Over the past few days several have shared stories that are heartbreaking but so real. With their permission I want to share a couple of them.
1) A man came in today and I noticed he had an attitude that told me he was in a lot of pain and resentment. He was in his sixties. He opened up much to my surprise without me having to ask anything. He said ” you’ll notice I don’t pull any punches” I was raped by a priest as a child and no one would hear me. He said finally the cardinal in Rhode Island wrote a letter of apology but it was too late. He lost his wife and daughter over his resentment and anger. He moved to NC and is trying to start over. He said all he had wanted was someone to hear him and help him understand. He was 7 – 8 when this happened.
2) A young man in his 30’s shared his experiences of being bullied from kindergarten to college. He said he was screaming for help but no one heard him. He was told it is part of life. Today he has very low self esteem and a low tolerance for criticism.
My point through this is…..people can be different and have all types of attitudes – from whiny to angry. What we don’t take time to do is realize they have had some traumatic experiences that have altered what should have been a great life.
We need to stop judging people, even if they are different, and know they were made uniquely and perfectly by God. We also need to take time to listen and know that might be all the person needs and to show you care.
God wants us to take time to take care of His children. Judging and shoving people to the curb is not life it’s abuse!

Coming Soon!

PUSH West Virginia will be launching Kingdom Unification Fellowship shortly. Stay Tuned. Here Pastor Jill Burcham is getting ready for the big day

Outside The Walls

REALITY – God has really blessed me and Keith to travel communities from West Va. to Ga. We are able to meet all types of people and to have them share. There have been a few stories that have really touched my heart. It’s such a confirmation why we HAVE to make ourselves available and not just sit on a pew in a church.
1) An older couple came in. Mom in her 80’s and son in his sixties. He has a boot on his foot and in obvious pain. He apparently fell at a large store. His mom went flying for help and instead of calling an ambulance the store made the son sign a paper saying the store wasn’t responsible. The mom finally got a hold of an ambulance and they went to the ER. ER found nothing BUT a few days later a bone dr found a serous fracture and a break and the man is out of work for 12 weeks. NO income. Had to move into his mom’s and lost his job. There IS help out there but NO ONE took time to point him in the right direction. He now has an attorney.
2) A grandmother in her 60’s got custody of her 3 young grandchildren after her daughter was murdered. She went to social services and was told the only help she could get was medicaid. That is an absolute lie.
3) 2 men came in the store and I was joking about being a poor pastor and the one man looked at me and said ” if you were another color I would believe that” WHAT???
My point is this These behaviors are NOT acceptable and if we don’t get involved and stand up for Truth and give people some direction this unacceptable behavior will continue and become acceptable behavior.

Truth to Darkness

The past several weeks have been very enlightening and stressful. I know that this is part of the God showing us reality. A few weeks ago an army of DEA agents invaded the community we are staying in. Yes, they had a job to do and we certainly need them. However, I was shown that racial profiling is real.
The road next to our house is a hill that you can not see around. As people went up the hill they were stopped and searched. One man drove up the hill in an Escalade and he was stopped and pulled out of the car and thrown against a telephone pole and had a gun put to his head. That man happened to be my husband. This is a man who came back to his birth place to give back and give people options other than drugs.
After doing a background check they found he was clean and let him go. He asked why they did that and the agent told him he fit the profile of a drug dealer. Nice car, nice house etc. and we lived in the neighborhood.
We went down to the Sheriff’s dept to introduce ourselves to the sheriff and get an idea of what was going on as well as what we were doing in the neighborhood. We all agreed that drugs are an overwhelming challenge here BUT what happened that night was not acceptable. We have to stop operating out of what we think instead of what is truth. Fear has to stop dictating our made up truth.
We can’t save everyone and every situation BUT it is so important we bring Truth to darkness. It’s important that we push the idea that we are ALL created by God and NO ONE is greater than anyone else. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. No one and I mean no one deserves to be treated lesser than someone else.

Transitional Housing

This is one of many houses being renewed for those in transition. Push will buy the material. The potential tenant will do the remodel then live for six months for free. Stay tuned!!

Pleasant Valley Baptist

Mark your calendars for July 27 28 and 29 as Bishop Keith Allen brings an anointed word of Healing. Service begins at 7 pm at Pleasant Valley Baptist with Pastor Charles Brown and First Lady Gloria Brown.