Monday, April 8, 2013

Five Years to Pink

This is a follow-up to my blog "Thoughts of Christ" Miracle at Zoe which you might want to read first to bring you up to speed.

On Sunday, March 24, my Ray and I went to Calvary Revival Church Peninsula (Zoe) CRCP. Never complain about a one-hour church service. We got there at 10:30 a.m. and they had already started, and got home around 4 p.m., but it was not a hardship at all. The Holy Spirit filled that church for sure. We sat with the Reverends' Ray and Nakia Johnson. It was a wonderful service.

There was lots of heart-felt singing, praising God, prayer, and preaching. People were singing, crying, and laughing. It was one of the most exciting days in my life. And, I was asked to speak to the Fifth Anniversary since I was there in the beginning. Each person there has my heart and I love them all so much.

This was not really the Fifth Anniversary for me, it was more like the tenth, because if you read the Miracle at Zoe story on Thoughts of Christ, you know that it was 10 years ago that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about giving the church to the people of Zoe Community Church. This past Sunday, Reverend Ray Johnson, Sr., told us that the morning that Walter Satchell, Sam Moore, and I came down to give them the gift of the church, there was a prayer circle in the basement under the Sanctuary praying for just that. It was all so overwhelming for everyone that day that he forgot to mention it.

I think they had planned to give me an award or something, but I told Reverend Ray that I didn't need anything. Just being there was one of the best gifts I will ever receive. The church has been cleaned, painted, and has a new heat and air system. They are working on raising the money to finish paying for the system. The church is on the Historical Registry. The beautiful wood floors shook with joy. I have never been to a service quite like it. I really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I really didn't know what I was going to say, but it went very well.

Reverend Ray had everyone who had a baby since the church was given to them, everyone who was saved from drugs and alcohol, every family that got married there in the past five years. Then he said I would have a ruby for everyone standing as adornment of my crown in Heaven. But it is not just my crown, but every member of First Baptist Church of Newport News who deserves the credit. They had to jump on the bandwagon and it took 5 years, but it was in God's time. There were many who said that they had thought it for years, but Dr. Everett made me say the words. To God be the Glory.

Reverend Ray Johnson has also started another congregation in Hampton and the Bishop has indicated that he will be appointed as a church planter and move up in the hierachy of the denomination. It is so wonderful how God is working in our lives.