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North Carolina author Marcell Gill’s “Get Rid Of Yourself” book drawing constant rave reviews


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)


Sometime in the Summer of 2017, God strategically placed Marcell Gill on an assignment, one that was centered largely on helping people to alter their way of thinking.

For Gill, it was an monumental assignment he graciously embraced.


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USED BY GOD — A book in which North Carolina author Marcell Gill needed a little more than a year to compose, “Get Rid of Yourself” headlines, among other things, this author’s featured purpose that’s geared toward helping people change their philosophy, he emphasized.
“I believe my purpose is to help people change their philosophy,” Gill, a Fayetteville, North Carolina-area author, told Making Headline News this week. “(I want to help) change the way they process problems and to react to them in a positive manner. I firmly believe that this book can make decision making a lot easier in the future.”

The book to which Gill is alluding is his newly-assembled written document entitled, “Get Rid of Yourself.”

A book in which Gill needed a little more than a year to compose, “Get Rid of Yourself” headlines, among other things, this author’s featured purpose that’s geared toward helping people change their philosophy, he emphasized.


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GOD DID IT — Much to his delight, Gill said his authorship debut undoubtedly is a “major milestone” in his life and that God is the Beneficiary of all the credit.

“The message I want people to download in their spirit is that you have been given power and authority over your mind and body,” Gill said. You, the spirit, are responsible for everything that happens in your life.”

Interestingly, Gill, by all accounts, stressed that we are not as powerless as we are taught to believe, something that, in many aspects, has crippled countless people, particularly those in the household of faith.

“Abba is our Guide, but He cannot make us get up and do anything,” Gill said. “The work that needs to be done is done through our hands. Not simply by praying and believing, but through work as well.”

MUCH INSIGHT — Interestingly, Gill, by all accounts, stressed that we are not as powerless as we are taught to believe, something that, in many aspects, has crippled countless people, particularly those in the household of faith.

A book that is just weeks removed from its official release,  Gill’s “Get Rid of Yourself” has already generated favorable feedback which, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come.

“The overall response has been stellar,” said Gill, a U. S. Army veteran. “The beta readers shared a genuine appreciation for my transparency and the willingness to discuss taboo subjects.”

Much to his delight, Gill said his authorship debut undoubtedly is a “major milestone” in his life and that God is the Beneficiary of all the credit.

CHECK THIS OUT — A book that is just weeks removed from its official release, Gill’s “Get Rid of Yourself” has already generated favorable feedback which, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come.

“The Father has allowed me the opportunity to share this with the world and has equipped me to do so,” said Gill, adding that a few local speaking engagements are presently in the works and the he’s open to accepting more as they arise. “It’s all about changing lives and this is just the beginning.” 


As expected, Gill has announced that other books are forthcoming — much sooner than later.

HE AIN’T DONE — As expected, Gill has announced that other books are forthcoming — much sooner than later.

“I think it’s only fair to write another book based on adding to yourself since the first book speaks on ridding ourselves of the wrong mindset,” Gill said. “This project may become a series in the near future.”

Of course, Gill doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’d be remiss if he didn’t offer this notable suggestion: “The last message I want to leave (my readers) with is this: Continuously renew your mind every day. Every single day. Form positive habits. Be the cause and reap the benefits of the effect. Trust God and manifest love at all times.”


For more information about Fayetteville, North Carolina-area Author Marcell Gill, or to schedule for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with him via social media at: Facebook: @marcellLG; Instagram: @_marcellgill. Also, send email to: invitemarcell@gmail.com.


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South Carolina Pastor TrVera Williams leading God’s people to make a ‘U Turn’ for Christ

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Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)


Just after midday EST on Thursday, TrVera Williams took to her Facebook page, where she staged a rather intriguing and thought-provoking video.

The footage before her gallery of social media followers read: YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE FOR A MIRACLE.

Ahhh…just the ideal message by this devout, big-hearted woman of faith whom, to her credit, is being used by God to advance the kingdom unlike never before, for such pivotal time as now. 

“When the Lord placed in my spirit to transition, I just didn’t see how that would work,” Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail the events that had ultimately given way to her establishing a ministry. “Being single and the sole bread winner, my questions were: How am I going to pay my bills and what am I going to do with the business bills?”

U-TURN INTO MORE SUCCESS — A native of Jamestown, South Carolina, Trvera Williams has made some pretty remarkably and progressive strides as the Founder and Senior Pastor of U Turn For Christ Evangelistic Ministries, Inc., which will be celebrating five years of existence in what has been deemed Harvest Celebration 2018, a three-day, power-packed event that will take place November 16-18.

As Williams consequently found it, because her calling to the ministry essentially was God’s will, it was also, by all accounts, His bill.

Yep, that’s just like God.


“The Lord told me that He would take care of me and that I was not to go get another job, but my job was to get up every morning, get dressed and go upstairs and spend time with Him. Initially, fear and anger were present, because I didn’t understand why God would take something away that He told me to build.” — Pastor Trvera Williams 


That Williams has steadfastly obeyed the Voice of God has benefited her mightily since she ceremoniously delved off into ministry full time.

