Something Old…Something New

12770It will be 19 years in February since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I marvel at the hand of God in sustaining me through every day of these years. Now after 19 years, that is indeed, old!

I have lived with something much older than my multiple sclerosis and that has been a weight issue. Sure, I was a champion skater in my younger years with a lean muscular little body but the older I became the weight began to gain! Yes, this is an even older issue.
The last two years have been challenging, to say the least, after suffering a stroke and then heart issues that warranted a heart pacemaker.  My bod was simply wearing out with all the years of extra weight that I was carrying and I was facing a crossroads… but…was it already too late for me to take the drastic step with the old issue of my weight?
The weight issue had become so drastic that at my all time high of 350 pounds I was a prime candidate for weight reduction surgery but I have always had a strong sense to not alter the body that God had so awesomely and wonderfully created that I knew that I could not take this route.
I was left staring at a plain and simple truth.  I was addicted to food and I had to find the strength to go through the withdrawal symptoms and to totally die to the self and deny all those carbs that were killing me.
It was not going to be an overnight quick fix but a major life changing event that would affect every single day of my life.
I knew that I could not do it but I knew that God could! I knew I would need be to in daily communication with Him for strength and to follow His leading and simply let go of my own ways and and desires and deny myself and giving God the chance to work in this area of my life.
Isaiah 43:19 became my Scripture verse for this mission in which I took much strength and courage to see each second of each day through…

Isaiah 43:19-21 King James Version (KJV)

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the dessert.

Yes, this New Year I am seeing the fruits of  that seed planted and buried.  By totally relying on God and being faithful to His nudges and leading, I have lost almost 140 pounds during this slow daily journey.

But it has been slow and not an overnight sensation. People ask, “how have you done it!?” My response is simple, “I kept my mouth shut and I prayed!” Yes, there was more to it, I gave up carbs and sugar and ate protein with much fish, little red meat and lots of salad with a lot of Prayer, Thanksgiving and Praise!

I marvel at the Hand of God bringing me to this new thing and just in time for my 70th birthday the end of May! The number 7 is known as completion and today by the grace of God I will have completed this mission and be a new leaner healthier me to continue my race for His Glory.

Jesus is the Victor as I could never have done this on my own as I love pasta and bread and potatoes too much, I simply had to let go and let God! Keeping my eyes upon Him with every urge and temptation has made all the difference for me.

Yes, something old, and something new is all about our journey into the Presence of the Lord. Whatever God is leading you to, give to Him every second and it shall come to pass.

May you be strengthened and encouraged as you begin a new thing. Remember, not you but Jesus in everything! Jesus is Victor in all and everything!!

Blessings on your journey,

Sue Thomas, FBI

(F)irm (B) eliever (I)n CHRIST

PS: You can still bless Sue Thomas Ministries financially and you will receive a free 2020 WaterBrooks Calendar

Out with the old…in with the new!

Our time in DC with Operation Silent Night on the dark streets with the homeless was an incredible time as God continued to pour out His blessings on every person He sent our way! We fed over 300 this year while we had to turn many away. Next year we anticipate feeding 500!!!

We’ve grown and our needs are great for this outreach where we need to find a warehouse to store our donated items and to be sufficiently organized!!
So very much to do and so little space that we pray for adequate storage and working space.
With this year’s Operation Silent Night behind us we now look to the future with WaterBrooks preparation to physically build the Sanctuary for Prayer. The project is a huge undertaking with dynamiting the rock ledge to put in the road up into the hills and preparing to build the commercial septic system at the top where the vision is to put the main lodge building with a view out over the valley, we so ask your prayers for this project!! We will be sharing more information about this soon.
As the final minutes tick down towards the New Year you still have time in this year end to help make these dreams become realities. You have the opportunity to immediately send us your 2019 year end gift of love. For your donation we will send you a special thank you with our first ever 2020 WaterBrooks Calendar that holds pictures of the Cross of WaterBrooks along with a scripture for each month to turn your thoughts towards prayer.
Simply click the button to send your gift of love and we will send you a 2020 WaterBrooks Calendar.
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The Lord bless you and keep you, may His Face shine upon you and give you peace throughout this New Year,
Sue and Deb
Two Faithful Women of WaterBrooks
IMG_20191225_132425Sue, with little Lulu. Lulu was waiting for us at the park and was the first to come to the bus to say hello. We’ve seen Lulu every year for the last 9 or 10 years. She has been hospitalized with illnessess, treated for cancer, and somehow always ends up back on the streets.

