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Islamists Behead Two Christian Women in Somalia



Radical Islamists publicly beheaded two Christian women in southeastern Somalia, the Morning Star News reported.

Sadia Ali Omar, a 41-year-old mother of two, and Osman Mohamoud Moge, her 35-year-old cousin, are the latest victims of Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terror group with a reputation for executing Christians this way.

The beheadings took place on March 4 in the port town of Barawa.

Al-Shabaab jihadists forced the townspeople, including Omar’s two daughters, ages 8 and 15, to watch the executions, which took place in the center of town. The youngest child reportedly screamed for someone to save her mother.

The Islamists warned they intend to “wipe out any underground Christian” living in their territory.

A friend helped relocate the children out of concern for their safety.

“We are afraid that the Al-Shabaab might continue monitoring these two children and eventually kill them just like their mother,” one resident reportedly said.

Al-Shabaab terrorists were behind last September’s attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed at least 67 people and injured many more, the Morning Star News reported


Bobby Jones: Gospel Music Legend Reveals Painful Past

WASHINGTON — For more than three decades, Dr. Bobby Jones has helped to revolutionize gospel music.

Every Sunday morning for the last 33 years, the soul-stirring sound of spiritual music from “Bobby Jones Gospel” has filled millions of homes across America.

While it takes a small army to produce the program, the show’s success hinges squarely on the man whose program bears his name.

“I just say, ‘Lord, what a privilege it is to be able to work for you,’” Jones told CBN News. “‘What a privilege it is that you use me to be a vehicle to bring so many people closer to you and to bring joy, love, peace, and happiness.’”

Jones’ show got its start from humble beginnings. His first venture on television in the late 1970s was a 30-minute program on a single station in Nashville, Tenn.

Musical Trailblazer

Today, “Bobby Jones Gospel” is the flagship gospel music show on a network broadcast ministering to millions around the world.

“Little did I ever think it was the first show produced for BET — my show,” Jones said. “And we built this organization [on] gospel music!”

Jones, who began his career in elementary education, is now considered a musical trailblazer.

He has earned numerous honors, including a Dove Award, several Stellar Awards, and a Grammy with country music star Barbara Mandrell.

In 2001, he was recognized in a proclamation by President George W. Bush for “revolutionizing the gospel music industry” and “exposing numerous gospel music artists to the world.”

Jones describes that White House visit as one of his “high points.”

Childhood Abuse

However, buried deep beneath the fame and his signature flashy suits lie some of his lowest points.

For the very first time, Jones publicly revealed his painful past during an interview with CBN News.

He told CBN’s John Jessup he survived growing up in an abusive home with an alcoholic dad.

“I began at a very early age protecting myself from the abuse: verbal [and] physical,” Jones recounted.

He admits that he developed a great deal of bitterness toward his father as he watched his dad mistreat his mom and siblings.

But he believes God’s grace helped him to eventually forgive his father, and now he wants his testimony to encourage others.

“I went ahead to do the things that I thought I could do to overcome that situation,” he explained. “And a lot of people who may be in a position now that I was in then, they’ll just have to leave it and find a way to get around it and that’s a part of life.”

Jones shared more on how he healed from his childhood wounds below:

His music and positive personality have earned him loyal fans, like Judith Bundy, who drove with her daughter from Malaga, N.J., to the BET studio in Washington, D.C., to attend a taping of his 33rd season.

“I’m here … because I’m a fan of his,” she said. “It was just my opportunity to come out, and I took it.”

Still Going Strong

“Bobby Jones Gospel” has been a prominent part of BET’s programming lineup since the network premiered in 1980.

Now, three decades later, it’s still going strong. It has contributed to the success of the network and launched the careers of hundreds of gospel music recording artists, like pastor and singer Marvin Sapp.

“Dr. Jones’ show has been the outlet for every major artist over the last almost 30 years,” Sapp explained.

“When I started in the group Commissioned in 1990, my first national performance from a television standpoint, was ‘Bobby Jones Gospel.’”

Grammy Award winner Erica Campbell of the singing duo Mary Mary told CBN News that as a child she always dreamed about sharing the stage with the gospel legend.

“When I think of Dr. Jones I think of being a little girl sitting in front of the TV on Sundays waiting for an opportunity to just be on his show,” Campbell recalled.

Now she calls him a friend and appreciates his openness to showcase different musical styles, like gospel jazz or rap.

