NBMJ attends the Global Leadership Summit





Testimony: Sister Erica Kohn

Sister Erica Kohn has been a member of New Beginnings Ministries of Jacksonville since the start of the church. She is a member of the Praise Team and Young Adult Action Committee. 

I was driving in the car to go pick up a friend. I was driving down I-10 passing Cassatt Avenue and there was huge debris in the lane that I was driving in. I tried to swerve and miss the debris, but it was difficult to see because it was late at night. 

I don’t remember much from the actual accident. The only thing I remember is waking up upside down on my passenger side floor. Apparently I smashed into the cement guardrail and median. 

I woke up to a woman opening up my drivers door asking me not to move because I was trying to get up on my right arm and left leg. 

The reason that I could not get up on my right arm is because it was totally paralyzed. I could not get up on my left leg because I had broken my left femur. 

I woke up in the ambulance to them cutting off my clothes. 

The extent of the injuries were: my right arm partially paralyzed due to nerve damage; punctured lungs, which caused the to collapse; broken ribs on both sides; fractured spine; fractured left femur. 

They put a metal plate around my left femur, which is going to stay there forever. 

My arm is getting better after a year.  Month by month it is gaining feeling and movement back. 

My hand is extremely sensitive to touch and temperatures. I try to keep a glove on it as much as possible, because the healing is a painful process. But the painful process is positive, because at least I am feeling something in my arm. 

I was in the hospital for over a month. I had to wear a neck and back brace for four months. I was going to therapy twice a week for six to eight months.

Then I got a job at web.com — thank God for that. 

I am able to drive again with my one arm. So I thank God for being alive and well after all of those injuries. 

Sister Erica

Testimony: Sister Regina Wright

Sister Regina Wright has been a member of New Beginnings Ministries of Jacksonville for two years. 

I am not originally from Jacksonville, Florida. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I came down here in 2009 on the night before Thanksgiving, hoping to leave home all my pain and suffering that I was going through back home. 

I was the Madea of the family. I cooked, I cleaned, I washed everybody’s children. I gave my life to the Lord. I have been saved ever since I was a little girl. I have been in many different churches and denominations, looking for the sprit and presence of God. I was looking for the family of God — people that walk in the way that He asked us to, even though we still fall short.

I came down here to get my relationship back with God and to restore my motherhood with my three children, and get a relationship back with my oldest daughter. 

When I ran from home, I was running from my daughter being molested by my Pastor for seven to eight years. I trusted them, and pulled them into my family. 

When I came down here, I was angry at God. I was angry at myself. I was angry at everything.

I went to prison for three and a half years. In prison I had a nervous breakdown. I lost my mind for five months. The Lord ministered to me through counselors about how to get myself right in my mind. They say that I am schizophrenic, bipolar, post traumatic stress syndrome — I have a lot of issues. 

When I came out of prison in January 2013, I moved to a Danese Street, off of East 11th Street, where I did not know the house of God, that God ordained for me, was located. 

The Lord showed me the smile of the Pastor’s wife and he told me that I would remember her smile when I saw her. I came to New Beginnings Ministries, embarrassed of what I had done, ashamed of myself and had not forgiven myself. 

I came to this church to get some food. Sister Blair prayed for me. I knew the words that came out of her mouth were Godly. Something told me to come to church that Sunday. I came and the word that came from the pulpit that Sunday released something in me, and told me that this is where you need to be. 

I did not know at that time that this is a family oriented church. I did not know that Pastor Hawk’s mother, brother, sister and children were members here. I joined the same day.

I’ve been in this church for the past two years and have gotten free from my past, I have been delivered in my mind and spirit and soul. 

God has showed me that this is where I belong and this is where I am going to be. 

Thank you, God Bless You and God is Good.

Sister Regina

Testimony: Deacon Anderson Blair

Deacon Anderson Blair has been a member of New Beginnings Ministries of Jacksonville for over five years. He was ordained as a Deacon under Pastor Hawk and Bishop Lewis Williams at Household of Faith Church. He works in the Beatification Ministry, Food Bank Ministry, Boys to Men Ministry as well as several other groups in the church. 

I was ordained as a Deacon at New Beginnings Ministries of Jacksonville. 

Before being ordained, I came to the Lord at NBMJ.

My testimony is that there were just too many good things happening in my life for me not to come to the Lord. 

So many more good things have come to me since I accepted Christ as my Savior. I will continue to serve the Lord.

Deacon Blair