VISIONARY MINISTRIES INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
WISDOM FROM ANNIE
FEB/MARCH FAMILY WATCH
SOMETHING TO PONDER
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 4
V I S I O N A R Y
G A Z E T T E FEB/MARCH 2013
LOVE IS ABOUT SACRIFICE So it's February. The celebration of Black history. The month of taxes. But in American culture, perhaps the most distinctively recognized celebration of the month of February is Valentine's Day. February can be a hard month for some of us. It's been that way for me in the past when I've often wondered why Valentine's Day was never some fairytale day for me like it seemed to be for so many of my friends. With the holiday being so highly commericialized as it is, it can be easy to get caught up all of the gift giving that is supposed to prove that you love someone. Thousands of advertisements centered around spending money inundate the air waves and television screens of the American public, beckoning to us to "prove our love" by buying "this brand new bracelet, this diamond ring, this bundle of roses, and that chocolate heart". Emotional whirlwinds of doubt and insecurity take over those of us who have yet to find someone that we love and care for and we wonder if God even wants that kind of love for us since we don't have these gifts at our doorstep come February the 14th. It can be hard to remember that He has it all figured out. It just takes trust and faith in Him and His timing. The truth is that the greatest love story of all time is the story of Jesus dying on the cross for us. No greater love has ever been seen, no greater love can be cultivated, and no greater love can be manufactured. John 3:16 tells us "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (NIV). What this teaches us is that love is not about flowers, candy, and diamond rings, but instead is about sacrifice. Sacrifice of one's time, energy, and even one's life. This is the greatest love. Other defintions of love that God gives us can be found in 1 Corinthians 13, commonly referred to as "The Love Chapter". It lists the following qualities in verses 4-8: " Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." (NIV) With that being said, feel in no way saddened if you do not have a Valentine this year. God's love surpasses any gift man can provide and His kind of love never fades away. That's the only kind of love worth holding onto. Sister B.J.
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PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you right now for all you have done in our lives! Thank you, most of all for your Dear Son Jesus, the Christ, who sacrificed His life so we can live. Father help us in this New Year to be better and stronger people of God. Let your people speak the “Word” and not say what they feel because the “Word” has power to move mountains. Help us to stand on your “Words” and trust the “Word” no matter what we see. Help us to leave those things behind in the past year and look forward to the new. In this New Year I pray new doors will
open for the people of God. In this New Year Father help us to live our best life by being obedient to your Word by being faithful stewards over what you give to us. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (NIV) Father help us to understand that by obedience to your word you will supply all our needs and bless us above and beyond
Everyone Deserves an what we can imagine. Please help us to remember that the Blessings are just not monetary, but can manifest in the form of good health, blessed marriages, or debt cancelation. Father help your people to have faith in God always because you are not a man that you should lie, but you will do what you say in your Word. We thank you Father for being the author and finisher of our faith. We love you! In Jesus name we ask all these things, Amen! Sister S.J.
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There is nothing worse than accusing someone of cheating when they are not giving any signs - let alone even thinking about cheating. Double check your radar to make sure these feelings aren't based on insecurities. Once you have identified that you still have some suspicion, then proceed calmly. Marriages are intended to be for life - therefore there are things we as married people must do to safeguard our marriage from the attacks of the devil. Spending more time together could very well help, but this isn't a time to
talk about bills, the kids, or even work. This time should be used to honestly and openly share feelings, goals, and intentions for the future. Many times marriages end not merely because of infidelity, but because people simply stop communicating. Start talking today!
