Fulfilling God’s mandate
Former Church of God Administrative Bishop and National Overseer John Humes’ life was celebrated with the opening of a mission house dedicated to serving the whole man. The John and Jennie Humes House of Refuge Centre Ltd. was dedicated during the fourth anniversary of Humes’ home-going on Sunday.
The Centre, according to his widow Reverend Jennie Humes, is a place of refuge for orphans, displaced persons, a store house to feed the hungry and clothe the naked; a training center to equip the saints and a soul-winning station; as well as a war room for intercessors and prayer warriors.
It was at the unveiling of her husband’s memorial plaque at his mausoleum on October 22, 2015 that she launched the refuge center initiative.
She said in a vision she heard the Lord tell her to complete the Centre. Her response, she said, was “Me, Lord? At my age? I am retired and a widow.” She said the Lord’s reply to her was “Is there anything too hard for God?” She said she immediately remembered Sarah and Mary and that nothing was impossible with God.
The edifice constructed by Kingdom Builders was completed in 30 months.
At the Centre, they say their mission is based on Matthew 25:34-36 which says “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”
The Centre also houses the Holy Ghost Revival and Deliverance (H.G.R.D.) Centre Administrative Offices, the John N. Humes Ministerial Library and Remembrance Room as well as the Mother Ida Hall Storehouse.
Humes died on October 28, 2014, three months after the death of his identical twin Bishop Solomon Humes who died on July 17, 2014.
Humes’ widow Jennie is at the helm of The Centre with Antoinette Johnson serving as office administrator, Minister Marilyn McKenzie serving in the capacity of storehouse manager and Pastor Eileen Johnson, the psychologist.
Johnson said she was happy and blessed to be a part of the undertaking and to help to meet the needs of people as much as possible.
“We are fulfilling the kingdom mandate of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I’m very happy because on a daily basis you meet persons that are in need, and to know that even though I’m a Christian, that I’m able to give back to persons who really have a genuine need, and to know that you can make someone happy, because you’re able to give to them, and help to alleviate their stress and problems.”
Johnson said the Centre is open to persons from all walks of life.
“There’s no specific individual that we’re going to target. It’s all and sundry… dealing with emotional constraints, marital issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, suicide ideation – all the concerns that persons have. Whatever we meet we will deal with. We’re providing hope and a better way.”
The pastor and trained psychologist said counseling will be based on biblical principles.
“Based on Matthew 25:35 we are mandated to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, also to pray for those who are distraught, those who have emotional concerns and to basically cater to the whole man.”
Johnson has been counseling as a pastor and psychologist for many years, but doing it at The Centre, she said, allows people to have a place to come.
The Centre is located off Gladstone Road at Word of Truth Boulevard, at the corner of the Seventh-day Adventist Regional Headquarters. It is the first building on the right, white trimmed with blue, and is open Monday through Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They can be reached at telephone 361-3726.
“This is not the first time I’m doing this at the church level. I’ve been doing this all along. It’s just that it’s at a set location where persons can come for particular hours.”
She said operating at The Centre does her heart good because she believes she’s fulfilling a kingdom mandate.
As for being a pastor/psychologist, Johnson likens herself to a medical doctor who is on call 24 hours a day. She said people can call her at any time because they’re going through something and looking for someone to pray with them and she makes herself available.
“I don’t say two o’clock you can come and see me and we can sit and talk. When persons need someone to talk or to pray with them, and they need that almost immediate healing you have to make yourself available – and that’s the difference with a pastor/psychologist – we’re always on call,” she said.
“I’m happy and blessed to be a part of such a major undertaking and I pray good success, and that it will help to meet the needs of people far and wide as much as possible. There’s a room filled with clothes and shoes for every size, and they’re stacking the grocery area. It caters to the whole man. It’s a holistic kingdom approach.”
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.