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The Togolese Population Needs Water

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In the past quarter-century, the percentage of the Togolese population with access to safer water sources has been steadily increasing from less than 50 percent in 1990 to 63.1 percent in 2015. Despite this improvement, water quality in Togo is still relatively poor with more than 30 percent of its population that remains unable to obtain water safe for consumption. In rural areas, the population suffers from health complications due to a lack of access to clean drinking water sources and sanitation. As Pastor of the First Baptist Church, I will join Senior Pastor Michael Simone of Spring Branch Community Church in Virginia Beach, VA and father of Rev. Travis Simone of the Williamsburg Community Chapel and others on a mission to improve the situation and bring hope to the villages of Togo, West Africa. I want to hear from the congregation and visitors on other things that we can do to help the government and private citizens in providing aid to the villages of Togo.

Praise

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Praise is a poet's rhapsody, full of admiration for a guardian whose reckless love has saved their life/soul.
 
A symphony of voices singing Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord
 
Praise is a young child's prayer thanking the Lord at night before bed
It is the twirls and jumps of dancers and the bold expressions of mimes telling the story of deliverance
 
Praise is the joining of a congregation coming to celebrate their blessings and the release from tribulations
 
Praise is extending a hand to a sister in Christ pulling her out of her stupor, It's giving your brother the strength to carry on
To push forward and don't give up 
 
Praise is spreading love to those who are considered undesirable
 
Praise is calling out to God even when things are rough because while I breathe , I hope 
 
And I as long as I have breath in my body, I will glorify him in every way I can.
 
Declaring him the One and Only ruler of My Soul 
 
Because as Psalms 71:8 says:"My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long".
 
This is an original poem written by Ms. Demetria George on Saturday, August 3, 2019 for a special service at the Historic First Baptist Church.
Posted by Demetria George

Another View History Lesson - Let Freedom Ring Bell

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On Friday, June 7th, Mrs. Connie Matthews Harshaw, President of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation sat down with Stephen Seals of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Barbara Ham Lee of WHRO-FM for a conversational  history lesson on the Historic First Baptist Church of Williamsburg and the Let Freedom Ring Bell.

The Historic First Baptist Church, established in 1776, was created by free and enslaved Blacks. The church is formally recognized as one of America's oldest continuous African American congregations.  It is home to the "Let Freedom Ring" bell, which was silenced during segregation and the Civil Rights movement, yet it rings again today.  The Freedom Bell also made modern history on September 24, 2016  when former President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Ms. Ruth Odom Bonner rang the bell at the opening ceremony for  the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C.

Listen here  to  Another View History Lesson - A Conversation with Barbara Hamm Lee about the Let Freedom Ring Bell  

Thank you to Mrs. Connie Matthews Harshaw for all that you do to tell the story and help  others understand that Our History is American History.

Listen live to other topics discussed on Another View with Barbara Hamm Lee at www.anotherviewradio.org.

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