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BIBLE TRIVIA Can You Name the Chapter/Verse? PROVERBS 1) “Chasten they son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Chapter _____ Verse_____ 2) “Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abominations to the Lord.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 3) “Labor not to be rich.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 4”) Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 5) “Buy the truth, and sell it not.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 6) “Rejoice not when the enemy falleth, lest the Lord turn away His wrath from him.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 7) “The principle of “I will do so to him as he hath done to me is condemned.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 8) “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 9) “Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor’s house; lest he be weary of thee.” Chapter _____ Verse _____ 10) “As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.” Chapter _____ Verse _____
F A M I LY W AT C H
My Husband Always Wants S(?) … I don’t! These are the words echoed by many women today. With all the demands women face as they care for their homes, intimacy is usually the last thing on their minds. For a long time I was one of those women. Although I have four children, three with my current husband, intimacy was something I never thought about or cared about. In fact, I considered my husband a fanatic when it came to sex. In my mind it was something we had to do, all the time, and it was a complete nuisance to me. That was prior to my growing relationship to Jesus. You see one of the first commands given by God to Adam and Eve was fill the earth, “Genesis 2:28 NIV “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it”. The only way the earth could get full was by man and woman, through intimacy. I use the word intimacy because that is exactly what it was intended to be. God wasn’t merely saying have sex with each other and fill the earth; marriage was and is a sacred union and intimacy was and is a growing part of marriage. It was intended for love, and through that love we grow in our marriage, and with that we have the miracle of a child coming into the world. Satan has done a remarkable job at taking this beautiful command and distorted it. Since the beginning of time sex is noted as being used for evil, Genesis 6:2. Although many do not see the distorted way sex is used today, it is hard to miss. Women used as objects. Extramarital relationships, lust, pre-marital sex and yes, married couples who do not obey God’s command of regular loving intimacy. The Bible is not a book that is outdated or will ever be outdated. God knew the world in which He created. Although we might want to believe we can take God’s word and apply it to our lives in any way we wish, we cannot. God wants marriage to be sacred and He wants couples to enjoy being married, enjoy their children, and enjoy intimacy. It took me 10 years of marriage to understand how important this command is to God. I remember asking God once, “God, why can’t I always feel like being intimate?” There are times I do “feel” like it. However, God quickly said to me, “Saleama, just like you might not always “feel” like getting up in the morning to pray, you do it. Just like you might not “feel” like cooking breakfast, you do it. As a homeschool mother, there are days you “feel” like crawling in bed all day and watching movies instead of teaching, but you don’t. “Well”, said God, “you’re not going to always “feel” like being intimate with your husband but it is an important part of your marriage. It is one of My commands and you need to honor it”. That was so powerful to me when God spoke those words. In 1: Corinthians 7: 3-5 NIV, it says the husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. Basically the only time we were intimate was when I felt like it. My husband never had a right to “feel” like it. I was completely controlling that part of our marriage and it was not fair to my husband or my family. Satan had control over our marriage and it was not as strong as it could have been during that time. In essence it affected our family dynamic because our children did not see us being as loving as we could have been during that time. Anytime we disobey God’s command we allow Satan into our lives. As this month of February is upon us, the month of love considered by some, take this month to renew the command of God and bring intimacy, and God into your marriage. Talk to your spouse about how you feel. While I do agree with God’s command I also wanted my husband to know the things that were important to me and the things I felt that would help our intimacy. For example, I love to talk and get my husband’s feedback on EVERYTHING. However my husband had the same reply to almost everything, “that sounds fine”. As we have grown together he now understands how important it is to me for him to engage in conversation and get his opinion.
My Husband . . . continued on p. 14
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SOMETHING TO PONDER MARRIAGE I got married in 1967. I was in my late teens and my husband was in his early twenties. Neither one of us was saved or knew what it took to be married. We were young immature and naive. We didn’t have good examples of marriages to help us or anyone to get some understanding from. Our parents were married, but they were just doing what they saw their parents did back in the day. In those days they didn’t show love toward each other. There was not a lot of communication, understanding, or prayer. Marriage was not discussed in the house or the churches. So, people got married and moved in together and the marriage was supposed to just work out by itself. NO!!! It does not work that way. When I got married, I thought that things was going to be like living on cloud nine because WE loved each other. Well, I was mistaken. It was quite the opposite. After we got married, things started changing. The longer we stayed together, the more we seem to grow apart. Love seems like it
went out the window! There was strife, physical abuse, and little or no communication. When you get married, you really don’t know your spouse until you live under the same roof with him or her. The true person comes out because he/ she can’t continue to pretend. Marriage is not easy, it takes time and work! I didn’t know that! I always wanted my marriage to be better, but how? Well, I started watching various Pastors on television that talked about marriage and then the light came on. I got saved, then my husband got saved. Things started coming together, but not right way. It took a lot of praying and wanting things to be better. (Ephesians 5:23) “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church and he is the Savior of the body.” (Ephesians 5:25) “Husband love your wives even as the Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:28, “So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own
bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. . Ephesians 5:31 “…….and shall be joined unto his wife and they two shall become one flesh. When two people come together as one it takes endurance. It’s a union of man and woman coming together from two different backgrounds and they think, do, and comprehend things differently. I now know that if you want your marriage to work it takes a lot of prayer, love, respect, loyalty, patience, forgiveness, communication, understanding, commitment, giving and taking. If you are com-mitted to the relationship, the marriage has to be worked on 24/7 a day for the rest of your life. It also takes two people to work on the marriage and guidance from God and prayer. Marriage is good if you work at it and want it to work. You and your spouse can live a loving, healthy ,and a peaceful life, for the rest of your life . This is the way God intended marriage to be. Yours in Christ, Sister L.D.
