By Jeanie Summerville
Whatz up, babies?
As always, I hope, all is well with you and yours and that you’re still taking time out of your day to bring yourselves and others some beauty, joy, happiness and some form of peace of mind. It pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because I just love it when people are appreciated in the name of love. That is what happened at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17—an Appreciation Celebration. So all we want you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy. Or, stand and jump and shout if you want! You can do that because Frost Illustrated is going take you there and this is what the people involved had to say about it:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Glenda Griffin and I’m the president of Women Ministerial Alliance of Fort Wayne and co-pastor of Changing Lives Outreach Ministry with my husband Virgil. The Women’s Alliance of Fort Wayne was newly organized and installed in November of last year. It’s a group of female pastors, elders, evangelists and just women of faith, that comes together to join in with other organizations to help make a difference in Fort Wayne. There are 12 of us now and it’s open to anyone that’s in the ministry. There is no color, which means, that all nationalities that want to come together as one voice, to help do whatever we can in the community are welcome. And, I must add that the women that are a part of it so far, GOD could not have chosen any better women and I’m very thankful for them.
We know that there’s a lot going on in our city and we just want to be another positive voice while helping to make our community a little bit better and safer. The Women Ministerial Alliance of Fort Wayne is a journey that GOD has ordained and while on this journey, our hands and arms are wide open, reaching out to others to come along beside us as we walk where GOD tells us to walk and say what GOD tells us to say to show the community that somebody cares.
“And, I wanted to give Evangelist Dorothy Nichols an Appreciation Celebration and have her honored because I’ve known here for a very long time and I’ve watched her. I’ve watched her so faithfully laboring in the community and in music. When she was called as an evangelist, I continued to watch her life and I saw her love for young people and now, it’s just blossoming to everyone. So, we were in a meeting one night, sharing dates and things that have occurred in our ministries and I asked her, ‘Have you ever been appreciated for the service that you’re doing within the community?’ She said, ‘No not yet.’ So I said, ‘Well you’re going to be because you’re a great woman of GOD, a faithful servant, a lover of people, a beautiful willing worker and you need to be honored. Fort Wayne need to let you know how much we appreciate you,’ and that’s how it all started.
“Her Appreciation Celebration was so beautiful and there were so many people there that my heart was joyful not only for myself but for her. She was able to see talk in action because anyone can say, from now until GOD calls them home, that they love someone. But that love really isn’t love, until it’s shown and Fort Wayne showed Evangelist Nichols that she is loved and that just touched my heart tremendously. And, I’m so glad, that GOD allowed our pathways to cross and what’s she’s doing now is drawing us closer together because we’re working in ministry together and it’s just so rewarding to me. She’s a woman that’s not much older than I but yet, I look up to her and I’m just very thankful that GOD has chosen us to connect together to make a greater difference in the community along with many others.”
On that note, we bring to you the happy and joyful honoree and this is what she has to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Dorothy Nichols and I’m an evangelist and have been for the past 10 years. It was so great being honored and the spiritual part of the program was very powerful. And, to have someone think enough of me to give me an appreciation day felt absolutely wonderful. It also made me feel special to see all of the people that came and they were so loving and caring and it just really blessed my heart.
“My ministry is to share with youth who GOD is and Christ is, give them reasons to want to do the right things and to help them to be able to express and carry themselves in a GODLY fashion. I also teach about what the word of GOD says about their life and how they can develop their gifts, how GOD will bless them for doing the right thing and all that I teach will help them through life. I hate to see them falling into doing the wrong thing, getting put out of school or going to jail and so I encourage them to do what they need to do and focus on doing the right thing.
“I’d like to thank Rev. Glenda Griffin, the Women Ministerial Alliance of Fort Wayne and everybody that was there for this joyous occasion to appreciate me and what I do for GOD.”
This background information here was provided by the Appreciation Celebration program and this is how it read:
“Evangelist Dorothy Nichols (nee Blankenship) is a native of Gary, Ind.. She was united in matrimony to Isaiah Nichols Jr., also a Gary native and to this union three children were born. They relocated to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1968 and she was immediately employed at Fort Wayne State Developmental Center and retired after 34 years of service. After her retirement, she worked with the developmentally disabled and continued for 10 additional years at Easter Seals Arc.
“…She joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1970 and under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Walker Jr., she became an active member. She joined the newly formed Ebony Voices and was appointed by Dr. Walker as one of the choir directors. She remained faithful and later formed the Jerusalem Baptist Church Drill Team which sought to implant the word of GOD into the hearts of the youth by teaching scriptures. Still growing in the Lord with passion for young people, she became a teacher for the youth, adult Sunday school class. She confessed into the ministry in 2000 and received her Evangelical Certification from Dr. Walker.
“After more than 30 years of service at Jerusalem Baptist Church, she was sent to Renaissance Baptist Church with the consent and approval of Dr. Walker. Under the leadership of Rev. Michael Lathem Sr., she continues to pursue her passion of working with the young people. She assists and shares in the growth and development of the young people there by working as a teacher for both the Missionary Society and Sunday school. Occasionally, she also sings with the choir.
“Her community involvement includes, serving as founder and director of Community Ministry Inc., city-wide missionary director, founder and director of the MLK Club Mega Youth Celebration, an avid supporter of the Fort Wayne Chapter NAACP where she is the chairperson for Religious Affairs. She also supported the local NAACP branch in 2014 under the direction of the current President Dr. Sahara Bledsoe. She is a faithful member of the Love Prayer Group under the leadership of Minister Shirley Woods, founder of the Euell Wilson Center and she’s a member of the Women Ministerial Alliance.”
Now in closing I say, Great Job, Rev. Glenda Griffin for feeling the love and making it possible for her heart to be showered with the love from you and so many. It pleases me that she was chosen to be appreciated because she deserve more beauty, more happiness, more love and more peace of mind on a daily basis because she’s constantly giving it and I am so proud of the both of you. So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.
P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com. I’d love to hear from ya.
P.P.S. I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feed back on our journey. Keep up the good work & to those who haven’t please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.