THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

Feb 8, 2024Wednesday in the Word

WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD

FEBRUARY 7, 2024

” THE PAST TO THE PRESENT”

“One generation commends your work to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

PSALM 145:4 NIV

                                                                          

February is Black History month. It is where we celebrate the many amazing contributions, made by all the people of African descent. In a world so broken and divided, it is imperative that we learn the truth of each other’s history. That should remind us to accept the fact that we are ALL made in “God’s Image.” Why? Because He wanted it that way. So, when we make someone else “The Other,” that’s not the way God meant for us to treat each other. We have an obligation to live in the created harmony given to us by our Creator.

The verse of scripture that’s given to us today says, that “one generation tells of the mighty works of God to the next one.” And that’s how our truths and legacies are passed down. The Black experience is so rooted to our faith in Christ Jesus which has been shared from generation to generation. From those whose shoulders we stand on from the past, to who we are today, we are still standing on the promises of God. But there is still so much more to learn about what our great Fore Fathers and Mothers poured into this country and the world.

While we know that God has a plan for each of us, I’d like to share with you some little unknown and undiscussed facts about the first American Missionary. He was African American and his name was George Liele. A former Virginia born slave, who began his ministering in Jamaica in 1783. This was a full decade before William Carey traveled to England and India. Also, from the past is Amanda Berry Smith, born into slavery in Long Green, Maryland. She became a believer in 1856 and began traveling as a holiness Evangelist in 1869. She went on to be a missionary in India and Africa, being admired by both blacks and whites. She also assisted with the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Her social justice work expanded the role for women in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and the Methodist churches.

To the present, Dr. Michael Johnson, prayed for a large surgical practice. The Lord answered by sending him and his family as a missionary surgeon with World Gospel Mission to Kenya in 1990. He and his family remained on the mission field for 20 years. Afterwards they returned to the United States, to serve the underserved community of Philadelphia. Today, this family continues ministering in medical missions at Miriam Medical Clinic, providing care for people living in homelessness. 

Our history is not just for us, it is for all humanity. When we tell and teach the next generation, we are passing the promises of our faith. This honors the way of life practiced by Black individuals and families. This can only be accomplished by Prayer, Bible study and knowing the truth and becoming a living example before our children. Black History is not just our history. It is deeply rooted in His Story, that of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior of All Humankind. Amen. 

Pastor Andrea (Andie)

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