This past Friday I took my son August the Great to his 1st Community Service event. This weekend was his 1st Birthday Weekend and I wanted to start a tradition with him to where he’s able to give back for all the blessings he will have growing up.
I attend a feed the homeless program every 3rd Friday with my Fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha) at the First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix Arizona. I’ve been involved with this community service event ever since I joined my fraternity in 2001. Continue reading
As I boarded the Flight to Los Angeles This past Friday, I said my prayers as I usually tend to do and was on my way. I had a carry on bag full of TY&GB Clothing as I was ready to Hit the road running. We have a Family business that had a booth at the LA County Fair this past year so I decided to take my brand new shirts out there to spread the message. My first customers as I arrived were my Mother and Aunt. (I Love her, She has supported me in all my endeavors) I got a lot of great responses from people just noticing that I had the “God Bless” Shirt on and It made everyone that Said something about it seem to smile and greet me with Joy.
On Sunday they had a Youth dance and praise Ministry perform and completely helped minister to me. They were wonderful. A group from the Mountain View Faith Community Church (www.MFCC.tv) The spirit of containment tried setting in with doubts of whether to approach this crowd about my shirts. I remembered a Sermon that my Pastor preached during Last Weeks Bible Study on how the Devil tries to use this spirit on us to keep us from stepping out on what God has told us to do. So I waited a little longer (I Know, God wants us to MOVE NOW) but prayed for the Spirit to move me from being shy about Letting others know about God. So I kept hearing my Pastors Voice about (If only Christians would be BOLD enough to speak on Christ as they do everything else….) So I decided to approach a Member. His name was Jay I believe. We spoke for a little bit and I told him exactly what was put in my heart and about the T-Shirt Line. The brother was Kind and Loving, Bought a Shirt from me and asked to pray with me right there at the booth. I’ve been praying in church for awhile now and no longer did I feel “weird” about prayer in the midst of “everyone else” as I used to feel when I was growing up as a teenager.
I ended up meeting with their Youth Pastor and he also gave me some Great words of encouragement and some pointers on how to keep the journey going. He spoke pretty much what my Pastor has been saying to me for the past year and a half on always Praying. It was refreshing to see other young Christian Men out and about fired up for Christ that it completely made my whole trip. I will continue Walking out on Faith and spreading God’s message because he knows what’s in my Heart.
SCRIPTURES I MEDITATED ON TODAY:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
34And Jesus called [to
Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends
to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and [a]lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [[b]joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow [c]with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
35For whoever wants to save his [[d]higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the [e]lower, natural, temporal life [f]which
is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived
only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his [g]higher, spiritual life [h]in the eternal kingdom of God].
36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [[i]in the eternal kingdom of God]?
37For what can a man give as an exchange ([j]a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his [blessed] life [[k]in the eternal kingdom of God]?
38For whoever [l]is
ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words in this adulterous
(unfaithful) and [preeminently] sinful generation, of him will the Son
of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory (splendor and majesty)
of His Father with the holy angels.
My Name is Otieno. I was Born in Kisumu Kenya. At a very early age, I witnessed poverty & hardship growing up in Kisumu.
Living in a “third world country” doesn’t afford you quite the same
luxuries of a typical American childhood. From sad memories of living in
a village with no running water & electricity to the better ones
like my 1st Christmas being enjoyed just Eating Cake & Drinking
Orange Fanta (my favorite) with my Mom & Dad. In 1988 by the grace
of God, my family was sponsored to come live in America with our father
through donations collected by a church in Seattle Washington. I was 8
years old when I told my cousins that I will see them again..
That was the last time i ever saw Kenya and my extended family.
My story is a long
journey of Faith, Trials and Tribulation, Party, Party, Party, Loss,
Depression, Redemption and a Return back to Christ. Ty & GB Clothing
was a vision I was given to start a Positive Christian based T-shirt
& Website to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At first I was
scared; Very Scared. Growing up as a Ministers son in Seattle was tough
for me as a youth. So the first chance I got to leave the watchful eyes
of the church, I took it and left to study Computer Engineering at
Arizona State University. This is just a Quick Glimpse of my story that I
was given to testify so that others who are going through what I went
through may be able to follow the path which leads back to Christ &
God’s Kingdom. As you read this, I want you to know that I am taking my
steps out on faith and not letting excuses stop me from doing what I am
able to do. So Keep coming back to the Website as I write my story and
continue to Walk in Love.
– More to Come
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The online shop is opening up soon. I must say that i’m excited to finally take this First BIG Step of Faith on What God shared with me as I was transitioning from my Party Promotion Days. I’ve sat, listened and took the steps he kept telling me for the past 2 years and Now i’m ready to see how Amazing God truly is.
As Soon as I printed up my Shirts, My sister in Christ (Tina) told me about a Fashion Show in Litchfield Park AZ. I went and within 30mins I was able to find two Great Men (Chris and Keith) To help me showcase my designs at the Fashion Show. I look forward to the line growing and spreading the word. This Little Light of Mine…. I’m gonna let it SHINE..