A Passion for Christ Ministries: September 2006 Newsletter      

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul” Acts 4:32(a)
I Will Do a Thing

Large crowd


And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle (I Samuel 3:11).

Goodbye to Lesotho

It was Monday morning and time to say our “goodbyes” to the wonderful people of Lesotho and move onto Bloemfontein. Once the luggage was packed and loaded on the truck, we were on our way. The bus ride took about four or five hours. We spent much time getting across the border into Bloemfontein. Each tour member exited the bus, walked across the border, parted Maseru and entered Bloemfontein.

Grappled with discouragement

Much had taken place in Lesotho. The battles of the mind had been ferocious. I had grappled with discouragement since leaving Chicago. The South African trips are not to be taken lightly. We were “going fishing for souls.” I emailed home and asked the members of the church to pray and fast their favorite meal for me for three days. God is always mindful of our battles.

Bus captains

There was a couple, now living in Ohio, who had also been bus captains. The Lord used them to encourage me in a great, great way. We talked about the joys and challenges of serving as bus captains, and holding onto souls. The wife shared how she, too, had been fighting, fighting against the devices of the enemy. It seemed as if I received life from her words. She described my battles in perfect detail. Thank you Lord. God is always mindful of us when we are in His perfect will. Even though the battles were horrible, I knew to hold onto God. Just hold on.

One other time, I had an opportunity to sit with a member of the trio, as we left the crusade grounds to return to the hotel. She talked about those times “when you don’t know what’s going on.” You just hold on to God. Those words did so much for me.

The Southern Sun HotelThe Southern Sun Hotel

We finally arrived at The Southern Sun Hotel, which almost looked like a palace. I was amazed at the sight. It was beyond words. Lesotho and Bloemfontein were like night and day...in appearance. Lesotho was very, very poor and Bloemfontein was simply beautiful.

Was it a dream?

Hotel room

I want to share an experience with you that I had on the first night of our arrival in Bloemfontein. I don’t know if it was a dream or not. As I was sleeping, I felt [again, I don’t know if I was dreaming or if these incidents actually took place] some force was holding me down. I couldn’t get up . . . I couldn’t get away from the force! It was very real to me.

Ephesians 6:10-17 says, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

BloemfonteinLot lifted up his eyes

Well, let me get back to how I felt when the tour group entered Bloemfontein. Like Lot, I was captivated by its exquisite appearance.

And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other (Genesis 13:10-11). Lot chose Sodom and Gomorrah because of what he saw. It was beautiful to look upon.

When the woman saw

Just like Eve, And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons (Genesis 3:6-7).

Eve liked what she saw but she didn’t consider its contents, purpose or possible threat. Eve lost her spiritual life because of what she saw.

The complete opposite

Lot and his family had to be rescued from the sin-filled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. I had been tricked by the appearance of Bloemfontein. It was the complete opposite of Lesotho. We had worked so hard, been so careful. It appeared to be flourishing with life and prosperity. I let down my guard.

The same effort of praying over my room and covering me with prayer wasn’t used here. In Lesotho, I did not rest until everything was in place. I thoroughly cleaned all, but not in this place. I cleaned, I prayed but not with the same intensity; I didn’t move with the reality that the devil was in this place but I would pay for that light spirit later.

When we first moved

Later, I thought of what my life had been as a child in the city of Chicago. When I was growing up, when we first moved to the home now occupied by my parents, the floor was covered with torn, burned-like, green carpet. We were poor. We ate cereal, Spam, rice, grits, syrup-sandwiches and the like, day-in and day-out, week after week. Some of the meals repeated themselves throughout the day and week.

New clothes were defined as those given from momma’s co-workers, washed and patched up. Both of my parents, with five children, often worked two jobs to provide for all of us.

My dad is magnificent. He can do anything and I hope that the Lord will have an opportunity to use some of those skills for His great work. He is very talented. My mom sometimes worked at a bank downtown in addition to her full time job. I can vividly remember one winter wearing those clear plastic sandal-like shoes well up until the cold weather arrived.

