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Thinking about what I need to get finished before General Conference I began to feel excitement rise within me.  I paused for a moment  and asked myself this question, why am I excited about conference?  I’ve been going to General Conferences since 1973 so you would think I would be tired of it by now, or at least NOT excited.  Hmmmm….so what is it about the United Pentecostal Church International General Conference that puts a smile on my face and a pep in my step?  First of all I thought, I will get to see my two sisters and their families.  Since we have moved to California I do not get to see them as much as I use to, so I’m excited about that. 

2.  I enjoy the large crowd of pastors, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, preacher’s wives and preacher’s kids, of which a lot of them are my friends.  We will sit and talk and I will enjoy every minute. 

 3.  Walking into the large arena and hearing the music and singing of such a large audience is always a pleasure.  Sometime during the week I will stop and just listen as someone from the podium says, “Let’s give the Lord a hand clap of praise” and I will think, WOW! That sounds like a mighty rushing river!  There is nothing like it in the entire world.  All of these people clapping and making a joyful noise unto the Lord is incomparable. 

 4.  Wednesday morning I will be with Ladies Ministries Presidents and Secretaries from all the districts of the United Pentecostal Church for a meeting.

5.  I will look forward to hearing the General Superintendant’s message on Thursday night and hear the direction he is setting for this great fellowship.   

6.  Thursday morning as my husband attends a business session, I will attend Ladies day with many other ministers’ wives for a time of refreshing.  On Friday Morning as my husband attends more business, I will be meeting with friends and family for the ministers wives breakfast with the General Superintendant’s wife as our hostess.  Oh!  And then, there is Youth Day, Home Missions Service, Foreign Missions, Sunday school and Sunday Night Crusade!  These are just a few things that I look forward to at our annual United Pentecostal Church General Conference. 

I am thankful to be part of such a great body of believers and men and women who are giving themselves to ministry in some way.  Some are pastors.  Some are missionaries.  Some are evangelists.  Others are in children’s ministry, music ministry, teachers, youth pastors, and the list goes on. 

God, please bless Your people as we gather in Houston, Texas for our General Conference.  We need Your touch.  We need Your guidance.  We need to hear from You.  Thank-you for being mindful of us and sending us exactly what we need.  In Your precious Name.  Amen!

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A couple of weeks ago we were blessed to have Shawn and Gwen Dunahoe and their children, Ryan and Riley Paige with us for the weekend.  They are like our “kids”. 🙂  Shawn received the Holy Ghost in our church in Texarkana and then married a beautiful young lady that had been raised in our church.  They are now in full time ministry.  Shawn is an excellent Bible Study teacher and that is what he promotes as he travels around the country with his family.  I know that he puts in about 30–40 hours a week (besides church time) in teaching Bible Studies and training folks to teach.  Shawn and Gwen are a great team.  Anyway,  we enjoyed having them with us just for fun, except for Sunday when Shawn preached. They needed to relax a few days and we did just that.  This was the first time we have been able to see little Riley and she stole our hearts.  What a little doll baby. Ryan is a big 15 year old now and that is hard to believe.  He is a great big brother too. Shawn and Gwen, don’t let it be so long between visits next time. 🙂

DSC_0723 Gwen and Riley Paige

DSC_0721 Nathan and Riley Paige. Awww…

DSC_0725 Ryan, Patricia and Danelle

I can’t believe I didn’t get one picture of Shawn.

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Nathan and I headed out to our Valentine’s Dinner at The Chart House.

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MINISTRY FAIR!

This past Wednesday Night we hosted our first Ministry Fair.  It was very good.  Each Ministry in the church presented their ministry by creating a science like project and set up booths.  We had 15 ministries represented.  I think we missed a couple, but will be sure and get them for next year.  This allowed our people and especially the new folks to know the opportunities to be involved in some way in the Kingdom of God.  We are firm believers in the fact that everyone should be involved some way in the church.  There is something for EVERYONE to do.  I am excited about the growth of The Pentecostal Church numerically and also the growth I see spiritually in our people.  This was a fun filled night with good fellowship and information about our church.  I was not able to get a photo of everything but here is a good sample. 🙂

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Yesterday was another incredible day of services at The Pentecostal Church.  It will be long remembered as one of the milestones in our church history.  When we are visited by God like this I find it very hard to write in words what happened and what it meant to me personally.  My husband has been under a special anointing here of late and it is just to hard to explain.  So many good things were accomplished in the Holy Ghost.  Nathan has always said, “God can do more in five minutes than I could ever do in a lifetime”.  So true.  When He shows up like He did yesterday….well, WOW!

