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Janine VanDenBerg: Prostitute, crack addict, alcoholic, drug dealer to God’s warrior!



Hello My name is Janine VanDenBerg I am a full blooded American Indian, Tsimshian tribe! I am currently living in Roanoke, Virginia. I am a former alcoholic, crack addict, drug dealer and prostitute for 18 years!
I was adopted by a dutch family at 8 months old.My trauma began at an early age. From what my father says when I was adopted I was very scared of all men. I was unable to be left alone around men and nobody knew why. But I was also traumatized by being taken from my Native American Heritage and brought up in Holland, MI. Around some very racist Dutch people. I was raised in Holland, Michigan. I attended “Holland Christian Schools.” I was fondled by a person near to me while I had a hairline fracture in my ankle and was not able to tell anyone. I became ward of the state at the age of 12; because my adopted parents could not handle me. My father was a pastor and professor of theology at Hope College in Holland, MI. I was in and out of foster homes all my life; The best Foster home was with Mr and Mrs Gary Peters. God bless Mr Gary Peters soul and Praise God I am still in contact with Mrs Edith Peters. I have Bi polar, severe depression, avoid-ant personality disorder, severe panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and seasonal affective disorder. God has been working through all of it with me! I have received disability ; it allows me to get the therapy I need!I have recently been very closely involved with Trauma Group therapy.It was NOT simple at first I started the very first class twice but my mind was not ready to process it. The last time I did start I finished it the name of the book we used was ” Healing the Trauma of abuse.” By Copeland Harris  and then I did the Trauma Parenting Group and graduated from that; also am now waiting for the Last Trauma group to start. Praise God! I just love what God has me doing because I know I survived it all to lend a hand to those that need it! Praise God! I have been in several different domestic violence relationships. I wound up in Orlando married and with a down syndrome child!He gave me a STD when I was pregnant! My husband left me, because he fathered an imperfect child! I then had to work the streets to survive. I had already been drinking , drugging and dealing! I was raped 3 times and two prosecutions and one got away because I did not want to go through it again! I lost a child from one of my bad relationships where he threw me down the steps and then set the house on fire!

I went to Warren Ohio because the father of my son Peter A. Fenner chose to be a drunk and beat me. One of his friends took me one night from Orlando, Florida because Peter had beat me up real bad the night before. This man took my son and I up to Warren, Ohio. He got a job and an apartment and put my son and I up. Then I got pregnant and one day while I was sitting at the house and Uriah was getting ready for work. The phone rang. I answered it and it was my son’s father. He talked and I was shaking very bad. Then he asked how I had the nerve to leave him and take his child from him. He then asked if he could come and visit. I did not know what to say. I was asking myself in my head “How on earth did you get my phone number, if he has my phone number than does he know where I am? Then I told myself no, He is in Florida” Well he asked if he could come and visit sometime and I said I would have to ask Uriah first. He then stated he was 5 minutes away. I froze. Uriah did not go to work and Peter came over. Uriah was a very kind hearted man and said we should allow him to stay at the apartment because he was Lil Petie’s father..But to make a story short he later threw me down a staircase and I had a miscarriage and then the next night He set the apartment on fire while Uriah, Petie and I were sleeping. We got out safe. He was put away. I later lost Uriah and I was on my own found a job working for an elderly man watching over him in his house and Petie and I lived there. Then one night someone came in and shoot up the mans house and I grabbed Petie and ran up to the attic and cover him up with my body so he would not be hurt. The next day I went to Child Protective services and asked if they could temporarily hold him until I found another job. They said “Yes” I said I would get him back. But in the mean time they found his father and his father signed the adoption papers and when I went to visit Petie next they told me they needed me to sign them also. I said “NO” but when we went to court I had a nervous breakdown and all my parental rights I lost. Peter A. Fenner was adopted out and his name is now Nick Huncherick.