SOLID CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION — Having grown up in what is known as the Jehovah Holiness Church, Williams and her family, she explained, were affiliated with the First Born Church Of The Living God, a denomination that is based in Waycross, Georgia.

A native of Jamestown, South Carolina, Williams has made some pretty remarkably and progressive strides as the Founder and Senior Pastor of U Turn For Christ Evangelistic Ministries, Inc., which will be celebrating five years of existence in what has been deemed Harvest Celebration 2018, a three-day, power-packed event that will take place November 16-18.

A non-denominational institution that Williams founded in November 2013, U Turn For Christ is housed in the historic Berea area of Greenville, South Carolina, which is part of the Greenville, Mauldin, and Easley metropolitan statistical areas — a town that is comprised of roughly 14,295 residents, according to the latest U. S. census.

“He then said He was taking it away, but, instead, I was trading in my business, Serenity Rehab And Wellness Center, for something better,” said Williams, recalling the infancy stages of her ministry.


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Interestingly, U Turn For Christ’s regular worship services took place in the gymnasium of Williams’ place of business in Winter 2013.

Today, however, this up-and-coming ministry’s present site is located at 6243 White Horse Road, Suite F in Greenville.

A church whereby this clergywoman is widely known for emphasizing the spirit of excellence throughout the Body of Christ and in the community, Williams’ professional ministerial resume is such that she isn’t just known for being a solid and notable pastor.

To her credit, coupled with the divine purpose for which she was created, Williams is widely known also as a godly mentor to a host of leaders, particularly those whom likewise have been called to the ministry.

ADVANCING THE KINGDOM — In 2017, Williams witnessed the release of her book entitled, “A Journey With A Promise,” an awe-inspiring written document that is comprised of poems, as well as recording an inspirational scripture and Prayer CD entitled, “Worship In The Word With Anointed Keys.”

Credit her notable and rich upbringing in the church as amongst the reasons Williams is yet witnessing her destiny unfold right before her eyes.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you, be who God has called you to be,” said Williams, explaining what were amongst the key and strategic values her parents taught her as a child.

Having grown up in what is known as the Jehovah Holiness Church, Williams and her family, she explained, were affiliated with the First Born Church Of The Living God, a denomination that is based in Waycross, Georgia.

The daughter to a mother, who was an evangelist and father, who was a deacon, Williams practically grew up in the church.

GOD’S LEADING LADY — For what’s it worth, that Williams had begun preaching the gospel at the tender age of 16 essentially was a prelude to what is taken place at this stage in her life, a trend that was highlighted by her officially accepting her calling, thus selling out solely to God in 1999.

“I grew up, singing in the choir, being active in the youth department, on speaking programs for youth district meetings,” said Williams, once of a product of the historic Church of God In Christ. “(I also) transitioned into playing the drums and then the keyboard of which I continue to play.”


For what’s it worth, that Williams had begun preaching the gospel at the tender age of 16 essentially was a prelude to what is taking place at this stage in her life, a trend that was highlighted by her officially accepting her calling, thus selling out solely to God in 1999.

How else to explain why she was next in line for a miracle all along?

“My mother says that when I was younger I would preach to my stuff animals,” Williams jokingly said, but with a straight face.

LET US GO INTO GOD’S HOUSE — A non-denominational institution that Williams founded in November 2013, U Turn For Christ is housed in the historic Berea area of Greenville, South Carolina, which is part of the Greenville, Mauldin, and Easley metropolitan statistical area, a town that is comprised of roughly 14,295 residents, according to the latest U. S. census.

Much to her delight, she routinely preaches before people from various walks of life, people who are discouraged and wounded and spiritually incarcerated, people who are in dire need to change the overall landscape of their lives, all the while drawing closer to God in the process.

After all, this is what making a U-Turn for Christ is all about.

“This testimony shows me how I thought I believed and trusted (God), but I saw that I believed as far as the bank account and the pay day, because I knew with my profession, I would not be jobless,” said Williams who, last year, witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “A Journey With A Promise,” an awe-inspiring written document of poems. “But this test has helped me stand and continue to build U Turn For Christ Evangelistic Ministries on a sure foundation.”

APPLE OF GOD’S EYE — Much to her delight, Williams routinely preaches before people from various walks of life, people who are discouraged and spiritually incarcerated, people who are in dire need to change the overall landscape of their lives, all the while drawing closer to God in the process. After all, this is what making a U-Turn for Christ is all about.

A solid, faith-based foundation that undoubtedly will stand the test of time with God, its Helper, leading the way.

“Throughout the transition period and for about six months,” said Williams, “not one bill went unpaid, and many bills were written off, all because my faith came up.”

Indeed it deed.

For five years and counting.

Yep, that’s just like God.


For more information about Pastor TrVera Williams of U Turn For Christ Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under TrVera Williams. Also, send email to: pastortlw@yahoo.com.


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South Carolina clergywoman Yolanda Townsend’s ‘next level’ finally emerges as a newly-installed Senior Pastor


And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 KJV)


Another much-anticipated harvest season, another heavenly supply of uncommon favor for Yolanda Townsend.

After a six-year stint as an Assistant Pastor for  Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is steadily witnessing God elevate her to immense heights, all the while she savors the fruits of her labor in the process.

