up and he was “greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols” (Acts 17:16). This should be every Believer today when seeing so many ads on TV that cross over a line regarding moral ethics and sexual purity, the kind of movies and entertainment available at the cinemas and theaters, the quality of education being offered, and the way godly morality is now scoffed at by top leaders in the church. This is godly jealousy. No ego needed here. No self-esteem. None of us are trying to get elected, to get recognition, or to be honored. One is simply jealous for the righteousness that exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). A love for the jealousy of God and the manifestation of godly jealousy will open doors for the gospel. Don’t be ashamed of the jealousy of God. Instead be jealous for God. It will be our spirit that makes the difference. A godly jealousy is needed in the Church and in the pulpit. What the world does march 2017

not need is an angry people who show no tears, no love, and no real compassion for people’s needs. Paul had a right to speak as he did to the people in Corinth. “I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him” then expressed his worry that they would be lured away from their first love and “pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3). Paul knew that not only might the vicious and self-righteous Judaizers succeed in turning his converts, they would swallow them up by deadly legalism. This is why his heart ached. His motive was not self-serving or personal; it was no ego trip. He wanted them back the way they once were----with tender hearts in fire for God. Godly jealousy is also the cure for jealousy. Fall in love with the jealousy of God, and watch how envy and jealousy begin to dissipate in your life. Godly jealousy will bring you to aspire to the experience of John 5:44. Godly jealousy will make you want the praise that comes from God only, not praise from Him plus people. CityLight.org

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Rev. Luella J. Redfern CEO and International Director of the Esther Women of Influence

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uella J. Redfern was born in Dillon, South Carolina. She is a Licensed and Ordained Minister with the Ecumenical Church Worldwide and currently serves as the Pastor of the Esther Ecumenical Church of Christ, Columbia, SC. She also serves as CEO and International Director of CityLight Women’s Ministry, The Esther Women of Influence. Prior to entering into the ministry, she worked as a Mortgage Underwriter and Compliance Officer for several large Lending Institutions and Banks with a demonstrated history of effective leadership. After a successful 25-year career in the Mortgage Banking Industry, Mrs. Redfern answered God’s call on her life and entered into full-time ministry partnering with her husband, Bishop Redfern, II. Currently she is a member of CityLight Cameroon Central African Missions team and the East Africa CityLight Cross Style Global Ministry team. She loves discipling and mentoring the young girls of the Esther Teens and the Daughters of Ruth. She teaches tweens and teens how to pray, she also encourages them to ask God to show them the things that move and motivate them, assuring them that God wants them to discover His purpose for their life even more than they do. She explains that it’s all about what He wants to do through us. She helps

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these young ladies be the best they can be by understanding that God has called each of us to a purpose and wants us to walk in it. In addition to preaching every Sunday, she leads women’s bible study, speaks at women’s ministry events and church conferences, she participates in faith-based and community organizations, and all the while encouraging and empowering women and young girls with the Word of God to assist them in discovering their God given purpose. Mrs. Redfern served as Volunteer Coordinator for Christ Central Ministries Columbia Missions Station located in Columbia SC for several years. Her duties and responsibilities were assisting the center director in serving the needs of the working poor, the underprivileged, disabled veterans, abused and displaced women, men and children and the homeless population of Columbia SC. She managed the daily activities of the volunteer staff and persons serving court ordered community service. She prepared and served hot meals for lunch one day a week and worked the food bank for food distribution to needy families. Mrs. Redfern previously served as Navigator Course Instructor for the Colorectal Cancer Disparities Elimination project in partnership with Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers and The South Carolina march 2017


Medical Endoscopy Center, which promoted colorectal screening and cancer prevention education among churches and faith-based communities in South Carolina. She led a two-week training class at Voorhees college for Colonoscopy Patient Navigators. These navigators went on to work a special project at local hospitals and clinics. Her ministry is presently focused on motivating women and young girls to pray, encouraging them to achieve intimacy with Jesus Christ, through studying His Word. It is her desire to see women empowered to become Godly catalysts through prayer and bible study, impressing upon them the fundamental importance of the woman’s role in her family, her church and in her

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community. She believes that one woman can save the next generation. Mrs. Redfern began her ministry over 18 years ago alongside her husband, Bishop Redfern, II. God’s Word is evident in all her speaking as she applies scriptural truth to today’s world. She is a charter member of CityLight Worldwide. Prior to joining CityLight, Mrs. Redfern served as Director of Christian Education for the Ecumenical Church of Christ where she taught women and children's bible study. Mrs. Redfern is the daughter of Susie J. Evans-Jones and the late Abraham Jones. She and her husband are the parents of three children and one granddaughter. They make their home in Columbia, SC.

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How To Start a

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ityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called - CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing Light to the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the Two Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from, but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministers, and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The Two Great Commandments: Mt 22:36 “’[ Jesus], which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.’” The Great Commission: Mt 28:16 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV ) CityLight Vision: To bring light to the world by responding march 2017


to the prayer of Christ for complete unity with God and other believers. “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ( John 17:22-23) CityLight Mission Statement: CityLight is a catalyst connecting Christ to the culture for community change. CityLight Slogan: “The light of the world is Jesus.” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

How To Start A Prayer Group Worship 1 The first step in starting a CityLight Prayer Group is to enter into a spirit of Worship... a spirit of unrelenting, unceasing prayer. Taking time to seek the face of God and experience His presence from the very depths of your soul. It is by the will of God and only by the will of God that you can be an instrument of this work.