I want to focus my post today on some incredible people; the musicians of The Pentecostal Church.  Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar), Dominic Ingram (drums, bass), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Danelle Silveira (keyboard, organ), Luis Lenzi (keys, organ, sax…),  Todd Valenti (keys, organ, bass…), This post is for you all.  I know that on our church web-site it has me listed on staff as the Minister of Music.  I don’t know how true that really is.  I guess someone had to take the title when our church was small. 🙂  Hopefully that will be changed one of these days.  The people that are named above and that I work with week in and week out are some of the most dedicated and talented people on the planet.  If you walk into The Pentecostal Church prayer room on any given service you will find these folks are some of the first to be there, seeking the face of God for that service and for the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  Sunday’s are hard to get into the prayer room before service because of our schedule, but you can feel the prayers of these people when the music begins.  It is not the beat or tempo of the song.  It is not just the excellence in which they play, but it is the anointing of the Holy Ghost that you feel.

Yesterday was no exception.  They gave and gave while the church received blessings. (I wonder how many times we sang, “Freedom”?)  That is okay.  That is our job description and our ministry.  However, after a long while in the altar service, I stopped them all from playing and singing and had them come stand behind the pulpit.  I told the church about how these folks play and sing so we can be in the presence of God to receive.  I asked the church, “However you can make music, do it.  With your voice or with your hands clapping and pray for these people so they can get lost in the spirit for awhile.”  WOW!  The church went to praying, praising and clapping.  Several of the men came to the platform and laid hands on them and the power of God came and blessed.  Our musicians received incredible blessings yesterday.  I am so thankful for what the Lord did for them.

Keep it up guys.  I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for you and your talent and dedication.  You are incredible.  Thank you for using your talent to glorify God and be a blessing to His kingdom.  I love and appreciate you more than you know.

P.S.  Danelle, when you read this don’t be discouraged.  I know you and Matt had to miss yesterday but your blessing is coming.  I appreciate and love you too for your dedicated life and talent.  🙂

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Whew!  What a week!  We flew out last Monday to attend “Because of the Times” conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.  There are so many blessings associated with this trip I’m not quite sure I can put into words how grateful I am.  We were going to drive to “Because of the Times” but Nathan received a phone call on the Thursday before we were going to leave on Sunday and the conversation went something like this…”Nathan, I heard that you and Ronda are driving back here to BOTT?…Well, I won’t have that.  You would be exhausted by the time you got here and if the Lord wanted to speak to you (and He will), you would be too tired to receive it.  You get online and get a ticket and fly back here and let me know how much when you get here….”  WOW! Can you say BLESSING!  Of course there is more to that conversation but I don’t have time nor space to put it all here. 🙂  I got the best tickets I could possibly find and we flew.  Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to Bro. Anthony and Bro. Jim for blessing us this way.  Thank you just doesn’t seem quite enough for that kind of blessing, however it comes from deep within my heart.  We flew into Dallas, Texas and rented a car to drive the rest of the way to Alexandria.  It is about 5 hours and since we got in late and our luggage was not on our flight and we had to wait another 2 hours for it to come in, we decided to get a room in Marshall, Texas. My husband asked the desk clerk for a downstairs room so we would not have to take all of our luggage into the elevator and up to an upper level room.  He said, “Sure”.  Then he said, “I don’t have any king size beds downstairs”.  Nathan said, “That’s fine. Two doubles for tonight will do”.  When the clerk handed him the receipt to sign, the balance was 0.00.   Nathan asked, “how much is the room?”  The clerk replied, “I’m giving it to you tonight since I don’t have a king size bed downstairs.”  Nathan said, “You don’t have to do that”.  He said, “I want to. Manager’s privilege.”  So, what was going to cost us $115.00 ended up being free.  WOW!  Can you say BLESSING!  We got to Alexandria Tuesday Afternoon and began to prepare for BOTT. Tuesday Night service was tremendous and I knew we had made the right decision to attend BOTT 2009.  The theme this year was II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  All I can say is, buy the cd or DVD set and be blessed. One of the messages this week I felt as if the preacher was standing right in front of Nathan and I and preaching solely to us.  I know a lot of people felt that way but that is the wonder of anointed preaching.  It ministers to different people all in one setting. WOW! Can you say BLESSING!  On Wednesday afternoon a minister walked up to my husband and handed him something and said, “You and Ronda go have lunch.”  When we got outside and looked, it was 2 one hundred dollar bills. Wow! Can you say BLESSING! We had a good lunch. 🙂  And then, Nathan turned around and blessed someone else with one of the hundred dollar bills.  That’s how it works isn’t it?  You give and give and then God pours you out a blessing you can’t quite contain.  You then turn around and give some more and then, God just does it all over again.  You cannot out give God! 