We had so much, we had nothing

We had so much because we had nothing. We were taught to stick together because there was no one else to depend on. We were taught to respect one another and others. We were also taught the importance of prayer and honoring God. By this, we had so much. By appearance, we had nothing but by God’s standards, we had it all. Yes, we had it all because of our great dependence upon God for our every need and there were many of them. Appearances can be very deceiving.

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him (Acts 8:26-31).

My focus was off

It appeared that the eunuch understood what he was reading; it looked as if he was doing well, for he was “an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians,” yet he needed help.

This is what I had to learn about Bloemfontein. God had sent us there to work for Him, despite how things looked. He revealed it to his servant. I had allowed myself to be fooled; I opened up the door because of what I saw. I had been careless, anxious and hasty in not preparing my room as I did in Lesotho. My focus was off. I forgot about the dangers of Sodom and Gomorrah. After hastily unpacking, I raced to the mall with another tour member, got a salad and returned to my hotel room.

The devil had free reign

Again, while sleeping, something got a hold of me. I was careless and underestimated the power of the enemy in this place. Remember, the devil had free reign in this place. This was, up until God sent us there, his turf. After struggling in my sleep, I was able to finally wake up; I got up in a panic and started pleading the blood. I searched my bag and found a special prayer cloth that I received just prior to getting on the plane in Ohio. God knew I would need it. It was a cloth that had been anointed fresh just the service before the great African crusade. With all my might, I used the blood and then fell back to sleep. The enemy returned again but I kept using the blood and finally the Lord was able to deliver me.

I will NEVER do that again. Learn from my terrible experience and don’t be foolish. The devil comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Don’t ever underestimate the power of the devil. Remember to stand and always keep the whole armour on. Anyone can be deceived in this last and final hour. You must stay watchful and remain on guard.

The people of Bloemfontein


It was our first day among the people of Bloemfontein and we passed out flyers and worked among the people. I noticed that the people were more receptive than I thought they would be. Not many refused a flyer, magazine, or cassette. We went out twice daily, covering a lot of ground.

The next day would be the Minister’s Meeting. It was held at the city’s local hall building. The meeting was packed and the message was strong. The man of God indicated, “The kind of mind you have depends on what kind of church you have. A good mind equals a sinless mind.” The preacher continued, “Most preachers preach that you can not live without sin. Adam and Eve lost heaven because of one sin. Preachers, who say you can’t live free from sin, are in sin and death is working in them. The soul that sinneth it shall die. A free life is a life free of sin. Water baptism does not free one of sin. We must have the new birth that Jesus told Nicodemus about. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Any willful sin, you belong to the devil.”

A lukewarm condition

The man of God continued, “If you don’t have the Holy Ghost baptism, you are in a lukewarm condition.” He spoke about modernism and fanaticism. It was a wonderful Worker’s Meeting. The man of God talked about the healing ministry. He spoke about the great price that he paid to have the gifts of God working in his life, all the hours required in the presence of God, staying away from people so much of the time. The ministers were taught that their churches would not grow if what they preached was not confirmed with signs, wonders and miracles. The people were told that any religion that doesn’t preach the virgin birth is no good.

“You can’t have a strong church without the Holy Ghost. There would be no signs and wonders without the Holy Ghost. Bible believers will have the Holy Ghost,” spoke the man of God. “The preaching of the gospel must be confirmed with signs, miracles and wonders following,” stated the preacher. All the ministers and their assistants were given great books and God moved in a marvelous way for them and their churches.

The power of darkness is stronger

I woke the next morning, ready to hit the streets. We left the hotel around 7:30 a.m. It was good to be on the streets that early. We were very busy with souls. I had awakened and prayed to God about the day. It’s amazing. I am honored to travel to these great countries to help win souls but it’s amazing to witness the greatness of God in such a marvelous way.

The power of darkness is stronger but the power of God is also greater on foreign soil. Foreign soil is a wonderful place to receive an unusual miracle. I have received some great miracles while on the crusades. The way God moved for those inflicted with AIDS and the AIDS virus was beyond my comprehension; what love and compassion were demonstrated to the people of Lesotho and Bloemfontein.