City Light and it’s leaders. Share your passion and love for the Lord Jesus and this mission of prayer with your fellow believers. Allow the call of II Chronicles 7:14 to resonate in your community and the spirit. Examine your life, the lives of those in your community and the spirit and values by which you live. As you discover the will of God for this generation, we pray that you will join us as we join with Him in complete obedience and submission. Knock on the door to your heart and the heart of this generation to live The Great Commission. Allow the door of prayer to open the hearts of a dying generation and give hope anew to those who have not heard the Good news.

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Ask God to reveal His purpose for your life. The purpose for the entirety of your being. Study the Word of God - the Bible. Pray for the manifold wisdom of God to be made manifest in your every endeavor. View the 5 twenty minute video sessions of Stephen Manley’s study on prayer and the Book of Ephesians. Seek the advise, counsel and prayers of your pastor, deacons and church leaders. Learn more about march 2017

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Please Mark Your Calendars And Take Advantage Of The Following Prayer Opportunities God loves hearing His people praying together, asking Him to fill their land with His Glory. God is already doing great things in the Columbia area.  And He has promised to do even better things.  Let’s ask God to bring on the best!  God is the one orchestrating the united prayer of which we are a part.  He’s the one inspiring us to pray as never before.  Could it be that God is about to do some of the most amazing things that He has ever done?  He wants us to pray about them before they take place.  God is setting us up to give Him the praise and glory.  Answered prayer is one of God’s favorite ways of being glorified. Let’s pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done – in this City as it is in Heaven!  God is up to something BIG and you will not want to miss being a part. Greater Columbia Call to Prayer 9:30 – 11:30a - Second Sat of Every Month Columbia International University 7435 Monticello Road Columbia, SC For more information, H. L. Allen | 803-513-2003 allenhl@windstream.net

www.lexumc.com | 803-359-6838 Lexington Area Pastors/Ministers Prayer Gathering Every Wednesday 10:30am – 11:30am

CityLight Prayer Breakfast Cola, SC 1st Thursday Each Month 7:00 – 8:30am

Riverbend Community Church 1015 Corley Mill Road Lexington, SC Each Wednesday morning pastors and ministers from around the Lexington area gather to pray for the many needs in our families, churches, state and nation. All area pastors and those in any ministry are welcome.

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First Friday Prayer Focus A day of fasting and prayer each month for revival and for those in authority 1 Tim www.ifapray.org.

Walk the Labyrinth & Pray First Friday every month 10 am – 8pm

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www.mastermediaintl.org First Nations Monday The purpose of First Nations Monday is to encourage Native American leaders, prayer coordinators, independent intercessory prayer groups, organizations and churches to join together in prayer the first Monday of each month for Native Ministry. “By praying for one another,” says Jeny Covill of First Nations Monday, “there will be an increase of prayer support for each ministry, as well as an increase in Native Ministry awareness around the country.” For info visit www.firstnationsmonday.com Or Jeny Covill at jcovill@cyberport.com

Prayer For Our Nation: Ongoing

Join the US Prayer Watch Network Today! For more information, visit www.presidentialprayerteam.org

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How To Start a

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“The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.” These fruits are the result of growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These fruits are tendencies rather than mere willingness, because “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” In the person who possesses a Fruit of the Spirit, this willingness bears fruit in the life and behavior of the person. Charity is love, both of God and of neighbor. It is our love for God above all things for his own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Joy is the happiness found in union with the Lord. It is a glimpse of the perfect happiness of heaven that leads us to desire heaven. Peace refers to dealing justly with the world, as well as remaining in good conscience before God. Patience, also known as long-suffering, refers to the tendency to endure both temptation and suffering without it leading to sin. Kindness, also known as Benignity, is the tendency toward acting kindly and doing good. Goodness is the tendency to avoid sin and do good. Generosity is an openness to sharing one’s own gifts and goods with others. It is the opposite of both gluttony and envy. 16

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Gentleness, also known as mildness, is the tendency to allow provocations to go unanswered. Faithfulness is standing strong in faith, and strength against diversion away from faith and virtue. Modesty refers to purity in appearance and self-image. Self-Control, also known as continence, refers to purity in words as well as the tendency to avoid temptations. Chastity refers to purity in actions, especially sexual purity. Chastity should not be confused with celibacy, which is the avoidance of marriage and marital acts.