By Thursday Night you are very tired at BOTT but you don’t want to miss anything so you still get there early and anticipate what the Lord might do next.  Well…Royce Wilson preached an incredible message.  Just buy the DVD.  I can’t begin to describe it and what I felt.  At the end of the message Nathan and I walked to the front to pray.  Sis. Vesta Layne Mangun got a hold of me.  When she gets a hold of you, you will probably be there awhile. 🙂  We had the best time in the Holy Ghost.  She prayed, spoke in tongues, prophesied and we even danced a little.  This was another blessing too precious to really put in words. Wow!  Can you say BLESSING! 

We left BOTT refreshed, renewed, lifted up and challenged.

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Friday Evening we met Greg, Monya, Macy and Melody Henry in Dallas at Pappadeaux for dinner.  We had a great time with them.  Macy and Melody are growing up so fast.  They both made the honor roll in school and we are so proud of them. 

After dinner we drove on up to Wichita Falls to be with Gene and Karla for the week-end.  Saturday we relaxed and just enjoyed being with them and Cameron and Chad.  Sunday was an incredible day of worship and the word. The power of God was so strong in both services.  It was incredible.  

We got home last night and I am so thankful to be here.  We got out of Wichita Falls just in time.  I heard that they are iced in today. 😦 

God is good to His people!  I pray you all have a BLESSED week.  He has done marvelous things! 

Wow!  Can you say BLESSING!

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God is not a respecter of persons but He is a respecter of principals. He has plans for everyone to accomplish great things. Don’t believe anything other than Jer. 29:11(Amplified Bible)–For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Here are a few principals to help you start today!

1. Work Like it is up to you and pray like it is up to God!  Work hard and pray hard! God wants to help you more than you want His help.

2. Have a concise plan of where and what you want to accomplish. Write it down  in detail. Then write down how you think you will accomplish it.

3. Do 5 things every day that drives you in that direction.

4. ASK for help. Surround yourself with a team of people who share your passion.

5. Contact someone who has already done what you want and ask for them to coach you. Be willing to do what they ask.

6. Align yourself with the authorities in your life.

7. Be grateful for every opportunity that comes your way and give 110% like it is where you already want to be.

8. Take risk. Sometimes when you live on the edge you will fall off but you will miss 100% of the opportunities that you never try! The worst thing that could happen is most likely where you already are.

9. Take serious action today. Don’t wait one more day!

10. Do what you love! Most likely your gift is in someway connected!

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Where do I begin? The highly anticipated week-end has come and gone and we are ecstatic and a little in shock and very humbled for what God has done.  Yes, We prayed and fasted.  We planted and watered seed and GOD gave the increase.  Soul Winners Boot Camp was above and beyond what we could have thought.  On the first night, Thursday, the presence of God met with us in a powerful way.  We were off to a good start.  All day Friday the sessions with Bro. Matt Maddix, Bro. David Smith, Bro. Tim Downs and Bro. Travis Worthington were packed with superb information about soul winning and also the presence of God.  A huge shout out to this team.  You guys were great!  We had 91 boot campers registered.  I must say that I don’t think I have ever been around that many people at one time that the only reason we were together was to reach the lost.  Boot Campers, your attitudes were awesome.  I so enjoyed having you here in Hollister.  Your hard work in walking the streets of our city and witnessing to people paid off, BIG TIME!!!

Friday Night we had a downtown block party and I stood in amazement as people were so hungry for God that they got baptized in their street clothes in cold water.  And then watched as God miraculously filled them with the Holy Ghost.  On Saturday we had an event in one of the parks in town and even though the day was warmer than the night before, I once again stood in amazement as people so hungry for God was baptized in their street clothes in the cold water.  And, once again watched as God filled them with the Holy Ghost.  My husband said he was overwhelmed one time when he saw three young boys who had just been baptized, standing together and praying, as all three of them began to speak in tongues at the same time and received the Holy Ghost.  There are so many stories to tell, I cannot possibly put them all here.  Just know that God moved in a sovereign way in Hollister this last few days.  On Sunday, the Lord met with us again.  Many of the people that was at the block party and the park was in church on Sunday.  One lady and her daughter received the Holy Ghost while the chorale was singing, “Everybody Ought To Know (Who Jesus Is)”.  They were baptized on Friday Night downtown and received the Holy Ghost today. 10 people received the Holy Ghost in our Sunday Service.