Witchcraft and the gospel

Some ministers had allowed witchcraft in their churches. They had attempted to mix it with the gospel. It would never work. God was there setting the captives free. People were making their final decisions in Bloemfontein. Some were going to accept all that was being poured out while others would seal their doom.

What love God had given the man of God to reach these people. The preacher had been gifted with preaching before he ever went to theological school. Just six weeks after receiving salvation, the servant of God was full of the Holy Ghost and preaching.

The promises of God

“Test your faith with the word of God, not your feelings. That’s all the faith you will need. All the promises of God are yours but you must meet the condition. Each promise is conditional,” the preacher continued.

During one crusade night, the preacher stated that he was going to preach on a certain subject but the Lord moved on him to talk and tell the people about his life. “Six weeks after my miracle, I went on a long fast, my first 40-day fast. I went on that fast which changed my life forever. The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17b). That fast changed my life,” Reverend said.

The man of God then spoke about one of his first revivals where there was a deformed baby. It was great. I love hearing this great testimony over and over again. lady “The baby was passed around. It was ‘a miracle in a basket,’” he stated.

He introduced the lady from Bloemfontein who invited him to come to their country. She had been a member of the National Parliament.

The man of God spoke about how important it was to give Jesus all that He wants. He said, “If Jesus wants something, if it’s in my power, I give it to Him. In 1954 the Lord spent so many days and nights with me, teaching me about the spirit of man, spirit of the devil and the Spirit of God. The Lord told me that I would have to be able to separate the spirits. It took place through prayers, fastings and living in the word of God.”

When God first gave the minister the gift of discerning, he stated that he almost died as the Lord allowed him to look into a demon-infested soul. The Lord taught him demonology, how to cast out devils. I’ve read about this many times through the magazines and books but here in Bloemfontein it was very special.

You could feel the love of God being poured forth as the preacher told us his life’s story. You could sense the pulse of the crowd as they responded to the story. The preacher’s story allowed the people to connect with him; it allowed them to touch him in a marvelous way. It opened faith doors.

Addicts and alcoholics

It was Thursday night and time for the deliverance for the drug addicts and alcoholics. You talkin’ about power. It was blood power in demonstration! The devils had to come out. “The devils are out. Now we must get Jesus in or the devils will come back,” shouted the man of God. “Get those hands up and let’s get Jesus in,” Reverend continued.

Standing at serviceFriday’s message was, “Love went to Calvary. Jesus is not in the stable any more. He lives in our hearts, no longer in the manger. Jesus is our passport to Heaven,” the man of God preached. “He brought divine blood for soul, mind and body. Everybody needs Jesus.” Reverend continued, “He is your forgiveness. It took all of Heaven’s love to make Calvary. God didn’t use all of His love to make Moses, man or woman. He didn’t use all of His love to make Abraham but when the Lord made Calvary, it took all of the love of God; it took the whole heart of God.

“When Adam and Eve went away from God, the curse came and divine blood was taken from man,” said the preacher. “Adam and Eve had Eden on earth. We have the second Adam in our hearts today. Sin can look good but you will die,” said the minister.


Saturday night’s subject was “Demonology.” The air was holy and the fire of the Holy Ghost was illuminated throughout the sky. All demonic forces were cleaned out. “All can be delivered who want to be delivered,” shouted the preacher. “Those addicted to alcohol and drugs, those are devils possessing the soul. That’s not a disease,” he continued. The man of God told of how devils possessed one young man’s soul. Once, as he was getting drunk, he passed out. As he was passing out, devils came in and took him over, explained the minister.


And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him (Mark 5:1-4).

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country (verses 5-10).

Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forth with Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand) and were choked in the sea (verses 11-13).

Legion was completely mad. Family and friends couldn’t be around him. He was almost totally destroyed. The demons knew Jesus. There were around 2000 demons possessing one soul. Your soul can hold all of heaven or all of hell; there’s no limit to the capacity of the soul. The devil is real. We must stay away from all the influences of evil.

