Minister uses motivational testimonies to empower others

admin | 10/5/2011, 6:52 a.m.

For over 10 years, the Rev. Robert Lemon, 48, of Believers in Christ Praise and Worship Ministries has been traveling across South Florida, the U.S. and, more recently, South Africa, spreading a message of the importance of self-reliance and hope. Now the locally-based minister will celebrate his 13th anniversary with special services from Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 7, featuring a different minister every night. Economically, we have a lot of people who are searching for answers and the unemployment rate in the Black community is at an all-time high, so I truly appreciate giving people hope at a time of doom and gloom, he said. He adds that as far back as grade school, teachers noted his aggressive work ethic and positive energy.After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for the U.S. Post Office. He also began to serve as a minister in various positions including a stint as a youth pastor at Calvary Holiness Church of God and as the director of a prison ministry. By the mid-1990s, Lemon found that his ability to always see the positive side of a situation was sorely needed. At the time, the community of Opa-locka was one of several communities that he says were experiencing a dramatic rise in crime. Lemon decided that what the community needed to hear was a new message: a message of hope, faith and empowerment. I decided that I wasnt going to sit back any longer and allow the community to take going down any further, he recalled. I started teaching them that if we take the gospel to heart, we can want and do and have anything we want in our lives. From speaking in local parks, he founded the Believers Ministries in 1998. The ministry began with a handful of concerned parents has since grown to include approximately 200 members. Lemons messages became so successful that he decided to create a separate ministry, Believe Your Dreams, Inc., for his motivational ministry. He has also written and produced an award-winning documentary Vision to Victory Field of Dreams and a best-selling book. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com