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September/October 2010

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BY PATRICE A. KELLY NEWS NOTES TheGlory FestTotalMiracleAdventureCruisewill be held Nov 15-20, 2010 aboard the Carnival Destiny. The five-day cruise sails fromMiami,Florida toNassau,Bahamas,CocoKey toGrandTurk Island. For information, contact Dr. Fred Omoruyi at (305) 224- 3604 or go to The 39th Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) World Conference & Exposition will take place at the Tampa Bay Convention Center January 25-28, 2011. For information, contactDr.DwayneWoodring at (317) 632-1888. Women Who Soar is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land March 10-21, 2011. The organization invites attendees to embark on a tour of Israel that will begin with arrival in Tel Aviv and transfer by bus to Galilee.After a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, there will be a tour of a kibbutz. Subsequent days will be spent touring biblical sites including Meggido (Armaggedon,) Nazareth, Jordan Valley and Jericho.There is also a scheduled visit to the ancient caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.Other sites include the Old City of Jerusalem and the Elah Valley, where David slew Goliath.The tour of modern Jerusalem includes a visit to the Israel Museum to view a scale model of the New Testament city of Jerusalem, including the Second Temple and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. For information, contact administrator@thewomen- WomenWithA PurposeMinistries is sponsoring its fourth winter cruise out of San Juan, Puerto Rico February 20-27, 2011.More than just a cruise, attendees will enjoy fellowship, relaxation, different cuisines, exercise and fitness sessions, and beaches. There will also be a wealth of events for spiritual reflection, includingMorning Prayer,and two sem- inars. The cruise includes stops at Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Maarten. For additional information, contact Wanda at (304) 382-2684 or or Stacy at (678) 895-3098 or INTRODUCING AMBASSADOR REGINA BROWN! Recently named by Vanguard News as one of the top 25 most influential African-Americans in SouthernArizona, Brown is an ordained minister 32 and an Ambassador of Christ. As a life learner of Jesus Christ for 26 years, she has trained under Dr. Myles Munroe, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Bishop Ollie Wills, Apostle Alfred Craig, and Pastor Anthony Moss, and is a graduate of Kingdom University. She operates in the Apostolic/Prophetic tradition to assist in problem resolution within the Body of Christ. Brown has a practical approach to problem resolution and is a consultant, teacher and public speaker to churches, small businesses and nonprofit organiza- tions. Brown has traveled toAfrica, India, and the Bahamas and throughout the U.S. She is the Christian education director at Agape Christian Church International,Tucson,Arizona, chap- lain at the Pima County Jail, and a writing contributor to the Chocolate Voice Magazine.She helps churches through teach- ing structural support, protocol, and realignment of theGifts. She recently traveled toHaiti with Pastor Chad Johnson of CMJ Ministries’ Joshua Project. The project took 25 Haitian youth and young adult leaders on a missions trip to help rebuild their nation by visiting hospitals, orphanages, prisons, and conducting sports camps, medical clinics, street ministry and five nights of revival. Contact Ambassador Brown on Facebook under Regina Brown, Tucson,Arizona, or email her at breakingbarriers@j- WORDS & DEEDS Theworld said farewell toBishopWalterL.Hawkins in July, after his passing from pancreatic cancer. Two services were held in his honor: a musical tribute on July 20, and his Homegoing Service on July 21.Both services took place at the ParamountTheatre inOakland,California. In the 30-plus years of his career, Hawkins created one of the most prolific and outstanding catalogs of hit gospel recordings and published songs.At the age of 19, Hawkins was singing in the Ephesians Church of God in Christ choir, which recorded the hit song “Oh Happy Day” directed by Hawkins’ older brother Edwin. In the next few years, the EdwinHawkins Singers toured nation- ally and internationally beforeWalter set out on his own. The recipient of a Grammy Award, three DoveAwards, the Billboard #1Award and other honors,WalterHawkins influenced the careers of many gospel stars through his work as a song- Black Meetings & Tourism September/October 2010:

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