“Over the years, I can look back over my life in ministry and see how the different areas made a huge impact and prepared me for this next level,” Townsend told Making Headline News this week.

GOD’S LEADING LADY — For Yolanda Townsend (center in pink dress), her ensuing level has finally arrived now that she has been christened the shepherd to steer a flock as Senior Pastor of Uncommon Favor Ministries in Anderson, South Carolina, a milestone she envisioned would come to fruition long before her forthcoming consecration service October 20, during which she will be officially installed to her new ministerial post.

For Townsend, the ensuing level has finally arrived now that she has been christened the shepherd to steer a flock as Senior Pastor of Uncommon Favor Ministries in Anderson, South Carolina, a milestone she envisioned would come to fruition long before her forthcoming consecration service October 20, during which she will be officially installed to her new ministerial post.

“The Lord started positioning me eight years ago while serving 20-plus years at a former church, Mt. Sinai World Outreach, then six years at Empowerment Worship Center,” Yolanda, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, explained. “The call to the office was there and I only needed to remove the fear and walk into it.”

Now that she’s just days away from stepping it up a spiritual notch, it’s safe to assume that all fear is gone for Townsend whom, given her immeasurable track record as a clergywoman, was destined to garner the Senior Pastor label the moment she had officially accepted her calling to preach the Gospel. 

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Yes… another much-anticipated harvest season, another heavenly supply of uncommon favor for such an illustrious time as now.

Never mind that Townsend had admittedly aspired to delve off into another spiritual direction, of sorts.

“After years of praying and seeking the Lord for His direction, He gave me the church name, Uncommon Favor Ministries,” Townsend said. “Even when I tried to seek out something different, the Holy Spirit continued to redirect me back to Uncommon Favor Ministries. It’s important to be sure to follow the direction and voice of God.”

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NOT HER WILL, BUT HIS WILL — Now that she’s just days away from stepping it up a spiritual notch, it’s safe to assume that all fear is gone for Townsend whom, given her immeasurable track record as a clergywoman, was destined to garner the Senior Pastor label the moment she had officially accepted her calling to preach the Gospel.

That she steadfastly obeyed God’s command by sticking with the name of her church that’s located at 111 Market Place Drive in Anderson, for her valiant efforts — coupled with her impressive body of work in ministry — have given way to this soon-to-be newly-installed Pastor reaping that about which she has longed for ever since she was set aside for God’s use: uncommon favor.

“Over the years, I can look back over my life in ministry and see how the different areas made a huge impact and prepared me for this next level,” Townsend said. Working with various youth groups, women ministries, Aids Ministry, and serving food helped me to advance the gifts of help and teaching. Working with young girls gave me insight on what it is like doing life as a young saved girl, transitioning into womanhood. Having my personal ministry, DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, helped me to be humble, to serve not only those within the church, but most importantly the community.”

SEASON OF GRACE OF AND FAVOR — That she steadfastly obeyed God’s command by sticking with the name of her church that’s located at 111 Market Place Drive in Anderson, for her valiant efforts — coupled with her impressive body of work in ministry — have given way to this soon-to-be newly-installed Pastor reaping that about which she has longed for ever since she was set aside for God’s use: uncommon favor.

Finally, the time has come for Townsend to assume a more strategic and massive role in ministry, an assignment that, quite frankly, shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone, considering serving God’s people has been figuratively tattooed to her life for as long as she can recall.


“Ministry is never easy, but it is rewarding. The fact in knowing that others within the surrounding communities and around the world are being blessed by my ministry is rewarding for me. My heart’s desire is to please God, because He comes first in my life and ministry. I want to encourage those whom the Lord has sent to sit under me, be connected to me, or as a mentee that no matter how difficult it looks, never give up. Giving up is not an option.” — Pastor Yolanda Townsend 


Come October 20, Townsend won’t be thrust upon center stage alone.

As usual, her “best friend” and husband of 15 years, Christopher L. Townsend Sr., as well as the couple’s two children, Christian and Crystal, will stand alongside her as they will be officially dubbed the first family of Uncommon Favor Ministries.

FEED THEM — Finally, the time has come for Townsend to assume a more strategic and massive role in ministry, an assignment that, quite frankly, shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone, considering serving God’s people has been figuratively tattooed to her life for as long as she can recall.

“I can only imagine the nervous excitement that will fill the room along with the Lord’s presence,” said Townsend, describing what will likely go through your mind during her consecration. “Although I am nervously excited, I am also humbled at the fact that He chose me to deliver His message to the people. My mind will be racing with thoughts of making sure all is in place on that day, and more importantly, I just want the glory of God to fill the building.

“Ministry is never easy, but it is rewarding,” Townsend continued. “The fact in knowing that others within the surrounding communities and around the world are being blessed by my ministry is rewarding for me. My heart’s desire is to please God, because He comes first in my life and ministry. I want to encourage those whom the Lord has sent to sit under me, be connected to me, or as a mentee that no matter how difficult it looks, never give up. Giving up is not an option.”

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ON TO THE NEXT KINGDOM ASSIGNMENT — After a six-year stint as an Assistant Pastor for  Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is steadily witnessing God elevate her to immense heights, all the while she savors the fruits of her labor in the process.