IMG_20191230_212219_01Our volunteer, Ruth, on the left, with Jennifer, a homeless lady, that Ruth has seen every year for the last 3 years. Every year Jennifer asks to get a selfie with Ruth.

IMG-20191228-WA0007Some of our team members on the loaded bus. We had 15 volunteers this year from six different states, and everyone worked beautifully together as one heartbeat to minister and show the face and hands of Christ.

IMG_20191227_091903_01~3Volunteers Justin, and Katie, praying with a homeless man.

IMG-20191228-WA0014Volunteer James, from Costa Rica, really connected with this man in a wheelchair on Christmas Eve. The yellow straps hanging on the back of the chair show the packed duffel bag that we pass out. The bag is packed with several pair of new socks, a hat and muffler, hygiene kit, snack bag, roll of toilet tissue, (a basic commodity that we often take for granted) small LED flashlight, an umbrella, bottled water, and a can of Pepsi! The throw blanket on his lap was one of several hundred that were donated brand new. And it appears that he is really enjoying that cup of hot cocoa!

Our 2020 Calendar, the Cross of WaterBrooks

 

Our 2020 WaterBrooks Calendar is now available to order!

Calendar 2020This quality spiral bound calendar beautifully captures the seasons of the Cross at WaterBrooks in Vermont with coordinating scriptures on prayer to encourage you each month of the year.

Proceeds from this calendar are being used to help raise the $75,000 for the commercial septic system for the Mountaintop Retreat Center at WaterBrooks.

Please remember your family and friends as the holidays are approaching. This calendar would make a beautiful gift that will last  the entire year.

To order your 2020 WaterBrooks Calendar please send your contribution of $20 per calendar to Sue Thomas Ministries at 320 North Bayshore Drive, Columbiana Ohio, 44408 or use the Buy Now button.

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Your support is so greatly appreciated, as together we grow, and build WaterBrooks for the glory of God and the hope of His people! If you would like to simply join us in building by a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly donation, follow this link.

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The Sanctuary of WaterBrooks

God is at work on His canvas in the hills of Vermont with His glorious colors waiting for His perfect time to bring forth the mighty splendors of autumn!

As God is creating His spectacular beauty for the world to marvel, He is building WaterBrooks for His glory and the hope of His people.
WaterBrooks, nestled on 113 acres in the green mountains of Vermont is a different kind of place, a place where the silence is never broken. Where one can come and be still and know that He is God.
Most who know me know two things, I am profoundly deaf who worked for the FBI as their secret weapon with my lip reading expertise and later had the award winning TV series called Sue Thomas FBEYE inspired by my life. The second thing you might or might not know is that I carry the FBI name in a very public way.  I am Sue Thomas, (F)irm (B)eliever (I)n CHRIST.
Since surrendering at the foot of the Cross thirty five years ago I have been a witness and proclaimed my Lord in 51 states in the USA and in six nations around the world. God has so graciously opened the door of every denomination in the church today including the Roman Catholic and Jewish faith. There is only one state and one denominaton that I have not been a witness unto. Can you guess?
I have had an incredible life with an incredible story…God’s greatest sinner saved and transformed by His grace and His grace alone!
Being profoundly deaf all of my life, that was the one thing that drove me to the Lord. For 35 years in spite of being successful with the FBI using my lipreading abilities to capture the bad guys, I resented and despised my deafness and the silence. The very thing that I love, people, my deafness kept me from being with them. Helen Keller said it best, “blindness separates a person from things and objects; deafness separates a person from people.” How well do I know these words.
I tried to run from the silence in every way possible, alcohol, drugs, alternative lifestyle, you name it, I did it to try to find acceptance and live with the silence.
My parents taught me as a child that God never makes a mistake but the older and supposedly wiser I got, I believed my parents were wrong, that God did indeed, make a mistake when He allowed the silence to over take me.
I left a successful career at the FBI to find God to make Him confess He made a mistake. I found Him in seminary in what is now known as Columbia International University in Columbia South Carolina. It was there at the age of 35 that I fully surrendered to God at the foot of the Cross in all of my shame and sorrow. It was there on that day that the transformation of my life was to become complete, the very thing that I hated, despised, and rejected, the silence, would be transformed into my best friend, the thing that I loved the most, the silence.
It is only in the silence that we will truly hear the still small voice of God, the silence will teach us, if we listen.
It was with that transformation thirty five years ago that God placed in my heart to build a sanctuary in the wilderness where the silence would never be broken, “that God’s people shall return from exile far away and will rest beneath His shadow, and be as a watered garden.” Hosea 14:8
WaterBrooks is a sanctuary being built for the glory of God and the hope of His people, it is being built by God and God alone as we are to ask no man for nothing as we build this sanctuary but to ask God for everything.
We would welcome your involvement to help build WaterBrooks only by prayer or what only God would have you do.
Our needs our great as we build our first project for the lodge. We will be doing a perk test in the coming days to submit plans to the state for the commercial septic system. Pray in earnest, friends, for God’s provision as the commercial septic system could cost us as much as $70,000. Only God and God alone can bless our endeavors for His glory and the hope of His people. After all, is He not the God who created heaven and Earth and cannot He create WaterBrooks for His glory?
Our churches have became weak and diluted with the teachings of prosperity and how to feel good instead of the Cross and dying of self.
Our sanctuaries have become worldly with small chatter replacing the silence and sipping of our Starbucks obtained in our churches. Our alters have long been removed with microphones adorning the show time music leaders and the church bells silenced refraining the call to the people to worship and adore the Almighty God. Simply put, we have forgotten how to truly worship and to truly adore the King of Kings.
It is indeed time for a different kind of place, a place in the mountains where the silence is never broken, where man can find God once again and return to his first love. WaterBrooks is a wilderness sanctuary, a refuge, a strong tower, a place where the silence is never broken where man can commune with God simply by walking Him and Him alone.
WaterBrooks is not a church but a place that God’s people can be strengthened and return to their church to strength it’s body.
We ask for your prayers in the days ahead that Almighty God will provide accordingly in the richness of His Son, Christ Jesus.
The silence will teach us if we listen. Perhaps, just perhaps, the church bells will ring once again to call His people to worship.