“Most times you don’t get that,” she explained. “If it’s one show, you get one type of music. You get what the host likes and that’s about it. But he’s not that way.”

Jones’ Legacy

Singer James Fortune, who describes himself as a product of Jones’ legacy, says “Bobby Jones Gospel” is more than a show; it’s Jones’ ministry.

“He’s selfless; it’s not all about him,” Fortune told CBN News. “He’s not just concerned about Dr. Bobby Jones making it, but he understands there are kingdom principles – that we’re all doing this together for the kingdom of God.”

Jones, who celebrated his 75th birthday in September, says he has no plans of slowing down any time soon.

“Well, you know I do this for Jesus,” he explained. “So why stop? I will when I have to, but if I don’t have to, as long as it’s the Lord’s will here I go.”





 A Michigan woman reported missing weeks ago has surfaced not in person, but online in some very unusual videos.Dr. Teleka Patrick was last seen Dec. 5 at her job at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Her 1997 gold Lexus was discovered, with her wallet inside, later that night about 100 miles away in Portage, Ind.

Police have been searching for Patrick but she has not reached out to anyone since her disappearance. But a few bizarre YouTube videos show her reaching out to a mystery person — and a private investigator hired by the family is wondering if she was delusional when she went missing.

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp received a personal protection order against a 30-year-old Michigan doctor about three months before she went missing, according to court documents.

A local judge issued the order against Teleka Patrick in September 2013. Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, alleged that Patrick claimed to be his wife, contacted his teenage children and had been to his home. He said she had joined his church after moving from California.

“I have at least 400 page(s) of correspondence from her which I have never responded to,” Sapp wrote in his petition requesting the protection order, which is effective until March 18.

Patrick last was seen on Dec. 5 after trying to check into a hotel in Kalamazoo, where she was a resident at a local hospital. Her Lexus was found later that night about 100 miles away in a ditch along Interstate 94 in northern Indiana. Her wallet, cash and identification were in the car.


Police in Michigan and Indiana, and the FBI, are investigating her disappearance.

Patrick’s parents, Mattahais and Irene Patrick, released a statement to The Kalamazoo Gazette saying that authorities advised them not to discuss the protective order because it could impede the search for their daughter.

“There are so many details that have been revealed during the course of this investigation that confuse and hurt us all the more,” they said. “Regardless of Teleka’s emotional state, we believe wholeheartedly that she has encountered some harm or danger. It is unlike her to go any significant length of time without any contact with family or friends.”

Jim Carlin, a private investigator hired by the family, told The Associated Press on Friday that he could not comment on the protection order.

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“The family’s position is they did not know this was going on, and regardless of what may or may not be accurate, the focus today is to focus on what happened Dec. 5 and bring her home,” Carlin said.

Teleka Patrick was raised in New York and graduated earlier this year with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California. She had been serving her medical residency at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.




Marvin Sapp Says He Doesn’t Believe The Church Is Ready For ‘A Man Of God Dating Publicly’


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Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp has seen his share of adversity. But in the end, he’s able to claim a victory. His latest album, “I Win,” is his public declaration.Sapp’s wife, MaLinda, died in 2010 of colon cancer, leaving him to raise their three children. Before that, he’d lost three important men: his father, his spiritual father and his musical mentor.

“I was in a position I was never in before, and it was hard,” he says. “But I always learned being a winner is a mindset.”
“I Win” was the most challenging album of Sapp’s career, which has included “Here I Am” (2010), “Thirsty” (2007) and “Be Exalted” (2005). It’s his first without his wife’s guidance.
“I always had my wife there to bounce off concepts, lyrics, ideas, and this time I was in a position where I had to do it alone,” he says. “I still bounce things off my kids, who have a piece of their mama in them. … I could hear her voice tell me, ‘You can do it. I like this. I don’t like that. Try something different.’”
Sapp’s “churchy but funky” style is found throughout “I Win,” including on “Keep It Moving,” a song inspired by his wife. “She told us that on a day-to-day basis to keep us encouraged,” he says.
He also used social media to find a handful of songs for “I Win.”
“I wanted to give somebody unknown an opportunity to share their gift on a national level,” says Sapp, who claims he’s not so gifted in the songwriting arena. “I wanted to do something different — giving people an opportunity to write songs and get royalties from it.”

Sapp’s fans saw him briefly this season on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but he’s eyeing his own reality show about his life raising three teenagers while holding together a church and a charter school.