Positions in your CityLight Prayer Group Chairman Vice Chairman (Discipleship) Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Fellowship Coordinator Ministry Coordinator Photographer Internet Manager 2nd Generation Prayer Group (Evangelism) Chaplain (Worship Leader) Assistant Chaplain Columbia Prayer Group No. The members of CityLight Prayer Groups are individuals who are guided by II Chronicles 7:14 to save a generation and fit it for Worship and Kingdom Service. We pursue the Face of God in all that we do. We pray that our lives may be vessels of Holiness and Fruit of the spirit. In every area of life we offer our Utmost to his Highest. We are shaped and formed in groups with a leader and 12 disciples. Our Fellowship march 2017


is for Worship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism. Prayer is the cornerstone of our assembly each month. Each disciple in every group will grow and mature to start another group of 12 so that we may reach every heart with the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. We are a Chapter of CityLight Inc., a nonprofit 50 1(c)3 organization. We have purposely intentioned to find, recruit, develop, equip, and disciple Christians to be todays leaders with a new standard of Holiness. We are committed to God, our families, our children, our extended families and our church. We offer our lives in keeping the Two Great Commandments and the Great Commission. By the Seal of our Hands with our commitment to God, we commission CityLight Prayer Group No. Columbia as a new Chapter of CityLight on the___ day of the month of ___ in the year of our Lord ___.

Recruit 12 People to Join You In Prayer one hour each month...

Light to the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the The Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism. For more information, visit: CityLight.org or CityLightWorldwide.net

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 CityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called- CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing march 2017

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NEWTON’S LAWS OF INFLUENCE The Art of Public Speaking With Chakisse Newton By: Adam Beam

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hakisse Newton competed Saturday in the World Championship of Public Speaking in Mashantucket, Conn. Newton was one of the 10 world finalists in the competition. We talked with Newton Friday as she was preparing for Saturday's big speech:  Newton, who owns Cardinal Consulting, lives in Columbia and is a professional speech coach. She made it to the world champion-ships by winning July's Regional contest with her speech, "Butterfly Moments," in which she asked, "If a butterfly flutters in Africa in the spring, will it create a hurricane in South Carolina come fall?"  How do you make it to the World Championships of Public Speaking?  Newton: Well, Toastmasters is the largest communication and leader-ship organization in the world. Members are eligible to participate in speech contests.  Every year, (30,000) people or so compete in speech contests. It moves through a process of elimination. The final level is the World Championship of Public Speaking, with 10 contestants from around the world.  This speech contest tends to be more in the line of motivational speaking or inspirational speaking.  How many categories of public speaking are there?  Newton: Toastmasters has four contests a year. There is a humorous speech contest, which is very different. You don't really have to make a profound point since the purpose is humor. 

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The international speech, part of the judging criteria is you must say something of substance. Toastmasters also does an evaluation contest, where you have a target speaker and evaluators get up and practice offering helpful and motivating feedback.  And Toastmasters does a table topics contest, which is impromptu speaking. You get a completely random question and they answer those.  That table topic contest sounds interesting. What have you had to talk about?  Newton: The year that I won the table topics contest at the district level, the question was to define communication. And I talked about my son and his unfortunate love of women at 2 years old. Everyone else took a serious approach.  So your son is a ladies' man?  Newton: He's very cute, and he's got skills. I’ve seen grown men who aren't as adept as my son is with women.  How do you prepare for a speech?  Newton: A lot of people try to tell you everything they know. They ramble and they stammer, and people walk away and they don't remember anything. Before I give a speech, I ask myself, 'What is the one main thing I want to communicate expressed in a sentence? What are the stories, what are the examples, what are the illustrations that I can use that support that point?'  Do you memorize or use notes?  Newton: You never want to monologue like you're an actor.  You want to have a conversation with the march 2017


audience, or the appearance of a conversation. You're not going to connect as a speaker if it seems like it wouldn't matter if (the audience) was there or not. You want to memorize your opening and your conclusion. You want to know it word for word.  Does that mean you deliver it like a robot? No. You live in the moment, and you deliver it with feeling. 

so long, you wanted to hear what I was going to tell you. People feel that when they are on the platform that they have to consume every second with sound. And when you do that, a lot of filler words come out because you are not pausing and you are not stopping to collect your thoughts.  You don't look tense. You look deep when that happens. 

Public speaking is, in a way, a battle to keep someone's attention How do you do that? Newton: I think a lot of people really fail to take the needs of their audience into account. And I'll give you an example. Once I was asked to give a keynote presentation that was very content-heavy at a conference. The conference started on Tuesday, and they asked me to speak on a Friday at the last session. I was the only speaker standing between these people and cocktail hour of a very long week.  So you want to make sure you match it. Look at the elements of your speech - it's a tool box. If you need to put a nail in a wall, you are not going to use a screwdriver. And yet, a lot of speakers when they don't pay attention to their audience, that's exactly what they try to do. 

Do you watch what you eat or drink before a speech, to avoid burping or having dry mouth? Newton: You may or may not have friends that will tell you if you have spinach in your teeth, so you always want to watch for that. But people underestimate the importance of being hydrated. Drinking right before your speech doesn't help you. You certainly need to hydrate before. 

