A role model in Christ

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:30 a.m.

Ministry seeks positive mentors for local youth

Fifty-six year old Pastor Delores Keitt-Garner was inspired to found the No Limits International Revival Ministry three years ago because she knows how badly women and girls need role models now. I was a young teenaged mother from the streets and I know what young women are going through without a husband today, said Keitt-Garner, who is now a married mother of five.I know that there are a lot of women who have not caught up with who they are in life and need someone to instill positive action in them as well to empower them to become all that they can be as well. Although her heart was moved to minister strongly to girls and women, Keitt-Garner also includes men in her message as she tends to preach most about faith and deliverance messages that both the sexes need to hear. The sermons are about getting people free from the things that hold them captive, from smoking to the spirit of fornication, according to Keitt-Garner. Beyond that, No Limits International Revival Ministry also attempts to reach out to the communitys youth in other ways including holding a Jam Sessions every third Friday of the month.

Alone in service to God

For her journey in ministry, Keitt-Garner often looks back at her former pastor, Apostle Joe Green of Kingdom Insight Deliverance Embassy, for inspiration.She says his love for the people and his drive for God were some of his best qualities. However, one walk she did have to take alone was when she revealed to her family three years ago that she would be founding her own church. They were less than enthusiastic about her calling. Sometimes you look at family members and their lack of support and you wonder if God really did call you, she said. But she says she stuck to her decision. I just continued to do what God had called me to and I learned that, yes, he did call me and I didnt have to look for mans approval. Fortunately most of her family eventually came to accept her new pastoral role. Ive been preaching all my life, but now its on a different level, she said. They just had to get used to me doing it [as a pastor]. While Keitt-Garner says she never had ambitions to become a pastor as a child, she finds that she enjoys leading her own non-denominational church, which her husband, Eugene, co-pastors. I love being able to instill in people the faith that God has everything for us, she said.The only thing I hate is the fact that there is no unity with the churches because I think that there is strength in unity. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com