Sunday, March 1, 2009
Yesterday HER Ministries (Healing Every Realm) hosted one of the most impacting monthly meetings I have ever had the privilege of attending. It was held at the beautiful and historic Montclair Women's Club in Montclair, NJ. The event started off with the usual excellence of the ministry hosts founder, Evangelist Dean Porterfield and her daughter, co-host Minister Tennille Miller.
As we completed registration we received a program snuggled inside a beautiful gifted copy of the Prayer of Jabez, so from the door to the well appointed continental breakfast and their ability to host you in such a warm and inviting way, HER was pouring love into us and creating an atmosphere for experiencing something great.
After dining we moved into our seats to begin the meeting. I had the awesome opportunity to lead praise worship. Vanessa was unable to attend so I was blessed to have the help and support of the gifted and willing in the form of pianist Denzel Cohen along with praise and worship leaders Keisha Reynolds and Khalif Miller.
Leading the attendees of HER is always a blessing, because they come filled with anticipation. Also it is like coming home for me since about 50% of the supporters are family and friends I have known since I was a child. Therefore that love and support is always in the room and there is nothing quite as inviting and warming to the heart as looking into the faces of those that love you, support you and are just proud of you.
At the conclusion of worship Evangelist Dean came up to introduce the speaker of the hour and the entire room just erupted into an elongated moment of praise and declaration unto the Lord. It was a beautiful sustaining moment in His presence.
Then came the main course and dessert! In the form of one of the most dynamic preaching/teaching, practical sessions on prayer I have ever been in, and I have been in many. The Rev. Lula A. Baker of New Hope Baptist Church, Newark, NJ was a breathe of fresh air you just wanted to keep inhaling for hours!
Rev. Baker started the session with foundational scripture references and sharing the stories of biblical characters and their journeys in pray along with the great results. She then began to break it down even more sharing revelatory insights and nuggets of truth. Rev. Baker has the uncanny ability to unwrap the ageless principles and ways of God from around the historical figures and then rewrap them around modern scenarios you quickly identify and grasp. Her sharing that way made her points so intensely powerful, that with each aha moment and reference it took everything you had to stay in your seat taking notes and not just stand in agreement shouting amen the entire time.
It is said, the highest form of communication is story telling and that Christ was the greatest story teller that ever lived. Well Rev. Baker has certainly tapped into that anointing, with her ability to tell a story or a "Modern Day Parable" if you will. I along with many others found ourselves writing pages of notes that I am certain we will reference time and time again. For just a taste of what we dined on ponder these headings and statements of faith she shared.
Proceed Positively, and
After the session was over there was a line to greet and thank her for sharing. I made my way personally to her as well and with a heart filled with gratitude I thanked her for the timely teaching.
In the tradition of HER attendees we all hung around and continued to snack and chat about the meeting. Everyone I came in contact with was greatly impacted by the session and is looking forward to praying with knowledge and insight.
Kudos to HER for hearing the heart of God for such a time as this and hosting this much needed Back to Basics "Prayer Clinic."
If you are looking for an opportunity to come together with women of like faith and life and be encouraged and empowered, consider attending HER Ministries monthly sessions.
Select upcoming HER events include:
All Day Bus Trip, Strasburg, PA
Book Club Review "The Prayer of Jabez"
Financial Workshop - "Giving your way to Financial Freedom"
"Girl Time: 4 You; 4 Us"
For more information on meeting dates and times for their 2009 agenda, visit them at www.herministries.com and hopefully we will see you next month.
As always V and I love you and thank you for your continued support. Allowing us to do what we love to do and share it with you!
We love you like bountiful bags of fresh baked bagels and cream cheese!
2 Geechee Girls