A bit of background
I grew up in the Detroit area (first in the city of Detroit, until 5th grade, and then our family moved to the suburbs of Detroit) My parents moved from Detroit because of the crime; and so that my sister and I could receive better education.
I grew up in a good home, with a good family. We were never what you would consider wealthy, but we had everything we needed. I grew up having a passionate desire to reach out to those with life struggling issues, ie. Homelessness; addictions; broken families, etc. I am now married, and together my husband and I have 3 children.
Knowing the Lord...then subsequently ministry
I was working in management in a restaurant when I met a young man who began to witness to me. Although I prayed and I loved helping people, I had only been in and out of churches, through my life. My mother has great knowledge of the WORD, but we were not in the church regularly, as children. This young man that witnessed to me was a Christian, but he was an alcoholic. He would tell me about CHRIST, but he was constantly drinking, etc. The amazing thing was that this young man was struggling with alcohol, but I could tell that he truly knew CHRIST. After several months passed by, we lost contact, and at that point I realized that I had an emptiness and a void; I felt compelled to get to church; to hear the WORD and to know the LORD better. From that point forward GOD gave me a vision to have a residential discipleship program for men and women battling life struggling issues, such as drug and alcohol addiction. My mother and I began to go out in the streets taking food and blankets, etc to drug houses, abandoned homes, impoverished neighborhoods. Our family began to tithe to the ministry work we were doing, and we began GOD’S STOREHOUSE, a non-profit Christian organization; purchased a building and began to minister to a community that is overwhelmed with drugs, prostitution, homelessness, lost children and brokenness.
We were running this minister while I attended a Baptist church, under the leadership of Pastor Roberson, where I was trained, licensed and ordained. After serving there for several years and running GOD’S STOREHOUSE, My husband and I were led to leave the church we attended, and I began to have Sunday morning mission services at GOD’S STOREHOUSE. At this outreach ministry we provide, food bags every week (Approx. 4000 meals given each month); we give clothes; coats; blankets; hygiene kits, etc; we provide Biblical counseling; Bible classes; and we do street outreach regularly, for those who will not come to us. Also we have sponsored children for Christmas for 12 years; having provided toys, coats etc, for over 3000 children to date. We have been here for 13 years with no paid employees; we volunteer and love watching GOD work in people’s lives.
'For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?' MATTHEW 25:35-37
In the years of working with God’s Storehouse, GOD has given my husband and I the ministry that I was given a vision for, in the beginning. This ministry is Outstretched Arms, a residential discipleship program and training center for men and women struggling with addictions. It is an 18 month residential program; 12 months of discipleship training and 6 months of transitioning. This program is strictly Bible based; we are not a rehab, but a program that believes that GOD restores broken lives through HIS WORD. It is structured and disciplined; every hour of the day accounted for, from 6am-10pm daily; including 6 hours of Bible classes a day.
The vision for both of these ministries is just to continue to see men and women’s lives changed through CHRIST. Many of these people have given up hope; they have been on drugs since they were 10-12 yrs old: they have parents/family and friends who struggle with the same issues. Many have been abused/ raped, etc, as young people. What happens in so many cases is that this behavior just continues from generation to generation, destroying lives/ families/ communities, etc. The vision is to stop the cycle, with the students in Outstretched Arms, so their children can see the change; see the difference; and the generational curse can be broken. Some feel it’s too late; too much has happened; they’ve made too many mistakes and had too much heartache. Some believe they are not worthy of love; unable to change; and too broken to be healed…but GOD restores broken lives. Everyone needs the SAME thing…and that is LOVE. GOD is LOVE.
'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.' 2 Corinthians 5:17
Knows for sure
I know that GOD heals; delivers; restores and renews.
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