How do you avoid the dreaded "uhs" and 'ums" in a speech? Newton: One of the most powerful speaking tools that you can use is…  What?  Newton: The pause. And because I paused

What about nerves? Does the underwear trick really work? Newton: Personally, and maybe it's because of the audiences that I speak to, I'm just not that interested in trying that trick.  When you are speaking, whether you're at a conference or a business meeting, no one ever says. 'Gosh, I hope this speaker is terrible. I want them to waste my time.' People go into every presentation because they want it to be a success. They want to learn something. Their time is valuable, and they want a gift from you.  No matter who you are, when you are prepared and you are confident, you feel better. That's more relaxing than imagining people in their undies. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Christ Central’s # 1 Commitment is serving everyone in a spirit of love and respect. Our devoted volunteers are dedicated to serve in excellence, regardless of how great or small the need. We are inviting churches, community organizations, and families to join us in showing the impact that love, caring, and sharing can have in the lives of the underprivileged. You can help by simply volunteering your time or resources to bring hope to enhance the lives of others. Some of the ways to volunteer are: Your organizations can sponsor a day during the month to come out to Christ Central Columbia and provide the lunch meal to our patrons. Providing the lunch meal includes any or all of the following: Providing the volunteers to cook and serve the meal for the day Providing and/or preparing the meal and/ or groceries Providing the entertainment and inspirational message for our patrons to enjoy during the meal. Sponsoring a Paper Drive to collect items we use on a daily basis in the center.

Sponsor a Winter Coat/Blanket Drive. Supply baby items such as pampers, wipes, clothes etc. Monetary donations and contributions toward a cause that will change someone’s life in a positive way. All donations are tax deductible. Those are just some ways to volunteer toward a good cause. Any other means or methods of volunteering your time and services are greatly appreciated. I Corinthians 13: 1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a thinking cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. How else can you help? If you and/or your organization are looking for volunteer opportunities or a place to donate goods and services, please consider Christ Central Columbia. Contact Info: Pastor Sylvia Mickens 803-237-2547

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very day we make numerous choices, most of which are quite insignificant. There are some critical choices that must be made either directly, consciously, or indirectly without much thought.  Please read this verse from God’s Word, the Bible.   “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  Proverbs 16:25   Then, please notice this series of choices that our Lord lays out for us. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them… Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.    For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”  Matthew 7:12-14   We sometimes call Jesus’ words in verse 12 the Golden Rule. These daily choices

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produce much good. We could say there is the Rule of the Ways.  There are two ways. All are on one or the other in our human journey.  Which way have we chosen?                  If we are candid with ourselves, we realize that the choices we make are frequently not very good.  And even when we made good choices, we often seem powerless to follow through.  How many “New Year’s Resolutions” have been made and broken?   Thankfully there is help. Jesus promises his help if we come humbly to him. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   Happiness is walking on the way with Jesus.

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very biblical Christian understands that our battle is not against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We are commanded and empowered to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” and to “put on the whole armor of God” that we may be “able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We also know that we are under constant attack from the “flaming dart of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). Using very illustrative language, borrowed from the wartime armor of the Roman soldiers of his day, Paul reminds us that Christ is able to provide strong protection and to “deliver us from evil.” R esponding to Spiritual Attack During some recent days in which I sensed some very clear and relentless spiritual attack, I was reminded of a very important aspect of our warfare. This approach delivered a new sense of personal victory. While easily classified as Christianity 101, I had to relearn this lesson. I hope it will be helpful to you as I share. The schemes of the devil against us “are constantly repeated and of incalculable variety.”[1] They are described as “evil tricks” or “strategies” and are usually lies that come against our mind to lead us away from godliness, the life of the Spirit, and a firm faith. That is why Paul also affirmed that we should “destroy arguments and ev22

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ery lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Loaded for Battle How do we do this? Our offensive weapons in this spiritual contest are described in this way: “And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:17-18). The Greek word here is “rhema” (a spoken word), not the more common “logos.” Essentially, this is a command to speak the word of God in times of spiritual attack. (Certainly in a broad sense it is a command to preach the gospel to those in spiritual darkness.) We could even say that it follows that we should speak our prayers aloud. This is not implicit but surely could be helpful. When Jesus was assaulted by the twisted and deceitful words of Satan in the wilderness, He countered these lies three times with, “It is written...” (Matthew 4:1-11). His wisdom and immediacy in being able to speak the appropriate word of truth in direct response to the enemy serves as an example of Paul’s teaching about the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God. Embracing these truths, I have found myself often quoting the Bible aloud, praying aloud, and even singing songs about Christ when I have sensed spiritual attack. A profound sense of peace, strength, and march 2017


victory have followed. No surprise. The word of God is powerful, “sharper than a two-edged sword” and able to trump the deceptions the enemy assaults us with. In a parallel sense, God commanded Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Notice that Joshua’s ability to keep the truth in his “mouth” was rooted in his meditation (and presumed memorization) of that truth “day and night.” The result was obedience and spiritual success. As New Testament believers, the approach and results can be the same. Serving Notice Another positive fruit of speaking God’s truth is that it serves notice to the enemy that our mind is mastered, not by his lies, but by God’s truth. The Lord is omniscient and knows our thoughts (Psalm 139:4, Jeremiah 20:12, Hebrews 4:13, Luke 6:8). While the devil is supernatural and powerful, he is not omniscient and cannot read our thoughts. He and his demons can certainly watch our behavior and hear our words. This is why our words matter. They demonstrate the victory of the mind, spoken by the lips, declaring that truths, not

