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OPINION

TALK, LET'S TALK part 2

Valery McAllister-Lawton

We seem to have a global pandemic on all levels concerning our health, our race, our government, our economy, our educational system. During these times it is imperative that we glean wisdom from the wise. As a dynamic leader in the Panhandle, and our community I sat down with Apostle Woods on July 8, 2020 to talk about what everyone says talk about, and don't really talk about. His voice resonates with compassion. He has the heart of God for God's people. His voice is powerful because the One with all Power is within him> His voice is confident, because he is more than an overcomer.  His voice is one that speaks from a Holy place, for he knows he is seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. The Book of Job in Chapter 6 verse 25 poses a question “How forcible are right words! But what doth your arguing reprove? There is a language of faith that is only given to God's chosen. God has called us to walk in higher places and one must talk where you want to walk. There is a heart language given to the citizens of the Kingdom of God, and we have here a man, who is walking and speaking from a higher place.

As most know Yes Lord Ministries hosts a food bank on Thursdays on Hope Drive in Chipley.  Hundreds of people from all walks of life attend the food mission.  Apostle Woods and I talked about whether this mission was an indication of the Vision for Yes Lord to be diverse and inclusive, as well as an integrated Church. He answers, “no, this mission is not an indication of the Vision for Yes Lord to be diverse and inclusive, as well as an integrated Church because in the past 8 years the Gulf Coast District has entrusted the church with this great task of feeding America’s hungry, regardless of who they are. The opportunity to feed has been ongoing. This mission started in the Gulf Coast District and it was important to them that this mission be kept at our Church and our location.  Apostle Woods, further states, yes, because our Kingdom goal, is that all souls be saved, but the reality is that a person that's hungry usually tends to hear from his stomach before he hears about salvation”. What happens here is that the people see our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16), but it also shows that in the Kingdom of God everybody is welcome at this ministry, and out of that precept the Church has developed a more diversified congregation.  This outreach ministry has changed the dynamics of what we do; but to a positive in the fact that we can’t be known as a black church and we can’t worship from a black experience, but we must worship God and let people experience Him and not just what we like”.

Valery McAllister-Lawton

Apostle Woods went on to expound, “that the vision for the future of this ministry is one that we are establishing and showing people in the community that we can successfully work together and worship together, and fulfill the needs of the community together.  Our volunteers are white and black, and the people that come through the line are from all counties.  Therefore, what the future vision looks like for the community, it is our hope, that everyone will be more comfortable in helping one another.  I encourage people to put away the fear of helping one another.  Be cautions of course, but don't be afraid. Caution is one thing but being afraid is another thing.  When we have the food bank everyone is brought together for prayer, which is something that everyone looks forward to.  The future is not building a platform for any man or woman, the future is building a future for our King Jesus. He is the beginning and end of all”.

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.