This group of young men from left to right are Damien Sylva, Terran Thomas,
Anthony Alexander and Christopher Owens III. These young men,
each of which were Christianed as babies here at the Emanuel COGIC, were also
reared in the admonition of Holiness among the Saints of Emanuel.
They were being offered prayer by the Pastor, Elder Michael Richardson,
Elder Edward Gurley, and the entire Emanuel Chu
Not only were the saints praying for a successful outcome
to the anticipated surgeries for Terran and Anthony, but
the saints were also praying for God to continue to
lead, guide and nurture
these young men in the
beauty of holiness for the rest of their lives.
Intercessory prayer was going forth as war was being waged
against the fierce tactics and destructive measures of Satan
which often come in like a flood! The saints were praying
that God would lift up a standard against Satan's evil forces and Principalities.
With love, Terran Thomas captured his vision, and through faith, realized
his destiny as it pertained to Anthony Alexander, who was in desperate need
of a kidney. Terran was wired to perform God's will and was therefore
willing to give Anthony one of his kidneys. As young
children, the "sons of Emanuel" played together, attended
Church outings together,
attended Sunday School
classes together and prayed and sang together,
participated in church plays together and played
various instruments with the choir together; They were
like brothers, so its easy to comprehend Terran's
willingness to give one of his kidneys to Anthony.
Anthony had a rare kidney disease which worsened as he got older.
The disease caused weakness and loss of strength in Anthony's body,
making it difficult for him to get around and about and triggered
the malfunctioning of his kidneys and ultimately required him to
undergo dialysis treatment.s on a regular basis.
As it became increasingly more painful and difficult for Anthony
to move about, Terran became more and more concerned about
Anthony's health. We all did. And we all knew that we could not
possibly subscribe to the pain and suffering which had victimized Anthony
for a number of years. It was predicted that Anthony's name would have
been on the waiting list for a new kidney for at least another 5 years,
which would have been possibly too late!
Without a request from Anthony, Terran Thomas, on his own volition,
decided to give Anthony one of his kidneys. As it turned out, as God
would have it, none of Anthony's family members were a good match
for Anthony's kidney operation. However, Terran Thomas was a perfect,
one time match for Anthony's kidney operation, and when it seemed
that Terran had to miss too many appointments which were necessary
to satisfy the demand for numerous important tests, Terran found it necessary
to quit his full-time job! The purpose for quitting his job was to remove
any obstacles which would have hindered him from completing
all the necessary requirements. Terran settled for a part-time job;
Considering all the sacrifices he made, Terran was truly wired and
destined to serve as a ministering angel in completing the task at hand!
The many sacrifices which had been made attest to the fact that vision
and love will persist all odds, and that it is unselfish and
more than mere interest; a fact which Terran's parents initially couldn't
thoroughly understand. But God had predestined this incredible
miracle to come into fruition before the foundation of the world.
God's glory is yet being revealed. According to Isaiah 46: 9-10,
we see that God will institute a purpose, and then He creates someone
or something to fulfill the purpose; The fact that God is Alpha and Omega
(the beginning and the end), when He starts something, He has
already completed it in eternity.
" Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
Ecclesiastes 3:11 - Terran's vision was not his own private view of his
future, but the view of his future inspired by God. Vision is not about
us, its about God. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the
Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21.....So, yuo see, this entire
portrayal of love, vision and faith is totally a reflection of the scriptures;
God can be seen on the big monitor, and what's more, God's plans are irreversible.
So, again, Terran Thomas was placed on earth for God's
purpose of fulfillng Anthony's need. Terran's vision was
the foundation of courage and the fuel of persistance.