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lies, are controlling our thoughts. Recently, as I listened to a message from my friend, Pastor Vance Pittman, he stated that “the key to victory is to expose the lies of the enemy to the truth of God and by faith walk in the truth.” He went on to quote author Clyde Cranford, who wrote, “Growth in the Christian life is a process whereby we learn to recognize the lies of Satan, then expose them to the truth of God, and decide who we will believe: Satan or God...only as lies are exposed to the truth of God can we begin to walk in the truth and really grow as Christians.” Speak the Word – Win the Battle Many of us live in spiritual defeat unnecessarily. We become stunted in our growth. Christ has provided powerful armor to help us stand. But it seems too often we fail to use our powerful offensive weapon of the spoken word of God in moments of attack. This is a powerful strategy I wish I had used more often in my Christian journey and one I should have taught more frequently and clearly to those I pastored. But today is a new day, and a new opportunity to embrace this lesson with fresh diligence. Speak the word. Win the daily battles. Continue to grow in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. ©2017 Daniel Henderson. All rights reserved.   

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am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled,” (Matthew 5:6). The Greek word (hoti) translated  “for”  is used in various ways. It is demonstrative. This means it introduces the object, contents, or argument to which the preceding words refer. It is casual. This means it is particularly equivalent to the phrase “for this reason.” Jesus congratulates the hungering and thirsting ones. It is because of the filling. While the verbs “hunger and thirst” are in the active voice, the verb “shall be filled” is passive. We have nothing to do with “the filling.” We are acted upon and supplied with the filling. “Filling” is in His hands exclusively. Our focus must be on directing the “hunger and thirst.” I have discovered that I can direct and

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control my physical hungers. Those things I used to crave to eat and drink are now distasteful to me. Could Jesus direct me in the focus of my “hunger and thirst?”  I do not have to develop a taste for Him; it is not acquired. He is the fundamental, ever present, and has always been there from the beginning,  ‘hunger and thirst”  of my life. Will I respond to Him? The “filling” need not concern me! In all of my other hunger and thirst my great concern was being filled. How long will it last? When will I need to eat again? “The filling” in every area of my life is His concern. I do not need to select the right foods, drinks, or drugs to bring satisfaction for particular areas of life. Having my needs satisfied is of no concern to me. He knows me; He knows my future; He made me. He supplies; it is all Him. There is no further concern. I am a Jesus pusher!!!

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In February 1996, Joe and Gladys Grimaud, along with a group of Columbia area Christians began meeting and seeking God’s direction for our city. The group included Pastors, community leaders, and lay people from different racial, cultural and denominational backgrounds with different talents and gifts. Each member of the group was concerned about the problems and needs of the community, many of which are the result of the breakdown of the family unity. The group knew that there is a wealth of available talent and resources, and that if mobilized, could be used to address the spiritual and physical needs of individuals, families, and the community.

We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight Columbia organized as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation in June 1996 to bring churches and the body of Christ together to make a positive impact in our community. Our Mission is “to unify the Christian community by lifting up Christ, evangelizing, disciplining, and impacting the community through the local Church”. We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should 26

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work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight serves as a liaison and a facilitator between Churches, the public and private sectors, and the community at-large to help identify needs and match those needs with available resources. We help Churches and the community to become more vibrant by encouraging them to become actively involved in community outreach and to experience the rewards of helping the less fortunate and those in need. CityLight Columbia sponsored the Tony Evans Crusade at Williams-Brice Stadium in May 1997 which served as a catalyst for bringing God’s people together in a spirit of revival to empower us to begin the process of bringing moral, spiritual, and economic change to our community. Dr. Evans’ messages during the three nights of the crusade addressed racial reconciliation, one’s personal responsibility in helping to bring about change, family renewal, and the role of the local Church in reaching out to help meet the needs of the community. The vision that God has given to CityLight is unlimited. Every day, we are seeking new opportunities to reach out into the community, to mobilize the body of Christ, and to match available resources with the needs of the community. As we grow and the opportunities to serve Him increase, we need more volunteers and workers to help fulfill the Mission of CityLight. If you would like to join the efforts of CityLight, you can begin by praying for us. You can become a contact person in your own church body to help us form a spiritually powerful and effective movement of God in the Columbia area. You can help support us financially, or volunteer to serve in one of the following areas of CityLight Columbia. march 2017


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1. PRAYER NETWORK Establish a citywide prayer network involving Pastors and laity. 2. FINANCE Seek and develop ways to generate an ongoing income stream to support the CityLight’s Mission. 3. COMMUNICATION Coordinate a communication network within the community involving Churches, Christian ministries, and the community at-large. 4. VOLUNTEER COORDINATION Coordinate and integrate CityLight volunteers based on their areas of interest. 5. EVENTS Coordinate information on Christian events taking place in the Columbia area and coordinate CityLight sponsored events. 6. MINISTRY COORDINATION Coordinate information on Christian ministries and outreach opportunities in the Columbia area and develop a “Ministry Directory” listing available ministries and resources in the community. 7. UNITY AND RECONCILIATION Promote unity and reconciliation across racial, cultural, and denominational lines by encouraging Pastors, laity, and the business community to work together to bring moral, spiritual, and economic changes to the community. 8. CHURCH AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION Mobilize Churches and the community to capitalize on available gifts, talents, and resources to address the problems and needs of the community. 9. CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Train, prepare, and equip Churches and community leaders for maximum community outreach. march 2017

