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Mid-South Pastor Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer’s banner year continues with the forthcoming release of his second book

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Psalm 119:71 KJV)


Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer is an accomplished Mid-South-area Pastor.

Add to his illustrious resume “extraordinary author” as well.

That’s because days after being named National TAP Author of the Year, Dr. Spencer announced the forthcoming release of his new book entitled, “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary.”

An 80-Day Devotional Journal, Dr. Spencer’s “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary” is his second published book and is scheduled to make its official release on December 15.

THE PSALM 119:71 FACTOR — Days after being named National TAP Author of the Year, Dr. Spencer announced the forthcoming release of his new book entitled, “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary.”

 

A native of Chicago, who currently resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas — though he was raised in nearby Blytheville — Dr. Spencer’s “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary” will debut a little more than 15 months after he made his authorship debut, courtesy of his initial written document entitled,  “Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment.”

“I chose to write this book because I love to encourage others, and I felt I could give them these same quotes that challenged and encouraged me during some of life most challenging times,” Dr. Spencer told Making Headline News during an interview in mid-February.

As for his soon-to-be released book, Dr. Spencer doesn’t shy away from the notion that while this project will be accompanied by more encouragement, he also felt compelled to explain in detail why various forms of adversity — or turbulence, if you will — had to find its way to our lives.


DR. ALANDRUS P. SPENCER’S NEW BOOK COMING 12.15.18

“The single, most underlying reason I choose to release this book is because we need to recognize that we have the unique ability on the inside to encourage ourselves and others, just as David encouraged himself in the Lord,” Dr. Spencer, the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministries, Inc. in Blytheville, told MHN this week.

As Dr. Spencer specifically acknowledged, it didn’t take him very long to catch the vision to compose his second book. In fact, he said that God had strategically given him the assignment to assemble Book No. 2 immediately after he made his authorship debut.


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“God gave me the vision to write this book immediately after I released the first book,” Dr. Spencer recalled. “He also explained to me that this book would be a part of a three-book series. My first book, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment was released in late 2017, so I will have one more to write in the sequel.”


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STANDING OVATION — Dr. Spencer’s first book, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment, is a spiritually-driven written document that has been effectively anointed an award-winner.

 

How’s that for the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost).

“God has always given me a heart to encourage others,” said Dr. Spencer, explaining the purpose for his upcoming book. “In fact, it’s my call and purpose.”

Add to the fact that he’s greatly empowered to customarily encourage the hearts of God’s people from behind a sacred desk, and it’s no wonder that such a fruit of the spirit essentially has become a lifestyle, of sorts, for this seasoned clergyman.


VISIT TOUCHING LIVES MINISTRIES, INC: https://www.touchinglivesministries.org/

 

“It’s hard for me to pass someone up that having a bad day,” Dr. Spencer said. “I always feel I have a word of encouragement to help them overcome.”

That, after all, practically sums up why second book makes all of the sense in the world, not to mention explains why weeks before its release, Dr. Spencer’s “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary” is already attracting favorable feedback.

“The feedback has been tremendous and people have expressed the high demand for me to give them more,” Dr. Spencer said. “Some have said it is the daily dose of encouragement that gets them through their day.”

IN THAT ORDER — “God gave me the vision to write this book immediately after I released the first book,” Dr. Spencer recalled. “He also explained to me that this book would be a part of a three-book series. My first book, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment was released in late 2017, so I will have one more to write in the sequel.”

As for Dr. Spencer, his forthcoming book could very well be the prelude to emerging as another award-winning piece.

So stay tuned.

“I am planning to write the last book in this series, and I am writing alongside my beautiful wife a children’s book,” Dr. Spencer said.

Making plans to add to his illustrious resume that already includes “extraordinary author.”



For more information about Mid-South-area Author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer, or to schedule him for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with him via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/alandrus.spencer. Also, send email to: alandrus@yahoo.com.


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Arkansas author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer named National TAP Author of the Year

Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer isn’t just a Pastor, who often preaches to his congregation about enjoying the fruits of its labor.

Much to his delight, he’s steadfastly savoring his.

His latest installment of fruit came courtesy of a much-anticipated milestone, one by which he had diligently sought for the past six months.

A native of Chicago and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Spencer was named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year during Saturday night’s second annual ceremony from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

ONE SHINING MOMENT — A native of Chicago and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer was named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year during Saturday night’s second annual ceremony from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Pictured with Dr. Spencer is wife, Veronica.

 

Dr. Spencer’s latest honor comes a little more than a year after the release of his first book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment, a spiritually-driven written document that has been effectively anointed an award-winner.

An event that was established by Jonesboro-area public speaker and award-winning author Terrell Jenkins, the National TAP Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals in a variety of categories for their hard work and valiant contributions to the community.

Fellow author Tyneisha Collins of Osceola, Arkansas was named the National TAP Author Of The Year during last year’s inaugural ceremony.

An event that was established by Jonesboro-area public speaker and award-winning author Terrell Jenkins, the National TAP Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals in a variety of categories for their hard work and valiant contributions to the community.

For Dr. Spencer, he said being named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year is a testament of his overall body of work as a relatively newcomer to the authorship industry.

“The feeling was one of shock and a very humbling experience, because I knew I was listed in a category that had great authors who have written some very good books,” said Dr. Spencer, who learned of his nomination for the award back in mid-May.

A spiritually gut-checking and life-enhancing written document that is comprised of 90 pages, Dr. Spencer’s Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, approximately two years after God had revealed to him the vision to write it.

