I been in church all my life and I never felt like my parents were making me go to church. I enjoyed it; just like I enjoyed going to school or a sporting event. But it wasn’t until I came to Immanuel’s Temple that I realized that it was more than just something that I did, but it was about a relationship with God. When I first came to ITSC I was in Children’s Church and I can remember it being very interactive.
I had been to different churches, but each time praise and worship was like a sing along. At Immanuel's Temple it was different; they wanted you to really touch God for yourself. Our teachers weren’t really concerned about you knowing the words to the song. They would tell you to close your eyes, lift your hands and get a picture of Jesus forgiving you of something or blessing you. You are really trying to feel for God, see where he is and you want him to touch you.
I would see adults crying in service and worshiping God with total abandonment. I always wondered how to get that. Children’s Church at Immanuel’s Temple taught me this is not something you have to wait to do when you are older, but that I could touch God as a child. I believed in heaven and hell even from young age but what steered me in the direction of knowing God for myself was learning that I’d have to give an account of what I’d done in my life and learning there was no way I could live the way I was living and make it to heaven, which I didn’t really learn until I came to Immanuel’s Temple.
When attending different family member’s churches and without putting any other churches or leadership down, what I heard there and at Immanuel’s Temple were two totally different things. At ITSC I was told about my soul and the way I need to conduct myself on earth and there were things I needed to do and not do to make it to heaven. It’s almost like in other places they tell you if you do these religious things on these religious days and believe in God, you’ll make it into heaven.
I was never told about the way I should live at school, work or how I conduct myself at home or on the weekends. At ITSC I learned that I need to be spiritual, fast pray, watch for the devil and the things that fought my father may fight me. Just to have someone tell you that and to be aware of that kind of opens your eyes spiritually in a different way and as a young person the youth ministries were very beneficial to me, as they helped break down these concepts into bite sized pieces so that I could apply them to my life.
I was born in the ministry and I knew what the standards of the church were, but I never really knew God for myself until I was fifteen years old. I would go to church, go to children’s church, clap my hands and shout, plus I was born in the church, so I really thought this made me saved. Until one day it hit me that I wasn’t really saved for myself and that being born or raised in church didn’t make me saved.
It was the summer going into my ninth grade year that I gave my life to Christ. Bishop preached a message called, “This is One Thing that Daddy Can’t Get You Out Of.” He was talking about Absalom and the choices he made and it really changed my life. I remember running to the altar and giving my life over to God. After that I started praying on my own, studying the bible and I began to truly know God for myself.
I am now 22 and what has kept me all this time is the example of leadership and their children, Minister Rachel and Minister Josiah. I’ve seen them never give up despite obstacles and the challenges they face, which are similar to those I’ve had to endure.p>
To see Minister Rachel strive towards the things of God when she was in my position and then Josiah, who I’m in class with and have grown up very closely with, have greatly influenced and encouraged me. I know that if they can really live saved and have a relationship with God on the level and platform they are on, I can make it and there’s no reason for me to fail.
I was 5 years old when I came to the ministry. The very first service I attended, I remember my dad was upstairs where the “big folks” had church while I was downstairs in children’s church with my sister. I remember really enjoying myself, understanding what was being taught, along with the first person that came up to greet me. Even though I was never a wild kid I remember the way I was taught and trained.
What was preached over the pulpit at Immanuel’s Temple and reinforced in my home by my parents. It was in 7th grade God blessed me to be a part of the very first Preteen Ministry, it was then I learned how to get closer to God and how to live for Jesus which led me to make the conscience decision and effort to give my life wholeheartedly and fully to Christ.
In addition I have seen my leaders preach love but also live it in their lives for as long as I can remember. Our leaders have always been so loving, so open and giving. I remember one time my sister, mom and I were at the Lansing Mall, we were down at the far end of the mall, and we saw Elect Lady all the way at the other end. My parents had always encouraged us to greet leadership, so my sister and I took off running full force to greet her.