10. FAMILY RENEWAL Rebuild and strengthen families in the community according too Biblical family principles, with an emphasis on targeting “at risk youth”. 11. EDUCATIONAL REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community in the areas of youth tutorial, remedial instruction, illiteracy, and other educational related problems. 12. HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT Foster safer neighborhoods, promote and provide affordable housing for the homeless and others with housing needs, encourage neighborhood property beautification, and strengthen neighborhood relationships. 13. HEALTH REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community to identify and address problems that are contributing to the deterioration of the physical and emotional health of the community. 14. BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Work with Churches and the community to promote business stability and growth using available resources to help the unemployed, underemployed, and others in need in the community. If you would like tot be a part of the move of God in Columbia and volunteer to serve on one of the CityLight Committees or if you would like more information about the CityLight Mission, you may call or write to us at:

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THE ESTHER WOMEN OF INFLUENCE by: Luella Redfern

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fter meeting her brother in Christ, Alexis Tchoutezim Tsangning a native son of Cameroon, Mrs. Redfern has made several missionary trips to Cameroon located in Central Africa, sharing the love of Christ and spreading the gospel. Yolande Keubeng, Director CityLight and the Esther Women of Influence, Douala Cameroon took Alex, Penny Evans, Annette Balaguer and Luella Redfern to visit an orphanage supported by her church operated by Mother Theresa. There were 63 children from the ages of one year to sixteen years. These children had been abandoned by their parents and or family members, some parents died from AIDS. There was a young woman pregnant out of wedlock abandoned by her family and an elderly woman abandoned by family members. She was put out of her home after the death of her husband, which is a normal practice in Cameroon. Mother Teresa shared her faith in God with the Cameroon Missions team. It was refreshing to witness the spirit of Jesus Christ she has instilled in the children. The Cameroon Missions team shared staples of rice and flour, clothes they brought for the children, newborn and infant baby clothes up to 12mths with the expecting mother. There was also a dress for the elderly woman. They planted a financial seed into Mother Teresa’s ministry. Mother Teresa thanked them and she thanked God because she knew they had something in the bag for the unborn baby before she opened it. They gave all glory to God.

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The Esther Women of Influence (EWOI) also partnered with Yolande as she transitioned the EWOI group home for girls into a group home for women and men called “The Refuge.” which is a home for young people, many of them university students separated from their families. These young people are some of the brightest in Douala, however because of family dynamics they are homeless and need a place of respite as they trust God for their next move. They adopted a school in Bafoussam, the Bazinza public elementary school in Balessing, paid school fees for over 60 students and renovated three class rooms. Mrs. Redfern and the team visited and fellowshipped with some of the parents in their homes sharing the love of Christ. They donated medical supplies and equipment to the Balessing Community Medical Center. They were adopted as honorary members of the Bamileke people, the native group which dominate Cameroon’s West and Northwest Regions. Many of these families, including those that proclaim Christianity practice polygamy. Men usually have several wives and many children. The dynamics of these families makes it challenging to teach Jesus because they believe that are living the old testament. Their honorary adoption, however gave them an opportunity to teach the intimacy of Jesus Christ to the chief and villagers. The Esther Women of Influence partnered with Rachelle Ngum, President of Network of Victorious Living (NEVELI), who became the Esther Women of Inmarch 2017


fluence leader in Yaounde’ the capital of Cameroon. NEVELI ministered to at-risk children from birth to college age providing dignity, empowering them to make better choices. Teaching and raising up the next generation of Cameroonians in learning how to prepare for sustainable jobs and/ or a college education that allows them to glorify God by working to provide a better future for themselves. NEVELI started a micro lending program to teach women how to save money and eventually start their own business. Rachelle took the team to meet two women that were able to start in business through this program. NEVELI committed to starting three CityLight prayer groups and the Esther Women of Influence Women’s ministries, in Yaounde’ Bafoussam, and Dschang. We were able to sow a small seed into this ministry several times a year. In November of 2016, for the first time in about ten years, Mrs. Redfern joined Bishop Redfern for an eighteen day ministry trip traveling through East Africa, (Uganda and Kenya.) This trip changed her life tremendously. She witnessed and experienced the hand of God move daily and it was truly amazing. The official language of Uganda is English, however many of the natives can’t or refuse to speak English. The people speak over 100 different lan-

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guages. Just being able to communicate is a move of God. Her thoughts of the women and children still tug on her heart. Understanding that she can’t save any of them with her own strength but only through God, she feels that if she can save just one then her life will not be in vain. Mrs. Redfern says, “As I take a moment to think about what the Lord is doing in my life. I am beginning to see that he is enlarging my territory. This journey to East Africa, visiting Uganda and Kenya has really opened the eyes to my heart. It was amazing experiencing what God is doing there through Bishop Redfern and CityLight Worldwide, Cross Style International ministries and the Ecumenical Church Worldwide to change a generation and impact the world.” The children in the village are somewhat different from those in the larger cities, much like the children differ here in the US. God used these children to teach and minister to Mrs. Redfern. Commercial things, such as designer clothes, clothes period are not an issue for the village children. Daily, she watched some of them run around carefree and completely naked or partially clothed in dirty, tattered tee shirts covered in red clay from head Continued on next page

