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January 12, 2013
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Walking with the Lord


Pastor Theslyn Nation-Black

GEORGE HENRY, STAR Writer

Pastor Theslyn Nation-Black's walk with the Lord started in the early 1970s while she was a youngster. However, like many young persons, she discovered that when she started to walk with the Lord, it was not very easy to stay saved. Consequently she backslid, but was able to reconnect with her Maker before it was too late.

She has been able to weather the storms of life, continue to serve the Lord, and has worked her way up in the church to be the pastor for at least eight congregations since she graduated from the Bethel Bible College where she received her training in theology.

Now the pastor for the Dykes Hill New Testament Church of God in Clarendon, Reverend Nation-Black admitted that three years after she had backslidden she went back to God because His calling was on her life.

He healed me

"I decided that I was not going to forsake it (call of God). As a matter of fact, I took ill and had an operation; and I told the Lord that, if He healed me, brought me through the operation, when I returned I would surrender my life to Him; and anything at all that he wants me to do, I will do it," said Nation-Black.

She stated that, with such a commitment made to God, she had no choice but to return to her Maker and live out the vow she made to him while she was in her serious state of illness. It was from then until now that she has been seriously following God and serving Him in spirit and in truth.

"Through many dangers toils and snares, many sickness, many attacks; but I remember my vow between myself and God," testified the church leader.

She stressed that it is very important that persons surrender their life to the Lord, because, should they die without doing so, they will end up in Hell, which is a dreadful place. She added that the greatest thing in a man's life is to acknowledge Christianity and to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.

grateful

The pastor noted that God has been good to her because He has brought her through several things; including difficult things which no man could have helped her with. For God's help, the female pastor said she is grateful.

Pastor Nation-Black, who lived overseas for a period of time, said she left her foreign country because she had a dream that she had to return to Jamaica to continue the work which the Lord had called her to do. She said she did so because she did not want God to charge her for being disobedient.

The church leader, who said she had the privilege of witnessing scores of persons being baptised with the Holy Ghost, and has seen God worked many miracles in her life, said if she should start telling persons how much God has been good to her, it would take her months to explain.

"It would take me months to express and to tell others that the God of Jacob, the God of Daniel, still remains God; and if we as children of God will only focus on Him, surely goodness and mercy will follow us. Let us not play church, let us not play Christianity, but let us be born-again children of God," said the pastor.

Pastor Nation-Black's favourite passage of scripture is Psalm 1. Her favourite song is the one which she claims God used to call her. This, she said, is 'Whatever it takes for my will to break, that's what I will be willing to do'.

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