I hope my travels to Lesotho and Bloemfontein have blessed you. I could go on and on. There’s nothing like the mission fields. We should all seek to be soul winners. If you want to be like Jesus, then you will want to be a soul winner.

God bless you!

The people of Bloemfontein were in such darkness but then Jesus came. Some had suffered for so many years but then deliverance came. God did the impossible but yet it wasn’t impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. What about you? Have you been suffering? Jesus is here for you, dear friend. Won’t you reach out and get what the Lord has for you? The table is spread. What a loving God we serve. He is full of mercy and compassion.

Why not repeat this simple prayer, asking Jesus to cleanse your heart with His precious blood.

Oh, God! I have sinned against you. I am so sorry! I have come home, and I’m going to serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I do believe that you are able to deliver me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and fear. I believe that the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ can make me clean, whole and free. I want the impossible to be made possible in my life. Come on into my heart and help me. Help me, Lord. I trust and believe that through the blood, I can make it. Oh, Lord, I want your help. Save my soul. Love me, Jesus. I must have your love. Love me, Jesus. I will answer your call to salvation today. Come on into my heart, Jesus! Come in!

If you meant that prayer, He has come.

Praise Him, He is Yours!

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A Fictional Short Story by Reverend Beverly Thomas

Momma, I Forgot My Book Bag

Part 4: Malcolm’s Choice

See Part 1 of this story in the February 2006 Newsletter.
See Part 2 in the April 2006 Newsletter.
See Part 3 in the June 2006 Newsletter.

Many went back
But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him (John 6:64-66).

They took me to church
My parents, they tried to steer me right, even took me to church on Sundays but I always acted out and soon no one wanted me around, so I created my own environment.” It was nearly time for the sun to come bursting forth, when Malcolm remembered his last conversation with Denise. “It will be good to start over, to get my life right,” reflected Malcolm before opening his eyes to a brand new day. Growing weary with a life of drugs and abuse, he wanted to make a new choice, a different choice. Malcolm wanted to start making the right choices in his life.

Gang initiation
Malcolm had survived it all, the gang initiation and the gang life. He had witnessed the price paid by many of his friends vying to get into the gang. Once, a potential member carried a razor blade inside a mall and searched for a victim to slice. It was his test to be invited into the gang.

On another instance, early one evening, Malcolm heard of one potential member jumping in the back of a parked car. When discovered by the police, the boy indicated that “he was joining a gang and the initiation was to kidnap a young girl.” The captured young boy was later taken to prison on kidnapping charges. Malcolm continued pondering in his mind, “Why did I even allow things to get this far?” How did I even get started in all of this?”

Always a follower
Malcolm had always been a follower. He was never able to excel in school, having been demoted once in grammar school; he never finished high school. Hanging out with the local crowd was so easy. It required no effort, no self-esteem, and no fight.

Like many of our youth today, they escape into a false sense of security by pretending to be someone that they are not. In an effort to escape life’s troubles, they join a gang, kill someone or become influenced by drugs. Like Malcolm, many of today’s youth are struggling with something. It may be a drug-addicted parent, molestation or a poor academic life. Suffering is no excuse to surrender your life to the enemy. There is enough fight in you to make it – to survive.

Don’t look at those who are failing; hanging with the in-crowd. Seek to be like those who have made it in life. In your environment, there may not be many people but there is someone that can inspire you to do well and make good choices in your life. Look for that individual. No matter what others are doing, you can make the difference with your life. You have to decide that you are worth fighting for. You are worth so much to God but you must contend, struggle and fight.

Dare to be different
Dare, dare to be different! God will stand by your side. His word promises it. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). The Lord has promised you constant companionship. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up (Psalm 27:10). This is your promise from God. He will stay with you as long as you will stay with Him. He seeks to be your guide, leader, comforter, friend and Saviour.