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to toe. They played with joy and gladness, rolling car and bike tires with dolls made from freshly grown ears of maize (corn) or in the marketplace selling items they made or fruit they’ve picked. These children are taught to care for themselves and their siblings at a very young age. It’s not unusual to see five year old caring for a newborn sibling. These children are very creative, making music with handmade, native instruments. A five-year-old is very proud to receive two chickens and a goat as gifts for his kindergarten graduation. Yet they look at you and just because you came it gives them hope.

Ruth. Financially supports international Esther prayer groups. Built homes for three widows in Uganda. Charleston, SC Director: Tandra Ingram. Monthly prayer group meetings to empower women for prayer, worship and a word from the Lord. Encouraging women to lead Godly lives, teaching biblical principle for the individual, their family and their nation. Prepare women to lead Godly lives, at home and in their community. Several of the members of the Charleston Esther groups are founders and leaders of ministries for women and girls. The EWOI conference and retreat will be

There are always those people who say, what do you have for me, I know you are from the West and I want your money, which is expected in any third world country. But when God touches your heart through the eyes of a little girl wearing a dirty oversized tattered tea shirt standing outside the church door who was pushed aside so you can march in, you sit and she’s still standing there staring directly at you, you realize that you are called by God to respond. As CEO and International Director of the Esther Women of Influence, Mrs. Redfern leads local and International Esther prayer groups as provided below: Columbia, SC Director: Luella Redfern. Leadership committee: Gladys Grimaud and Luella Redfern. Weekly prayer call: Every Tuesday night. Columbia EWOI plan and coordinate the CityLight monthly Catalyst Prayer Breakfast, selection speakers and location for the event. Publish the monthly Catalyst magazine. Plan and coordinate the annual Esther conference and retreat as well as the annual Spring Tea. Disciple Esther Teens and Daughters of 30

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kindergarten to eighth grade with I Can Kids. Make baskets of household product, toiletries and canned goods for people in the community. Internationally prayer groups: Esther Women of Influence Spanish Town Jamaica, Director: Michelle Green. Meets monthly for prayer and bible study. As a result of Mrs. Redfern’s visit in July 2016, they are in prayer as God leads them to collaborate with one woman called by God from a neighboring Caribbean island and city to form a nationwide women’s ministry group to pray for their nation.

Esther Women of Influence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Director: Jeyaranni Dev. They are making an impact all over India with prayer and bible study. Jeyaranni is a medical doctor and teach Jesus in her medical centers. They just started a new CityLight Esther Prayer group in Sholingganallur, Chennai, India. march 2017

CityLight Cross Style main campus, Magamaga Uganda Director: Agnes Mpagi. This is a pastor’s wives group for prayer and support, a catering service group, a crafts group making purses, bags and jewelry, and prayer group that support the elderly, a local bishops wives prayer group. They sell the crafts they make to support their ministries and provide help to widows and orphans. CityLight Esther Women of Influence Shalom Nursing Center, in Ddwaniro Sub County Kiboga, District Uganda Director: Kemigabo Lynet. Like Queen Esther, Lynet showed them that she believes one woman can save her nation. The infant mortality rate in her community is very low. Many women do not have access to prenatal care because the current medical center is too far away, which results in death during childbirth. Lynet encouraged the women to start a nursing care center in their community. This center provides the best patient care, prevents and treats communicable and non-communicable diseases, assists patients with disabilities, promotes safe child delivery and empowers/educates their community with knowledge on disease prevention. CityLight Education Center, Maseruka Mpenja Sub-County Gomba District, Uganda, under the Leadership of Esther Woman of Influence Director: Lady Katushabe Jacqueline. All of the teachers and administration of this Christian school are members of the EWOI. They are celebrating their third year. There are 20 orphans attending this school whose parents died of AIDS. We have eight classes, children range in age from 3-12. There are twelve Esther Women from the community that join them for prayer daily. This center is located about a mile from a tree where some of the locals practice witchcraft. The building the center uses to occupy is owned by a Muslim who put them out because they Continued on next page

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are Christians and teach Jesus. CityLight and the EWOI provided financial support to this school and they purchased land to build a permanent structure. Free River of Life Center Ministries, Mbarara Uganda, Esther Leader, Director: Pastor Ruth Kirenzi. Esther Women of Influence weekly prayer group meetings, teaching and training ministers in Cross Style practical ministry courses. Five annual certificate graduates and three two-year diploma graduates. Pastor Ruth is one of the most serious instructors of the Cross Style message.

