Story by Peggi Trusty
Christian fiction can be the bridge that brings people to the Bible,” says Sheryl Brown-Norman (pictured left), author of Restored, a Christian novel published in October 2015. “The concepts are true, the principles are true and the characters bring the story to life.”
Story by LaTasha Hewitt
Allegheny East Conference's Mizpah church in Philadelphia, recently celebrated its first Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) Day. “By our work in the community, we’re trying to help people experience the life that God intends for them to enjoy,” says Donald McKinnie, pastor.
Story by Michele Joseph
You don’t need any special gifts or abilities,” says Tamyra Horst, Prayer Ministries coordinator for the Pennsylvania Conference, on being a prayer warrior. “You just need a willingness, an honest heart and a tenacity to not give up.” Here are a few tips from Horst and other prayer warriors in the Columbia Union.
Make God first: You’ve got to remove self. If God’s not first, who is?—Saundra Austin
Pray Scripture: Claim God’s Word; pray it back to Him.—Tamyra Horst
Give fasting a chance: It deepens the prayer experience.—TH
Story by Michele Joseph/ Photos by Norman Mitchell
Saundra Austin’s prayer life changed the day she got baptized in the late 1970s. On that day, she felt too sick to leave home. “I called my Bible worker,” says Austin, now prayer coordinator for the Allegheny East Conference (AEC). “She said to just go back and lay down, and we’ll pray for you.”
Hours passed, and each time a pastor or prayer warrior called, she still felt sick. However, no one gave up praying. By the time the baptism began later that day at AEC’s Dupont Park church in Washington, D.C., she was the first one in line to enter the pool.