Many of you have heard me tell my story before. I lived in a shack in a tiny village on the Island of Trinidad. When I was a child, my mother would frequently ask me to go to a neighbor’s house for ice for our household. The dirty, little secret is my neighbor would touch me inappropriately in return for the ice. My beloved mother, Nell Wiltshire, died without ever knowing about my molestation. A few years later, members of my village pitched in and bought me a plane ticket for the United States. With $32 in my pocket, I left Trinidad and I said I would never go back.
Since leaving that island, I’ve learned to dance with the broken bones of fear, rejection and unforgiveness. I found strength — in spite of all of my brokenness — through my faith, which is founded in my relationship with God and God’s Word. And through my journey, I’ve learned that God cannot heal what we conceal.
Last year, God shifted me! Because my bones are no longer broken, God told me that I must go back to that island and that village. You must reveal to heal. This should be a way of life for all of us — it is for me. And it is for this reason that I will return to Trinidad in May to host my “Dancing with Broken Bones” Conference. There will be workshops and worship services featuring dynamic preachers including Rev. Karen Alexis,Elder D. B. Jeffers and Minister Ivy McGregor.
I also will return to my village with my team to do mission work. We plan to distribute school supplies, build wells, build houses and provide other services. Although I’ve said many times that I would never return to my village or even Trinidad, I must. I must rescue other little girls. I must do my part to save other Daughters of Thunder.
Please join me in impacting lives in Trinidad. You can receive more information about the “Dancing with Broken Bones” conference online at IAmDrJazz.org or you can call 868.759.0471. Bookmark this blog to receive the latest information, or reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
You can also partner with me with a $32 seed to support a school supplies drive for the children in my native country. In Trinidad and Tobago, we have a slogan that simply says, “Together we aspire. Together we achieve.” I believe we can aspire and achieve so much more for the kingdom of God when we work together.
Thank you for your support for this great work of God. And please keep the “Dancing with Broken Bones” Conference and mission trip covered in prayer.
Rev. Karen Joy Alexis is an established International Conference Speaker known throughout the Caribbean and United States, having hosted several International Conferences for Women and the family in Trinidad and Tobago. She also has worked with young people for the past 25 years as Overseer of the Youth and Women’s Ministry. She is also an Ordained Minister with the Open Bible Standard Churches Inc.
Rev. Alexis is an insightful speaker whose unique giftedness draws heavily from the field of theater and mass communication. Her dramatic style adds humor, captures a spicy flavor, and transcends the attention of children, youth and adults. She is a graduate of the Open Bible Institute of Theology in 1988 and has a strong prophetic mantle on her life.
Rev. Alexis has conducted several workshops on Leadership Skills, Youth Seminars, Protocol, Hospitality and Ushering, and served on a number of committees relating to women issues such as sexual abuse and relationship issues.
Rev. Alexis is an Executive Director of TTACC (Trinidad and Tobago Association of Christian Counselors) and an Executive Director of “Dream Women Dream Again,” a ministry that focuses on helping battered women.
Elder Devin B. Jeffers is the Interim Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church of York (SBC York) in Pennsylvania. He is a life coach, ordained minister, motivational speaker, and spiritual advisor. He has served in ministry for more than 15 years.
Elder D was ordained an Elder in the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America under the leadership of his spiritual parents, Archbishop Alfred and Co-Pastor Susie Owens. He recently was elected and appointed by the Deacons and the Council of Elders as the Interim Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church of York (SBC York).
Prior to this appointment, he served as the Executive Pastor; carrying out the daily business and operations of the church under the leadership of Dr. Jasmin “Jazz” Sculark. He is a board member of the Shiloh House of Refuge and former director of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation.
Ivy McGregor is a philanthropist, a spiritual motivator, an accomplished author, sought-after speaker, and globally distinguished business strategist whose goal is to impact the world from her faith-based efforts to corporate initiatives.
McGregor is a visionary with 20 years of professional experience as a strategic partnership and program advisor. Her niche is domestic and global engagement across public and private sectors. She possesses a keen ability to galvanize and engage all levels of leadership – from senior executives to grassroots influencers – to build multinational teams that work collaboratively towards a common goal.
She has travelled extensively throughout the United States and to countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As an ordained minister, she infuses the Good News in all that she does.