CityLight Cross Style Bible college training classes. Committed to spiritually supporting Katushabe Juliet and her family. This is the little girl that God brought into Bishop and Mrs. Redfern’s path, testing them to see how they would respond. Juliet’s father accepted Jesus because of their love and concern for his daughter. The Redfern’s have committed to supporting Juliet’s health and education. Nakivale Refugee Settlement Kashojwa/B Village Isingiro District Uganda, President and Leader of Esther Women of Influence: Rachel Kinya Bitanga. This group was a very unique group of 12 women (and

Eden Revival Church, Mbarara, Isingiro District, Uganda, Director: Pastor Asiimwe Evans. Assistant Director: His wife Asiimwe Rose, leader of the Esther Women of influence. Weekly prayer group meetings, studying God’s word. Support and take care of the elderly and orphans, they have adopted several children into their home. Make crafts, jewelry, purses and hand bags which they sell in the market place. Mbaba Medical Center Esther Women of Influence. Mrs. Florence Rosebud Kirenga is an 81-year-old retired nurse and midwife. She is the Leader of this Esther prayer group. She convinced her church to open a Christian Medical Center to serve the medical and spiritual needs of the women in her community. She has a heart to preach Jesus to her community and provide good healthcare for women and children. Kabuyanda Church of Prayer, Kabuyanda, Isingiro District, Uganda Pastor’s wife, Tubangirirwe Scola Esther Leader. Provides school fees for primary school and secondary school orphans. Participate in 32

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a group leader) all from several different countries speaking several different languages, Congo, Somalia, Burundi, Wanda, Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda. Jesus is what they have in common. Their mission is to come together and pray weekly supporting each other through prayer and bible study, bringing unbelievers or worshipers of other gods to Jesus. They have a march 2017


large group of Cross Style students. Mrs. Redfern commissioned the leader and bought several pounds of porsha (a staple food item) and planted a seed in the Esther ministry. Esther Women of Influence Masindi Port, Kiryandongo, District, Evangelist Restoration Church, Leader: Pastor’s wife Wanbera Annet Mukia. Ministry working with children and women. The ladies were very excited about joining the new Esther group. They have many children and are planning to start a Christian School. CityLight Esther Women of Influence

ments to eradicate poverty. Miracle Center Ministries Church, Ndere Siaya Kenya, Pastor Wycliffe Ombecha. Esther Women of Influence partnered with The Dorcas Generation women’s group. Chairperson and Leader: Lead Pastor’s wife Mically Violet Khatenje. Mically was commissioned as the leader of this Esther Women of Influence group and planted a seed into this ministry. EWIO purchased a singer sewing machine with the gift donated. They minister to the orphans, widows and the disadvantaged, empowering them with Gospel of Jesus Christ. Monthly prayer group meetings. Intercessory prayer, visits the elderly and disadvantaged families. Initiates activities for the church, such as fund raising and cementing the church floors. Kharada Baptist Church, Pastor Aggrey Makhaaca, Bungoma Kenya, Esther Women of Influence. Esther Leader: Pastor Aggray Makkhaaca, Melab Wariyama. Women’s project to complete the floor. They have 20 women in their Esther group. These women work well together. Prayer and bible study to encourage each lady to be all she can be through Jesus Christ. Planted a seed donation with this ministry to help with completing the church floor.

prayer group, Kiteredge Kyankwazi, Uganda, the Pastor’s wife Mrs. Emmanuel Nadabaku was commissioned as leader of the newly founded Esther group. Her ministry is working with women and children and has started their weekly meetings of Cross Style training. The EWOI have initiated a project for cattle farming, for self-sustenance and home improvemarch 2017

King Jesus the Way of Truth & Life World Outreach, Min, Inc. Khaweli Kenya. Pastor Eliud Juma. Pamela Wanjala, Leader of Esther Women of Influence. Ministry is what they do. Teach prayer and bible study, Food Ministry, Prayer group meets weekly to pray and study Cross Style courses. King Jesus the Way of Truth & Life World Outreach, Min, Inc. Wamini Mountain, Kuywa, Western Province, Kenya, Eliud Juma Sr. Pastor and Overseer, Church located on the mountain top. This is a sister church to the church in Khaweli. These Continued on next page

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people believe in prayer. The EWOI meet weekly for prayer and Bible study. They are also responsible for children’s church and Cross Style ministry courses. Esther Women of Influence, CityLight Primary Christian School, Asurent, Sororti, Uganda. These ladies are the support and administration of this school of 125 students. Jamma is the Leader of the Esther women and the question is what don’t they do. All the teachers are members of the EWOI prayer group. With the financial support we gave them last year they purchased a sewing machine, learned to sew and are now not just making uniforms for their students but are making uniforms for other schools. These ladies have the support of over 1500 people from their village and surrounding villages. The EWOI provided financial support towards the building addition to the school.

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Throughout her journey through East Africa, Mrs. Redfern participated in twelve CityLight College of Cross Style International Ministry graduations in Uganda and three in Kenya. One hundred and thirtyfive women and men were commissioned to go out and teach others the Cross Style message of Jesus Christ. The final event of this trip was held on the CityLight Cross Style main campus in Magamaga. The College of Cross Style International Ministries in partnership with Born Again Faith Uganda graduation and ordination where they graduated their final ten students. The Born-Again Faith Uganda in partnership with the Ecumenical Church of Christ Worldwide ordained 52 ministers. This was a major honor to be invited to participate in such an event. God moved in ways we did not expect.

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