Miracle takes place at 817 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:44 pm
The Messenger. 11.13.08 By BISHOP BARBARA BOLDEN Special to The Messenger Biblically speaking: When you think about a miracle, what comes to mind — the parting of the Red Sea, the crossing of the Jordan River by the children of Israel in the Old Testament or the feeding of the 5,000 by Jesus in the New Testament? Do you even believe in miracles, or have the days and times we’re living in robbed you of your faith and trust in God? I felt it would be of special interest to the people who make up this fine state, county, city and community to know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that God still works miracles on behalf of His anointed. Every year around the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the powerful television classic “Miracle on 34th Street” begins to air, and it is a wonderful story. It has often caused me to wonder if people realize, know or even believe in miracles today. A miracle is defined as a divine act or a special display of a divine power. It is a sign, mark or indication of that which distinguishes a person or thing from others. On Sept. 19, three people met at 817 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Union City. Everfaithful Missionary Baptist Church had fallen on hard times when most of the members left, and only the Rev. Harry Hayes, his wife, Mai, and eight faithful members fought to hold on to their church. However, the bills were too much, and they couldn’t pay the $28,000-plus due on the property. The lenders foreclosed and the property was to be auctioned on that morning. Pastor Hayes was there, with the lender and the auctioneer. The bid opened at $1,000, then $1,500, next $2,000 from Pastor Hayes, then $2,500 from the lender. Pastor Hayes looked to the Lord and prayerfully bid $2,550. There was silence — total and complete silence — as the auctioneer looked at the lender who, by the Grace of God and the prayers of the righteous, said, “Let them have it.” You can read the great miracles performed by God in the Bible, and that’s good, but if you want to see one, then drive by, walk by — better yet — visit Pastor Hayes and his congregation at Church of Jesus for All. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., with morning worship starting at 11:15 and Wednesday night Bible study at 6:30. Everyone is welcome. Pastor Hayes says, “God only made one race, and that’s the human race.” The church has a new charter, a new name and a brand new beginning. The same great God that parted the Red Sea and fed the multitude has performed another great miracle at 817 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. And to God be the glory!