Malcolm passed up many opportunities to improve in school. His parents went through great lengths to obtain all the help necessary to assist Malcolm but he rebelled and was kicked out of each and every program. Having exhausted all their efforts and finances, Malcolm’s parents let him go. “Malcolm you’re getting too old. It’s time to get yourself together. One day, you will look back on these times and regret many of the decisions that you have made. You must make good choices, choices that will prove beneficial in your life,” echoed his parents.

Malcolm’s rebellion
It seemed that Malcolm’s rebellion increased with each and every attempt to help him in school, church or socially. He wanted what he wanted. Malcolm made bad choices early in his life, thinking he would have so much time to make things right. Malcolm underestimated life and thought that he could afford to make wrong choices in his youth and then when he was ready he could chose to do right but Malcolm would learn that life wasn’t like that.

Malcolm had witnessed much violence during his gang-life. He saw one of his best friends killed, execution style, for failing to kill another rival gang member.

Settle down
“Today, I am going to start my life over again,” thought Malcolm as his feet hit the floor. The gang life would be put far behind him. Malcolm looked forward to settling down. It would be such a relief not to always be looking over his shoulder.

How quickly he forgot
Malcolm foolishly thought that he could just walk away from his gang life. How quickly he forgot his last conversation with the man he met behind the van. “Malcolm’s cell phone rung, ‘hey, what’s up?’ The voice on the other end said. ‘You got the goods?’ ‘Yea, I got it,’ said Malcolm. ‘Everything’s still on?’ questioned the caller. ‘Yea, you know me, dog. Just have everything all set,’ stated Malcolm. ‘See you at the place, dog.’ ‘I’ll be there and I’ll be waiting’ rushed the caller.

Malcolm rushed to say, ‘Hey, hey, remember to tell the man that this is it. Don’t forget to tell him, dog.’ The person on the other end said, ‘Yea, yea, take that up with him, on your time, but as for me, bring me my stuff!’ ‘Hey, what’s up, dog?’ ‘Everything is good,’ commented Malcolm. The person went on to state, ‘So, you getting cold feet now? I thought things been goin good for you since you been with us. Ain’t we been taking care of you?’ ‘Well, I want out’ concluded Malcolm.

She’s from a good family
‘All good things come to an end and I am looking forward to moving on. I think I might have a good girl. She's from a good family. I’ve been watching her. She’s still wet behind the ears but she’s trainable.’ They both laughed. ‘Well,’ stated the caller, ‘let’s do our business and part our ways,’ said the man ‘Oh, oh, hold up Malcolm! This ain’t right. Now, Malcolm, you know what we discussed. This doesn’t look good. Where’s the rest?’ shouted the caller.

Malcolm, attempting to reason said, ‘Dog, we been doing business for sometime now and you know I am good for it. I will make up the difference,’ stated Malcolm ‘Make up the difference,’ shouted the caller! We don’t do business like this Malcolm. I am going to have to tell the man about this.

Anxious to tell Denise
Malcolm was full of excitement at the thought of starting a new life. He would do things different, make different choices than he had made in the past. He was anxious to tell Denise.

Malcolm hurried to get himself ready to meet Denise but then an eerie feeling suddenly took hold of him. He couldn’t put his finger on it but the feeling made him afraid. He felt nervous and wanted to talk to someone. Malcolm reached for his cell phone to call Denise. He made several attempts but each time he was immediately connected to her voicemail. “Man, what’s up with that?” thought Malcolm. He placed his cell phone down and continued preparing for the new day.

Something was wrong
No matter what Malcolm attempted to do, that strange, fearful feeling would not leave him alone. Several minutes later, he attempted to contact Denise again. He had never called her home because he had always been able to reach Denise through her cell phone but not this time. This time was different and Malcolm knew it. Something was very wrong. He sat on the sofa and attempted to put his feelings in perspective.