After service on Sunday our family took my father-in-law out for his 76th birthday.  While we were eating we received a phone call from one of the saints…she had invited her neighbor and a couple in our church over for dinner.  While they were eating and talking about the good things of God the neighbor said that she wanted the Holy Ghost.  They stopped what they were doing and began to pray and she received the Holy Ghost right there in her living room.  Like I said, to many stories to tell.

So…All totaled for this week-end:  70 received the Holy Ghost and 61 Baptized.

To my awesome church family, “The Pentecostal Church”…I cannot describe my feelings for you today. Proud, thankful, in awe, amazed…I know how hard you have worked and how much you have prayed and fasted for revival.  I did not see one person that was not involved in some way or other in this past weekend.  That is not hyperbole.  That is the truth.  There are so many details that go into a meeting like this and you all pulled it off with class and efficiency.  Nathaniel you did a superb job in organizing everything.  I am proud. 🙂  Your immediate team that you worked with was unbelievably good too.  Please allow me to say, as great as this was,  THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!!  God has opened the flood-gates of heaven.  We must keep working until Jesus comes.  Let’s take many souls with us from Hollister to dance on streets of gold.  God bless you all mightily.  Read more here!  See report from Nathaniel here.

Go to our church web-site for photos in the Soul Winners Boot Camp photo category.

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Disclaimer:  I know that “Think Pink” is the motto for breast cancer awareness.  This article has nothing to do with that.  I wholeheartedly support breast cancer awareness and I “Think Pink” where that is concerned.  My mother was a victim of breast cancer, therefore I support 110% anything that can be done to prevent it.

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A lot has been said of late about the church being to feminine.  I don’t agree with this take on The Church.  At least not in our church or the churches I am associated with.  There is a lot of surveys floating around of “why men don’t go to church”, etc.  However, on this score, I am thankful for the body of Christ that I am a part of.  The men in our congregations are completely sold out to God, by far the majority.  The ministry that I see on a consistent basis are true MEN of God.  Not a feminine one in the group. 🙂  I am thankful for that.

I do, however, see this trend happening more and more concerning marriage.  I’ve heard it said to husbands, “You have to learn to think pink”.  Huh?  Is that even possible for a man to do?  “You need to get in touch with your more feminine side”.  Huh, again?  Please don’t get me wrong…I want my husband to be sensitive to my needs but I want him to do it like a man, not like I would.  I see this same thing in raising children.  The mother doesn’t want to leave the kids with daddy to long because he lets them get dirty and smear peanut butter and jelly on their face. 🙂  I am a firm believer in the fact that kids need both parents influence.  It is good for the kids to hang out with dad every once in awhile.  My children tell me stories of how when I was gone to a ladies conference or some other trip and Nathan (dad) was left in charge.  It is quite funny to me.  Here is one incident…when he would fix their oatmeal in the mornings before school, they said he let them put as much sugar and butter in there as they wanted.  I can just imagine the oatmeal floating in a yellow “lake” of butter. 🙂   You know what?  It didn’t kill them and now they have those funny memories.  There are things they could get by with Dad that I would NEVER have allowed. 🙂

I am simply saying…in the kind of world we live in, we are being bombarded on every hand to become something we are not intended to be by God’s design.  Personally, I like men to be men and women to be women.  What in the world is wrong with a woman being feminine?  Ruffles, lace, sweet smelling perfume…?  A little pampering never hurt anyone. And, what in the world is wrong with a man being masculine?  I’m afraid sometimes that America has “suited” up the ladies and put “ruffles” on the men.  Let us be what we are intended to be!  Please don’t start trying to make me think “blue”.  I don’t think I could possibly pull that one off.  As much as I like to relate to my husband and son, I like to do it in my feminine way.  And, as much as I like for them to relate to me, I know that no matter how hard they try,  they will never be able to think “pink”, totally and completely.  It is just not in our make-up to do so.