All things considered, his first book has since been nothing short of amazing.

AN AWARD-WINNING PROJECT — A spiritually gut-checking and life-enhancing written document that is comprised of 90 pages, Dr. Spencer’s Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, approximately two years after God had revealed to him the vision to write it.

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“I leaped on the inside,” Dr. Spencer recalled the moment his name was announced that he was named TAP’s latest Author Of The Year. “Because somehow deep on the inside of me, I knew I stood a good chance. I put the work in alongside of my words, because that’s what faith does.”

Never mind the mixed reactions that had ultimately surfaced amid the release of Dr. Spencer’s book.

WINNER’S CIRCLE — Dr. Spencer’s latest honor comes a little more than a year after the release of his first book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment, a spiritually-driven written document that has been effectively anointed an award-winner.

At the end of the real day, this Christian-based preacher-turned-author knows full well there are all sorts of perks that come with serving and being spokesperson for Christ.

“Authors are different and unique and, while I had some to criticize my simplicity in my writing style, I knew that the world is in need of encouragement in its simple form,” Dr. Spencer said. “I love to encourage folks, and I think (because of this award), I am on the right track.”

Amongst those who have helped keep Dr. Spencer on the right track — both in the natural and spirit — is Veronica Spencer, his lifelong companion of 13-plus years.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE — At the end of the real day, this Christian-based preacher-turned-author knows full well as that there are all sorts of perks that come with serving and being spokesperson for Christ.

“The special thing about my wife is she knows deep inside (my sentiments) before I say anything about how I arrived at that position,” said Dr. Spencer, whose second book (Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary) will be released in the coming weeks. “She is amazingly intelligent and blissfully beautiful and, while it may not be religiously correct to say this, I don’t care. She is my boo and babe.

“To all of my supporters and my manager (Latonya Sanders), I say thank you,” continued Dr. Spencer, who was raised in nearby Blytheville but resides in Jonesboro. “You all know I could not have pulled this off without you and this is simply a win for the team.”



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Little Rock’s Andre’anna Hampton to celebrate her authorship’s one year anniversary on August 17

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Boy, does Andre’anna Hampton have some major goals and ambitions on the horizon.

So major that she has elected not to disclose them, even with the mainstream media.

“Honestly, I have great plans underway, although I really don’t want to disclose them in this interview,” Hampton, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said while chuckling, though she surely meant what she’s suggested. “What I will say is that God, my readers, and my new readers have played a great role in my career. With that being said, there are great things ahead the closing year (this year and into) 2019.”

WHO IS ANDRE’ANNA HAMPTON? https://andreannahampton.com/

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED — On August 17, Andre’anna Hampton will celebrate her one year anniversary as an accomplished author which, according to this Little Rock, Arkansas-based writer, is a monumental achievement for someone who is just a tender 26 years of age.

While Hampton feels it is in her best interest to remain tightlipped about her assortment of forthcoming opportunities, there is one notable milestone about which the general public will become enlightened — much sooner than later.

On August 17, Hampton will celebrate her one year anniversary as an accomplished author which, according to this Little Rock, Arkansas-based writer, is a monumental achievement for someone who is just a tender 26 years of age.

“My (authorship) anniversary will be very special to me, because it’s still very unbelievable that I’ve earned my title,” Hampton said. “Honestly it is. I’m not only a published author, but an international author.”

As Hampton vividly recalls, she envisioned years ago while in a local bookstore that her name would ultimately become embroidered on the front cover of a book.

Mission accomplished.

“I remember those days at Barnes & Noble and passionately wanting my name to be placed at the bottom of one of those books,” Hampton said. “It was all a passion and a dream for me.”

Much to her delight, her long-awaited dream has become a reality, courtesy of her very first book that’s entitled, “Every Woman Is Powerful” a compelling written document that is powered by J. Kenkade Publishing and was officially released on August 17, 2017.

As Hampton recalled, God had given her the awe-inspiring vision to write “Every Woman Is Powerful” sometime in February or March of last year.

What a difference one year has made for this remarkably brilliant author, a young gifted writer who has made continuous strides since her book’s much-anticipated release.

So much, in fact, that she can’t merely share those forthcoming major plans. At least, not right now.

“To me, the title means everything to me,” Hampton said of her book. “If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be standing in this situation today. I thank Him every day for it all.”

A book that is comprised of 110 pages, Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful” focuses on influencing women from all walks of life, most notably stay-at-home moms and wives, businesswomen “and so forth,” according to a detailed breakdown of her book at Amazon.com. The book is also available for purchase at Barnes And Noble online. 

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“This book encourages women to keep their love and faith in God while battling their everyday lives and finding a balance between family, ambitions, marriage, and finding a true friend in (this) author,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Hampton’s book. “While the author is sharing her actual life occurrences, she also encourages readers to be closer to God and she provides inspirational advice on how to stay the most powerful.”

As Hampton recalled, God had given her the awe-inspiring vision to write “Every Woman Is Powerful” sometime in February or March of last year.

Consequently, she needed just a few months to compose a book that is steadily having an immeasurable impact, especially amongst her fellow millennials.

WOMAN OF POWER — Much to her delight, Hampton’s long-awaited dream has become a reality, courtesy of her very first book that’s entitled, ““Every Woman Is Powerful” a compelling written document that is powered by J. Kenkade Publishing and was officially released on August 17, 2017.

“Honestly around (that) time (last year), I was battling several issues in my past and I was also battling some issues during that current time as well,” Hampton explained.