Where’s Denise
“Ok, Denise, where are you?” questioned Malcolm. “Now wouldn’t that be something. I’ll go through all this stuff, give up dealing, change my life and this girl go off and do something stupid like try and be with somebody else,” pondered Malcolm. That old feeling of failure plagued him just as it had in the days of going to grammar school, never able to really achieve, barely making the grade. Was that the case here? Did Malcolm risk his relationship with Denise by taking her with him to do his last deal? “Just like everything else in my life, I’ve probably failed at this, too. She probably thinks I am some drug-dealing, drug-tooting fool but I’m not. I’m not. She’s the reason why I want to change,” thought Malcolm.

Had this all been a big mistake? Malcolm, in a panic raced again for his cell phone and dialed Denise’s number over and over again. He kept getting the voice mail. In a frantic effort to reach Denise, he called her aunt’s house. Malcolm dialed the number. The phone rung. Someone picked up the receiver and Malcolm immediately blurted out, “Hello Z, my name is Malcolm. I don’t know if Denise has told you about me, but I’ve been trying to reach her this morning and I can’t seem to find her. Have you seen her? Is she there with you?” There was a long pause as Malcolm attempted to wait for a response but he couldn’t refrain himself and shouted, “Hello, hello, are you there?” Just as Z started to speak, Malcolm’s cell phone beeped to let him know that there was another caller waiting on the other line.

Who’s on the other end?
Malcolm, nearly out of breath, cut off Denise’s aunt and switched to the other line. “Hello, hello, hello,” shouted Malcolm but there was no response from the caller. There was just breathing, breathing. The caller didn’t identify himself but, after a few short seconds, hung up the telephone. Malcolm attempted to redial the number without success. He sat on the sofa in a dazed-like state. Suddenly, his telephone rung again and again, the caller refused to identify himself but simply sighed into the receiver. Malcolm had forgotten all about Denise’s aunt. He was nearly hysterical.

His telephone rung a few minutes later. It’s Z. “Hello, Malcolm,” stated Z. “Yes, it’s me,” Malcolm replied. “Now what’s this all about regarding Denise? She isn’t there? I haven’t seen her since last night when you picked her up in some van you were driving,” concluded Z. “What in the world is going on between you two?” asked Z.

What do we do now?
“So what’s the plan, dog?” shouted a voice. “Just be quiet and do what I say. I will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it and not before then,” replied the other voice. “Dog, what we gone do now? We can’t keep riding around with her like this. She’s been out for sometime now. How do we know the stuff that we gave her didn’t harm her?” questioned the one voice. “Oh, now you religious? Shut that hole in your face or I’ll…I need to send a message to Malcolm. He crossed me and people don’t cross me and live,” stated the other voice.

Denise lay unconscious as the two men continued to drive to some unknown destination. She laid flat on the van floor with her mouth muzzled. Suddenly, out of nowhere, sirens started going off behind them. “What is going on?” shouted the one voice to the other voice. “Dog, we gone get caught. We gone get life, ain’t we?” questioned one of the men. “Slow down and pull over. Don’t freak out or they will suspect something. Remember, if I go down, I will blame all this on you. So play it calm and cool. You got me?” “Yea dog, I hear ya.”

Pull over
“Pull over to the right. Pull over to the right,” sternly echoed a voice from behind their van. “Step out of the vehicle and put your hands where we can see them,” stated one of the two officers. “Good morning officer, what seems to be the problem?” asked one of the men. “Where’s your proof of insurance and registration? Get it,” shouted the other officer.

The two policemen stood about 6 feet tall and their voices would make anyone tremble. The officers checked the insurance and registration and then one of the officers stated, “Where you two going and what is the van going to be used for?” “Officer,” the one voice stated, “we use this van to carry music equipment and that’s it. Did we do something wrong?” One officer stated, “We have been trailing you for a while now and something just didn't seem quite right, so we decided to pull you two over. Get in the van and get going. Don’t let me see either one of you out here anymore today,” the officer said. They rushed back to the van and sped off.

Give her some more stuff
Denise seemed to be coming to. She was moaning and groaning, twisting herself on the van floor. “Get her. Give her some more stuff. She must stay still until we get where we are going and then we will call Malcolm and see if he’s ready to do business,” said the one voice to the other voice. “Ok dog.”

