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The Great American Fast: Interview with MsDora

Updated on January 29, 2017
The TGAF Preaching Shed
The TGAF Preaching Shed

The second Weekend of each September Lifegate Baptist Church in Pleasant Gap, PA calls for a time of fasting and prayer on behalf of our nation. We call it The Great American Fast. People from across the country as well as around the world join us as we seek the face of God for America. We are living in the last days, and the times are pressing.

As the founder of TGAF, this is an interview I did with Fast member and HubPages writer, MsDora. It ran on TGAF's website (www.thegreatamericanfast.org) the weeks of December 31, 2016 - January 14, 2017. Her insights are enlightening, and her wisdom great.

So come with us and learn about the spiritual life of the people of St. Kitts as MsDora shares with us. Shall we begin?

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MsDora
MsDora

Bill: We are visiting with MsDora this week from the Carribean island of St. Kitts. Thank you for joining us MsDora. I believe you joined the Fast around June of 2013, and I thank you for standing with us. God is doing some great things in America, but I still see the nation as being spiritually cold. What kind of spiritual temperature do you see in St. Kitts?

MsDora: Thank you, Pastor Bill for extending the invitation for me to participate in The Great American Fast. Praying and fasting with an international group of believers helps me sense the power of Christian unity. Plus, being a naturalized United States citizen, and having lived in America for most of my life, I share the spiritual burden for this great country.

My native island St. Kitts is one of a two-island federation (St. Kitts-Nevis) with an estimated population of 51,000. The last religious data census (2012) reported that 94.62% of our people are Christians with very few being Agnostic, Hindu, Spiritist, Bahai and others in descending order. With the migration of Indians and Chinese over the past four years, there might be a slight percentage change, but Christianity remains the primary influence. Although old values seem to be losing ground and our youth have been introduced to the gang and drug cultures, most of the protestant churches evangelize enthusiastically for the salvation of souls.


Bill: I first met you through an online writing website called HubPages. First, let me include the link to your page so our readers can find you - http://hubpages.com/@msdora. Your writings are always so practical and easy to relate to. Can you give us some practical advice to help us seek God better and grow our spiritual lives?

MsDora: Thanks for including the link. My advice for spiritual growth is fellowship with God. Relationship is good, but it is fellowship that makes it work. Example, a couple in a marriage relationship may not communicate all day; they still have the relationship, but they miss out on the hugging and kissing which makes it sweet. To grow spiritually, believers need more than a morning and evening talk with God. We need regular dialogue about small things, big things, earthly things, heavenly things, all things throughout the day. We need to be intimate with Him as often as possible.

Bill: You have also authored and/or contributed to some books, especially devotionals. How did you get started in that work?

Purity Circle by MsDora

MsDora: My first compilation of articles was a collection of weekly reports which I wrote for my college Sabbath School. I modeled many of my presentations after Bible parables or familiar passages of Scripture (a skill I learned in my home church) and I often received requests for copies. Later, I did workshops for women and families, and I also received requests to write what I was saying. Then, my church commissioned me to write the text for the Purity Circle program which I initiated. In addition to the workbook, I blogged a weekly Monday Manna to keep the focus of participants on purity, and those devotionals were compiled and published. I continue to write with a prayer to be always a pen in God's hands.

Bill: Let me switch gears and learn a little bit more about Christianity in St. Kitts. Can you give us an idea of the denominational makeup on your island?

St. Thomas Anglican Church
St. Thomas Anglican Church | Source

MsDora: Of all the 17th-century settlers who claimed St.Kitts during its early colonization years, the British influence is the most visible in the form of its Anglican churches. They are the largest religious group, followed by the Methodists which are also of British origin. Pentecostals, Church of God, Moravians (also British), Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, Evangelicals, and Brethren Christians add to the number of protestant churches. Catholic churches are also present, divided into four parishes, thanks to the Irish and Portuguese immigrants. The Rastafari Movement is expanding. Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims and Hinduism, the Bahai Faith and the Salvation Army together make up about 2% of the population (according to an old census). With more immigrants entering our federation every year, the challenge is for Christians is to keep the flock focused on Christ so that they are not easily distracted by new trends and traditions which are un-Christlike.

