Young lives with faith at the core by Marcia Dixon

The Christian community is filled with lots of great, talented young adults, who are doing great things for God and the wider society.  Four of them spoke to Keep The Faith about their work, their faith and their plans for the future

Dr Stuart Pattico, 31, attends the Church of God of Prophecy in Tooting, London, and is a full-time itinerant preacher with a teaching and healing ministry, who has ministered in the UK, Africa and Asia.  He’s the author of nine books, and is married to Andrea Pattico, a speaker and worship leader.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?

One of the goals of my ministry is to see God’s power demonstrated in undeniable ways.  One of the most vivid examples of this goal being achieved was a meeting the Lord and I conducted in Ghana.  In that service, 50 people testified of being instantly and miraculously healed, including a man who was completely blind!  Furthermore, in that meeting, 100% of those, who had symptoms that could be immediately tested, testified of being healed.

In what ways does your faith inspire/help you to do what you do?

Without a relationship with God and an awareness that I have been called, I couldn’t do this.  It is God who enables me to understand the Bible.   I rely on God to inspire the books I write and the messages I preach, and am totally reliant on His power when ministering to the sick and praying with people.  Without His anointing, there would be no healings, no miracles and no sense of His presence.

What’s your favourite Bible verse?

I don’t have a single favourite verse, but these have a special place: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV)

 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time where your work/ministry are concerned?

I am thankful for the fruit of my ministry so far but, as God wants us to “bear much fruit”, I am eager for my ministry to be on a much larger scale, reaching more people, both in the UK and overseas.  By His grace, this will result in more believers being equipped, and more lost souls being saved.  I am confident that the Lord will do this.

 Lastly, what is the mantra you try to live by?

“For to me to live is Christ…”  (Philippians 1:21 KJV)

 Whilst I am far from perfect, my life revolves around Christ.  He is my life.  I don’t try to fit Him into my schedule – He is my schedule.  He must always be at the centre.

For more details of Dr Pattico’s ministry, visit www.stuartpattico.com, like on Facebook @ DrStuartPattico, or follow on Twitter @DrPattico.

Mildred

Mildred Talabi, 30, attends iCan Ministries in Bow, east London; works as a Communication Manager of a youth centre; runs a CV makeover business, and speaks, writes and blogs about careers and business.  She is currently working on her second book, which gives young people advice on how to get a job in today’s climate.  She is married to Malachi Talabi, a speaker and teacher.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
Writing my first book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV, in seven days! I didn’t realise how big a deal this was until I started working on my second book – it has taken me a year and half so far, and I’m still not finished!

In what ways does your faith inspire/help you to do what you do?
My faith, my relationship with Jesus, is everything to me. I go to Him for guidance on the next step to take in my career; for wisdom when I get stuck; for inspiration when I’m running low, and for provision when things are tight. I believe my work is my ministry, and my ministry the work I do. Having a living relationship with Jesus helps me to be the best me that I can be in all arenas of life.

What’s your favourite Bible verse?
I have several, but I’ll probably go with Psalm 34:1 – “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” I’ve been through some highs and some lows in life, and each time it all comes back to this: God is good and very worthy of my praise in all circumstances.

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time where your work/ministry are concerned?

My vision is to be a full-time multiple best-selling author, influential speaker and writer, still inspiring and changing lives in the realm of business and careers.

Lastly, what is the mantra you try to live by?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” In other words, this life we have now is all that we have, so make the most of it by being, doing and having all that God has created you to be, do and have, while you still have the chance to do so.

For more details, visit www.mildredtalabi.com and receive a free audio download of ‘How to Land that Job With a Winning CV!’  Friend on Facebook @ Mildred Talabi and like on Twitter @mildredtalabi.

Volney

Volney Ernest Henry Morgan, 24, attends the First Born Church of the Living God in Birmingham; is an ordained minister, and pastors the young people at his church.  He is also director of New-Ye, a dynamic choir that is injecting some excitement and dynamism into the gospel music scene with their energetic performances.  Volney is engaged and due to be married by the end of the year.

 

What’s your greatest achievement to date?

It has to be leading and directing gospel group New-Ye for eight years. We’ve ministered in some really great churches, such as Ruach City Church, KICC, COGIC, to name a few.   But some of my greatest achievements have been opening up for Cece Winans, Jason Nelson and Myron Butler, and we also did a library album for Universal Studios. That came about by us just being in our rehearsal, lost in worship, and a man came in and asked us if we would work on a Universal Studio project.

In what ways does your faith inspire/help you to do what you do?

My faith inspires me every day to walk in the direction of making a change, whether that be to one person or to a crowd. It helps me to continue to see the good in people, even when it’s clouded by all the bad. My faith inspires me to tell a story with my life, one that will be told long after I’m gone, one that gives God the glory.

What’s your favourite Bible verse?

I wouldn’t say have one; it really is whatever Scripture is blessing me in that season. At the moment, the Scripture that comes to mind is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which starts

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

It is my aim that I will be doing even greater in ministry – maybe a pastor, who knows but God. I still want to be travelling with the Gospel to bigger and greater arenas, where the Word can reach people on a mass scale. More albums and more live concerts. It has always been my heart to open a school of the arts that will keep the younger generation active.

Lastly, what is the mantra you try to live by?

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

 For more details, visit www.vmandnewye.com. Like on Facebook @ VM & New-Ye, or follow on Twitter @VM_n_NewYe.

Daniel-Stone

Daniel Stone, 25, attends Mount Zion Community Centre in Aston, Birmingham; is the National School & College Pastor’s Coordinator for the Ascension Trust, and oversees 26 initiatives around the UK.  He also works as the Education and Community Projects Coordinator for recruitment experts, Rare, which helps young people gain places at top universities and work with top employers.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?

Becoming the first person ever from my state school in Birmingham to graduate from the University of Oxford, where I read Economics and Management. This will stand as my greatest achievement, because it was something that I had never dreamed was possible.  I enjoyed three prosperous years, in which I became the President of St Peter’s College.

In what ways does your faith inspire/help you to do what you do?

My faith defines who I am and the choices I have made to date. I have always tried to live with a pure heart before God, seeking His will above all else. My faith gives me the strength to do this, despite the presence of fear and pride.

What’s your favourite Bible verse?

Romans 5:3-5: “…but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

I’m still a young man, but I’ve seen enough in my life to know that suffering of some sort is part of life. If we’re able to endure this suffering, I believe that God will develop in and through us, the type of character that can transform our world.

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

When we look around the world, there is a common and a desperate need for education. I believe there is a need for education in a practical sense, but this shouldn’t ignore the need for spiritual enlightenment. I’d like to develop the expertise to contribute and lead others to impact young people in both of these areas.

Lastly, what is the mantra you try to live by?

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

For more information, visit www.schoolpastors.org.uk, like on Facebook @ Ascension Trust, or email d.stone@ascensiontrust.org.uk.

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