Men, be the man God intended for you to be and love your wife, your daughters and your sons like a man should.  And ladies, be proud.  Hold your head up high. Keep that feminine mystique about you.  God made us all like He intended.  He did not make a mistake when he made you what you are.  Don’t allow the world around you to squelch it. 🙂

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Sunday was my first Sunday back to church since surgery and I was not disappointed. Of course I’m never disappointed when I go to church but there are some services that are just over the top and this was one of those. I find it hard to write about how powerful God can be sometimes. It is just not explainable. I will tell you though, that the POWER of the Holy Ghost so overwhelmed us that it was incredible. Everyone in the house was moved in some way or other. There was healing, deliverance, cleansing, blessings (bountiful), and the list goes on. I had rejoiced in this service all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then last night going into the prayer room before service, I automatically was carried into His presence once again. The service again was kissed with God’s sweet presence as the congregation began to sing praises to our God. A young man, Kyle was leading the worship service and for his last song of the evening he asked everyone to get their songbooks out and turn to the song, The Old Rugged Cross. He said, “I know it may be old young people but I want you to pay close attention to the words. They are powerful.” As he began to lead the song, he wept. There was such a precious remembrance of what Christ has done for us at Calvary as we sang that “old song”.

My husband has been in a series of Bible Study about “The Rhythm of Life”. So far we have covered, Work and Rest. Last Night was his first study on Worship and all throughout the lesson you could just feel the Lord’s presence. At the closing of the lesson as we began to worship, God’s presence once again touched us is such a special way.  It is just one of those times when we are walking in the Spirit.

There are many times when we must walk by faith and we are not feeling God so much. We feel like Job when he said, “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!” (Job 23) So allow me to encourage you in the Lord. He does know the way you take. He will come through for YOU. Don’t give up. Keep worshiping Him! A breakthrough is coming your way. If He will do it in Hollister, He will do it wherever you are! YES HE WILL!

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Today was a blessed day!  The Sunday School lesson in the Adult Bible Class was taught superbly by Bishop B.J. Hurst.  He did an incredible job in teaching about our love for God, each other and the lost world we live in.  I so enjoyed class today.  Then we started our worship service as always with prayer and asked that God would meet with us today.  And OH how He did!  Our son, Nathaniel preached an incredible message about our passion for God, His Word and Prayer.  The Spirit moved in such an awesome, convicting way that I believe everyone in the congregation was at one time on their knees in prayer and renewed commitment to God.  A great time of consecration was made by many, young and old alike.  I wept along with my husband at the altar and as I turned to look, at one point I saw other husbands and wives and families praying together.  It was such a precious time and then I began to listen to the words that Danelle, Matt and Amanda were singing, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship.  And it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus.  I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you.  It’s all about you Jesus”!  How true that song is.   It went right along with what Nathaniel preached and how it is our relationship with God that matters the most. At the close of service, Victoria Sarria was baptized and her Grandpa, Bishop B.J. Hurst did the honors today.  It was so precious.  Then he also baptized a new man, Mike in the precious name of Jesus.  It was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful day in the Lord.  I want to stay close to the altar and keep the word of God ever present in my life.

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Today we buried one of our saint’s father. He was a good man and we were honored to part of his home-going service. Cassandra, if you read this, I whispered another prayer for you and the rest of the family tonight. I know you miss your Dad. He was such a neat person. 🙂 We then had to take off to Woodland (close to Sacramento) for a Section 7 Ladies Rally. I was privileged to speak for them tonight. We had a great time. Summer Schexnayder is the director for Section 7 and she is doing a great job serving. If you don’t know Sis. Summer, she is this little tiny person that has an incredible voice. She is playing the organ with her head-piece microphone on and all of a sudden I hear this voice. Oh My! Is that voice coming from that little body? 🙂 Well, yes it is. Great leading of worship from her. Then the sign team from Citrus Heights (Bro. Sullivan pastor) did an incredible job tonight too. There was a sweet move of the Holy Ghost during the altar service and many ladies were touched. Keep on Singing girls! 🙂 After service I enjoyed a few minutes of fellowship with the ladies and some refreshments that the ladies of the church here in Woodland had prepared. I love being around the people of God and my sisters in the Lord. There is no better people in the whole world. 🙂 We will be in service with Bro. and Sis. Schexnayder Saturday night here in Woodland and then head back over the hill to home for our Sunday services. God bless you all and I hope you have a great week-end.

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