I met a man who was a marine in Warren , Ohio. He wound up on crack and would come wanting money and if I did not have it, he would take me and throw me on the floor face down; pull both of my arms back and get them to go out of joint and then beat me! I had 187 stitches put in the top of my head ; where he broke 3 full fifths of Wild Irish rose on the top of my head.He then stabbed me in the right hand , cut my left forearm wide open; when I tried to leave; because I was bleeding real bad ,he took a baseball bat to my shins and kept beating me trying to break my legs, so I could not go to the hospital! I then died on the front lawn; from what the officer and neighbors said. When the officer told him he was going to jail for murder, he jumped on top of me and revived me! I finally got away from him by going to a woman’s domestic violence shelter in Ohio and I went back to Florida. Where he proceeded to find me and put 18 stitches on my left temple! Then I met another man that did the same as he did! I had two children by him and he made me work the streets to pay rent , get diapers, pay for his crack and prostitutes! I lost my children here when My son died of sudden infant death syndrome and I had a nervous breakdown and went to Florida and did not know it ! I not only lost Cory, but they would not give me my girls back!I have been going through an awful lot of counseling and I go to Trauma group and am working out all my Traumas! I actually was able to cry and mourn my sons death for the first time in 2009 since his death in Feb. 1996! Praise God! I have also in 2010 learned how to deal with the death of my mother and my sister. My mother died June 25, 1986 and my sister died Sept. 6, 2003.

I am not cold any more, I am a person with feelings! I have learned how to not dissociate when things get difficult. I have also learned how to feel and cry and all that other stuff. Due to the work of the Trauma Groups.

When I was 38 years old I was sitting watching my boyfriend smoke crack and drink with his friends off of the money that I had to make on the streets! This went on for a week.I would have to go out and make money so they could continue to party! Well; usually I was right along with them, but that week I chose not to participate in the party! On Saturday there was a knock at the door; it was two women! I saw that they were neatly dressed and I flew out the door! They were somebody sober to talk too; finally! They were going around neighborhoods that they knew; the older lady at one time lived on that street! Praise God! They were looking for people to attend a program at there church for new Christians! Like I said I was happy to speak to sober women and found out that the one younger lady had gone to Calvin College in Michigan! That was the rival college that I had done one semester at! God is so awesome! Praise God! Sgt. Brent Asbury from Roanoke City police Department; was also someone that came to me about God! I was attending the Mormon church and he sat with me for 3 hours one Sunday and read the BIBLE! Praise God! I was currently attending a Mormon Church; because they were the only ones coming around to the doors and attempting to minister! I had no idea they were a cult! But I did not like how they would not answer my questions about the Bible! So praise God I started going to this program called “Alpha program! By Nicky Gumble! Totally awesome! I became a member of their church. We started an outreach that has now stopped; but it was to focus on homeless and prostitutes and addicts, ex-cons, cons, juvenile detention homes and lonely! We would go out and have picnics on the health departments lawn and socialize with these lost souls! I too as a new Christian used music to get their attention. The singer was Carman! As time went on it turned to Press Play” of the LA Dream Center! You have to make friends with them first and gain their trust before you talk to them about God! This went on for about 3 years! I wanted a very intimate relationship with God so I could pass on what those two blessed woman introduced me to! God’s Love!!!

I was a member of “Parkway Wesleyan Church.”I have gone with them twice to the Los Angeles Dream Center ; I especially recommend going out for the day with Chris VanWinkle of Under the bridges Ministry! With the guidance of God and help of Short Term missions trip to Los Angeles Dream Center; I am going into crack houses, bars,places where the prostitutes work, juvenile detention homes, prisons to use my past to reach people that most cannot. Yes,I also go to “Churches” :so that the congregations will get motivated and start doing God’s work out here! They are sometimes in their comfort zones and they are missing out on the most blessed part of being a Christian and that is winning souls to God!

I was also busy with the Manna Ministry program that feeds people 1 box of food a month and it is amazing because most that come there are the people I use to party with!

I was also getting involved with Let Go and let God ministries based in Salem Virginia!They have since quit? They were awesome couple! Christopher is an x meth dealer and Sharron (Sam) use to be in Witchcraft! They befriended drug dealers and wiccans and on their Saturdays take them out to a farm that Christopher’s dad owns in Trouteville and they’d go paint balling to break the ice! After wards they had a worship time and it is truly amazing! There is also a young lady from Penn. State that has contacted me via e-mail and she asks for Prayer because she believes she is demonic! God is so awesome!

I now consider myself; one of the wealthiest women in the world! I am able to wake up each morning and study and pray in freedom. I then can ask God to use me in what ever way he needs me! I am His tool! Then am able to go out in the world and plant seeds! What more can I ask for? God is so awesome! I AM so blessed and I AM forgiven of my past; so I can use it as a tool to reach out to others that most cannot reach!

