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Master’s Plan Ministries organizes outreach for the city of Vicksburg

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Master's Plan Ministries organizes outreach in Vicksburg

In 2018, the Master’s Plan Ministries began a tradition that would help others and bring Vicksburg closer to God. That tradition is named the Love and Hope Outreach.

“This is the brainchild of our Outreach director, Minister Toni Ford, to help,” said Pastor Gloria James. “So, what she does is pray and then gets directed towards the community. Last time we did Ken Karyl community, and this time the Lord said Marcus Bottom. What we do is go into communities where we can help.”

The Master’s Plan Ministries partners with other churches to collect donations for a designated area in Vicksburg. This year that area is Marcus Bottom and the church will be distributing the donations Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stanfield New Life Church, 1404 Lane St.

“It’s not just us,” James said. “Our church may be the one that is leading, but there are other churches. We have become the church without walls. So other churches are partnering with us and helping us do this. As her emphasis, Miss Toni has been focused on bikes, and so we do toys, bikes, food, clothing, but the big emphasis has been on bikes for the children.”

In the past, the ministry collected enough bikes for more than 100 children, and according to James, they plan to do the same this year.

“Right now, I believe we have an excess of 100, and our goal is to give each family a bike,” she said. “We’d like to give every child a bike, but that’s the goal, to give each family a bike. We’re believing, praying and hoping that we can give every child a bike. We’ve done it before, and we believe in God that we can do it again.”

In addition to giving out material items, the ministry also gives spiritual lessons.

“What we’re going to do is not only give them toys, food and clothing,” James said. “But we’re also going to share our faith with them. We’re going to share the love of Jesus and talk about Jesus with them, because parents are going to be there and people of all ages, and we want them to be saved.”

In the future, the Master’s Plan Ministries hopes to expand its outreach program by simply following God’s word.

“We know that it’ll probably be another community that we help, wherever the Lord leads us, and it may be something of this magnitude, but it’s hard to say definitely, because we want to be led by the Lord in where to go and what to do,” she said. “We do know that we’re going out because that’s what He called us to do. Not just sit within the four walls but to reach and affect the culture of this community.”

Donations are still being accepted. To donate, contact Pastor Gloria James at 601-218-4122.

“We are still accepting donations of bikes, toys, food, clothing and money to purchase these items for the citizens of this community,” she said. “There is no donation too great or too small. This is our city and together, everyone accomplishes more. That spells team. It’s not too late to be a blessing to others.”

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Brae, the baby doll and her ink

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Photo courtesy of Brae Toney.

Last month we introduced you to Brandi Rae Toney, otherwise known as Brae. She is the remarkable young woman who recently celebrated her 29th birthday despite doctors predicting she would not live past the age of 2. She is still continuing to defy the odds and living life while battling spinal muscular atrophy.

Brae chooses to document many of her life experiences and emotions through body art, so it’s no surprise the following quote from Purvy Ranaga is one of her favorites:  “Life is a canvas. It’s up to you what colours you choose to paint this canvas of life into a beautiful masterpiece.”

Like warpaint, Brae’s tattoos tell the story of the battles she has overcome. (photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Brae has several favorite tattoo artists including Dave Clark in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Azha Sanders from Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Sizer Yerger, formerly of Monroe, Louisiana. Each has created masterpieces on various parts of her body that illustrate important parts of Toney’s life, a life that is surprisingly normal for a young woman her age and a life so many predicted she would not be living.

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Each of her tattoos holds a significant meaning for Brae, but none more so than her son’s memorial tattoo.

“I was with a guy for five years on and off. We ended up getting pregnant, but the pregnancy was literally draining the life out of me, and in order to save my life we had to induce labor. I was far too early for my baby to make it,” Brae said. “A lot of people don’t see wheelchair users as romantic or able to live a normal life but I’m 29 years old, I’m mentally capable of making my own decisions, and I live my life just as anyone else would.”

Inside the heart is baby Carter’s sonogram (photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Another Ranaga quote that Brae embraces is “Every life is a canvas and every interaction is a brush; therefore we’d be wise to consider how we handle the paint.”  And when it comes to Brandi “Brae” Toney, it is certainly handled with care.

(photo courtesy Brae Toney)

 

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

We invite you to visit Brae’s website at www.inked-babydoll.com and learn more about her and her fight against SMA. Next in our series, we will learn about the experimental medicine she is trying and how it is impacting her life.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

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Church members took the opportunity to bless senior citizens Sunday morning

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Pastor White, far right, leads the group in prayer. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

Sunday morning, a group from St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, along with one member of Locust Grove Church, delivered much needed supplies to seniors in Vicksburg.

The group included Betty Noyel, Willie and Issabel Parsons, Lucille Holly, David Montgomery and Pastor Rhagi White from St. Peters, and Carolyn Brown from Locust Grove.

They spent the morning visiting senior citizens and dropping off items such as toilet paper, soft drinks, bottled water and other basics.

The group said they couldn’t hold services but that didn’t stop them from sharing the word of God and blessing others.

The Vicksburg Daily News caught up with them in the subdivision off Elizabeth Circle. Watch our live, on-the-scene video on our Facebook page.

 

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A dose of encouragement for April 6

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Rev. R.D. Bernard from King Solomon Baptist Church

Rev. R. D. Bernard has served as the pastor of the King Solomon Baptist Church for the past 15 years. He has served on various boards and committees throughout the City. He has been married to Valerie Bernard, a second-grade teacher at Dana Road Elementary, over 20 years. They have two children, David and Daniel.

Pastor Bernard has authored six books, the most recent being a history of King Solomon Baptist Church, the oldest Missionary Baptist Church in Vicksburg/Warren County. His religious writings have been published in the Vicksburg Post and other periodicals. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show, “The Preacher’s Corner,” broadcast live each Monday on Jackson radio station WMPR 90.1 FM.

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