Still, despite the assortment of hurdles about which she had to clear, Hampton was determined not to allow her faith to waver.

If nothing else, she was determined to make her dream of witnessing her name be thrust on the front cover of a book a reality.

Mission accomplished.

“I believe that God has created this book just for me,” Hampton said. “The great belief I have is that God held this position of purpose for me to demonstrate strength, awareness, and self-love. During the time of the (book) release, I have inspired many, and not only by reminding others of the word. The fact of proving a testimony of my own, (readers have discovered) they’re not alone in their experiences or in life in general.”

A book that is comprised of 110 pages, Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful” focuses on influencing women from all walks of life, most notably stay-at-home moms and wives, businesswomen “and so forth,” according to a detailed breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

Looking ahead, Hampton said other books are surely forthcoming.

“There are definitely other writings in the works and that will be disclosed at a later time,” said.

But first thing’s first: It’s time to bask in the glory of having reached one full year as a professional author.

Which, after all, is a pretty amazing feat for someone who’s just a tender 26 years of age.


DEFYING THE URGE TO QUIT — Despite the assortment of hurdles about which she had to clear, Hampton was determined not to allow her faith to waver.  If nothing else, she was determined to make her dream of witnessing her name be thrust on the front cover of a book a reality.

“My audience thus far has given me great applause, because of this book (is filled with) words of encouragement,” Hampton said.

That, as a result, practically sums up why on August 17, this gifted writer is almost certain to be the beneficiary of a slew of words of encouragement.

For more information about Mid-South-area Author Andre’anna Hampton, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Andre’anna Hampton. Also, send email to: authorahampton@yahoo.com.


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Jonesboro, Arkansas’ Pamela L. Smith establishes notable nonprofit organization amid son’s death to gun violence

For I can do things through Christ which strengtheneths me. (Philippians 4:13)

 

Cleveland, Ohio isn’t just a major U.S. city that is widely known for having thrust LeBron James on the global map.

REMEMBERING KORTEZ — In 2014, Pamela L. Smith’s Jonesboro, Arkansas-based Arky’s World organization was officially formed, whereby she has become greatly inspired to create a legacy in her son’s memory.

For Pamela L. Smith, it is a city that she undoubtedly will hold dear to her heart for the rest of her life.

All because of Kortez. 

“He was from Arkansas. His friends simply called him Arky,” Smith, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week, said of her beloved son, whose life was cut short in Cleveland in December 2013 as a result of senseless gun violence.

Kortez was just 18, murdered on the streets of Cleveland, robbed of his young, promising life — with so much living ahead of him.

In honor of her son, Smith and her family deemed it essential to establish a nonprofit organization in his honor.

In 2014, Smith’s Jonesboro, Arkansas-based Arky’s World organization was officially formed, whereby she has become greatly inspired to create a legacy in her son’s memory.

A tumultuous, heartbreaking occurrence that changed the overall landscape of the lives of Smith and her family, Smith — an accomplished licensed evangelist — was determined to keep Kortez’s memories alive by way of putting on display what she described as “a positive legacy out of a negative situation.”

MORE ON ARKY’S WORLD: http://arkysworld.org

GONE TOO SOON — Kortez was just 18, murdered on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, robbed of his life with so much living ahead of him.

“She knew that what the devil meant for bad, God would turn it around for good, because she had faith, loved, and believed in Him,” said a spokesperson for Smith’s notable 501c3 organization in a detailed description at http://arkysworld.org.

Interestingly, Arky’s World, by all accounts, is widely known for offering grief counseling, as well as prayer and other forms of support, particularly for grieving families who lost relatives to senseless violence.

In September 2017, for instance Smith established Arky’s Spoken Scents, which offered an assorted of beautifully designed candles that can be purchased at http://arkysworld.org.

“I get to comfort and inspire others to know that they don’t have to allow their pain to be their end,” said Smith, explaining the purpose for her nonprofit. “Once they push through the pain, they will find a greater purpose. You can always turn a tragedy into a positive as long as you turn to God for help and guidance.”

For Smith, who’s garnered valiant support from her husband, Pastor Nathaniel Smith Jr. of The Tabernacle Of Love Ministries in nearby Hayti, Missouri, she has gone to great lengths to turn an unfavorable chapter in her life to one that essentially would advance the kingdom in ways unimaginable.

In September 2017, for instance Smith established Arky’s Spoken Scents, which offered an assorted of beautifully designed candles that can be purchased at http://arkysworld.org.

PAYING IT FORWARD — Arky’s World, by all accounts, is widely known for offering grief counseling, as well as prayer and other forms of support, particularly for grieving families who lost relatives to senseless violence.

Proceeds will go to the Smith’s Arky’s World and other events related to the nonprofit organization.

“Many have reached out to me from all across the United States for inspiration, prayer, or to even place candle orders,” said Smith whom, every Sunday, is known for leading and teaching her church’s Discipleship Class.

As for upcoming public appearances, during which Smith will further promote her nonprofit and tell of her life-changing testimony, she will be on hand at Blytheville High School on June 23rd as a vendor for the Family of Faith Conference hosted by the Women of Worth Global Outreach Ministries.

In addition, she said plans will be underway in the foreseeable future to write a book about the events surrounding her son’s untimely death.

FAMILY FOCUS — For Smith, whose garnered valiant support from her husband, Pastor Nathaniel Smith Jr. of The Tabernacle Of Love Ministries in Blytheville, she has gone to great lengths to turn an unfavorable chapter in her life to one that essentially would advance the kingdom in ways unimaginable.