I understand living on the streets! I have died 4 times in my life. 3 out of the 4 I was NOT saved , so God did not have to keep me here! Praise God! I would not trade my life for any amount of money! My spiritual freedom and relationship with God is so precious to me! You have a wonderful day and God bless! I have sites all over the internet! Google Janine VanDenBerg but watch out for the Doctor! LOL!God gets all the glory and I also learned that : Paul would not have been Paul had he NOT been SAUL first! God is so awesome! Praise God! Your sister in Christ! Janine Marie Palma VanDenberg

Thank you and God bless!WE MUST UNITE and become ONE in GOD! He needs the warriors! Praise God!

God now has me as a facilitator for “Celebrate Recovery” program! By John Baker and a forward from Rick Warren and in the Purpose Driven programs! It is the 12 steps , but explaining them using the beatitudes!

Praise God in April I had to have a full Hysterectomy because they found cancer cells, The doctor did not realize it was as severe as it was, When the pathology report came back I was 1 cell away from full blown cancer! Praise God for the power of prayer! I know God heard and answered the prayers Thank you everyone!

I am currently living at Melrose Towers and was on the Melrose Towers council. Where we are the voice of the people. I was the secretary for Melrose Towers council. I was also on the JRC Inc.: Joint resident Council for all the projects. I was the recording secretary for this. They were trying to get me a grant to learn how to make web sites! God is blessing me!

Praise God He blessed me with the apartment over at Melrose Towers and My condolences To the Blodgett Family. I use to reside at the home at 2034 Dansbury dr, NW Roanoke,VA. before I moved here.It was the home of Warren Roy Blodgett. On Wednesday August 26, police went to his home for a well being check because his family had not heard from him and he had been missing work. The police found Warren Blodgett 52 and another female dead in the house. They were badly decomposed that it took them a few days to know who they are. They still do not know who the woman is. This easily could have been me but God had me move a little over two years ago. Warren asked me to move back in 4 months ago because he wanted help evicting the current residents and I said I would have to pray on it and God said “NO!” I was once more spared because of following God.
I am now currently going through Trauma classes and being honest about all. I am learning so much about myself and I am actually getting to know the true me. 6 months ago I cried about the death of my Mother and sister for the first time. I am learning how to feel feelings and realized that I was “dissociating” through mt child hood and through the prostitution etc… I am learning how to be an adult and I was just allowed two months ago to be my own Payee, to you that may be a small thing but for an ex prostitute etc… it is huge to me. I am so thankful for the counseling I am still receiving but better yet the officers, judges, DA’s that stood by me through this learning how to be a up right and solid citizen. Thanks everyone

Update December 26, 2010. My son who was adopted out in Warren, Ohio found me. Praise God! Only through God can things such as this happen. His name is Nick Huncherick and he is 23 years old. Praise God for miracles. Love you Son.size

Praise God. JAnuary 16, 2012 I was blessed again by our merciful and awesome Father from above. My 18 year old daughter accepted my friendship long enough for her to ask some questions and listen to some of MY answers and not rumors she has been passed through the years from relatives. She had to remove me from her friends list due to her father’s Girlfriend to whom she refers to as “mom” It hurt at first but I have to accept the fact due to my “ONCE” illnesses I was not able to care for myself. She is still messaging me and I appreciate the love and forgiveness God has given her to just be able to be my friend. Thank you Father.

UPDATED FEB. 35, 2012

Praise God I have just found out that God is going to be using me for STREET MINISTRY beginning Tuesday February 28, 2012. The new Church I attend Unity Christian Inner-City Ministry on 828 Jamison Ave, SE Roanoke,VA 24013 has finally been the Church ready to start Street Ministry. I have been doing this myself. But praise God I have a supportive Church willing to learn about it and go out and start planting seeds in the downtrodden hearts and lost souls of the homeless, crack addicts, ex cons, domestic violence victims, and especially the trama victims that do not realize they actually are trauma victims such as the sexually molested, or sexually abused, mentally abused, physically abused,etc… which has led them to addictions. But praise God. I have been praying every since I went to the Dream Center on a couple of short-term missions trip that someone paid for with alot of Gods love in their hearts. But now I can teach others how to show Gods love and pass it on and all to glorify Gods name. Praise God. I am so excited.

