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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanita Barnes

Helen Steiner Rice wrote: “Blessings Come In Many Guises.” When troubles come and things go wrong and days are cheerless and nights are long. We find it so easy to give in to despair, by magnifying the burdens we bear. We add to our worries by refusing to try to look for the “rainbow” in an overcast sky. And the blessing God sent us. In a darkened disguise. Our troubled hearts fail to recognize. Not knowing God sent it not to distress us but to strengthen our faith and redeem us and bless us.


This week I will be writing about our young people and young adults of the Inland Empire and their upcoming 3-day summit “PUTTING IT TOGETHER.”

As I’m sure you know we have some very powerful young people and young adults in the Inland Empire. A free back to school “Kingdom Building Experience” will be held at Cathedral of Praise, 1521 Riverside Ave. Rialto on August 28–30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The theme is “Tha Righteous Jump Off.” On August 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., “But The Box” summit workshop will be held at Gospel Vision Family Church, 9239 Utica Ave. Suite #120 in Rancho Cucamonga The summit will end on the 30th at COPIM during an 11:00 a.m. with guest speaker Minister James Goree. For more information contact (909) 874–8676 or e-mail info@copim.org

Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire I want to share with you what some of the youth and the young adults shared with me: I asked Cris Bowman, Why is it important to have a youth and young adult and invite other young adults in the Inland Empire? He stated: “I believe it’s high time that we as young people put the devil on notice that he is not going to limit, bound or corrupt our minds, not rob us of our identity in knowing who we are and whose we are. We are children of the most high God. We are the heirs of Abraham. We are a generation blessed! So many of my peers and youth don’t know who they really are, what they possess in them and the Bible say’s that “the people perish due to the lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6. The summit I believe will equip us with some of the tools and knowledge we as young people need in this day of survival of the fittest. Which is why it is so important that we reach and teach the masses of the Inland Empire.”

What Is Your Goal In Life regarding Kingdom Building?

My ultimate goal is to live as a Walking, Talking, Breathing and Living testimony of God’s glory.

Living holy and acceptable to God and being the godly example that I was called to be. I am so on fire for Christ and I pray my fire and with the help of the Holy Spirit will give fuel and ignite the flame of all those that I may cross paths with. As believer’s there is nothing normal or common about us because the bible tells us that we are a strange, unique, a peculiar people 1 Peter 2:9. As I strive to meet my goals of living the righteous life, people especially young people my peers are going to notice because it’s a different way of living and I pray that they see the King that is within me and join with me in being used by God in saving souls.

What Has God Given You? God has blessed me tremendously. I thank God everyday for just giving me another opportunity just to see another light of day. He has given me so many gifts, talents and abilities one being the gift of music. I love to sing and use my voice to testify of His goodness and His everlasting mercies. I sing on the praise team at COPIM and I will be singing in the youth and young adult choir and the musical play called “I Still Believe God” for the youth summit. I seize every opportunity to use my gifts to give God the glory because He has given me so much and He and He alone is worthy. What Made You Choose God Over Al l The Other Stuff? Nothing else worked for me. I realized that at an early age I couldn’t depend on people or things to truly satisfy me or fill the empty spaces in my life, provide for or keep me in my right mind when the world around me was filled with nothing but chaos. Someone dared me to try God and to trust Him, and I found out for myself that to trust Him is to know Him and to truly Know God there is no turning back.

Charity Gantt’s response was similar:

Why Is It Important To Do This Summit And Invite Other Young Adults? It will bring youth and young adults together in fellowship and a step closer to walking with God. We all go through things on a day to day basis and sometimes are afaird to seek help and understanding because they (young adults) don’t want to be judged. So this gives you a place to come seek positive answers for all those questions you may have and have fun.

“What Changes In My Life Do I Feel That God Has Done For Me And Whatever God Has Given Me? He’s made me wiser and given me strength when I was weak in areas. He planted my feet on steady ground and became my rock. He’s guided my footsteps in the right direction and has been the light on my path when it was dark. His forgiveness and his love endures in my life forever. And I’m so grateful.

Cleo Upshaw stated: What does this summit mean to me? And, What Does God Mean To Me In My Life? To me this young adult summit is a gathering of brothers and sisters coming together to rejoice in fellowship, giving praise to the anointed one, our Father. He has been the reason for our light on our dark paths and the turns in our roads. There is no greater way to show appreciation than to love thy brother. In my life He is my “EVERYTHING!” He wakes me up, provides for my needs, watches over me, and dries my tears. He is the one I run to with my problems. He forgives me for my wrongs and accepts me for who I am.

To all the readers we have heard from some of the young people of the Inland Empire. Let us get behind them, work with them, encourage them, respect them, and learn from them. This is our future. I will be there to support them next Friday the 28th at 7:00 p.m. We are in this together. Make sure that your youth and young adults are in the house in support of their peers.

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