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“When I got married, I thought things was going to be like living on cloud nine because WE loved each other.”
TOP TEN GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN SONGS 2013 Gospel
It’s Not Over (When God Is In It) - Israel & New Breed
Take Me to the King—-Tamela Mann
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) - Chris Tomlin
Hold On— James Fortune & FIYA
I Need a Miracle—Third Day
Life and Favor (You Don’t Know My Story) John P. Kee and New Life
One Thing Remains—Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
Awesome-- Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship
Redeemed—Big Danny Weave
Testimony— Anthony Brown
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman
Turning Around For Me—VaShawn Mitchell
You Are I Am—MercyMe
Shifting the Atmosphere—Jason Nelson
Need You Now (How Many Times) — Plumb
Your Best Days Yet— Paul Morton
Your Love Never Fails—Newsboys
God’s Up To Something Good—Hart Ramsey and The NCCFamily Choir
INSPIRATIONAL STORY . . .
It was 3:00pm in the Mercy Memorial Hospital. Doctors and nurses were bustling about amid the screams of the crack mother laying on the hospital gurney. Her name was Keisha Scott and she had been in labor for the last eight hours. As she screamed in pain, you could see the needle tracks in her arms. Keisha had been a crack addict for years—in and out of rehab centers since she was sixteen years old. This child would be her fourth and she was only 21 years old. Time was nearing—Keisha had dilated to 8 centimeters and the baby’s heartbeat was beginning to slow. The doctors stopped their moving about and went over to prep her for the birth. After a few short moments a nurse yelled for Keisha to push and after two strong pushes, a screeching baby girl was laying in the palm of the doctor’s hand. The baby was rushed to the intensive care unit because she too, was addicted to cocaine. Bright lights, nurses, and needles—this began the life of Nicole Scott born on this day, December 16, 1982. Nicole spent the first four months of her life in the hospital. Despite the initial addiction at birth—all testing proved Nicole to be a healthy baby girl. She was beautiful baby with huge brown eyes, always cooing and smiling. All of the nurses and the doctors loved her. The concensus was that Nicole would eventually end up in foster care. All of Nicole’s siblings ended up in foster care because of their mother’s addiction. One nurse in particular, Barbara Madison, took a special interest in Nicole. She worked the 2:00pm to 12:00am shift and was assigned to the care of Nicole. Whenever Nurse Madison arrived Nicole’s eyes would light up and she would laugh and coo. At the end of Nurse Madison’s shift, Nicole often cried. The other nurses noticed this pattern, however they were unable to soothe her wails. Continued on pg. 11
E D I S TO I S L A N D C E L E B R AT E S U N I T Y, LOV E , A N D P E A C E
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Genesis 1 M S P H L H D L M A L E F N B H Y A I
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V L D O M B M T A C N K C P G R S H T
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S H C T V A B X L U E T P R L T I U A
M X I N A I B X A T R D M E U A K D E
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B F F C E C B E T K X P I A J R G G X
K F X P S S S A Q E P E L W K C D Q T
S X L I S T C M A K R C N Y M P M A W
A S X U E U L A B E G I N N I N G T Y
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EDISTO ISLAND CHURCHES Edisto Beach Baptist Church (843) 869-2662, 414 - Jungle Rd Allen AME Church
(843) 869-3715, 8060 Botany Bay Catholic Church-St. Frederic (843) 869-0124, 544 - Hwy 174 United Church of Christ (843) 869-9202, 209 Lily St. Presbyterian on Edisto (843) 869-2326, - 2164 Hwy 174 Zion Reformed Episcopal Church (843) 753-2273, Hwy 174 Edisto Island Community Church (843) 869-4216, 908 Hwy 174 Edisto Island Methodist Church (843)869-3456, 3319 Palmetto Rd Calvary AME Church (843) 869-3672, 8321 Pine Landing Rd Greater Galilee Church of Our Lord (843) 869-1138, 8006 Steamboat Landing Road Bethel AME (843) 869-1961, 945 Highway 174 New First Baptist 803-869-2432, Hwy 174 Trinity Episcopal Church (803)869-3568, 1589 Hwy 174 Edisto Presbyterian USA 843) 869-2300, 1890 Hwy 174 Mount Olive Baptist (843) 869-0990, 2779 Hwy 174 Bethlehem Church (843)577-5521, 8017 Pt. of Pines Rd
WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?