Also at Unity Christian inner-city Ministry church I have started back with Celebrate recovery. Please anyone reading this be praying for a young man named Danien. He actually helped start this Celebrate recovery at the church because he was a Wiccan. He then was saved and brought his parents to the church and they now attend when ever the door are open. Sine this Damien has returned to the Wiccan ways. But God is making a warrior out of this boy right now. We are praying he will see the light soon and return to Church and relize he too can go out and be a major part of the street ministries because the Wiccan religion is becoming alot stronger. It is time to pray so we can have out warrior back and really fight the fight against the Wiccans and the devil and glorify God’s Name praise God. I will keep you updayed on this. But his parent s have remained faithful to God and have taken on the respondsibility of being the leaders of Celebrate recovery. Praise God..

Update May,2012

Praise God. God has finally blessed me with a piece of Heaven on earth. By this I mean I am now at a Church that I have dreamed of since I attended my missions trips at the LA Dream Center. I am going to United Christian Inner-City Ministry on 828 Jamison Ave, S.E. Roanoke ,VA. I have help found a ministry called “under the Bridge” ministry. We on Tuesdays around 4 pm Go out into the City of Roanoke and find the homeless, downtrodden, addicts, and hopeless people and befriend them. We want to show them God’s love through all our actions. We pray with them and hand out Bibles and literature. Our dream is to soon open up house for some of these people that really want to get their lives together and serve the Lord. God has the ball rolling and we are just waiting on Him to give the go ahead. I am also heading up a new Recovery group which use to be the Celebrate recovery group but we have chosen to apply the entire Bible to our lives through studying of the Bible verses that God has given use to pick us up and heal us. Thank you Father for giving this church a very faithful and obedient shepherd. One who preaches strictly out of the Bible. Truth!!!!!!

UPDATE

I currently do not attend United Christian Inner-City Ministry any more this is why the site has changed. Please be praying that God will lead me to a wonderful and very strong church that chooses to follow the Bible totally, not just a little bit. God bless.

UPDATE

No longer attend United Christian Inner-City Ministries. My prayers go out to the members of that Church and pray they receive the correct teachings and have the discernment to go to the Bible and see if what is being preached goes with the Bible. These people need this Church because they need the food. The members are homeless, down trodden and mentally unstable and if you tell the Pastor something he is preaching on ;is not the truth he gets real angry and holds a grudge against you. totally against God’s word! I even asked him one time when I was running their “Recovery” group to pray for a young man in the service and ask others to pray also because he was being held at the hospital for a 72 hour hold. Instead the Pastor stated “You lie with dogs you get fleas!” The reason he did not pray for this young man was because the man chose to attend a Bible study of two people to whom had been asked to leave the church because they had taken the “Recovery” group members to another church for a free “Anger management class!” He has chosen to run off most of the elders and deacons because of his pride. But to be led down a path that they do not know it is not true is wrong. Please people pray for the Leaders of the church to where they may know and see the love of God and realize that we are suppose to show God’s love through all our actions! Not a pick and choose thing. Also  that the leaders may let go of hatred and not constantly attempt to pull down those that use to attend the Church.

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Prayer warriors needed tonight!!!!

Dedicated Christian Foster Mother needs prayers for healing

PRAYER WARRIORS CALLING ALL  PRAYER WARRIORS: asking for prayer concerning a Foster mother to whom is a very very young lady and foster mother. She went into the ER and is now seizing very hard. They do not know what is going on so please be praying for Danny. She has devoted her life to Christ and to these many foster children and they need her to continue the walk in Christ. Thank you so much! God bless

Prayers for Danny a very young Christian Foster mother

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Thomas Dickens July 1, 2012 Sunday

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Sandra and Mari our family may be in Kansas but we will never forget them. God bless

Sandra and Mari came to us as a true blessing and now it is time to say farewell. They are always family and we love them with all our hearts. Our prayers are always with them. God bless dear children and keep your eyes focused on God! We are always here for you both. God bless.

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Jesus prayed for unity and being united as one on earth.

