We are often ecstatic when we look at our harvest, the fruits that are on our tree. But, we generally forget that there wouldn’t be any harvest if there weren’t any sowers. Winnie is a sower. For over a decade, she has been sowing seeds in my life. She’s an epitome of what a woman of God should be. She has made sacrifices and set standards. For as long as I can remember, She has never been idle. Married to a pastor at the age of 18 and starting a church was somewhat challenging for her, as can be expected. Albeit, she has effortlessly aided in pastoring the church all the while being a wife, a mother, children ministry minister and college student.
Most retirees look forward to relocate and rest. In her case, she is working more and even harder for the Kingdom of God. I admire this about her.
Before meeting my fiancé, she would always talk about him. She highly esteemed him, but for me he was an average Joe. When the potentiality came for him and I to start dating, her words were the credible resource that I gripped on to. Had it not been for her, He and I wouldn’t have been friends. Looking back at this harvest of my life, I accredit this blessing to her.
Here goes my virtual questionnaire with Winnie:
- What do you do?
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, special education teacher, bible teacher and pastor’s wife and leader. I am presently working as a substitute teacher. I also work as a play therapist for agencies with toddlers at home. I work in my church as a preacher, worship leader and bible teacher. I also organize different events throughout the church such as retreats, revivals, conferences etc. the list goes on and on.
- What is one thing you would you like the audience to know about you?
I love God. I enjoy spending time in His presence more than anything else in the world. I also love being a grandma.
- How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?
The way I deal with failures, hardships, and pessimistic judgmental people is I don’t let them stop me from doing what I am called to do. I pick myself up and keep on moving. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I get discouraged and feel defeated but I don’t let that stop me from achieving my goal. When I go through those hardship I read the word and get strength from the word of God. Whenever I come across pessimistic and judgmental people their pessimism makes me want to work harder. When somebody tells me I can’t do something that I feel God is calling me to do. I always feel empowered and I want to show them I can.
As far as hardship is concerned, hardship always helps me to know God at a deeper level. Hardship helps me to become a stronger person and also provide me with materials for my next message. As a Christian I know that all things work together for our good and nothing is wasted in our lives. God has a purpose for allowing everything to happen in our lives whether good or bad.
- What is the one thing or person that you would say contributed most to who you are today?
My savior and Lord Jesus Christ is the first person who contributed to who I am today. If it wasn’t for Him I would be lost. As a young person who was raised in New York City without a mother and father. Having Jesus in my life is the only reason why I am who I am today. I also give credit to my husband – he is my soulmate. He loves me unconditionally. He believes in me and support me 100%. Whatever I do, he is here cheering for me. He is one of the greatest gifts I received on this earth. It is good to know that you have that kind of support.
- What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
My advice to women is to stay encourage and believe in the process. Success comes at different age for different people. I remember, I started college in my early forties because I did everything backward. I had my kids first. By the time I was twenty-seven years old. I had my three children. In my early thirties, my life did not seem like a success. My friends had their college degree and professions and I did not. But when I look at my life today, I did not miss anything. Through God’s help I was able to get a masters degree with a bilingual extension. I was able to accomplish everything that God had in store for me. So I would encourage other women not to give up when life is not happening according to their timing. When you are in God’s will, it will happen in God’s time. Blessing delayed is not blessing denied.
I’m very much stronger with her as she teaches me to never be too busy with my personal life to serve others. As I continue to submit myself under her leadership, there is so much more for me to glean. As for the World, they haven’t witnessed a fraction of her potency. With that being said…
Here is to writing your first book Winnie