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Northern Alabama COGIC PIONEER Mother Bessie Turner is the mother of four children, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great-grandchildren. Mother Turner is the oldest surviving member of the New Market COGIC and has been the Sunday School Secretary for over fifty-five years. COGIC Director of Biblical Sciences of the International Sunday School Department and Alabama 1st Jurisdictional, Sunday School President, Dr. Paul Ruffin who has known Mother Turner for over 39 years said, “She records minutes with great accuracy.” It is remarkable that she’s been doing so for over 5 decades and still serves faithfully in that same capacity at the Draper Memorial COGIC in Huntsville AL.
According to Mother Turner encouraging others is her gift, when anyone does something in church whether it’s singing, preaching, dancing, etc. She says, she goes to the person and compliments them, “afterward, if I don’t see them” she says, “it bothers me in my spirit and I wait until the next time I see them to compliment them.” Mother Turner always has a kind word and a hug, children and preachers (who also receives their healthy share of amens from her).
Mother Turner mentioned that David encouraged himself even when the people around him were discouraged and others were against him. Mother Turner said “that lets me know, everybody is not going to be with you, but it shouldn’t stop you.” A pillar in the community she believes in living right, helping others and guiding youth; even when simply asking young men saying, “pull up your pants sweetie,” she grins, “they’ll let them slide back down but I’ll ask just the same.” Dr. Ruffin said, “She is always happy and always smiling, I have never seen her upset or heard her to said anything negative, she’s a true Saint of God who the loves the Sunday School Department.”
Reginald Boswell is a member of True Light Church of God in Christ COGIC, where Fourth Administrative Assistant of Alabama First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Dr. Terrell Harris Jr. is Pastor (This Article appears in the July Issue of The Whole Truth Magazine)
Mother Bessie Turner—a devoted mother and grandmother of 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She is a faithful member of Draper Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC)—formerly New Market COGIC and Beirne Avenue COGIC, and was recently honored during an appreciation service (March 14, 2010). This appreciation was in recognition for her devotion and support to the Sunday School Department. She has been a member of this church for over 53 years, serving under the leadership of the late Pastor Dave Draper, Sr., and presently Pastor Dave Draper, Jr. She has been the secretary for the Sunday school department for 50 years. During this time Mother Turner has performed her secretarial duties, with much gratification. When necessary, she is ready and willing to open up the Sunday school for lesson study, elaborate on the lesson, record minutes, etc. She understands her role and has a love for the work she has devoted her time to. Mother Turner has also given much of her time to other auxiliaries within the church (Adult Choir and Mothers Board, and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent). She is a woman of faith and an encourager of God’s word. She has also helped many individuals within the community. Mother Turner understands the Lord is keeping a record of her works, as well as her faith—and one, day He will reward her with an appreciation service in her heavenly home. The prayers and acknowledgements of the Draper Memorial Sunday School Department are for the continued success of Mother Turner in all of her endeavors. (Content: Evangelist Sonja Leslie, Draper Memorial COGIC, Huntsville)
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