John 17:20-21

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

John 17:11

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11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

It is very sad when people of one congregation attempt to fight their own family. Jesus or God never intended it to be this way. Personally I do not believe in denominations because they always cause issues in the long run. Some how man has chosen to hide behind denominations and God wants us all to unite. “United in one” is the phrase today and we need to follow this. Not because I am saying so but because Jesus said so in one of His longest prays said here on earth. Jesus was still here on earth and actually prayed this with the disciples. So if you are wondering were this prayer is it is John 17. But I am going to focus on a few verses and then leave the rest for you to study and cherish in your hearts.

John 17:14

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14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

The world’s spirit is ruled by satan. so yes as Christians we are continuously in “Spiritual Warfare” But as Christians we should not be bowing down to satan by bring warfare into our own congregations.We are to support each other through the word. Not by what we MAY think is the right way. Use the word as your “Owner’s manual” and what you believe and what is true will soon be the same. But as we grow our true word is the Bible.

John 17:15

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15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

This is a part that Jesus is praying from His heart as all the rest. But if we want to be “United as One” we really need to understand this verse. Yes, we are not of this world so in our living and actions we should show God’s love through ALL our actions not just a few or the only ones that fit OUR beliefs. It is not what “we want”; to live in us, it is what God wants. We are to Die to ourselves and live for God.To be able to truly show God’s love through all our actions we must firmly believe in the death of Christ and His resurrection and we must build daily by study of His word. Daily means everyday. Not as we see fit or as others take us to Bible studies. God wants us to be responsible and study His word on our own and learn the way He wants us to live and that is NOT of this world. 

John 17:16

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16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Mind you Jesus states “just as I am not of this world.” All true believers of God should all live like Jesus did while he was here with us on earth.

John 17:18

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18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Jesus is speaking or His death before it even happened. He has sent us as Christians out to preach and live the cross daily. Every minute of the day , every second. Praise God. So let’s get the Bibles out and start studying to be His true followers and warriors.

John 17:20

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

Jesus was not only praying for the twelve disciples, but for the many and I mean many who come in the years to come. Who would believe their testimony.It is totally up to us as Christians to bring God’s word to others. That does not include going to Church every Sunday and listening to the sermons. But it is going out into the communities and spreading His word to people that we meet each and every day.  Let’s take advantage of the prayers from Jesus. Think about it, way back before He died He was already praying for us.

John 17:21

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21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Jesus is praying for unity among all believers of the word of God. Which can only be done in the love of Jesus. So if there are issues in the church and in your fellow worshipers. Let’s work them out by the word and only the word.If we follow the word down to the last word there should not be the issues that arise in the church. So let us pick up the Bible today and everyday to learn more of God’s will than our will doing something else we have chosen to do. When the word “US” is referred to in this passage, Jesus is referring to the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

John 17:22

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22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

Jesus has GIVEN us unity and glory through His death on the cross and His resurrection. Mind you I stated “Given.” We as a church should remain as “United in one” as The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit have done. One in Fellow shipping, One in God’s purpose and one in God’s glory. Ask yourselves are we doing this or are we doing the exact opposite?

John 17:23

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23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

Jesus is the mediating link of the relationship between Father and believers. It explains by the death and resurrection of Jesus He has brought “Unity in One.” Because of God’s love. We as True Christians are responsible to show God’s love through all our actions.If the Christian chose to live by His word, Because of that God will be able to reach more unsaved, but only if we promise to do HIS will.

All in all Jesus is praying that we as Christians decide to do God’s will and not our. We need to love all thy neighbors and not just a few and hate a few. I am going to leave you with these verses and then maybe you will understand “United In One.” God bless.

1 John 4:20-21

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Obedience by Faith

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

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Happy Mother’s day… Is it hurt, pain or all in all Praise and celebration?

I am happy and I am sad today on Mother’s day. I am happy because I know my mother is in Heaven and she is praising God for bringing me to Him and I am now His Child. I am happy because I know my son Cory Donovan Cliborne is in Heaven and he is looking down on mommy as the mother he always wanted and God finally brought her to him. These are blessed things to be praise God for today on Mother’s day 2012. I also am so happy because I have been reunited with two of the four children to whom are still here on earth. I was reunited with my son Nick Huncherick in 2010 and reunited with my daughter Samantha Mays in 2012. I also know I would never have had a chance to be reunited with my children; had it not been for God and His patience in me and not giving up on me as His child. My name is Janine Palma VanDenBerg. If you are new to the site I will give you a small update on why I say this. I was a prostitute, crack addict, alcoholic and drug dealer for 18 years. Now I am God’s child and warrior. My whole testimony is found at this link.(https://unitedchristianinnercityministry.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/hello-world/) But praise God I can now firmly and honestly say I am God’s child and I am His servant for the rest of my days here on earth and I will be His warrior forever.