When she turned around her arms were open to us and she hugged my sister and I so tight. I remember, Bishop pinching our cheeks, patting us on the head and telling us we were good girls. I just really thank God for leaders who not only live the life of love but were exemplary to giving love to young and old. It really was a displaying of how Christ so loved the church.
A lot of times, especially when you are growing up in the ministry, you don't understand everything you read, because KJV is not exactly the easiest thing when you’re 10 years old, but what you do, is you see the examples God has given us. God has given us leaders to follow the pattern of salvation, as they follow Christ. Truly, that has been what leadership has been for me personally. I have seen how they have walked a life in Christ, godliness, holiness and how they have encouraged the saints to live lives where we have a personal relationship with God. As a child you can read about Joseph, David and Moses but when you see a person every service or around town that you know you can rely and depend on, it does so much more and it sticks with your heart.
When I came to the Ministry I was a teenager searching for God the best way I knew how. I was raised as a “church boy” but wasn’t satisfied with what I saw in Church. I had a Pastor who was an alcoholic. I had a Pastor who misunderstood the Holy Ghost, so he taught us not to believe in the full Power of the Holy Ghost. After seeing so many negative things, I still wanted to be saved like my parents said…but I had no one to show me…then God introduced me to the Watchman on the Wall (Bishop and Elect Lady) and an Army of Believers.
Of course it was the scariest move I ever made. I got with the Teens at Sexton High School who were having Prayer Meetings. I so badly wanted to be saved like them, so when they fasted for the Ministry, I fasted for the Ministry. When they were praying for Elect Lady while carrying Josiah, I prayed for Elect Lady. When they prayed for Mother Walton, I thought I was one of her intercessors too. All through high school, I maintained the standard they did…then God birthed the Vision in my heart. Then I started coming to Teen Ministry, Intercessory Prayers and Mid-Week Services (some of which I had to sneak out to get to).
Every time I showed up I saw God in a different Light. Then I began to hear God speak to me. The Lord filled me with the Holy Ghost at a tarrying service. Elect Lady gave me a prophecy. God just showed Himself to me in a way I never knew though I knew there was more than what I had seen. He literally took my brokenness and confusion and turned it into gold! I finally had CLEAN LEADERS that taught and lived by precept and example. While so many teens my age were turning into adults too fast and being ensnared by the enemy, this Ministry snatched me out of the fire and taught me how to be a witness and to stand in the midst of adversity. I’ve seen many come and go and many things change but this Ministry has never changed the standard!
I was 6 years old when I first came to the ministry. My earliest memories were in Plumber’s Hall, being in children’s church and everyone being really friendly. It was like a legitimate family, because they were welcoming to my mom and to myself.
One of the main things I have seen consistently throughout the years is Leadership’s preaching. They have always preached holiness, righteousness and the truth. As a child I can remember they would always preach whatever God put on their heart to preach or whatever was necessary for the saints and I’ve always known them to take a stand for what is right.
Officially, I gave my life to the Lord and started living for him on my own sometime in December 2004. Elect Lady came up with the 12 to 12 Prayer Strategy where we would come to the church every single day to pray. At that time, I wasn’t looking for much but I was just coming out of obedience to the strategy of Elect Lady. One service I just broke and began running for the Lord.
The thing that has kept me is this ministry has been consistent in my life, it’s something I can always rely on and it’s always been dependable for me. When I was in high school I thought my friends would always be there, so I was really dependent on them. When we graduated, we all went our separate ways. I realized at that time I only had the ministry and God would always, always, always be there for me. So I think just knowing that and knowing as long as I live for the Lord I would always have the vision is what’s really kept me these 24 years.
I have been in church all my life and I never felt like my parents were making me go to church. I enjoyed it; just like I enjoyed going to school or a sporting event...
I I was born in the ministry and I knew what the standards of the church were, but I never really knew God for myself until I was fifteen years old...
I I was 5 years old when I came to the ministry. The very first service I attended, I remember my dad was...
When When I came to the Ministry I was a teenager searching for God the best way I knew how. I was raised as a...
I was 6 years old when I first came to the ministry. My earliest memories were in Plumber’s Hall, being in children’s church and everyone being really friendly...
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