Because she was determined to stick with God, stay true to herself, and never give up, that next level she had envisioned for so long has finally arrived.

Yes… another much-anticipated harvest season, another heavenly supply of uncommon favor for such an illustrious time as now.

For more information about Greenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend of Uncommon Favor Ministries, connect with her via social media: Facebook Ministry Page: www.Facebook.com/Divas4christministries; Twitter: @1Diva_4_Christ; Instagram: @1diva_status. Also, send email to: uncommonfavorpastor@gmail.com.


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South Carolina life coach/businesswoman Betty Speaks impacting lives through her immense spiritual gifts

SPEAKING UP LOUD AND CLEAR — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Betty Speaks — the director of operations and chief executive officer of for Speaks Services At Betty Speak, a Greenville, South Carolina Christian-based organization that is geared largely toward enhancing others to maximize their fullest potential with God, their Helper, leading the way — is appreciate and grateful that God is steadfastly using her in ways unimaginable, look no further than the tumultuous, seemingly insurmountable hurdles about which she had to clear.

Just recently, Betty Speaks went on and on about how God has strategically equipped and empowered her and, most of all, set her aside for His use.

In listening heedfully to her, it won’t take very long to understand why.

“God left the scars as a reminder to never forget the pain and desolation of my preceding life so I would never forget the spiritual and emotional struggles that allowed me to become the person He longed for me to grow into,” Speaks told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview. “Moreover, I am no longer held captive by the wrong doings or mistreatment of others.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Speaks — the director of operations and chief executive officer of for Speaks Services At Betty Speak — a Greenville, South Carolina Christian-based organization that is geared largely toward enhancing others to maximize their fullest potential with God, their Helper, leading the way — is appreciate and grateful that God is steadfastly using her in ways unimaginable, look no further than the tumultuous, seemingly insurmountable hurdles about which she had to clear.

For starters, Speaks recalls like yesterday how she sensed that her past struggles and hardships were seemingly too much to bear. So much, in fact, that she once found herself contemplating suicide.

Yep, she sure did.

“He delivered me from thoughts of suicide after existing in a perplex world filled with rejection, depression, anxiety, accusations, weariness, tragedy, terrorism, infidelity, hatred, and dishonesty,” Speaks explained. “He taught me how to be a better person by staying in His presence.”

While becoming solely dependent and reliant on God to provide for her the spiritual solace and relief she so desperately sought during arguably the darkest hours of her life, it was, by all accounts, due in large part to Speaks’ unwavering faith that — for a lack of better words — spoke up for her when it matter most.

“His existence in my life gave me renewed hope for a glorious future,” Speaks said. “However, He left the scars from childhood trauma, military trauma, marriage trauma, and relationships to remind me of what I had endured.”

Widely known as also as a Transformational Life Coach and Intentional Leadership Educator, Speaks is a retired military veteran, the overseer of the Godhead and Second Chance Ministries, and her solid community involvement includes serving as a group leader for Redemption World Outreach Marketing Business Builder.

In addition, she’s also known as a global network marketer, an accomplished author, and is popularly known as a financial guru, according to her extensive profile at www.linkedin.com.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Speaks is the mastermind by the CD entitled, “A Life Change Now,” a spiritual-enhancing musical project that has touched the lives mightily of countless people throughout the world.

For what it’s worth, Speaks deemed it rather awe-inspiring when asked to assess from where God has brought her and positioned her for a time such as time whereby she has been afforded the golden opportunity to impact so many lives through her notable organization and ministry.

“Being that I am constantly in His presence and His Mercy and faithfulness, puts me at ease knowing that He fulfills me with a Kingdom Word when a worldly word or action attempts to distract me,” Speaks, a former Senior Logistician for the United States Army, said.

CHANGING A GENERATION — Widely known as also as a Transformational Life Coach and Intentional Leadership Educator, Speaks is a retired military veteran, overseer of the Godhead and Second Chance Ministries, and she has community involvement includes serving as a group leader for Redemption World Outreach Marketing Business Builder.

Today, Speaks acknowledged it is due in large part to her flourishing ministry and obedience to God that she deems it especially essential to aid others to diligently seek Him when faced with adversity, sometimes even from the standpoint of what it means to be a good steward.

“I am intentionally passionate with helping others establish themselves and their generational wealth via multiple streams of income while securing their kingdom endeavors,” Speaks said.

While her current organization is powered by Betty Speaks Life Ministry, Speaks has strong ties to the New Britten, Connecticut-based Another Chance Church that was establishment in October 2008 by Bishop Dr. Allen B. Wilkins.

To her credit, her experience, coupled with her notable contributions to the Body of Christ, have given way to a compelling itinerary for Speaks, who’s scheduled for several book signings — most notably in London next month.

Also, she will be the featured speaker in Kansas in September during a Pastoral Celebration at a date to be announced, and she will be the featured speaker during an event on Oct 8 in New Britten, Connecticut.

In assessing the overall landscape of her life, there’s no doubt that Speaks is allowing her spiritual gifts to, you know, speak up for her.

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“(God) brought healing and restoration to my heart,” Speaks said. “He delivered me from the annoyance and bitterness and uncertainty that were plaguing me as a child onto my adulthood.”

