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Psalm 150

[1] Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
[2] Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
[3] Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
[4] Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
[5] Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
[6] Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

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A Family in the Midst of a Struggle for Justice
 
 

Brother Thornell Perry, Jr.

Introduction

By no means am I adequate in my writing ability -- please forgive this shortcoming -- but it is urgent that this story be told,  and, giving all praise, honor, glory and thanks to God, I now begin …, Lord guide me in your love and truth as this story unfolds.  We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.   Father God, we can only expect that which is good from You.

In the Spring and Summer of 2011, a young member of our congregation had visibly – (by his actions) - demonstrated his desire to make things right with God and to bring his newborn daughter and his fiancée along with him on his Spiritual walk.   I remember, in particular, that one wonderful Sunday morning, when I was personally blessed to witness, first-hand, the ever-miraculous power of our God.

That Sunday, I could see for myself his beautiful infant daughter, named “Destiny”, along with “Krystal”, the child’s mother.   All had come to our church together to worship.

Here, in front of me, in God’s House of Prayer, was a young Christian man, doing his absolute best to live his life committed to God and in true obedience to His Word.

It would be – (and it still is) – impossible for me to convey to anyone the rejoicing and thanksgiving felt in my heart at that moment in time.  It was our prayer and our dream come true.   (Oh, how excellent is thy name Lord!)

Earlier in the year, and even before that time, our Sunday Bible Class had fervently prayed for this young man.   When we had newly learned of his relationship with Krystal, she was also added to our prayers. And, when we had learned of the birth of Destiny, this entire new family, as a whole, became a part of our prayers.   Leading the way, week-by-week, in these many prayers was our dear sister in Christ, Mary Perry.

You see, Mary is the mother of this promising young man and she is Destiny’s grandmother.  Thornell is Mary’s only son.

Our brother in Christ, Thornell Perry, Jr., is Destiny’s father.  It is Thornell’s self-written story, his testimony and his ministry from prison that will soon be published openly, for you to read, parallel to this story.  Thornell is willing and has agreed to do so.

As Thornell’s story is told, every one of you in our congregation who is a witness, and is led by God, is asked to contribute collaborating facts and truths that will be included as an addendum to the whole story.  Continue to pray.  Continue to stand against injustice.


Chapter One

Fighting to Rescue Destiny

By November of 2011, matters for which we had all been praying, seemed to have suddenly taken a turn for the worst.

Thornell’s first and only infant daughter appeared to be in jeopardy. According to what is understood to be true, a very menacing male (a beast yet to be identified by name) had somehow intruded into the relationship between Thornell, Krystal and daughter Destiny.

In a very taunting and infuriating manner, an insinuation made by this intruding beast that led Thornell to believe that his daughter was going to be used in a heinous child-sex prostitution atrocity. In a scheme to render Thornell powerless to intervene, the beast had maneuvered a crisis situation in which Thornell would be lured into taking matters into his own hands to rescue his innocent daughter.

At some point in November 2011, this intruding beast, Krystal and Destiny were all cloistered together in the home of Krystal’s unwitting relatives in Hazel Park, Michigan.

By Sunday, November 20, 2011, Thornell was at our church, crying out to God, concerning his family crisis and seeking the intercessory prayers and counseling of our deacons and others. At least two of our deacons still recall praying with Thornell on that date.

On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, Thornell, alone, and feeling that he was on his own, without support from Hazel Park police, had decided to attempt rescue of his daughter from the Hazel Park home.

Apparently deceived and misled in their interpretation of events, the unwitting homeowners, instead of assisting Thornell, attempted to block Destiny’s rescue and reported Thornell’s actions to Hazel Park police, subsequently charges of Home Invasion and Felonious Assault were brought against Thornell, and, he was taken into police custody.

The following Sunday, November 27, our Sunday Bible Class was made aware of that awful and tragic news of Thornell’s arrest by sister Perry. Brother Thornell had been arrested and his daughter Destiny was still at risk.

(Church, I pray that our Lord will reveal to us exactly what more we could have done during that interval, between Sunday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 23, in order to have made difference. There is truly a lesson for us to learn regarding how to be more effective servants when a crisis arises and intervention is needed.)

What can we do now as a church to follow up on Thornell’s welfare? And most important, what can we do now to follow up on little Destiny’s welfare? Is it too late now for her rescue? Is Destiny lost forever? Continue praying saints. Let us escalate the fight for the rescue of Destiny, and fight also for the rescue of her dad, brother Thornell, from captivity, now languishing needlessly and unjustly in our State prison. If need be, let us enlist the aid of other churches in our State, and, solicit those who are decent people of good-will in the legal system. Above all, let us deepen our trust in God. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

In Holy Scripture, how many times was Apostle Paul found unjustly in captivity as a prisoner? Even Jesus Himself was taken into custody by unjust men in an unjust system.

Chapter Two

One Thing After Another

To be Continued …

NOTE: Please write your letters of encouragement and prayer on his behalf.

Thornell’s mail address is:

Thornell Perry 834555

1780 East Parnall

Jackson, Michigan 49201


March 10, 2014 Ministry Letter From Bro. ThornellApril 17, 2014 Ministry Letter From Bro. Thornell
Our Brother in Christ
Thornell Perry's Ministry Has Begun

 

Bro. Thornell Perry is a member of God's House of Prayer who has begun sharing his unique testimony with us via a series of Internet open letters  -- giving our God all glory, honor and praise. 
 
Please pray for Bro. Thornell and watch for the BLESSINGS coming our way, based upon the PROMISE OF HOLY SCRIPTURE.

May 30, 2014 Ministry Letter From Thornell to GHOP