Whom do you worship? The answer may roll quite easily of off one’s tongue with the answer being “God or Jesus”. Although that may be the answer, do actions line up with the response? Too many times, we observe people who have forgotten for whom and the reason why we are attending church. God’s salvation, Jesus’ sacrifice, the Word, and the Great
WORSHIP GOD! NOT THE PASTOR!
Commission seem to have gotten lost in the “busy—ness of “Churchin”. Our main focus have changed from the Trinity to the pastor, programs, fundraisers, status, titles, and doctrine. While it is important to esteem and honor one’s pastor, this honor can never supersede the Lord and our sole purpose of serving Him and others. Taking care of the pastor is essential, but don’t
forget about your neighbor without any food or clothes, Some people attend church so that they can be seen, to be in-charge, and to enforce the doctrine of the church. In fact, there are people who know the church doctrine, yet cannot quote one verse from the Bible. How can this be? The focus has been changed. Let’s get back to GOD! What’s your view? Send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSPIRATIONAL . . . DISGUISED BLESSINGS
CONT. FROM P. 7
Baby Nicole often cried herself to sleep and when she awoke, she would just lay there until Nurse Madison came on her shift. It was clear that Nurse Madison and Nicole had a special bond and cared very much for each other. Each night as Nurse Madison traveled home, she contemplated adopting Nicole and raising her as her daughter. But Nurse Madison had a dark past and was not sure if she would be able to love and care for Nicole the way she deserved. Nurse Madison was born Barbara Ann Madison on April 19, 1940 in New York City. Barbara was abandoned by her mother when she was three years old and placed in foster care. Barbara lived in foster homes until she turned sixteen and she ran away. She began prostituting on 42nd street with four other girls—who were mostly, drug addicts prostituting for their drug money. They walked from 6:00pm to 6:00am each day and then went “home” to their pimp—who often beat them and took their money. Prostituting was not what she planned for herself, however it was all she could do with no meaningful skills. Barbara dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade and had not worked anywhere. Despite this, she refused to do drugs and become a drug addict. She told herself that when the opportunity presented itself—she would return to school and make something of herself. On Barbara’s 19th birthday, she had been prostituting for three years on the streets of 42nd. On this day while she and her friends were walking their beat, a car slowed and asked Barbara the cost for sex. She told the driver $50.00. The customer agreed to the cost, she got into the vehicle, and they drove to the Paradise Queen Hotel on the corner of 42nd and Lenox Avenue. They entered the hotel room. Barbara and the customer “Jim” began undressing themselves. Various sexual foreplays occurred and then suddenly “Jim” decided that he wanted to tie her arms to the bedposts. Continued pg. 13
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NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR WHEN CHRIST RETURNS! God did not want us to know.
act upon His directions and
tant Judgment day dates
Now that all of the impor-
Obviously, the date of Jesus’
lessons in His Word. Many
have passed, “No one knows
return is one of them. There
people attend church and
the day nor the hour when
are people predicting the date
wait for the preacher to di-
Christ re-turns.” This, I be-
and as a result, people have
vulge the Word
lieve, stands true today. In-
been selling their possessions.
stead of worrying about the
When the predicted date does
date, we should focus on
not materialize, those people
whether or not we are pre-
are left with nothing. One
pared for the return. Too
organization, which will re-
many of us must make
main nameless in this news-
changes that will put us in a
letter, has an estimated worth
position to be worthy of
of $18,000,000.00. If the or-
Christ’s return. Are we ready?
ganization is predicting the
Have we repented and asked
end of the world, why would
for God’s mercy for the sins
they need millions of dollars?
we have committed?
Unfortunately, it is important that you read the Word for yourself. Whether you read or don’t read for yourself, you are held accountable. The excuse of not knowing about the Word will not be justifiable for God. I am saying all of this to say that if
"Study to shew (show) thy-
Will you be one of those
self (yourself) approved unto
staying behind after the Rap-
God, a workman that needeth
ture? Have you accepted
not to be ashamed, rightly
Christ? This should be our
dividing the word of truth"
concern, instead of the date.
2nd Timothy 2:15 - KJV.