“She would also let the world know that through all of your hurt and pain, God still heals and delivers…that you can find comfort, love, and strength through Christ if you put him first,” said a spokesperson for Arky’s World, an organization that caters to people of all ages around the country.

Smith also unveiled her Arky’s World Foundation, which assists parents who have loss a child/children to violence. And just recently, she and her staff started a summer feeding program, during which they will give kids and teens free meals and offer healthy eating habits.

Also, Smith announced the startup of the Arky’s World after school enrichment program that will begin this upcoming school year, whereby it will provide children a safe place to attend with someone they can trust, all the while providing mentoring, tutoring, and spiritual guidance.

MORE WORK TO DO ON BEHALF OF KORTEZ — Smith also unveiled her Arky’s World Foundation, which assists parents who have loss a child/children to violence. And just recently, she and her staff started a summer feeding program, during which they will give kids and teens free meals and offer healthy eating habits.

“And our homemade candles and melts can satisfy all walks of life being the only candle with a spoken word,” Smith said.

A spoken word that much to the delight of the buyers, will greatly inspire them to help turn a hurtful situation into a rather spirited one.

With God, their Helper, leading the way.

For more information about Pamela L. Smith’s Arky’s World or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, call 870.600.1553 or email her at: myarky95@gmail.com.  Also, connect with Arky’s World via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/Arkysworld/

 

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Memphis businessman Oginga Carr urging local media outlets to ‘pay attention’ to his forthcoming Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp

Virtually everyone can use a much-needed breakthrough.

Especially entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

POINTING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

That is why accomplished Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

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A two-day event that will take place June 9-10 in Memphis at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center that is located at 2240 Democrat Road, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp has been dubbed the “No. 1 Leadership Event” in the Mid-South, in large part because it is designed to help shape the legacy, particularly of business-minded individuals who have become greatly inspired to routinely assess their lives and, most importantly, where they sensed they should be at this present stage.  

BIRTHING SUCCESS — This year, however, Mid-South Businessman Oginga Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they deem The Birth Of The Champion.

“The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp is about creating breakthroughs in your business and in your life to create the legacy you desire,” said a spokesperson for Carr’s event in a detailed description of it at Bablive.com.

In 2017, Carr and his constituents paid homage to what was known as The Birth Of The High Achiever.

“We gave you the steps to achieve your goals in life,” Carr, the Founder of I Dream I Achieve Academy®, said of last year’s inaugural bootcamp.

This year, however, Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they have deemed The Birth Of The Champion.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

“It’s time to create the championship legacy for you and your family,” Carr, the owner and CEO of Epiphany Consulting LLC, told Making Headline News this week.

The second year for the Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures be just as festive and informative as last year, considering Carr has invited a proverbial dream team of entrepreneurs to share with the masses an assortment of keys to entrepreneurship success.

Sustained success, that is.

“We are so delighted to have our speakers this year,” Carr said.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders how to be able to relate to their teams.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

In essence, Lash customarily helps athletes acquire careers as media personalities, as well as coaches people on how to get more of their legacy in their lives.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders on how to be able to relate to their teams.

ROLL IN THE CAMERAS — An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

“We are excited to have these internationally acclaimed speakers in our midst,” said Carr, whose Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

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“Media outlets have to pay attention to this event, because there are so many bad things that are highlighted (in the Memphis-metropolitan area),” Carr said. “It’s time that we highlight more good.  We are bringing a high level leadership event to Memphis, where people can get amazing content that will help them immediately for a small price. We are so confident that you will have a breakthrough at this event, that if you don’t get something out of this event, we will give you your money back.”

In addition, Carr and his staff have implemented an added bonus for those who attend this year’s bootcamp.

“This year, we have partnered with BookVIP to offer an amazing benefit to those who come to our event,” Carr explained. “We are providing a complimentary four-day, three-night vacation package for accommodations to Las Vegas or Orlando for anyone who attends this event.  This is an amazing offer and is only valid for a limited time.”

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF SUCCESS — Carr’s Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

Not only that, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that his forthcoming business-oriented event stands out above others that similar to it for a variety of reasons.

“We stand out over other events (because of) how practical it is, Carr said. “This is not a motivational seminar.  We will have tons of fun, but we are going to give you an action plan to change your life and the lives of your families.”

According to a spokesperson, Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp officials welcome sponsorships, which they say is a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their brand, as well as gain targeted exposure through leadership, trailblazing entrepreneurs, and potential customers.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Oginga Carr and the Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcampconnect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.com

 

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Arkansas Pastor Alandrus P. Spencer honors his wife’s valiant support amid his nomination for National TAP Author Of The Year

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Who says a Pastor can’t have a boo thang?

Regardless, Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer would be the first to admit that he has one.

A really good one, too, mind you.

WIFE KNOWS BEST — Interestingly and much to Dr. Alandrus Spencer’s delight, it was  his wife, Veronica, who provided him with the much-needed push he needed to make his authorship debut, one that was culminated with the much-anticipated release of his book entitled, Encouraging Moment Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment. A book that has enjoyed sustained success since it officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, Dr. Spencer recently fielded yet another remarkable achievement amid his published masterpiece when he got word of having been nominated for Author Of The Year in the Second Annual National TAP Awards that will place in the coming months from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

“It would take me all day to talk about Veronica Spencer, the love of my life,” Spencer told Making Headline News this week. “Simply put, she has been my diamond, my rock, my boo thang.”