Fred Hammond: God, Love & Romance




We all know and love him for hits
like “No Weapon,” “We’re Blessed, and “You are the
Living Word.” But  Hammond is switching gears and tapping into his more
romantic side for his next album. Though many of his fans wait in eager anticipation for the more secular rendering, others view the shift in the focus of Hammond’s music as controversial, calling it far-fetched and off-focus for the multi-award winning
artist and sought-after producer. Love it or hate it, Hammond feels like it’s time for
the church to start talking about romantic love. To underscore his
views, he recently chatted at length about his feelings and it was
captured on video.

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GMA Dove Awards Name Atlanta Host for 2012 Awards

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42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Garnered Unprecedented Viewers On gmc television network and Quickly Sold Out The Fabulous Fox Theatre As Atlanta Welcomed This Year’s Honors to the City

The GMA Dove Awards offer recognition in a variety of genres making it the most comprehensive awards show celebrating Christian music will again air on gmc

NASHVILLE, TN (June 29, 2011) – THE GMA Board of Directors and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will again take place in Atlanta in 2012 and will be aired on gmc. The awards, slated to take place in April 2012 offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating Christian and Gospel music.

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards quickly sold out this past April at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre garnered its highest ratings on gmc. With more than 1.5 million viewers turning in to catch host Sherri Shepherd and such artists as Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, Male Vocalist of the Year Chris August and other superstars Third Day, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Chris Tomlin, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Rogers and many others perform unique collaborations and take home honors at the annual awards show.

“We’re excited for the Dove Awards to return to Atlanta,” says William Pete, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO. “There was a buzz throughout the city surrounding the show and the excitement was contagious. We look forward to making the 43rd Annual Dove Awards another success.”

This year’s awards marked many firsts for the iconic awards. With its move to the culturally diverse city of Atlanta, the gmc airing, numerous promotions with radio, TV and area churches, coupled with the location being home to so many of the genres artists and the international TV star and comedian Sherri Shepherd bringing her uniquely apropos hosting duties to the show made for a complete facelift for “Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.”

Mitchell Solarek, chairman of the GMA board states, “Our experience this past year in Atlanta exceeded our expectations. How exciting to have the Governor of Georgia personally there to welcome our artists, and guests of the show. The City of Atlanta made us feel so welcomed from the city and state leaders to the multitude of local and international media that covered the awards. We are thrilled with the results of the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards and are looking forward to another amazing outcome in 2012.”

Charley Humbard, gmc CEO adds, “The GMA Dove Awards is one of the preeminent events in the world of Christian, Gospel and Inspirational music. Our relationship with the GMA and the Dove Awards is an important part of our strategy. We are pleased with the increasing numbers we are garnering with awards show. And, having the awards in Atlanta, the home of gmc, makes it doubly sweet.”

BRANDON HEATH ” Leaving Eden”

Thematically, when Heath approached titling his new 11-song collection, he leaned into the project’s opener. The concept of “Leaving Eden” speaks to a new awareness in Heath’s life, as well as a continuation of his career-long focus on reconciliation.

“The album opens with the title track stating the obvious pain in the world, by just reading the headlines. With the state of things around us, it’s clear we’ve left Eden,” he says. “And what did Adam and Eve want? What was the temptation in eating that apple? They already knew good, but now they had knowledge of both good and evil. I must first mourn the loss of Eden’s innocence in my own life, acknowledge sin and move forward in repentance,” he continues. “I think rediscovering and preserving innocence is part of the umbilical cord that attaches me to God. The life support is still there.”

At the same time, even amidst innocence being slowly chipped away, Brandon Heath knows the world can be changed, even if it’s just one decision at a time.

“I feel like I have a choice not to eat the apple anymore, and to protect what little innocence is still left in my life. Once reconciled with the fall of Eden, I’d love to celebrate the goodness in the world, and that’s what the rest of the songs on the album talk about,” Brandon says.

Leaving Eden represents that important step forward for Heath, as artist, as singer, as chronicler of the world around him. Through this remarkable collection of songs, he reminds us – moment by moment, decision by decision – of the hope given to us. Although we often may feel the weight of the world pushing in, by looking back and leaning on the One who created us, can we truly experience that burden lifted.


