Joined Gateway Staff: October 2012
Family: Husband, Keith; Daughter Leigh Ann; and Son, Jay
Books: The Bible is the only book I read, really. Unless you count Twitter.
Food: Ice Cream
Snack Food: See above
Music Artist: Too many to narrow down, and they are all secular (sorry). :-)
Times of Day: Dusk, when the trees look black against the sky.
Season: Used to be Fall, but now Fall makes me really sad. Still may be my favorite, tho.
Place in the World: Anyplace where I am working smack in the middle of God’s Will for my life. No place I’d rather be.
Place to Pray: Bedroom floor
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: N/A. Leisure time bores me to tears.
Scripture(s): Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (First scripture I ever memorized.)
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. (Gateway Missions & Outreach verse)
Hebrews 13:2 Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (The Mercy Tree verse)
Sport: None. See Life Motto.
Food: The healthy kind
Time of Day: Getting ready for bed
Season: Summer in Houston
Place in the World: Houston in summer
Best Thing Someone Said to You: In terms of ministry advice, there are too many to narrow down, and they all came from Mike Malkemes.
Life Motto: When it comes to games, “The only winning move is not to play.” -Joshua, War Games
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Jesus and the family members of my homeless friends. That’s more than three people, tho...
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: The power of the Holy Spirit. It can be frightening to people who have never experienced it before. (It was to me!) Yet, it is the only power that truly frees us. It is the same power that raised Christ from the dead, living within us. (Rom 8:11) Fear keeps people from diving into the power of the Holy Spirit, but we must remember that fear does not come from God (2 Tim 1:7). If it doesn’t come from God, then it comes from our enemy, Satan. Satan does not want us to experience the freedom and the power of the Holy Spirit that Christ died for us to have. Once you grasp that, you realize that the fear is a lie; it is a weapon of Satan. Pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to pray. Read about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Talk to other Spirit-filled Christians who can answer your questions.
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: There are two, actually, and they both involve trees. One was a dogwood tree in Coldspring, TX. God’s presence shone through the white flowers of the tree as I pedaled my bike beneath it. He was chasing me, but I was not ready yet. I kept pedaling as fast as I could, but I was astounded that God was still actively pursuing a relationship with me even though I was such a filthy, miserable sinner. The other was a mango tree in Raymond, Haiti. I was 8 years into my new life in Christ, and God used that tree to help me understand my relationship to Him. It was deeply moving, and I promised God that I would come back to Haiti and worship Him there at that tree again someday.
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: There’s not much that people don’t know about me. I’m not exactly shy, and I don’t have much of a “poker face.”