While Dr. Spencer could barely refrain from laughing out loud when referring to his companion of nearly 13 years as his “boo thang,” he acknowledged that it is due in large part to his wife’s unyielding love and tireless support that have contributed mightily to his faith walk with God, thus greatly enabled him to walk boldly in his divine purpose with God, his Helper, leading the way.

“Veronica brings a unique love to the table and has patiently been a solid mom in our blended family of two,” Dr. Spencer said while paying homage to his beloved wife as Mother’s Day 2018 looms.

Interestingly and much to his delight, it was Veronica who provided her husband with the much-needed push he needed to make his authorship debut, one that was culminated with the much-anticipated release of his book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment.

A book that has enjoyed sustained success since it officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, Dr. Spencer recently fielded yet another remarkable achievement amid his published masterpiece when he got word of having been nominated for Author Of The Year in the Second Annual National TAP Awards that will place in November from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY — “Veronica is who inspired and encouraged me to write Encouraging Moment, because she saw it in me long before people were saying it,” Dr. Spencer said. “She saw a person who would go to any length to encourage someone, even when I would face my own set of challenges.”

An event that was established by Jonesboro-area public speaker and award-winning author Terrell Jenkins, the National TAP Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals in a variety of categories for their hard work and valiant contributions to the community.

For Dr. Spencer, a native of Jonesboro and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., many of his peers sensed that his nomination for such a commendable award is a huge testament to his overall body of work, most notably as an accomplished minister, author, as well as an ambassador to his community.

“The special thing about this award is it helps to highlight the work the home team has put in,” Dr. Spencer said. “My team and covenant partners are the best and the support has been immeasurable, so most of all, I would like to win this award that is right in my home state and for the (home) team.”

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MONUMENTAL MILESTONE AWAITS — For Dr. Spencer, a native of Jonesboro and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, INC, many of his peers sensed that his nomination for such a commendable award is a huge testament to his overall body of work, most notably as an accomplished minister, author, as well as an ambassador to his community.

All things considered, it was because of his wife’s unwavering support, Dr. Spencer is swift to point out, that has especially proven beneficial, particularly for such a time as now.

“Veronica is who inspired and encouraged me to write Encouraging Moment, because she saw it in me long before people were saying it,” Dr. Spencer said. “She saw a person who would go to any length to encourage someone, even when I would face my own set of challenges.”

All of which essentially explains why it is fair game for a Pastor to have a boo thang.

Let the church say Amen.

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“Veronica is captivating because, she simply knows who she is and is confident in being herself,” said Dr. Spencer, around here laying it on thick while saluting his bride, as only he could. “Her smile simply lights up the room.”

Hush your mouth…and keep on talking, Reverend!

“Veronica and I work well in ministry together and, as we continue to grow in grace, we have learned this very important principle,” said Dr. Spencer, who couldn’t seem to run out of words while discussing his wife and alluding to the familiar passage that is housed in Matthew 18:19. “And that is the power of agreement. “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

GODLY LOVE BIRDS — While Dr. Spencer couldn’t refrain from laughing out loud when referring to his companion of nearly 13 years as his “boo thang,” he acknowledged that it is due in large part to his wife’s unyielding love and tireless support that have contributed mightily his faith walk with God, thus greatly enabled him to walk boldly in his divine purpose with God, his Helper, leading the way.

Well, that’ll surely preach.

As for having been nominated for TAP Author of The Year, Dr. Spencer said he would be mostly appreciative of his longtime supporters if he emerges victorious, thus comes away with the crystal trophy.

“If I am named Author of the Year, it will certainly speak to several areas, but the very first is how the grace of God has allowed me to get to this moment,” Spencer said. “It would speak to the impact my wife has on my life through her prayer life, love for God, love for me and others. It would speak to the support I have from the home team, family, friends and covenant partners.

“I believe it would speak to people just like me that all things are possible to them that believe,” Dr. Spencer added. “Finally I would like to say thank to Terrell Jenkins and the TAP Award (family) for being a success and helping others to be a success story.”

Something to which his boo thang can greatly attest.

Let the church say Amen.

And then vote.

 

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Arkansas Pastor Jermaine Weeden on his new book: ‘I want my story to motivate others when they are facing the fight of their lives’

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, 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 KJV)

 

Jermaine Weeden’s spiritual track record is such that he understands best the power and significance of what it means to abound in the work of the Lord.

CHANGING A GENERATION — It is due in large part to the fact that because amongst God’s greatest desires for us is to live and dwell on the larger side of Him that Arkansas Pastor Jermaine Weeden had become inspired to compose his first book entitled, A Charge to Change: “Taking Authority Over My Life Situations.”

Even if abounding to a point whereby a positive change would ultimately — and ceremoniously — take place.

“Taking authority over life situations and raising up our expectations to be better in every aspect of our lives,” Weeden, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, when asked what is the divine message he’s sending to his reading audience through his recently-released book. “I believe that settling is lessening who we are and what we want to achieve.”

It is due in large part to the fact that because amongst God’s greatest desires for us is to live and dwell on the larger side of Him that Weeden had become inspired to compose his first book entitled, A Charge to Change: “Taking Authority Over My Life Situations.”

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Released officially on March 23, 2018, Weeden’s A Charge to Change: “Taking Authority Over My Life Situations” is geared largely toward empowering individuals with hope, particularly when faced with difficult changes by which they customarily face.