Bill: Without getting too personal, can you share an incident when God was especially close to you and walked you through a tough situation?

MsDora: One recent tough situation was caring for my mother, an Alzheimer's victim. I was not prepared for the confusing, depressing, humiliating, faith-testing, experience that it was. When my mother needed twenty-hour care, I became a shut-in myself. Neither friends nor family understood the weight of my burden; still, I was determined to be the best caregiver my mother could have. God anchored me with His promise in Deuteronomy 33:27, "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." I snuggled into His bosom with much prayer and meditation, knowing that no matter how heavy the burden became, those arms would keep me from falling to the ground. They provided spiritual, physical and emotional comfort. His grace proved sufficient.

Bill: What is God teaching you about Himself?

MsDora: At my church, we are studying the Book of Job. God is teaching me to accept the fact that He alone is Omniscient, and that my knowledge of Him and His ways are limited. I am learning that my responsibility is not to understand Him but to trust Him. I am also learning that when people are suffering, God needs me not to analyze and evaluate them, but to represent Christ by demonstrating the fruit of His Spirit to them. He is teaching me to cultivate that fruit.

Bill: We're just about out of time. Thanks so much for spending some time with us here at TGAF. Before you go, is there something you can leave with our readers to help us stay focused on the thing that really matters - Him?

MsDora: Your question brings to mind a Scripture verse which I often
quote to keep me focused. Hope it helps: "I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back." (Philippians 3:14 The Message)

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi, Jackie. You said it all. Dora is a very special person to all of us here at HP, but especially to Jesus. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry to have missed this for so long. Dora always gets my attention when I see her name. Still recuperating and not too focused on much but Sister Dora and I shared the love and heartache of caring for a mother through death and share many thoughts in our love and trust of the Father. He has a wonderful daughter in Dora. I love her and l am so pleased to read more of her heartfelt thoughts and praise of our Lord. She does have such knowledge to share that always gives me so much food for thought every time I read her.

      And isn't she so beautiful!

      Will get back soon as I can.

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Dora,

      You said, "Praying to live the life that deserves all these noble thoughts." I know life is a day to day thing, but I'd just like to say, you've already lived the life. That's why you see the comments here. Thanks for allowing me to share your wonderful story!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, what a great presentation you made of this interview! Honored to be connected with you through TGAF and HP. Thanks for your continual encouragement; and thanks to the kindness of the other HP friends for their empowering comments. Praying to live the life that deserves all these noble thoughts. God bless us all!

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Sorry, I missed your comment above, Eric. Thanks for stopping by. If you'd like to join the Fast, you can sign up at www.thegreatamericaqnfast,org,

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Ruby,

      I think one of the things that stand out to me about MsDora is the clarity of the answers. In her hubs, as well, she has the ability to take some deep, hard to understand subjects and makes them very clear and useful for her readers. I relly enjoyed doing the interview.

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Bill,

      It was a pleasure to do the interview with MsDora. it was very educational for me among other things. She did a great job of answering the questions and helping us to learn at the same time.

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Lori, you're one line sums it all up - "You are such an inspiration to us all." Not much more needs to be said. Her integrity and sincerity are her hallmarks. She did a great job with the interview.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have read many comments made by MSDora and felt that she was a true believer and spiritual. It was interesting to learn of the many different churches in St. Kitts. I also liked this quote, " Not to understand him but to trust him. " I firmly believe that. God is love and if we love him, we will understand in due time. Thank you for an interesting interview.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful interview with one of my favorite online personalities...thank you for this. Dora is a beautiful human being.

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      Lori Colbo 7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderful article. Thank you Dora. You are such an inspiration to us all. God made you a loyal daughter to the end, to your mom and to Him. I remember your very raw, honest hub when your Mama passed, a letter to death. I was so powerful. God loves such honesty and we should all feel able to speak our hearts during the joys and the adversities of life.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whacka Whacka -- sorry for my crudeness but this is the hottest lady in my hemisphere. Mano y Mano she is on fire for all of us. I will join the fast.

      Thank you for this insight into an awesome lady doing Christ's work. I owe much sanity to Dora. Shoot my wife and children owe here much.

      This makes me happy. Happy Tet, Chuc mung nam Moi.