The date should be the least
This verse simply means that
of your worries. If God
we should read and study the
wanted us to know the date,
Bible. This process will allow
he would have put it in the
us to not be fooled by the
Bible with everything else He
you read the Word, you will know that not even Jesus knows the date of His return. So, lets focus on what we do know. We know that Jesus will return. We know God’s
“When the predicted date
expectations for our lives
based upon Bible principles.
We must live by those principles and be ready for when-
those people are
ever Jesus will return!
wiles of the devil. Reading for
placed in there for us to live
yourself will allow God to
by. There are some things
help you to understand and
Repeat Article from July!
PRAYER FOR LOVED ONES Father, we know that our lives are not our own. We know that YOU are the Author and Finisher of all things. It is for this reason Lord that we come to YOU because YOU have the POWER to Heal. We put our TRUST solely in YOU. It is YOU that we will acknowledge and allow YOU to direct our paths. We thank YOU Lord for what YOU have done and for what
YOU are about to do.
Please add your friends and family to this list!
Lord, we pray for healing for the following individuals:
James 5:14 — “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Lucille (Boxie) Knox—Boston Brenda Albert—Louisiana Albert Scott, Jr.— Louisiana Donald Barnes—North Carolina Get well soon!
Lord I want to pray for: 1)
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INSPIRATIONAL . . .
CONT. FROM P. 11
Barbara was a little apprehensive about this request however he appeared okay to her so she consented. He tied her to the posts and immediately began sodomizing her. Eventually, he opened the door and four of his buddies entered to join in on the “fun.” Barbara was able to untie herself after the exhausted men fell asleep. She bolted out of the door and ran! She ran straight into the arms of Sister Mary Ann Thomas. Sister Thomas took Barbara to the emergency room where she was in guarded condition for several days. She barely escaped with her life; she was torn in several areas in her genitalia as well as had severe internal bleeding. When she was well enough to leave the hospital—she went home with Sister Thomas. This woman became the mother she never had. She taught Barbara to pray, how to read the Bible and encouraged her to go back and get her GED. Not only did Barbara complete her GED; she also went on and obtained a nursing degree. Sister Thomas nurtured and loved this young woman as if she were her own child. Continued pg. 15
The Gullah language is a cultural foundation to the African-American community, in particularly to those from the south. Being directly connected to Edisto Island through my parents, grandparents, etc., I too celebrate the beautiful native tongue of my people. Often mistaken as spoken by illiterate or unlearned people, once researched, it can be found that the Gullah language is a direct link to our African ancestors who were brought here from their homeland.
The Sea Islands in South Carolina and other southern states such as Georgia and some parts of Florida call people who speak Gullah, Geechee or Gullah people. These people (my people) are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African-American community in the United States. They speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords and significant influences from African languages in grammar and sentence structure which is strikingly similar to Sierra
Leone Krio in Africa. As I celebrate Black History month, I will reflect and be thankful for those who came before me and all that they managed to hold onto in spite of many disparities. It merely reminds me of the tenacity and strength that we have as a people. Sources: www.yale.edu/glc/gullah/index.htm www.beaufortsc.org/attractionsculture/gullah-history.stml
Bactize een da Wata
Baptized in the Water
Ya broad dohn found de Lawd
Your brother has found the Lord
e beena bumfumble all e life
he has been wasting time all his life
gwine bout e own way
going about his own way
stillyet e bleebe and shru Jedus
still he believe and through Jesus
ya broad bon gin
your brother is born again
e dohn paadon fom all e sins
he has been pardon from all his sins
By: Sister DJM
By: Sister DJM
CELEBRATE CULTURE. . . . GULLAH LANGUAGE
MY HUSBAND. . .
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What are some of the ways in which you can share with your husband how you feel about intimacy in your marriage? Sex in marriage is very important it will never be okay with God if it is NOT an important part of your marriage. Like it or not you will have to restructure your life, if need be, in order to make it a priority. Plan your daily routine together. Get rid of things in your life not needed. If you do not take control over your schedule, believe me, someone else will. Everything we are asked to do is not always God. Our children do not need to be involved in every actively there is. Plan date nights. Plan weekend get-a-ways. Plan the nights you will be intimate. If you do not, Satan will always make sure you are tired each and every night. Rid Satan from your marriage once and for all. You and your husband are setting an example for the future of your family. Whatever your marriage looks like today, it will look that way next month, next year or five years from now if it does not intentionally change and your children quite possibly will have the same kind of relationship with their spouse. Remember, it took me 10 years; with you it could be sooner. Jesus is real and when you invite Him into your life today He can do amazing things. If you do not know Jesus I invite you to accept Him now. Pray for Him to be your savior this day. If you have already accepted Jesus, you and your husband invite Jesus into your marriage and seek His guidance for intimacy, which is important and needed for a strong marriage. I pray your marriage will grow stronger today as you and your husband begin a new journey with Christ.