“This book will give spiritual references to apply to situations that seem hard as well as impossible while encouraging every individual to dig deep inside and change the perspective of one’s mind into a positive and confident mind-set,” said a spokesperson for Weeden’s 140-page book in a detailed description at Amazon.com. “A Charge to Change will bring a truth that changes are sometimes hard to deal with, but you will learn to find your strength during some of the changes that appear.”

Released officially on March 23, 2018, Weeden’s A Charge to Change: “Taking Authority Over My Life Situations” is geared largely toward empowering individuals with hope, particularly when faced with difficult changes by which they customarily face.

All of which essentially sums up why Weeden’s awe-inspiring, thought-provoking written document isn’t just a must-buy but, most importantly, a must-read.

“I want every reader to know that there is definitely power on the inside, but it has to be tapped into in order to work,” Weeden said.

An accomplished minister who is the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Deliverance International Ministries in Gilmore, Arkansas, Weeden’s ministry was established to inspire participation, promote personal and spiritual growth, and to support the molding of effective leadership.

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ADVANCING THE KINGDOM BIG TIME — An accomplished minister who is the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Deliverance International Ministries in Gilmore, Arkansas, Weeden’s ministry was established to inspire participation, promote personal and spiritual growth, and to support the molding of effective leadership.

Not to mention a positive, inspiring, progressive, and Godly change which, after all, is an immeasurable suggestion he essentially presents before the masses in his new book.

“My first words were recorded back in May of 2008,” said Weeden, alluding to when he began composing his book that he finished in July 2017.

As expected, the feedback and has been downright gratifying and complementary for a seasoned pastored whose reputation is such that he possesses the spiritual assertiveness and resiliency, particularly as it relates to advancing the kingdom.

PROVEN GODLY RESUME — Weeden’s spiritual track record is such that he understands best the significance of what it means to abound in the work of the Lord.

“The feedback thus far has been that the book is empowering and it gives confidence to face the different challenges that surface while establishing a foundation for remaining focused and strong,” Weeden said. “Men and women that have read the book have given me feedback that the book is talking about their lives and points in their lives that they didn’t think they could overcome some difficult moments.”

Now with a book signing scheduled for May 5, as well as a couple of media availability opportunities, Weeden also has announced that his second book is presently in the works.

THE PEACE OF GOD — Now with a book signing scheduled for May 5, as well as a couple of media availability opportunities, Weeden also has announced that his second book is presently in the works.

“A Charge To Changes was written for all who reads the book…they will know that they have the power within them to change, shift, and determine outcomes, even if it is just them feeling more free that the situation didn’t destroy them,” Weeden said. “I have endured so many hardships, which caused me to grow up with confidence issues and I grew into years of low self-esteem. Christ suffered on the cross, but He never lost His focus. I want my story to motivate others that when they are facing the fight of their lives, the victory is determined by their faith, as well as believing in oneself that, ‘Greater is He(God) that is in me, than He(Enemy) that is in the World.’ We have to let those tough moments motivate us to ensure that the ending is favorable and great.”

Talk about abounding to a point whereby a positive change has taken place in the life of this beloved, big-hearted man of God.

 

 

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Arkansas author Alandrus P. Spencer to host much-anticipated book signing in Jonesboro as sales continue to soar

Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer’s got a lot going on in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

For all the right reasons, too. 

For starters, Spencer has stiff ties to Jonesboro, considering it is his native establishment, a college town that is comprised of approximately 71,551, according to the latest U.S. census.

Not only that, Spencer and his wife, Veronica, are proud homeowners in Jonesboro, which is the fifth most populous city in the Natural State (the Jonesboro metropolitan is comprised of around 121,026 residents).

“We are in the process of establishing Touching Lives Ministry, INC (Jonesboro location),” Spencer, a longtime Pastor, told Making Headline News this week. “I really enjoy Jonesboro, because there are a lot of people that I have come in contact with that have prosperous mentalities.”

And, in the coming weeks, Spencer’s itinerary will include hosting a booking signing in Jonesboro to promote his inspiring book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment.

“Book sales are growing and open doors are on the rise and, as evidenced, I have been blessed with five major book signings in the Big Apple of New York.”

The book signing will take place on May 5 from Noon to 3 pm CST at Christ Ambassadors Ministries International, located at 5114 East Nettleton Avenue.

A spiritually gut-checking and life-enhancing written document that is comprised of 90 pages, Dr. Spencer’s Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, approximately two years after God had revealed to him the vision to write it.

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“People in Jonesboro love strong and support their very own, and I am happy to be a part of this awesome display of God’s love and encouragement,” Dr. Spencer said.

“I chose to write this book because I love to encourage others, and I felt I could give them these same quotes that challenged and encouraged me during some of life most challenging times,” Dr. Spencer told MHL during an interview in mid-February.

As for hosting the book signing in his native hometown, Dr. Spencer attributed his decision to the valiant support he customarily receives from residents of the city.

“People in Jonesboro love strong and support their very own, and I am happy to be a part of this awesome display of God’s love and encouragement,” Dr. Spencer said.

What’s even more intriguing is that sales of his new book sales are on the rise. Dr. Spencer said.

HOMECOMING FORTHCOMING — In the coming weeks, Dr. Alandrus Spencer’s itinerary will include hosting a booking signing in Jonesboro to promote his inspiring book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment.

“Book sales are growing and open doors are on the rise and, as evidenced, I have been blessed with five major book signings in the Big Apple of New York.”

Surely, he couldn’t have enjoyed sustained success without a solid supporting cast.