They drove a few more miles and came to an abandoned apartment building. The owner lived across town and the men thought it would be safe to hold Denise up there. The apartment had been vacated for sometime and the building was damp and cold. There were mice droppings all over the place. “Quick, grab her and bring her inside,” stated the one voice to the other voice. “Ah, can you help me? She ain’t a little girl.” One man grabbed her head and shoulders and the other man grabbed her legs and rushed her inside one of the empty apartments and threw her on the floor. The shuffle must have bruised Denise in some way. While she was unconscious, she had been moaning and groaning for sometime.

Hey Malcolm, missing something?
After adjusting Denise and getting themselves comfortable, a cell phone emerged from one of the men’s pockets and then one of them began to dial Malcolm’s number. Malcolm’s cell phone rung. “Hello, hello,” shouted Malcolm. “Malcolm, it’s me. You got the rest of my money?” the voice angrily questioned. “Dog, is this you? What’s up man? I told you that I would settle up with you,” Malcolm said full of confusion. At this time, Malcolm did not know that the two men had taken Denise. “Malcolm, when you gone have my stuff, man?” shouted the voice? “Soon,” stated Malcolm, “Real, real soon,” concluded Malcolm. The caller then asked, “Hey Malcolm, missing something?” and hung up the telephone. Malcolm shouted within, “My God, they have Denise!” He dropped to the floor and held his head in total unbelief.

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Ellis Nicholas

HELLO, my name is Ellis Nicholas and on Friday, June 30, 2006, my cousin invited me to a miracle crusade weekend trip to Ernest Angley’s Grace Cathedral 4th of July Camp Meetin’.

At that time, I was suffering with severe asthma and was a stroke victim. I was taking 9 types of medicine in the morning, 4 types of medicine in the afternoon and at night I was taking 4 types of medicine. I also had 4 different types of inhalers. I was shot 3 times and suffered many, many strokes, probably 9 or 10. They were back-to-back strokes. I was hospitalized, at one time, for more than 1 year in veteran’s hospital. Those are some of the things that I had experienced up to the time that I got on that bus.

The day of the trip arrived and the people from the church arrived to pick me up about 2:45 a.m. Two men literally held me up and took me down the stairs and put me in the vehicle. I had to move very slowly with the assistance of a cane. I did use a wheelchair when I first arrived at the Cathedral but that was it. I had not walked in three years or longer. I had severe trouble with my right leg. I was unable to lift it without assistance. I also had severe trouble with my right hand.

Once arriving at the cathedral, I had to sit in the invalid section. This section is assigned to ill and bed-ridden patients. I had to have someone sit with me in case of emergency. I could not stand, sit or walk on my own.

On the first night of the crusade, I was delivered and given a wonderful miracle.

Reverend Angley came to my seat and asked if I wanted to stand. The Levites then assisted me to stand up with their help. I was shaking and unstable as I stood up. Reverend Thomas told Reverend Angley my condition He looked at me with such compassion and laid his hands on me twice.

Immediately, upon him laying his hands on me, I experienced something like I never felt before. As a matter of fact, I was dumbfounded. My legs, at first, were aching. But then I got up on my feet and life came into me. I was puzzled and amazed, all at the same time. Life came into me. I looked at Reverend Thomas for several minutes, I couldn’t’ believe it. She said to me, “Jimmy, you got your miracle.” I lifted my feet and realized I could move. I was excited beyond words and I’ve been walking ever since that time. I came to the camp meeting in a wheelchair, with the assistance of men who held me up. I also had a cane but after Friday night I needed none of them and I’ve been walking ever since and more strength is coming each and every day. I thank God for this great, great miracle that He has given me.

I can now walk without the assistance of a cane or any individual helping me. I’ve been given another chance at life. I expect to continue to receive strength in my body each day.

To God be the glory for what He had done. Truly, the God of miracle lives.

Yours with a Passion for Souls,

Pastor, A Passion for Christ Ministries

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