More On Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath’s Journey to Eden
A Musical Sneak Peak at 2011


The Artist Spotlight-This Month’s Feature Kirk Franklin

If its one thing that Kirk Franklin understands, it is that soul and gospel have always been a part of the same close-knit family. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1993, Franklin has proved himself a pioneer when he sprinkled a taste of hip-hop in the mix. He changed musical history with the release of his debut album, KIRK FRANKLIN AND THE FAMILY, the first gospel album to sell more than a million units. In his bold attempt to broaden the range of the traditional gospel audience, Kirk Franklin was willing to take heat from the naysayers as long as it didn’t get in the way of delivering the inspired message. After more than 16 years as the top-selling Contemporary Gospel artist, Kirk Franklin shows no signs of slowing down. Many believe the secret to his continued success is rooted in his artistic genius of being innovative, relevant and authentic.


To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 35 Stellar Awards; 12 Dove Awards (CCM); five NAACP Awards; 2 BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. The heart of who Kirk is and his story struck a resounding chord with his fans years ago and they have remained loyal ever since. Kirk has always been transparent about being abandoned by his parents, adopted by his grandmother and his humble beginnings. Kirk has never hid behind his celebrity status but has remained connected to his audience through his music and frank discussions of life issues. After more than 16 years in this industry, I’ve learned so much,” Franklin, says. “I want to take those lessons as well as my own experiences as a man who grew up with one foot in the church and one foot in the streets, and use that to connect with this generation. Reaching young, urban audiences is a key component of Franklin’s vision, and the company’s mission statement reflects Franklin’s commitment:“We’re seeking to creatively impact the world with faith centered, innovative products and services,” he explains. Next month, Franklin resumes hosting the third season of the BET original series, SUNDAY BEST.

The entrepreneur not only serves as host of the program, the channel’s nationwide search for the next best gospel artist, but co-executive produces the series. A hugely popular hit with audiences, the program is the network’s first gospel talent competition and garnered the highest ratings for a gospel show in its history. Fans are eagerly awaiting for Kirk’s new book The Blueprint: A Plan For Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin) in stores May 18; and Kirk is working on his 12th album expected in stores fourth quarter 2010. A devoted husband, Franklin and his wife Tammy have been happily married for 14 years and are proud parents of four children. .


Kirk’s 12th project ‘Hello Fear” hits stores on March 22nd, 2011

Mary Mary’s New Book, “Be U”

Interview By IBH Magazine

In a recent interview, I sat down with the sisters to discuss their new book BE U, which hit bookstores everywhere on April 6.

IBH: Hello, How are you doing?

MM: We’re doing great enjoying life with our families.

IBH: What inspired you to write this book?

MM: We were inspired to write the book after meeting young girls who’d rather be anyone but themselves and remembering what that felt like when we were younger. And feeling a responsibility to share what we’ve learned, to help shape and change lives.

IBH: Who came up with the concept of an interactive book?

MM: We collectively (management publisher) wanted something that would help start the inner work it takes to really become the best at knowing who you are. Like asking questions and facing your own issues. We really love that part of the book!

IBH: What do you want young women to get out of reading your book?

MM: We want people to understand that their not alone, someone has been where they’ve been, and if we made it thru they can do the same thing to. You have to be strong in mind body and soul to overcome certain things and know that with the help of God all things are possible.

IBH: Who’s idea was it to use song titles as chapters in the book?

MM: The idea to use the titles of the songs was ours since the songs and titles have been the source of strength for so many. we wanted to elaborate on the meanings of the songs and how they relate to things we’ve been thru in our own lives. Most of our songs are our own testimonies.

IBH: When will the book be available to purchase?

MM: The book was released April 6th and is in stores NOW. Also available through Amazon.com and all national book stores.

IBH: What are the things in life that keep you grounded?

MM: What keeps us grounded is never forgetting where we came from. Always remembering God has given us a gift and we have a responsibility to share it and remain true to our faith in God. We know who we are, but we’re also aware that we’re nothing without God and its him that has blessed us to to what we do. It’s kinda hard to have your nose up in the air with that information! Bottom line is grateful hearts keep us grounded.

For more info and to purchase BE U, visit the Mary Mary’s website at www.marymary.com or purchase your copy at www.amazon.com.

Who is Forever Jones?

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him (Psalm 127:3). While some may gloss over this declaration in the book of Psalms in passing, this verse is at the very core of the Jones family, known musically as forever JONES.

Early in their marriage, Dewitt & Kim Jones were given devastating news. A bout with toxic shock syndrome at age 18 had resulted in Kim being diagnosed with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and the young newlyweds were told they would likely never have children. The doctor prescribed medication for Kim, but she made a decision not to take it, but rather to completely trust God with her life and for her healing.