“My team and I are working to do a few book signings in Jonesboro,” said Dr. Spencer, adding that his book can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xilbris. “But I keep books with me at all time, because I like to deliver them, to give that personal touch, to build fellowship  and possibly pray for those who may be in need. I live every day to encourage someone in a world that’s missing the importance of encouragement every day.”

Especially in good ole Jonesboro.

For all the right reasons, too.

 

 

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Blytheville, Arkansas’ Tonya Osagie defies a slew of odds, resurrects her life with a loving husband and thriving business

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

 

Tonya Charmaine Osagie was a pretty darn good basketball player back in the day.

HANDPICKED BY GOD — A native of Blytheville, Tonya C. Osagie is the proud Campus Director/Owner and featured Instructor at Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology, located at 220 West Main Street in her rural hometown.

So much, in fact, that after having graduated from Blytheville (Arkansas) High School in 1987, she signed a National Letter of Intent the following year to play junior college hoops before ultimately transferring to Lane College in nearby Jackson, Tennessee.

That, according to Osagie, is where a series of “bad choices” were made.

“I got pregnant my sophomore year, which resulted in me not being able to complete my senior year in college,” Osagie told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

After having vacated school unceremoniously and prematurely, financial adversity had eventually barricaded her desire to return and finish what she started.  

“My (student) loan went into default,” Osagie recalled.

As if those weren’t enough obstacles to shake and challenge her faith, Osagie’s infant child died at just six weeks of age.

MUSTARD SEED SIZE FAITH — To her credit and because of the Christian principles she was taught as a youngster growing up in the Natural State, Osagie knew that at the end of the real day, there was one pivotal on which she could always rely. Her faith.

“Upon having to come back home to Blytheville…no college degree, no child, it seemed like all hope was gone,” Osagie said.

To her credit and because of the Christian principles she was taught as a youngster growing up in the Natural State, Osagie knew that at the end of the real day, there was one pivotal thing on which she could always rely.

Her faith.

“I remembered my favorite passage of scripture,” said Osagie, alluding to Jeremiah 29:11 and reciting it as if it was a self-imposed rallying cry, of sorts.

Come to think of it, it really was.

Interestingly, what Osagie — whose professional cosmetology career spans over 20 years and her instructing tenure more than 15 years — deems mostly refreshing is that God has sustained her for such a time as now.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans of good and not of evil, to give you a hope and an expected end,” Osagie says every now and then.

Only this time, however, she customarily utters this scripture while flashing her signature smile, considering all things have surely worked together for her good.

“God sent (Bishop) Sunny Osagie (her husband) in my life, and I began to dream again,” Tonya Osagie said. “He asked me what did I want to pursue in life, and I told him I always dreamt of being a cosmetologist, and he told me to acquire the information for enrollment , and I haven’t looked back since.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

VISION FOCUSED — Today, Osagie — this vibrant, energetic, big-hearted woman of devout faith — has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

Today, Osagie — this vibrant, energetic, big-hearted woman of devout faith — has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

A native of Blytheville, Osagie is the proud Campus Director/Owner and featured Instructor at Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology, located at 220 West Main Street in her hometown.

“These events were the driving force behind my decision to become a hair stylist,” Osagie said.

And not just a hair stylist, but a fixture and beloved ambassador for Blytheville and the surrounding areas.

Osagie isn’t just widely known as a hair stylist, but a fixture and beloved ambassador for Blytheville and the surrounding areas.

“My most favorable aspect of being a stylist, instructor, and school owner is far beyond just doing and teaching hair,” Osagie explained. “God always sends me an assignment through my students or clients.”

And because Osagie — with the unyielding support of her husband, a longtime minister — has appropriately obeyed the voice of God in this season, her business isn’t just an ordinary business. It also has become her ministry in many aspects.

“This field has taken me all over the country, traveling to different hair shows, networking with salon and school owners, to sponsoring and attending hair shows,” Osagie said. “It is my personal mission to share my testimony with those who come across my path that think that life has been unfair to them, to let them know that they are never counted out. If they can imagine it, they can achieve it.”

I’VE GOT SUNSHINE — Because Osagie — with the unyielding support of her husband, a longtime minister — has appropriately obeyed the voice of God in this season, her business isn’t just an ordinary business. It also has become her ministry in many aspects.

More than anything, Osagie is especially grateful to Sunny — whom, as a unique way to play off of words — has brought an array of Sunlight to her life.

“My inspiration has been fueled by my husband, Bishop Sunny Osagie, a native of Nigeria who came to this country with $20.00,” said Osagie, explaining in detail her companion’s setback-to-comeback story as only she could. “But through hard work and perseverance, has defied the odds and become very successful. I am also inspired by my mother, the late Paulette Hodges, a single divorcee, who had four small children. She worked relentlessly to ensure that we would have an opportunity to become and do whatever we set our minds to. She never relied on the system to take of us. She worked tirelessly to provide everything we needed.”

Interestingly, what Osagie — whose professional cosmetology career spans over 20 years and her instructing tenure more than 15 years — deems mostly refreshing is that God has sustained her for such a time as now.

For such a tear-jerking, joyous, jubilant time whereby all things undoubtedly have worked out for her good.

On June 9, Osagie has announced that Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology will be sponsoring its annual Hair Show in Blytheville at 6:30pm at the Ritz Theatre.