Look at her today, living and dwelling on the larger side of God.

Now we know why.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Carolina Pastor James Perry, Jr. winning souls both on and off the court as a thriving AAU basketball coach

 

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEA former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, James Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as the head coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Because of his deep admiration for spreading the Gospel and coaching basketball, it’s safe to assume that James Perry, Jr. is savoring the best of both worlds.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I love mentoring the youth and I love pastoring. Having a gym at my church makes it so much. I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s community service.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. is strategically impacting lives both from the pulpit and on the hardwood.

HOOPS ON HOLY GROUNDMore than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngster find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

A former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as an assistant coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel come 18-plus year ago, the 6-foot-4 preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.
How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium adjacent to his sanctuary?

For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel some 18-plus year ago, this 6-foot-4 giant of a preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.

How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium a few dribbles away from his sanctuary?

MORE THAN CONQUERORSIn many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.
“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing.

Talk about savoring the best of both worlds.

“I am passionate about basketball because I love it and it gives me the opportunity to teach and build relationships with young men,” Perry, Jr., who’s coached five years at the high school ranks, said. “It gives me the chance to be a counselor, a motivator and mentor while being a coach.”

More than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngsters find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/

In many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.

“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing. Many times, the kids get down on themselves, and this gives me the opportunity to lift them up. Life is the same way, but it will present roadblocks and challenges and they must know they have to keep pushing through.”

SLAM DUNKING FOR JESUS — For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Much like Perry, Jr., a Charlotte, North Carolina native, had found himself doing while growing up in a rather strict, Christian-oriented environment in which attending church had seemingly become as customary as, say, going to school.

Regardless, it is because of his father’s tough love and unyielding Godly wisdom, coupled with his strict parental commands that have greatly empowered Perry, Jr. to help empower youth athletes on the importance of staying empowered through Biblical principles and basketball — all on the campus of the Empowerment Worship Center.

How empowering.

“The sky is the limit because we teach our kids the game and life,” said Perry, Jr. whose Raptors have competed in such places as Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. “We push the student athlete and enforce accountability.”

All while savoring the best of both worlds.

Which, in Perry, Jr.’s case, is just the way God intended it to be all along.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Carolina-based Pastor Yolanda Townsend named Making Headline News 2017 International Women’s Day Woman of the Year

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

 

All along, over the past year or so, while situations and circumstances seemed bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, one the of things about which Yolanda Townsend was thoroughly convinced was that nothing really strange was taking place.

All things considered, she sensed all along that it was all of a part of God’s strategic plan, His plan to exalt and elevate and promote her unlike never before.

His plan to give her hope and a future. His plan to give her an expected end.

UNSHAKABLE FAITH — Because of unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break, coupled with her tireless desire to push and persevere and maximize her potential, Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed. For her resilient efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline News’ International Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

“This past year had its numerous challenges, but also the Lord’s favor,” Townsend said during an emotional, tear-jerking interview-turned-testimony Wednesday morning. “Even though I still have the pain from the car accident in May and the vivid memory of the house fire in September, I have life. Only the joy of the Lord can cause me to rejoice in tragedy and use it for triumph. It reminds me that we are overcomers through His grace.”

Because of her unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her tireless desire to press and navigate and maximize her potential, Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of her adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed.

For her resilient, immeasurable efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline NewsInternational Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

Originally called the International Working Women’s Day, this day is celebrated annually on March 8 and customarily commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

According to www.internationalwomensday.com, organizations and individuals around the world have collectively become committed to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, as well as call for gender-balanced leadership and value women and men’s contributions equally.

In addition, this day was designed in part to create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness-raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day and beyond, according to a spokesperson for IWD.

The second year for an honor that was spearheaded by longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Making Headline News’ Founder and Publisher, Townsend was surprised after learning she had been named Woman of the Year.

“My reaction upon learning that I was selected for such a prestigious nomination left me speechless and in tears,” Townsend said. “I am a sister who encourages others in the faith. I believe in lifting my sisters and brothers up in spirit and in prayer.”

The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive kingdom-based organization that prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

FOLLOW PASTOR YOLANDA: http://www.divas4christministries.org/.

The purpose for Townsend’s DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries is — but isn’t limited to — breaking the chains of generational bondage from families that have endured abuse, whether emotionally, physically, mentally, or verbally.

“Our purpose is to instill in our sisters of today the true meaning behind the scripture: ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made,’” Townsend said in referencing her ministry’s purpose.

PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING — The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive organization which prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

Despite the assortment of unfavorable circumstances that had arose in her life as well as that of her family within the past year, amongst the things about which Townsend deems mostly gratifying is how she had gone about clinging to unwavering faith with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Sometimes your work appears to go unnoticed, but God has His way of encouraging you just when you need it most,” Townsend said. I am humbly grateful and honored to receive such recognition. I cannot take any credit. I will say to God be all the glory for the things He has done.

“The Lord reminded me that we are to use every situation for the good. I am an overcomer by choosing to stand as a living example of what God can do…meaning He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it to work for my good. He can turn your sadness into joy. He can turn your mourning into laughter.”

