God allowed something unpleasant and hurtful to touch my life this past Monday. I was caught off guard and actually started to tear-up. BUT here is the wonderful testimony; instead of (as in times past), trying to protect my own self --- I RAN to God for strength. It was as though all the ministry of the past 12 years at MCF kicked in and helped me to stand and NOT want to retaliate or get even or take offense! It was amazing to me that God could take the pain of the moment and transform it into something for my good but I am telling you the truth that is exactly what happened and i am better and stronger today for the experience. God is helping me to be a Good Soldier in Christ and STRONG and TRUSTING HIM to protect and vindicate me. Now I understand better the value of all the EXCELLENT MINISTRY that I have received over the years at MCF and the Fellowship because I am a much stronger than I was in 2005. My Testimony is that God is teaching me and growing me up in HIM and I am Grateful for the Ministry at Manna Christian Fellowship Church and for the Lord Blessing me with TRUE Shepherds/Teachers willing to invest their lives in Ministry. Praise God!!! I am a Soldier in the Army of The Lord and a Disciple of Jesus Christ, my precious Lord and Savior. P.S. Bishop Mason - I thought about your message series--Loving what God loves and hating what God hates; and Pastor Kate Mason, I thouyght about your teaching on "Don't take Offense because your Destiny is at Stake" and Kingmakers Ministry through Bishop Wellington Boone and Others. Praise God Forever!!!