I am sad and really if you think about it , it is a silly reason. I hurt because I miss my mother and son Cory. But as God has promised they are in heaven. My mother was a devote Christian and she died still an elder in the church. She suffered for so many years with terminal cancer. The doctors gave her six months to live but she lived thirteen years longer. I do believe she tried to hang on so she could see me finally turn my life over to God. But my stubbornness and hard head allowed her to die before I was saved. Plain selfishness on my part. But I can praise God because all that is behind me and I do not have to worry about the past. God has forgiven me and I am His child and warrior till death. My son Cory died of sudden infant death syndrome. He was three months old. I know God has him up in heaven to this day. Cory was born on December 24, 1995.

Deuteronomy 1:39

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39 ‘Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.

God is talking about Heaven and eternal life.

My sadness appears to be a very selfish thing. My mother is no longer suffering from cancer and she is no longer having to go through chemotherapy. My son Cory is in Heaven also and is worshiping the Father almighty. So if I am saved I too should be praising God for my eternal life and knowing God has promised that when I die I will be with Him and my family.

2 Corinthians 5:8

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We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

So if we have a deceased Mother or child  who is saved  Should we not be happy for them being with God? Not having to suffer these agonies of pretty much defeat here on earth?

Revelation 21:4

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And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

I think so many people are so concerned on their well being that they forget in a state of depression that God is giving them the chance to see the peace and eternal life that God has given their ones that have passed on. I know now that when my mother looks down on my life now she is happy. I know when I was saved there was a party of celebration in heaven.

Luke 15:10

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10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

So instead of spending this Mother’s day feeling sorry for yourself because maybe your mother is not here anymore or that you child was taken home sooner than you thought, why not spend the time with the Lord and getting to know Him as your Savior. Eternal life is free.

Romans 6:23

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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God promises this. Would you rather spend the rest of your life being selfish, lonely,always striving to get to the top and for what? All you have to do is realize that you are a sinner. Under stand that Jesus died for our sins.

Romans 3:23

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23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

John 3:16

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16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

This verse you must ponder on and ask the Lord to let you know the true meaning of it. Maybe this verse may help you out a bit:

Isaiah 59:2

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But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

Because of our immortal life and our immorality we are not able to feel God’s love in our lives. We are feeling alone and maybe even dead in our life here on earth. That is when we need to make a decision to “die to our self” and what I mean by this is quit living the sinful life we have chosen and stop being selfish and live our life for God.We need to start by repenting of our sins and asking God for forgiveness. 

Luke 13:3

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I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

Acts 17:30

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30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

Repenting is not feeling sorry:

2 Corinthians 7:10

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10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Repentance is a change of heart and change of mind. As God did with my life. I knew I was not living the right life. I knew I had to trust God to help me change. SO when I turned my life over to God that meant I literally turned my life over to Him. I had to stop doing the drugs and alcohol to which led me to prostitution. All of the old me had to go. Through God he was able to take them all away from me.

Matthew 22:37

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37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Believe me lost ones this is not a difficult decision to make. Coming from an ex-prostitute, ex-crack addict, ex-alcoholic and ex-drug dealer living my life for God is so much easier, even when satan throws trials and tribulations at me I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle.

1 Corinthians 10:13

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13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

God did not take Daniel from the lions den, No; God carried him through it. Same with  Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, God did not take them from the fiery furnace; yes, He placed an Angel there for them and God carried them through it. He will do the same for you.

Romans 2:4

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Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Jesus wants us to confess Him before man:

Matthew 10:32-33

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Confess Christ Before Men

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Then we will want to be baptized in His name:

Acts 2:38

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38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16

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16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

1 Peter 3:21

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21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Now I will tell you being a faithful Christian is not simple. We will have wars with satan. Because we pose a threat to him now. Before when we lived our lives for satan he was happy because “Misery loves Company.” satan is going to burn in hell as the promise from God.