Now, after 31 years of marriage and miracle after miracle, Dewitt and Kim have 5 children and recently welcomed their first grandchild. Indeed, “children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” It wasn’t until Kim was holding her fourth newborn in her arms that she was told the condition she had been diagnosed with was known to completely sterilize 99% of the women who have it. “I looked at my miracle Judah and my 3 other kids at that time and said, ‘God, you gave me a miracle,” Kim remembers. “I didn’t even realize how big of a miracle it was.”

Both growing up in the state of Washington, Dewitt and Kim come from very musical backgrounds and have been traveling, writing songs together and singing Gospel music in one form or another since their teens. Dewitt experienced early success as a songwriter when world-renowned worship leader Ron Kenoly recorded his composition “Use Me” on the landmark 1994 album“God Is Able.” Since then, that song has gone on to become a staple in many churches around the world and has been covered numerous times, most notably by the GRAMMY® Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

A songwriter and musician most all his life, it wasn’t until Dewitt obeyed a very specific call from the Lord that there was a marked moment in the young family’s life that would notably change their path forever. “20 years ago the Lord gave me an invitation to spend time with Him at 9 A.M. every morning,” recalls Dewitt. “I remembered the account in 1 Chronicles, where Obed Edom had the amazing privilege of entertaining the Ark of the Covenant, the very presence of God, in his home for 90 days. As a result, everything he had was blessed.” Those 9 A.M. family devotions and worship times have not stopped since, and continue to be the foundation and driving force behind the heart for worship and passion for the presence of God that forever JONES so fervently embody.

It was through a long time relationship with their manager Jeoffrey Benward that the Jones family was introduced to GRAMMY® Award winningwriter/producer Tommy Sims. I took no time at all for Sims to take a liking to what he heard and saw and quickly signed up to produce forever Jones’ debut recording. “In 20 years of being in professional music, I’ve never heard anything like this,” proclaims Sims, himself no stranger to the very best that the music world has to offer.

The resulting album, “Get Ready” (EMI Gospel), is a spirited and distinctive tour-de-force of pop/rock/soul Gospel that captivates listeners from beginning to end. From the instantly memorable piano-driven pop melody of “Heaven” to the swirling throw back in-the-pocket rhythm of the title track and lush melodic song of worship “You Can Do Anything”, the songs alone are remarkable selling points from this otherwise “debut” group. “All of our songs are born out of our 9 A.M. family devotions,” says Dewitt. God-breathed, indeed.

While mom and dad are certainly prominent figures in the group, each contributing musicians and vocalists on the project, forever JONES’ “Get Ready” is nothing less than a full-fledged family affair, with all 5 children adding the mix with their respective musical gifts.

The Jones’ eldest daughter D’Jeniele’ (pronounced Jineel) is not only a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist but also now a wife and mother herself. One of the shining moments on “Get Ready” is “Adoration (SoAmazing)”, which was composed by D’leniele’ and finds her rendering flawless harmonious praise with her younger sister Dominique. In addition to being one of forever Jones’ principal songwriters, Dominique is a dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, often writing complex arrangements on both the guitar and keys. While “Get Ready” is replete with “wow” moments, Dominique’s compositions “He Wants It All” (the first radio single) and “Heaven” are easily two of the most standout tracks.

Youngest daughter Mya Joy Grace may be the latest addition to the family but that certainly doesn’t diminish her contribution to the family or group. In the context of the Jones family’s testimony, there’ssomething riveting about hearing Mya deliver the closing line of “Time To Believe”, her favorite song on the album.

Not to be out done by their sisters, the Jones’ sons Dewitt IV and Judah also bring a considerable amount of musical chops and charisma of their own to the table. Sharing both his father’s musical ability and heart for others, Dewitt IV is a born leader who also happens to be quite an accomplished bass player. Kim remembers an infant Dewitt hearing his father playing the organ and mimicking the groove he heard with his mouth. Youngest son Judah has been the group’s drummer since the age of two when pots and pans were his percussive instruments of choice. An avid student of great drummers for much of his life, Judah’s God-given ability is now the rhythmic backbone of the forever JONES sound.

While their roots are in the Northwest where they still travel and minister, the Jones family now makes their home in Shreveport, LA where they are all actively involved in ministry at their church, Shreveport Community Church. “We are living a miracle,” says Kim. “Any time I stand on any stage with my children is an amazing moment and reminder of God’s faithfulness to me and my family.”


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