Mother Willie Mae Draper
COGIC AL 1st Northern Districts Presents: International COGIC President of the Christian Woman’s Council (CWC) Mother Inez Milhouse
The 35th State Christian Women’s Council (CWC) of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Alabama, Church of God in Christ (COGIC) was hosted by the Huntsville District COGIC at the True Light COGIC, Supt. Terrell Harris, Jr., October 4-5, 2013.
Friday night service began with brief exhortations that were in order coming first from Huntsville’s District Supervisor of Women Mother Mary Strong and Alabama First Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women, Mother Mattie Taylor. Following was a message on change by superintendent Joe Mack Bankhead of the WR Morrow District, who preached a preliminary message on Change stating, “God reveals himself to man through revelation, inspiration and tribulation.”
International COGIC President of the Christian Woman’s Council (CWC) Mother Inez Milhouse (83 years old), was the keynote speaker. Mother Millhouse added that Change was inevitable and that “ministry and sainthood is all about responding to each other’s needs.” She placed a heavy emphasis on the importance of leadership and having a covering. The mother of six since the age of 29 (1959) from Bessemer, Alabama, was married at age nineteen to the late Deacon Milhouse for 62 years. She travelled the U.S. with her husband as her driver preaching Christ. She stated that she “was never approached in an ungodly manner,” being subject to leadership, having her missions traceable and a record of excellence in ministry, which she stated, “is in your own house.”
She said, “The Church of God in Christ was the greatest church in the world and that we should stay with the foundational framework outlined by COGIC founder Bishop Charles H. Mason, who saw a need to create a Dept. for Women” which was organized by him and Mother Lizzie Robinson.
She said, “the church was designed to take you to heaven from the cradle to the grave” beginning with the toddlers in Sunday School, Cradle-Roll and Sun Beams of the Sunshine Band (ages 0-5) The Sun Rays (ages 6-8) and the Illuminators (ages 9-12) of the Sunshine Band, Purity Class: Jr. Puritans (ages 12-15) and Trailblazers ages (16-19), Young Women’s Christian Council (YWCC) ages 20 – 39, Christian Women’s Council (CWC) (40 & up) and Mothers Board.
She saw the need to keep the name of these ministries as designed because these have been impacted by prayer and retain the spirit of holiness that is clear in the lives of the children as well as adults. These ministries, though broken in age groups are multi-generational and supported by one another, and members should seek to understand and know the functions of these within the Church. As Int’l CWC President, she stated that the department should be a pool of service that leaders can draw from when qualified persons are needed for positions in the church.
“God taught me while I was in the way” and that she felt like “a lump of Gold” (the audience grew quiet); her response was that she had been melted down so many times through afflictions whether by “jealously, envy, or strife; that’s how I feel.” Indeed, Mother is a treasure and her timeless wisdom imparted on Friday night was a treat for all in attendance.
I am a firm believer that a person should not stop going church or avoid church altogether because of a lack of finances, clothes; or because of not being delivered from bad habits.
Despite not having a car I was able to make it to church every Sunday. I can go to church with no hindrance days and nights including Wednesday night service every week. I thank God. Despite being over 5 miles from church and having no buses that ran on Sunday, I was able to make it on time for Sunday School every Sunday (one of my favorite parts of service because I have always loved to learn and the interaction with others concerning the things of God is incomparable). Many negative voices may come and say things like, “stay home you don’t have any gas money or an offering,” or say, “stop calling them to pick up they are tired of getting you.” Nevertheless, when I make it to church God always blesses me, in a great way, and I am always glad that I did not miss out. I believe that even though I did not have a permanent job, that God would provide and He did. This is my covenant with God: If I do what I am supposed to do, He will take care of me.
POSITIONED BY GOD
I serve God in spirit, soul and body with praise, in worship and with my time and substance. I render all to Christ and abide obediently under the leadership of our local assembly. My prayer for my Pastor is that, God give him strength to lead his flock in adverse times and seasons of lack into more prosperous times and away from our enemy. Satan has been bound concerning the souls that belong to Christ and the Spirit of Increase being released into our lives. Saints are given true promotion, but along with that came persecution.
Be released – Be released – Be released. Satan the blood of Jesus against you repay exponentially of that which you destroyed. With praise in my spirit, I pray continually for the next thing to break like the wind that rushed in at Pentecost or like the bursting forth of great waters causing breakthroughs deliverance is imminent. I won’t complain but will thank God for dispatching His angels of war, to bring everything that enemy to my feet and all he has taken: until relationships, credit, rank, place, seed, fruit, provision, resources, stamina and strength restored. Restoration is now in season in the name of Jesus. It was all a setting up for my season of restoration. So as God judges the quick and the dead let us render our selves fellow laborers to one another with this one thing in mind God is going to save his people. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity . . . trust in the Lord, and do good . . . . And verily thou shall be fed,” you can make it.
Dedicated to Ma Draper and everyone who ever gave me a ride to or from church?
Thanks Brother Reggie