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Pastor James Perry, Jr.’s Empowerment Worship Center enjoying continuous growth as it celebrates its fifth anniversary

 

EMPOWERED TO PREACHEmpowerment Worship Center Senior Pastor James Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete. Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run, but he can’t hide.
In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to keep him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

Without question, James Perry, Jr. had dreams.

Some big dreams.

Some major dreams.

Some monumental, massive dreams, mind you.

As far as he was concerned, those dreams had virtually nothing to do with standing in a pulpit, deck out in some fancy robe, spreading the Gospel to the masses.

Heck, Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or a defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete.

Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run all he wants, but he can’t hide.

In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to prevent him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

WE ARE FAMILYAmong those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his Lander College sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 2003. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

“Everybody said I was going to be a preacher,” Perry, Jr., the Founder and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina, told Making Headline News this week. “I played for a very good (high school) program and I wanted to get away from home because my father was strict.”

So prudish in that preaching for Perry, Jr. wasn’t merely an option. Rather it was a prerequisite, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to surviving the wrath of his father, who currently pastors United Church of God in Alabama.

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEToday, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

“I didn’t want to preach,” Perry, Jr. said. “I preached because he made me preach. So when I got up to preach, I would get up and repeat what he preached.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. didn’t just repeat that about which his father routinely shared before the masses. He eventually began to practice what he preached.

Today, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just hours away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native.

On Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary during an assembly in which the featured speaker will be Curtis Johnson, the Senior Pastor of Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church of Pelzer, South Carolina.

For Perry, Jr., arriving at such a notable stage in his pastoral career is one in which he admittedly labeled “refreshing,” in large part because of the tumultuous events leading to his accepting his God-mandated calling.

Aside from following his father’s strict orders to preach as a child, Perry, Jr. and his nine siblings endured arguably the darkest chapter of their lives when their mother, Alice Marie Perry, died as a result of an aneurysm.

She was 48. Perry, Jr. was just 26 at the time.

“That was one of the biggest tragedies in my family and it tore my family up,” Perry, Jr., 44, the oldest of his parents’ 10 children, said of his mother’s untimely demise. “She always said, ‘You’re going to preach.’ And when she passed way, a lot of things started to happen in my life. And I said, ‘You know what? This is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

SPIRITUAL HIGH FIVE — Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just days away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native. On Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary .

All of that running from the pulpit had officially come to an end — and for all the right reasons.

Perry, Jr. made his official preaching debut at the age of 28 and, to his credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, he hasn’t looked back since.

After having served under the direction of Greenville-area pastor, Bishop Terry McCaskill, for approximately 15 years, Perry, Jr. witnessed his ministerial career soar to greater heights when God gave him the vision to assume the role as a pastor in 2011.

Consequently, he had become empowered to start Empowerment Worship Center in the comfortable confines of his home, although he and his handful of members sensed they couldn’t become too comfortable in his crib, given the church’s rapid growth.

HEAVENLY PROMOTION — After just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearly 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

With close to 30 members, Perry, Jr. moved his church to a nearby hotel, where services were held in a conference room.

Then after just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearing 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

So much for his father’s strict, nuts-and-bolts countenance that suggested, among other things, that his young, gifted athlete was destined to execute spiritual slam dunks and assists, of sorts, before those whom needed to witness them the most.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

“I think for me, man, I ran for so many years because my father made me do it,” Perry, Jr. said. “But by (age) 14, I became more relevant because of who I was. God began to use people to say things to remind me.”

Among those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his college sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 1993. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

COMING FULL CIRCLEA progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems most intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

A progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems mostly intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. a Greenville-area AAU hoops coach for a 13-and-under team. “I love mentoring the youth and I love pastoring. Having a gym at my church makes it so much. I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s community service. You don’t do this kind of work for money, because the need is so great. You’re touching the lives of a lot of kids out there.”

In his case, for five years and counting.

All while living out his assortment of dreams in the process.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend savoring the fruits of her labor after graciously accepting her divine calling

PREACH, PASTOR YOLANDA!!! Today, unlike never before, Yolanda Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children to her husband Christopher Townsend, Sr., is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.
Aside her flourishing, self-founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native  Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa Perry and a few board members in 2009.

Yolanda Townsend undoubtedly has had a brutally hectic schedule in recent months.

So much, in fact, that she literally has found it difficult to honor interview requests from the media.

But just recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has greatly given way to a successful, progressive pastoral career for this Anderson, South Carolina native.

A vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.

 

WE ARE FAMILYGreenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend pictured with her family (from left to right): her son, Christian, 11, husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., and their daughter, Crystal, who is nine years old. Yolanda Townsend has been actively involved in the ministry for a little more than 18 years.

As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to a realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

“I knew God was positioning me for ministry at a very early age,” Townsend said. “My mother shared with me how around age three or five, I would get up, dress myself by putting on my robe and slippers, then push a chair to the front door, unlock it, and go outside. I would make my way across the street to sit in the rocking chairs with the mothers.”

GOD’S MYSTICAL UNIONChristopher and Yolanda Townsend were united in Holy Matrimony on July 17, 2003.

Wait. There are more distinctly unique details to a story that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“From then on, we knew ministry was being fulfilled,” Townsend explained. “As I got to high school, I took pride in my — shall I say — holiness attire, meaning no makeup, my hair was pressed only, and my skirts were well below the knees, and (I wore) a prayer head covering in every color to match my outfits.”