Matthew 25:41

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41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

So little ones should we not make our lives more productive and have our mothers and children praising God for eternity by turning our lives over to God? Wouldn’t that be better than sitting a feeling sorry for ourselves today and the rest of our lives here on earth? Sit down and ask yourselves am I really getting anywhere in life MY WAY? Please take this seriously and if you do rrepent and turn your lives over to God it will not be something you will ever forget or regret. God bless and:

HAPPY 2012 MOTHER”S DAY!!

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Wait on the Lord…..

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I believe it is time to introduce myself. My name is Janine VanDenBerg. I am more or less in charge of the web site and I have written some blogs and did not put my name to them because I want all the glory to go to God. But just the other day someone asked me who’s testimony did they read. Actually it is God’s way of allowing the world to know that through Him and Him only am I able to grow in the Spirit. But pretty much enough of the rambling.

Isaiah 40:31

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31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

This verse above had me thinking most of the night and going through the steps that the awesome Father has taken me. I am a very faithful follower of the L.A. Dream Center. I was blessed in my third year of serving the Lord faithfully; to be able to attend a Short Term Mission trip there.While I was there the first time all I could think of is it would be so awesome to do my internship there. I was willing to bend over backwards to learn the ropes of serving the Lord and showing His love through all our actions to those who are less fortunate. Because of my background of “eighteen years of drug addiction, drug dealing, alcoholism and prostitution” I had not quite understood that I had learned the hardest part. That was being able to trust and obey my Father. But when you finally turn your life over you realize that there is alot more freedom in this world by following the Lord. But God had carried me through four deaths and I was still here so He defiantly has me here for a reason. 

But when I got started at the Dream Center, God placed me right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. It was only two blocks away from the Police Department. God placed me with Chris VanWinkle in the “Under the Bridges” Ministry. We had to go out to skid row everyday and hand out tickets for free food. That does not seem so bad but this place smelled of urine, you go and see blocks and blocks of old rained on refrigerator boxes where people and children actually lived. As you walk down the road you see a crack head smoking crack right out in the open, you see a heroin addict.  shooting up right in front of you, you see drug deals right there in front of you, maybe some prostitution going on in broad daylight. But these people do not seem to be phased by the life style. Most probably learned how to dissociate and ignore all things around them. But I felt very comfortable there. I felt as though I was at home because of the years on the streets I lived in Orlando, Florida. I was over whelmed with joy. I could finally serve God to the best of my ability and feel comfortable with these amazing children and lost souls of God.

 This is where we come back to last night. I stayed awake in amazement of the patience and timing God has for us. I remember coming back to Roanoke with the desire and want to serve Him immediately. But I too still was a young Christian and had to heal more with my mental illnesses. Or please allow me to word that a bit better. I had to learn to have more faith in God that as I grew in Him, my mental illnesses began to disappear. This is where this verse came in last night that got the Spirit stirred up and I stayed awake praising the Father of the blessings I have received from him since the first Short Term Mission trip in June of 2006.

Isaiah 40:31

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31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

God was telling me He had all this planned and all I had to do was follow Him. I struggled with that for a long time and God waited and carried me through the messes I made. Knowing all along I was going to grow into the warrior He wanted.

I often catch myself asking God ; “Why did you not lead me to United Christian Inner-City Ministry” years ago? Why did I have to wait so long. Well the answer is: All things are done in His timing and His timing only. Had God brought me over to the church sooner, I may not have been able to follow through with doing His job as He wanted it done. I may have even gotten bored and started another project. But praise God about October of last year they finally diagnosed me with A.D.D. and I was given a medication that allows me to start and finish projects instead of starting so many things and never finishing a thing. I know God blessed me with an amazing mentor Pastor Mike English. He and his wife Billie have so many dreams to do through God and bring glory to God’s name. I too have dreams and I know now I can start and finish them praise God. All and all to wait on God and to follow His every move is the best way of doing things and I can say Janine VanDenBerg is a warrior and servant of God’s truly now because all I want to do is serve Him and sow seeds and show His love through all my actions. NOT MY LOVE but God’s love. It is just a simple thing of saying to yourself everyday; “Are you dead yet?” In other words we need to die to ourselves and live for God every second of everyday. All I can say this morning is THANK YOU FATHER for having PATIENCE with me and you will continue to have patience  as I grow in you. God bless and have a wonderful day.

Please remember these verses:

Galatians 6:3

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For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

John 1:3

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All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Also a verse to pounder on is:

Luke 17:3-4

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Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Again God bless

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