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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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While studying my lesson I read that Greg Laurie spoke about “Keep Growing.” He said every new Christian faces obstacles, and of course, every older Christian faces obstacles as well. These difficulties never go away. There never come a moment when you reach some spiritual plateau. There is never a time when you don’t need to grow in the Lord. In fact, the moment you relax your grip or try to put your Christian experience into cruise control or rest on your laurels, that will be the beginning of your downfall. The Christian life is one of constant growth, constant learning, and constant transformation. While the conversion process is instantaneous, becoming more like Jesus takes a lifetime. I don’t have anything better in which to invest my life than that. Do you? Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV). Study your bible prayerfully.

HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Moreno Valley, I had the pleasure of visiting Alpha Christian Center’s, Annual Prayer and Praise Breakfast. The church is under the leadership of Dr. Pastors Cranston and Earnestine Anderson. The theme was “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” The praise and worship was very powerful and the speakers were anointed. Your natural body was fed and then your soul was fed. The spirit in the church was very high. Dr. Tommie Manlove is the President of Victorious Women Ministry. The church is located at 14940 Perris Blvd. Ste. F, Moreno Valley, Ca. 92554.

Moreno Valley: Let us support the 7th Annual Awards Banquet.

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Rose Mallett will appear at Dink’s in Palm, Springs, February 14, 2011. For reservations contact (760) 327–7676.

Knowing OUR history is important. One such important part of our history is The Buffalo Soldiers. Kay Grant wrote about one buffalo soldier, Cathey William and she called it A Private’s Secret, about this exslave being able to disguise her gender for two years in the U.S. Army.

To this day it remains a mystery. In November 1866, William Cathey walked into a Missouri recruiting office and began a two year stint with the 38th Infantry of the Buffalo Soldiers, an all–Black regiment.

Black soldiers had many reasons for joining the Army at that time in U.S. history. Military life offered job security, steady meals, housing, medical care and regular pay – all of which were hard to come by for a young Black man in the years immediately following the Civil War.

Although tall for the time at 5 foot 9 inches and appearing to be healthy, Pvt. Cathey was frequently ill with smallpox, rheumatism, neuralgia and various other ailments. Despite numerous sick days and several hospital stays, Cathey somehow kept a shocking secret from fellow soldiers and medical staff. Cathey’s 1868 discharge document signed by the unit’s commanding officer, Capt. Charles E. Clarke, indicated that the private was “incapable of performing … because of a feeble habit. He is continually on sick report without benefit.”

One has to wonder about the nature of medicine during that era for failing to catch one important characteristic: “he was a she.” William Cathey, or more accurately Cathey William was a female ex–slave who had successfully disguised herself as a man in the Army for two years. I will finish this next week. You may go to www.sandiegobuffalosoldiers.org for more information.

BE BLESSED
J.B.

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