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A Special Event

 

Today was a milestone for me! At the age of 69, I have lived to see the day where I can go to the theater and see a movie on the big screen, and for the first time ever, watch an animated film and understand it! Today I wept tears of joy that I  finally see the day that the sound barrier was broken in theaters and that the deaf can now go to movies!!

The ADA (The American Disability Act)  passed a law in 2016 that theaters must provide captioning for deaf to be able to engage in movies. All public theaters had to comply by June 2018. That long awaited day has come to me just in time to see my favorite of all favorites stories come to life in animation on the big screen and I, as a profoundly deaf person, can go watch it and understand what is happening!!

On April 18th in theaters around the country will be the release of the animated movie, Pilgrim’s Progress!! This is a must for everyone whether you are a Christian or not. It is a spiritualized allegory about  our journey through life and is way beyond any of Hollywood’s entertainment!  Because it is a special event, it will only be shown for 2 days of the week, the 18th and 20th of April. Be sure to get your tickets early as it’s a special viewing for only two days and it’s a certainty it will be a sell out!

I encourage you to get the word out about this movie to as many as you can. Please let your church know of it’s release. You can obtain a special group discount with a block group going together.

If you are a deaf interpreter, educator for the deaf, or work among or simply know a deaf friend, spread the word that Pilgrim’s Progress is highly recommended and can be viewed on the big screen with captioning.

Do you know the story, Pilgrim’s Progress?  First printed in 1678, it would have been a runaway best seller had it appeared in our day.  By 1692 over 100,000 copies were in print in English alone! It has been translated into 200 languages, and has NEVER been out of print! Talk about a popular book!  Many phrases that we use in our English language today such as “jumping from the frying pan into the fire” remain part of our language because of the popularity of Pilgrim’s Progress around the world.

John Bunyan wrote this book during the 12 years he spent in the Bedford prison for his faith. When local magistrates sentenced Bunyan to imprisonment unless he promised them he would not preach, he refused, declaring that he would remain in prison till the moss grew on his eyelids rather than fail to do what God had commanded him to do.

Whether you are facing road blocks or life challenges, and are tired and weary with life and all that you are faced with, this story puts everything in true perspective as an allegory of our life’s journey through this world. Do you need an uplifting moment in your day or life? I strongly suggest you view this newly released film on April 18th. pilgrimsprogressrelaunch-1000x1480-0c34ec3e2c6a2fa39dec940da097506f

Now in an animated format that the entire family can watch together!  It sure beats Disney characters any day!

Yes, I am rejoicing that in my life time I have lived to see the day that technology broke the sound barrier. It is with texting on my cell phone, closed captioning on the TV and now to be able to sit before the big screen with a tub of hot buttered popcorn to celebrate! God truly is good!!

Do yourself a favor and give a special gift to your family and friends and plan an evening to watch Pilgrim’s Progress together at a theater near you!

Come celebrate with me,

Sue Thomas, A Witness