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Emerge Life Event What a way to end the year!

Emerge, just completed, among several other prison ministry events, the last of our quarterly “Emerge Life Events” in Columbia South Carolina. What a year it has been. We are now moving back into full swing post-Covid-19. Make sure you visit our Events Menu on our new website www.emerge4unity.org for next year’s dates. It is time to sign up and begin the training and onboarding process to be a part of next year’s Emerge Life Events. Please click this link https://www.emerge4unity.org/post/attention-prison-ministry-volunteers-needed to learn more and become involved in this life changing ministry with Emerge. Currently, on December 2nd thru 4th 2022 Emerge Ministries along with approximately fifteen (15) volunteers ministered to the incarcerated adult men and children in Columbia SC. The isolation imposed by Covid-19 restrictions in prisons had a devastating and negative spiritual effect on the men, women and children of S.C. and prisons across the country. Since our last visit here in August of this year, as prisons has opened up to in-person ministry, there has been a remarkable positive change in the atmosphere. The Chaplains and staff have done an incredible Job. On this, our past “Emerge Life Event” we ministered in our second men’s facility of the year. The first was at Manning and the current one was at Goodman. We had 31 men in attendance at that Friday night service. This was their first weekend services since March of 2020. Also, we visited 210 male and female youth inmates over a two- day period. We held more than a total of 20 services throughout the weekend. Incredibly kids would be behind the solid walls and locked doors of cells, their ears pinned to the ground at the opening between the cement floor and the door to hear testimonies, the word of God being spoken and to receive prayer. Some would stick their hand through the bottom of the door for a human touch. The young men and women who were present in the pods prayed with us and some prayed for us. As a result, we experienced seventy-seven (77) commitments to become followers of Christ. The great witnessing of healing and transformation over the weekend was amazing. It was an incredible time of humility and honor to be a part of these services throughout our weekend in Columbia. Come go with us! Be that “Voice”

Post Date: January 17th 2023

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Homeless Thanksgiving Festival

Voices with Emerge for our 3rd year spent Thanksgiving Day (November 24th, Thursday) with individuals that are dislocated or permanently homeless in Fayetteville, NC. We, along with out partners at SCHOOC, Renew, Rockfish Church, Pathway Church, and Massy Hill Recreation Center, feed everyone a full course Thanksgiving meal, delivered much needed Winter clothing and supplies, and experienced some anointed Praise & Worship. Several individuals gave testimonies and the Senior Pastor of Rockfish Church, Tony McVickers, brought the word of God. It was a powerful message followed by dozens reaching out for prayer. Then we moved to Person Street Bridge Homeless Camp where we were invited into the community under the bridge and did a Christmas Tree lighting service. Chaplain Daniel D., Executive Administrator over our Homeless Ministry and Emerge Chaplains Response Team, did a fantastic job bringing these churches, ministries, and volunteers together making this day possible. John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another"...(Working together with no regard for one's own self-interest- My own words)..."By this shall all men know you are my disciples, followers of Jesus Christ". We hope that you and your families had a great Thanksgiving Day as we had and may God bless each of you this holiday season and in 2023. Terry Norris Emerge Ministries Founder & Executive Director

Post Date: January 17th 2023

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New Faces with Emerge 

Emerge is happy to introduce two (2) new staff members and one of our new partners in Georgia. The two staff members are Latonya and Elizabeth Rainwater. This picture is our very first joint training session held in Georgia a few months ago. They will become an intricate part of our steering, planning, education, and training staff for City Wide Crusade Festivals. These are crusades where we partner with churches and organizations in different cities and states, so evangelism does not produce orphans. The Rainwaters have a vast experience in missions and teaching on Biblical Worldview, culture, injustice, and working with those who have not received the Gospel. I have been working with them for a few months establishing our working relationship and in their new roles and responsibilities with Emerge. Secondly, I would like to introduce Allison Bullard. She worked for my close friend and Ministry partner John Hurd until his recent passing. John was working to establish the Emerge Skills4life Program, C.A.R.E. App programs in local detention centers in and around Macon, Georgia. Allison will continue that work. She is well qualified and has a heart to see those in addiction recover and saved. I look forward to the difference she will make in her home state of Georgia. We and the State of Georgia are blessed to have her, and the Rainwaters becoming " A Voice" with Emerge.

Post Date: December 7th 2022

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The Author of Our Story

What a great time at Temple Baptist in New Bern NC this past weekend. I spoke on "The Author of our story" Our author (God) has entrusted us to be the author of his story to all of mankind. Have we or are we doing that in America? Are we still "One Nation Under God"? Our willingness or lack of to be the author, displaying and telling the story has played a key role in the answer to these questions. The staff and especially the congregation was so gracious to Judy and I. As usual I went past my time limit and no one complained. LOL. I thought I would share a few pictures from the day. If you are ever in the area please stop and visit. You will surely be welcomed.

Post Date: November 25th 2022

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“The Founding, The Foundation, The Future”

It is such an amazing story to be highlighted, how such a diverse group came together to make this event possible. I believe these combined efforts is the biblical manifestation of the Holy Spirit connecting the mission of Christ through evangelism, the church, and the world around us. It undeniably demonstrated the impact of so many people and having displayed reconciliation between evangelism, church, follow-up discipleship, county leadership and politicians.   The event was such a remarkable success with over 4,000 people attending. That is a surprisingly great number considering the rain which came 2 days prior to the event and the rain we experienced the day of the event. Rain or Shine, we still enjoyed a great day. There was adult entertainment, as well as kid entertainment. We had bands from multiple ethnicities, races, and cultures. Multiple Bouncy House, Mechanical Bull Riding, Rock Climbing Wall, and Snow Cones! Pastor Tony Lowden was the keynote speaker. What a great job he did. It was such a fun filled day for everyone. As we see our country moving away from One Nation Under God, our Christian presence is needed more now than ever in America. Our unified presence has been clearly demonstrated. I hope everyone comes away knowing they live in a county that supports and places family values and beliefs as a high priority. We also begin to recognize the worldview of a county that produces these same values and beliefs of freedom, individual liberty, and justice for all. We look forward to next year’s event. It has been an honor to serve on the Duplin County July 4th committee representing each of you, your congregations, businesses, your employees, and the county. The impact you made by participating in this year’s July 4th, 2022, Festival, “The Founding, The Foundation, The Future” held at The Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, NC. I am so grateful for this year’s response from churches, businesses, and others across Duplin County. There were thirteen (13) churches and twenty-five (25) business owners that financially participated.

Post Date: July 4th 2022

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