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OPINION

TALK ABOUT IT, THEN LET’S TALK ABOUT IT part 1

Valery McAllister-Lawton, guest columnist

Twenty-four years ago, I sat and spoke with David Woods, Jr., Pastor of Yes Lord Ministries. At that time, the church had just moved from Gilmore Park, into a refurbished laundromat located on Highway 90, which is now Bailey' Restaurant.  The doors opened on June 16, 1996. This site was the church home for six years.  The church purchased 8.5 acres of land in May of 1998. On November 19, 2000 the official Groundbreaking took place. A new Church was erected at 739 7th Street in Chipley, and the official dedication of that new sanctuary was December 21, 2002, which is the present location.  It was the largest predominately black church in this area, but today it is much more diverse.  In January 2004 Pastor Woods became One Pastor, one Church in two locations, when he took over Leadership of the Port St Joe Church of God in Christ.   He still holds Jurisdictional offices of the Florida Northwest Gulf Coast District.  In the beginning, he was Elder Woods, today he is Apostle Woods, for he is the Overseer of Kingdom Saints United Fellowship. Panama City, FL, with Co-Pastor  Evangelist Gloria Crawford.

The man whose love, and heart for God, has not changed, but has only been transformed to deeper depths, and a more heightened level of revelation and knowledge concerning God, God’s Kingdom, and the Power that has been given us in the Unity with Christ.  He knows that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God must be preached.  He knows the Truth of who God is must be preached and then the end shall come.

Apostle Woods resides in Panama City, Florida with his wife, Lady Adrianne Woods, and their children.

In light of the nationwide Corona virus pandemic that has caused thousands of deaths in the US, and over a half million globally; the present day racial divide and a Movement that riots against the grievous exploitation of black lives from years past, and the injustice in unnecessary killings of black men and women today, and in particular, the televised killing of George Floyd, on May 25, 2020. The world could hear the  “I Can't Breathe” murmur, and the moan for his deceased mother, and the voice of his little girl saying “Daddy changed the world" has impacted us all. Yes he did change the world! There are many others, like that of a skittles eating, hoodie wearing, Arizona tea drinking teen Trayvon Martin, the end of the No Knock Warrant in Louisville, KY, that killed Brionna Taylor and the “Say Her Name" movement; the vigilante justice that killed Ahmaud Arbery and the 2.23 Mile Run for Ahmaud.  Countless deaths of black lives. The movement is not to erase history but add a new perspective to black history that does not dismiss the hardships of the past, nor strip away the laurels of the great successes, contributions and richness of the history of the black race today.  It is a movement that fortifies some and heartens others.  It is a movement of the heart that will cause us to embrace all lives that matter to God.  Genesis 1:26-27 informs us that we are all created in the image of God. Therefore, there is one race, yet beautifully diversified to reflect the creative brilliance of God.  Sin has damaged and separated us from God and each other.

Valery McAllister-Lawton

Valery McAllister-Lawton is a local resident who has worked for the Holmes/Washington County Health Department for the past 25 years.  McAllister-Lawton is also actively involved in the community and a disciple of Jesus Christ. She attends Yes Lord Deliverance Ministries Church in Chipley.