And so it eventually came to pass that at a very young age, while being raised in a home where attending church regularly surprisingly wasn’t a customary trend, Townsend — for a lack of better words — still ultimately found her way to cross.

HANDPICKED BY GODA vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.
As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

You know, where she first saw the light, as one classic songwriter insinuated.

“All while attending this holiness church all on my own,” she said. “I recall being excited when the deacons would arrive to pick me up to carry me to church. And filling honored that two deacons rode in the front and made sure I sat in the back and arrived to church safety. Those were days of ministry and I knew God had more in store for me.”

Today, unlike never before, Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children (Christian and Crystal), is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.

Aside her flourishing, self-founded ministry, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa and a few board members in 2009.

A progressive, thriving institution whose featured vision is, “To empower the people in unity and in love so that the believer and unbeliever can be enriched and empowered from a spiritually, emotionally, financially and economically, physically, accompanied by a social perspective,” Empowerment Worship Center has served as an empowering beacon of light in the Greenville community, in large because it is committed to staying rooted and grounded through the word of God so that every believer should have (Acts 2:44-47) and experience the blessings and promises of God through faith and obedience.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

As Townsend recalls, after several unsuccessful attempts to elude her life-enhancing calling, she finally obeyed the voice of God to preach the Gospel years ago while visiting a nearby church.

“As a former South Carolina cosmetologist, I have a passion for fashion,” Townsend explained. “As we would travel and sang and my former Bishop would be preaching, I took pride in doing the hair for some of the ladies in the choir. It was at one of our numerous rehearsals that Bishop called me into his office to discuss an upcoming tour. I was honored that he wanted me to style the ladies’ hair.”

As it turned out, that brief dialogue with her Bishop ultimately gave way to divine, tear-jerking calling for the ages, one that, all things considered, was the precursor, of sorts, to what is taking place in Townsend’s life today.

“Little did I know, that was not the only reason for the meeting,” Townsend explained. “As I proceeded to leave the office, he asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. The question was, ‘Didn’t get much sleep around 3 am, huh?’ I instantly knew where the second half of this meeting was going.”

Tears immediately began to flow in the wee hours of the morning, Townsend recalls.

“I was awakened out of my sleep at 3 am,” said Townsend, immediately recalling the meeting with her Bishop. I kept a journal and pen on my nightstand by the bed. I picked it up and started writing. When I finished I turned on the lamp and looked at what would be my first sermon titled, ‘Stop Running.’”

HONORABLE MENTIONJust recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has become a successful, progressive pastoral career for the Anderson, South Carolina native.

A sermonic debut she said was centered on the Biblical story of Jonah — most notably the events surrounding his encounter in the belly of the fish — that Townsend refrained from trying to duck and dodge her God-mandated calling practically sums up why her ministry has come full circle — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

MORE ABOUT YOLANDA TOWNSEND: 
www.Divas4ChristMinistries.org.

Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry’s umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show (founded by Mr. and Mrs. West),” during which the couple enlighten listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

AWWWWWWW….Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show” during which the couple provide listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

And what’s so astounding for the Townsends is that God isn’t through with them yet, something by which Pastor Yolanda doesn’t shy away from sharing daily.

RUNNING FOR JESUS — “The more I ran, the greater the chase,” Townsend said of the events leading to her accepting her calling to preach the Gospel. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.”

“The more I ran, the greater the chase,” she said. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.

A PASTOR YOLANDA RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/09/south-carolina-pastor-yolanda-townsends-7th-annual-pink-pajama-party-figures-to-hold-more-meaning-amid-potentially-fatal-house-fire/.

To her recollection, her first sermon was given on December 29, 1999, during which she spoke from the subject, “Have You Thought About Hell Lately?”

Given the immense strides she made in a ministerial career that spans nearly two decades, it’s safe to assume Pastor Yolanda’s answer to such an attention-grabbing inquiry is a resounding “No!”

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

South Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s 7th Annual Pink Pajama Party figures to hold more meaning amid potentially fatal house fire

WE ARE FAMILY — Greenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend pictured with her family (from left to right): her son, Christian, 11, husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., and their daughter, Crystal, who is nine years old. Yolanda Townsend has been actively involved in the ministry for a little more than 18 years.

GREENVILLE, South CarolinaYolanda Townsend has been actively involved in ministry for nearly two decades — 18-plus years to be exact.

Like virtually all men and women whom God has strategically called to preach and spread the Gospel, the DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries Founder undoubtedly has witnessed seasons in which she has endured her share of sufferings and persecutions and turmoil and fiery trials.

Take, for instance, how Townsend and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., collectively were left to process the disheartening developments surrounding the death of their oldest son, Christopher Lamont Townsend Jr., who died at birth.

As if that wasn’t enough to place on trial the faith of a couple whose reputation is such that they are on fire for God, take, for instance, the tumultuous, potentially-fatal rash of events that, as Yolanda Townsend explained during a recent interview with Making Headline News, practically sums up why her Seventh Annual Pink Pajama Party that is scheduled for February 25 at the Empowerment Worship Center (at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, South Carolina) will unfold accompanied by the appropriate theme, “Polished Diamond For His Glory.”

