On a mission with Women in White

Daisy Lavan worships at the “100 Women in White” program at Crown of Life Ministries Inc.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.

The pastor of a northeast Gainesville church educated parishioners attending a "100 Women in White" service about the true meaning behind the origins and significance of such services.



Pastor: Elder Daniel Lavan Sr.
Location: 402 SE 14th St.
Services: Sunday School is 9:45 a.m., and morning worship is 11 a.m. Prayer service is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Bible study is 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Phone: 352-379-9195.

Pastor: Pastor Algera Lavan.
Location: 302 SW 8th Ave.
Services: Sunday School is 9:30-10:45 a.m., morning worship is 11 a.m. and evening worship is 5 p.m. Bible study and prayer service are 7 p.m. Wednesday and there is a worship service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Phone: 352-317-1239.

Pastor Angela Anderson of True Believers Church at 1928 NE 23rd Ave. in Gainesville was the guest speaker Saturday at the "100 Women in White" program presented by The Church of the Kingdom of God Inc. Ext. No. 5, located at 402 SE 14th St. The service was held at Crown of Life Ministries Inc. at 302 SW 8th Ave.

Monica Lake of True Believers presided over the service, which featured prayer, praise dancers and solos by individuals and groups from as far away as Mayo and Tampa.

Anderson, who started her sermon by talking about how God delivered her from a multitude of sins, including achohol, clubbing, drugs and lesbianism, said she often wondered as a child the significance of "Women in White" programs.

"I went to the computer and looked it up and found out that the ‘Women in White' programs started out as a mission and the main theme of the early ‘Women in White" missions was, ‘Am I My Sister's Keeper,'" Anderson said.

She read from James 1:27 and talked about how many who profess to be Christians have gotten away from "pure religion" and don't do anything for widows, the fatherless and the homeless.

"We have gotten so far away from the vision of how ‘Women in White' services began that somebody has to throw out a lifeline to reel us back in," Anderson said. "The vision started with visiting the sick, taking care of our neighbors and being there for one another."

Anderson said present-day Christians have gotten too far away from the vision that Jesus had for all of his followers. "We just can't be hearers of the word, we must be doers of the word," Anderson said.

At the beginning of the service, Lake told parishioners to "shake off" what they had eaten for breakfast and give God all of their praise.

"When I was leaving my neighborhood, I saw a lot of people getting ready to go to the Crab Fest in Williston, but I am glad I was heading to the house of the Lord to worship him," Lake said.

Praise and worship was led by the praise team from True Believers, which set the atmosphere for the rest of the service. The team began by singing "What A Mighty God We Serve," but before they had completed the song, they had ignited a spiritual fire in the church that lasted throughout the service.

Anderson ended the service by talking about how important it is for Christians to go from "duty to devotion." She said in order to go from duty to devotion, Christians must understand the purpose in life God has for them, keep from becoming angry with others, refrain from questioning God and stay focused on what he has called them to do for him.

"It is time to get back to the initial vision of why ‘100 Women in White' services were held in the first place," Anderson said.

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