Seven Scriptures to Dispel F.E.A.R. About Ebola…

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It’s time to get back in the Word again…I live in metro Atlanta…yes, that’s right…Ground Zero for Ebola treatment in the entire United States of America…

I have started carrying hand sanitizer and every time someone sneezes or sniffles near by me, my mind starts spinning all kinds of dramatic scenarios…What if she has Ebola? What if he has been in contact with someone who has Ebola? What if she is a family member of the nurse who has been transported to Atlanta for care?

I have even considered walking around like this…

So when my F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) of anything starts getting bigger than my faith in Jesus…It’s time to get back in the Word and dispel it…Below are a few verses to help me and you when we are tempted to make our own hazmat suits, avoid the area of town where the CDC and Emory are located or stay home altogether…

  1. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4…
  2. The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
  3. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
  4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
  5. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  6. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
  7. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “”Abba,” Father.” Romans 8:15

These verses help me to realize that my life and times are in God’s hands alone…God had an appointed time to bring me here and even though I don’t like to think about it, God has an appointed time for me to leave here…In the mean time, I will trust God and carry hand sanitizer…In other words, I trust God and I use the common sense that He gave me, but outside of that, that is all any of us can do…at least individually…

But here is something we can do collectively…let’s pray for those in West Africa who are suffering from Ebola, pray for those in the healthcare industry all over the world (my husband is in the healthcare industry), pray for those nurses here in the U.S. who are sick with Ebola and pray for the family of Thomas Eric Duncan (Read a touching article about his funeral in The New York Times )and all families who have lost members of their family due to the deadly virus…and sending some money to worthy and reputable organizations who are combating Ebola wouldn’t hurt either…

Any thoughts?





Meet Katanga Johnson: Missionary Journalist & Morehouse College 2013 Graduate…

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Last year this month, I was blessed to cover President Barack Obama’s address to the 2013 graduating class of Morehouse College! It was the first time that a sitting president has ever addressed a spring commencement in the state!

As with any graduation, each graduate was cheered on by a group of supporters, whether family and or friends, and I spoke to many of the supporters as a part of my coverage. I interviewed Jermaine Watkins, who traveled from Nassau, Bahamas to witness his mentee Katanga Johnson graduate with an economics and philosophy degree. Watkins, who used to be one of Johnson’s pastors at Abundant Life Bible Church in Nassau, told me that Johnson planned to be a missionary journalist with Operation Mobilization.

As a journalist, I was intrigued because I had never heard of missionary journalism and may have considered this field as a career option had I been exposed to what seems like a revolutionary field. It’s amazing how God works because Johnson reached out to me about my coverage which enabled me to learn more about the field as I’m on his e-mail distribution list.

Since Johnson, who is from the Bahamas, has worked with Operation Mobilization in Ecuador for almost a year now, I thought it would interesting to find out more about his experiences as a missionary journalist. Below is my profile of Katanga Johnson, 23:

soapWhat is missionary journalism, and what inspired you to become a missionary journalist?

Missionary journalism takes, literally, the Biblical reference of Psalm 96:3, which exhorts believers to “declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples”. This form of storytelling places emphasis on the marvelous works of Christ among the nations by sharing testimonies of missionaries and their ministry efforts.

For me, as storyteller, I am most alive when I can marry my faith, passion and calling into a daily exercise. Serving in missions affords me this opportunity and I see the face of God (my way of describing the ‘sound of the genuine’) in a very intentional way through missions.

What is Operation Mobilization, and tell me more about your involvement in this organization?  boys

I serve with Operation Mobilization (OM), an international, missions organization that works in over 110 countries, motivating and equipping people to share God’s love through evangelism, relief & development, church planting, justice, mentoring & discipleship.

In my role, I focus on the Andean Region of Latin America (Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia) in sharing the testimonies of missionaries in these fields. While I reside on Ecuador, our efforts here support these Andean Region nations in various ways as we encourage people to pray, give and go toward missions intra-regionally, and abroad.

As a ministry concentration, I specifically raise awareness toward financial support of girls whom are survivors of human trafficking, like through Freedom Climb. My involvement in financial development seeks to ensure the sustainability of the ministry activity and my maintaining relationships with private and public donors helps the Dunamis ministry specifically at the moment. Upon more training, I will begin to impact more ministries. However, my heart resonates with the Dunamis ministry very strongly. See more on this ministry, known as Dunamis, here.

Thus far, I’ve been in service in Ecuador for 9 months. My commitment is being extended to another year, making it two years of service, total (until August 2015).

prayerWhat have been your most memorable experiences as a missionary journalist so far, and why?

My most memorable experience thus far has been the gradual transition from being a basic level Spanish speaker upon arrival, to now being an advanced conversational speaker.

Before entering this cross-cultural experience, I had very much confidence in my ability to communicate as a native English speaker, both in written and oral forms. But, after taking weeks to adjust to the language and dialect changes, I began to assume a position of a child once again- unable to clearly communicate my thoughts or desires without the aid of another. Now, after much study and practice, I’m much more effective in the language, with much room for growth.

What do you miss the most about living overseas rather than living in the United States or in your native Bahamas?

There’s not very much I miss about home or living in the United States, honestly. Now that I’m in Ecuador, which, as a member of the Global South (the collective nations of Africa, Central and Latin America and most of Asia) faces grave political, social, and economic upheaval, I am amazed at how the population here is home to an emerging market which will eventually offer immense hopes for economic growth, investment, and cultural contribution.

How did your Morehouse College (where he received a full scholarship) prepare you for your work?

Attending Morehouse College  was a vital decision for my existence as a man of color, with its very demanding measures of brotherhood, friendship and camaraderie. While I am proud to be one of 9 brothers (and 4 sisters) to a hard-working and loving family, my relation to the world has always demanded a much broader cultural experience that Morehouse provided at 17 when I left the isles of my Bahamas toward the clay hills of Atlanta, Ga.

Morehouse College made me a man of character and ideals, more than any other benefit. The quote of my most revered alumnus and brother, Dr. Howard Washington Thurman, Class of 1923, epitomizes my preparation at Morehouse: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Below is a video in which Johnson describes his work with Freedom Climb…

To contact and or support Johnson:
Skype: katanga.johnson

Any thoughts?


Inmates Form a Second Chance Choir! (VIDEO)

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taken by David Carson

Thank you God for Jesus because now we have been given a second chance to get right with God! When I think of the devilment I have been involved with from time to time, I thank God that He sees fit to forgive me over and over and over again…That’s why I was so encouraged to read an article about inmates who formed a choir and perform at local churches in Missouri…Below is an excerpt of the article written by Susan Weich from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….

Wearing leg irons and uniforms in orange or black-and-white stripes, the 12 men belting out “How Great Thou Art” Sunday at Calvary Chapel Church were anything but your traditional choral group.

The performance was a little shaky, with a few missed notes and some forgotten lyrics, but the congregants didn’t seem to mind. They gave the men a standing ovation.

“In their hearts, they’re the (Mormon) Tabernacle Choir,” said Capt. David Curtis, commander of the Lincoln County Jail, who hatched the idea for the Second Chance Choir.

To read the entire article, go to “Lincoln County Inmates Perform at Churches as Second Chance Choir.”

And below is a video of one of their performances….

Aren’t you thankful for a second chance?

Any thoughts?