Sister S. R. POETRY FOR YOUR SPECIAL VALENTINE! Forever and Always When I look into your eyes I see nothing but the loving tenderness and care that comes from you and only you. When I kiss your lips I feel the love surge through my body and I never want it to go away. When I hold your hand I sense a passion inside of you that is made for me and only me. When you hold me close, I close my eyes and wish that the moment will never end. I know that all those things you do for me have a hidden meaning and I know that they are made for me and just for me. I know that you are the only one for me and I the only one for you. For forever and always I will be for you.
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 4
INSPIRATIONAL . . .
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It did not matter that Barbara was African American and Sister Thomas was Caucasian. Their love crossed all color lines. Sister Thomas passed away when Barbara was 30 years old. It was difficult for her—Sister Thomas was the only adult that showed her love and kindness. Regardless of her sorrow, Barbara knew full well that Sister Thomas was with her beloved God and she was looking down on her encouraging her to go on with her life. After the brutal rape, and the final outcome that she would never be able to have children—Barbara shied away from men. Everyday Barbara went to work at Mercy Hospital and returned to her lonely empty apartment. Nicole had been a bright spot in her life. Barbara looked forward to her shift because she would be able to spend time with Nicole. Under Barbara’s care the baby thrived and became strong enough to leave the hospital for foster care. Nicole’s mother had been long gone. She never came to the hospital to check on the baby during her two month stay. Dr. Drake, Nicole’s doctor, told Barbara that Nicole would be leaving for foster care in three weeks. Barbara having grown up in foster care knew that it was not a good place for a child to grow up. Barbara decided that she could not let Nicole leave and not be with her. She began praying every night asking God to let her know if she would be capable of loving and raising Nicole. After about a week, Nurse Williams, the Head Nurse asked if she had completed her paperwork to foster/adopt Nicole Barbara said, “No because I have been praying and asking God for a sign to let me know if it was okay.” Nurse Williams responded, “Barbara, you are a loving and God-fearing woman. You and Nicole will not be happy unless you are both together.” She continued, “All of the nurses and I are taking your shifts for you until you have handled your business with Nicole. Go get your foster papers and begin adoption procedures for your baby. The nurse and doctors have all agreed to give recommendations to assist you in the process. Don’t you see that this is a gift from God?” Barbara began to cry uncontrollably realizing that this was the sign for which she had prayed. She headed down to the New York City Foster Care Agency and met Mr. Brandon McMann. He helped and encouraged her as she completed the various forms needed for foster care and the adoption proceedings. During the end of the second week, Mr. McMann called and told her to go pick up her baby. Barbara was elated! When Nicole came home with Barbara it was like Christmas and New Years all in one. She had decorated the extra bedroom in pink and yellow. In addition to the color scheme she had purchased a crib, rocker, basinet changing table, and any thing else, she thought Nicole would need or want. Barbara stayed with Nicole all night the first night. Nicole slept quietly as she had done at the hospital. While laying with Nicole Barbara began to reflect over her past from a run-a-way teenager, her rape, Sister Thomas, and her nursing profession. Tears began to stream down her face as she thanked God for the problems and situations she had encountered in her life. Barbara learned that bad situations could turn into positive situations if God is involved. Mr. McMann called and checked on Barbara and Nicole everyday from the day Nicole came home. They eventually began dating. On Nicole’s third birthday Barbara Madison became Mrs. Brandon McMann. Minister Algere’ from the book, “Using Your Foundation for Elevation”
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SALVATION! IS THIS YOUR ETERNAL GOAL? God desires for all of us to be saved. It is not His desire that any should perish. Nevertheless, He also gave us free will. Our Father desires us to make the decision to follow Him. Have you made that decision? When you take your last breath where will you spend eternity? Will it be Heaven or hell? The end result will be based upon the choice you made! It is my hope that you choose to follow God. If you make that choice today, you have to acknowledge that you are a sinner. Then you must repent of your sins. You must acknowledge that
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John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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