“It’s important for me to esteem others, because I’m that little girl from the ghetto who, by stigmatism, should have had a house full of babies, or been on or selling drugs,” Osagie said. “But success is a mindset, not a title. So I esteem to inspire by letting everyone I come in contact with know that your environment does not detect your future if you set goals.”

Now we know why she has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

 

 

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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Arkansas Evangelist Rhonda Hodges on her inaugural empowerment conference: ‘There was standing room only’

For Rhonda Hodges, those slew of electronic messages, accompanied by some rather harm-warming words of encouragement came in at an increasingly rapid trend.

KINGDOM TREND SETTER — Evangelist Rhonda Hodges’ Denim And Pearls And Empowered Girls Conference that took place on March 9 at Touching Lives Ministries in Blytheville, Arkansas drew a standing-room-only crowd and was a success, she told Making Headline News this week. (Photo Credits: BLAIR)

“I have received numerous calls, text, inboxes, and emails from women who attended the conference as well as those who watched from live video, stating that they have a whole new mindset in how they see themselves,” Hodges, during an interview with Making Headline News this week, said while recalling the events of an event she hosted and figures to host for years to come.

The event to which Hodges is alluding of her inaugural Denim And Pearls And Empowered Girls Conference that took place on March 9 at Touching Lives Ministries in Blytheville, Arkansas.

A one-night conference that was powered by Rhonda Hodges Ministries, Hodges was also featured psalmist during an event that amassed a standing-room-only crowd and left a majority of the attendees in awe by the time the benediction had been given.

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“I was there, and it was beyond amazing,” said Osceola (Arkansas) High School instructor and accomplished author Tyneisha Renai Collins. “Beautiful atmosphere from beginning to end!”

A one-night conference that was powered by Rhonda Hodges Ministries, Hodges was also featured psalmist during an event that amassed a standing-room-only crowd and left a majority of the attendees in awe by the time the benediction had been given.

Generally, such an assessment was echoed time and again hours, even days after Hodges’ inaugural event.

A Joiner, Arkansas native who accepted her calling into the ministry in April 2000, Hodges was officially ordained as a licensed minister under the leadership of Pastor Theodis Rucker.

To her credit, coupled with the fact that God has strategically set her aside for His use, her kingdom-based contributions have been nothing short of amazing since she sold out completely as a spokesperson for the Body of Christ.

Need more proof?

Look no further than what unfolded last week in Year No. 1 of her conference.

CAMPAIGNING FOR JESUS CHRIST — A Joiner, Arkansas native who accepted her calling into the ministry in April 2007, Hodges was officially ordained as a licensed minister under the leadership of Pastor Theodis Rucker.

“There was standing room only with over 125 women registered and (we sold) 230 I Am An Empowered Woman T-shirts,” Hodges a longtime Arkansas registered nurse, said. “This may sound small, but for an area where poverty is evident, it seldom happens. Not to mention, I don’t have my own church and neither am I a Pastor. Bur for outreach ministry, I was very satisfied with the turnout.”

As were the overflow crowd that showed up with a lofty expectation that Christ would be lifted up mightily for a time such at that one-day conference.

An event that was dedicated to women and girls of all ages, Hodges’ conference was centered largely on empowering them to understand their value as women as well as inspire them to focus on the importance of not throwing “your pearls to the swine,” as Hodges appropriately summed up.

“In other words, when they understand who they are and whose they are, then they are not so quick to settle for anything or anyone less than what God has instructed,” Hodges explained. “We are created with purpose, and I want women girls to know they must love themselves first.”

More than anything, Hodges emphasized, there’s this thing called respect, and she wasn’t merely referring to the classic song by iconic pop singer Aretha Franklin.

An event that was dedicated to women and girls of all ages, Hodges conference was centered largely on empowering them to understand their value as women as well as inspire them to focus on the importance of not throwing “your pearls to the swine,” as Hodges appropriately summed up.

“Respecting themselves and the call of God upon their lives are of extreme importance to me,” Hodges said. “It is my heart’s desire to empower them to walk in obedience for such a time as this and creating a movement that is contagious all across the land which, in turn, overpowers mind, body and soul.”

Because of the overwhelming response to her inaugural conference, Hodges has announced that plans are effectively underway for Year No. 2 of her Christian-based, kingdom-advancing event.

Given the outpour of support and positive feedback following last week’s conference, hosting it in 2019 practically was a foregone conclusion.

Let the church say Amen.

STAY TUNED — Because of the overwhelming response to her inaugural conference, Hodges has announced that plans are effectively underway for Year No. 2 of her Christian-based, kingdom-advancing event which.

“I plan to host this event again next year as I felt it was one of the best conferences I have ever sponsored,” Hodges said. “I will definitely look for a venue with more space. I hope to have a luncheon if finances allow. I would love to add more vendors to allow women to see the services that are offered in our county and, possibly some type of follow-up training or an open forum 30-to-60 days afterward as a follow-up to help these women and young girls to reach their potential.

“Many women stated how beautiful I made them feel, and that my passion for the young girls and women made them want to live, because they felt ugly and just wanted to die,” Hodges added. “Another lady sent an inbox stating, ‘Rhonda, you are a powerhouse, and I am so proud to know you.’”

For what it’s worth, those who turned out for the empowerment conference practically encouraged the mastermind behind the event.

“(The lady who sent the email) encouraged me to stay focused and went on to say how I was an inspiration to many,” Hodges said. “Another woman stated, ‘I love your realness and how you’re not ashamed to share your story and that you give your heart to those who you encounter.’”

Let the church say Amen.

Once again.

 

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