WHAT ABOUT THE PINK PAJAMA PARTY? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-pink-pajama-party-2017-tickets-31376389626?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre.

WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT — At approximately 7:30 on the morning of September 22, 2016, the Townsends’ Greenville-area home went up in flames and nearly cost the family of four their lives.
But God…
“I woke up in a room full of smoke upstairs,” Yolanda Townsend explained. “There was so much smoke that I could not see what was immediately around me. I stepped out in the hallway calling out for our children. As I stumbled back into my bedroom I grabbed my home phone to call 911.”

At approximately 7:30 on the morning of September 22, 2016, the Townsends’ Greenville-area home went up in flames and nearly cost the family of four their lives.

But God…

“I woke up in a room full of smoke upstairs,” Yolanda Townsend explained. “There was so much smoke that I could not see what was immediately around me. I stepped out in the hallway calling out for our children. As I stumbled back into my bedroom I grabbed my home phone to call 911.”

Consequently, the enemy, as we are reminded specifically through God’s manual, had come in like a flood. In other words, the weapon had been formed, considering the phone wasn’t working once Yolanda Townsend had finally found her way to it.

But God…

“At that moment I had to remind myself that I have the ability to speak to my situation,” Yolanda Townsend said. “I went from both phones — home and cell — to now a phone call coming in. I answered shouting, ‘My house is on fire! Please call 911!’ Once I rebuked the devour, I then had an open line on the home phone.”

Still, satan, it seemed, was infringing upon the Townsends’ household much like he had done with Job.

BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNINGWhile repairs and renovations were in the works, the Townsends had spent nearly the next four-plus months in a nearby hotel, a development that, by all accounts, provided them with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, much less a newfound disposition on life.

“But the enemy wasn’t done with me,” Yolanda explained. “As I was now on the line with 911, I didn’t realize I was standing so close to my stairs.”

So close was she to the stairs that she had slipped and fell, tumbling down what she recalled was “all 15 (cases.)

In essence, what was a real life, potentially fatal sequence of events in the Townsends’ residence seemed much like a docudrama, made-for-television movie.

DANCING DIVAShe upcoming five-hour Pink Pajamas Party will undoubtedly hold a more compelling and significant meaning this year.
That’s because God saved a family so that a family could bless a family.

“Had my head hit the foyer, I would have more than likely fallen unconscious and never recovered,” Yolanda said.

But God…

Even after three failed 911 call attempts, this seasoned minister had sensed all along that although she had a close encounter with the massive blaze of fire that destroyed a large portion of her home, she also had a worship encounter, one that was reminiscent to, say, the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace.

In a nutshell, God had spared the lives of the Townsends in the midst of a home that was suddenly consumed by fire, thus blanketed by heavy, smothering smoke.

MORE ABOUT YOLANDA TOWNSEND: 
www.Divas4ChristMinistries.org.

While repairs and renovations were in the works, the Townsends had spent approximately four months in a nearby hotel, a development that, by all accounts, provided them with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, not to mention a newfound disposition on life.

Among the reasons is that even during their brief, but seemingly uncomfortable season of downsizing, there was God, sustaining them. There was God, providing all of their needs, according to His riches and glory through Christ Jesus.

As only He could.

ABOUT THE FATHER’S BUSINESS — Townsend has been actively involved in ministry for nearly two decades — 18-plus years to be exact.
Like virtually all men and women whom God has strategically called to preach and spread the Gospel, the DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries Founder undoubtedly has witnessed seasons in which she has endured her share of sufferings and persecutions and turmoil and fiery trials.
But God…

“I am so grateful for life,” Yolanda, an Anderson, South Carolina native said while displaying her customary smile. “Even though we spent four months in a cramped two bedroom hotel suite, I was alive. We celebrated our daughter’s birthday inside the hotel in October, and our son’s birthday which is on Christmas day. During our stay ministry still continues. As many families and friends near and far sowed seeds and donations into our lives, so did we.”

During their stay at the hotel, the Townsends even recalled having crossed paths with a family of six that had been displaced amid the death of a loved one.

Having collectively taking inventory over their lives, the Townsends knew full well that God had strategically downsized them temporarily just so they could help upsize another family — possibly for on a permanent basis.

“This family of six was in a strange place because of a (family) death at Christmas,” Yolanda said.

But God…

“So we went out and got presents for the two younger children, gave money in a card to the two older children and their parents,” she said. “They were so full of joy for something we saw as so small. It reminded me that God honors the sincere giving heart. Not only were we able to bless the family, but we gained a family of friends for life.”

All of which practically sums up why the upcoming five-hour Pink Pajamas Party will undoubtedly hold a rather, more compelling and emotionally-significant meaning this time around.

That’s because God spared the lives of a family so that family could be a blessing to another family — you know, bear the infirmities of the weak.

Which, of course, means that all of these life-changing, spiritually gut-checking testimonies could very well give way to a number of ladies breaking out in a collective Holy dance — all while wearing pink pajamas, all while partaking in free food and door prizes, all while getting facials and manicures and massage treatments as well as other forms of entertainment.

Just like God.

 

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