I absolutely love where I am right now. I am speaking of the weekly services I attend at Heaven’s Invasion and more. I must say that every other church experience I had, held this sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken but definitely understood notion that everything you needed was all “in house”. If you missed service there, to go elsewhere, you were missing out. It was almost seen as a sin to go elsewhere for your spiritual needs. Almost as if you literally stepped outside the Faith and dabbled into some other religion.
Now, it is totally different, I see the body of Christ on a much broader spectrum and can go to other churches and know that I am still home. I have two such homes besides Heaven’s Invasion. One is Calvary Tabernacle and the other is The Sanctuary Fellowship in the Bronx. Gary Fishman is one of the pastors at The Sanctuary Fellowship. He interpreted a dream for me, and I learned that he has an annual prophetic summit in September (this year it is September 17th), so I went. I swear, when I walked in the building, I immediately felt at home. I was in no way, a mere visitor, it was so comfortable. I immediately fell in love with the people and the worship was other worldly. I actually met my pastor, Russ who led a workshop there but I didn’t realize he was actually 20 minutes away from me in NJ. Gary later invited me to Heaven’s Invasion to give a testimony during their Thanksgiving dinner celebration. That was my first day at Heaven’s Invasion and we have been going ever since.
Anyway, Gary has these amazing workshops and classes every 3rd Saturday in the Bronx. As much as we are able, we are front and center for them. These are people who exude the nature of Jesus so well and completely, one can’t help but feel welcomed, loved and at home with them. I have met many there who are invaluable to me. It is my home in the Bronx!
Then, we have Calvary Tabernacle… (((le blissful sigh))) Calvary is so very special to me for several reasons. First, this is a place where Pastor Clem has allowed several churches to occupy the same building. That speaks volumes!! Heaven’s Invasion is one of the several ministries that meet there. Again, this is a place that is so comfortable. There is so much love there. My favorite part is the youth. Oh, my word!! I have never seen such an amazing group of children. Children who truly love the Lord and each other with an openness that makes me tear up every time I see them. My two oldest daughters joined the youth group last year and loved it. This spoke volumes to me because my oldest has been a part of many youth groups and she never stayed with any of them because they were very superficial. The kind that says don’t have sex, live holy. They plays games, eat snacks and that’s about it. She wanted more and found it at Calvary. These children are learning to hear from God for themselves and others, they are learning to go deep with the Lord and are truly world changers.
I tried to stay away. My children are all homeschooled and I wanted them to have something that I wasn’t a part of, but of course, God had other plans and my girls are thrilled that I am there. Last July, the day after I had the first of 5 consecutive miscarriages, the prophetic evangelism group that I was a part of was invited to attend a meeting with the high schoolers of the youth group and prophesy over them. What a night that was for me!! There was one boy that I immediately loved, named Aaron. God revealed to me that although he had been through some serious and strenuous things, he has an amazing calling and future ahead of him. I prophesied over several others that night but at that time, he stuck out to me. I was also touched by the leader, Dennis. His love for the children was almost palpable. I was amazed.
I used to drop my girls off on Wednesdays and just sit in the car, trying to stay away but slowly, as I sat in that parking lot, reading or talking on the phone, God began to speak to me about various kids. Sometimes I gave them what God gave me, other times, I just stood back. Eventually, I ended up inside the building, but in another area as I waited for them to be done each week. Then, I don’t even remember how it happened, but I ended up sitting in the back during their service with my son who is normally asleep.
By this time, God started to speak to me about them, directly and through others. My friend Evelin and so many others gave me words about them. Evelin and my girls were the only ones who knew I was secretly in love with these people but trying to stay away. Eventually, I became a leader and I have never been happier. When I considered asking about being a leader, I hadn’t said anything but I remember Will, another leader, coming to me saying, “Have you ever considered becoming a leader? It’s obvious that you love them and have a lot to offer.” I said something snarky like, “Prophetic much?” because I’d literally just heard this from God.
When I finally went to Dennis, of course after needing so many confirmations from God, (such faith huh?) he said yes, and said that I was an answer to prayer and that he wanted to speak to Russ first. I connected him and Russ thinking he wanted to speak to Russ and make sure I wasn’t a lunatic. I later thanked Russ saying, “Thanks for the good character reference, they bought it, I’m in, lol!” Russ said that Dennis never asked about my character, he simply wanted permission to have me. Russ, told him of course, he didn’t own me anyway, lol. I was floored. I still am. We don’t even attend this church but we all understand that we are the Church and are therefore, family. I thought that because I wasn’t a member there, I would need to go through some protocol but no. I can’t tell you how honored I am to be among them and how very much I love them.
All this to say that I am so happy that there are parts of the Body that know that we are all family and truly live this out. There is never any mess about denominations or anything divisive. It’s all love. It’s all Jesus. I couldn’t be happier to be here in NJ, at this time. This is how the body of Christ should live. Together. United, in and by His love.