I would like to thank everyone who has entrusted me with prayer or blessed me by sending your thoughts, experiences, stories and love. Although I am unable to answer every letter personally, you have my word that we pray for every prayer request and will continue to hold each and every one of you up, as it is the will of our Father. How enjoyable it is to see you open your hearts, despite what people might think or say, and share your lives with us. Only God can give you that kind of freedom and peace. He is why I am able to do the same with you. Don’t ever give up your hopes and dreams. Take the time to tell someone today you love them. Yesterday is something that will never happen again, tomorrow is not promised so live today like God would want you to.
Continue to be a blessing in someone’s life.
Peace and Grace,
I’m a 38 year old fan from back in the day. I’ve explained the movie Krush Groove, the culture, the clothes, and the music to my 12 year old daughter. Now I am going to ministry school. This year I lost my job after being in the corporate world for almost 10 years, totaled my car with no insurance, my fiance was engaged to another woman and I found out by accident that my daughter was sick as she was born with a life threatening birth defect. She was doing well but suddenly got sick. All of this happened in two days. I tried to kill myself. It was my daughter’s faith and determination to live that made me decide to trust God and fight.
I was sitting in the middle of my living room floor contemplating suicide. I couldn’t find any pills, couldn’t find a knife, and I don’t own a gun. I wished someone would offer me a crack pipe or a needle so I could end it all. I have never done drugs before but if someone had offered it to me, I would have used it. I hurt so bad and was in the depths of despair. Then God took me to a mountain top and asked me did I want to continue my life as it was or follow him? I chose to follow God.
Well, things didn’t get better. Over the next few months I interviewed for jobs and got turned down over and over again. I was really depressed. God was in the midst of it all. I was given a car and furniture with no strings attached. A charitable organization paid my rent for a couple of months. However, at the end of the last month, my phone was off, my lights were about to be turned off and I was working at McDonalds (while having a degree in English). Talk about being down. I was not giving up because God was in control. I knew that God would provide for me.
Within a week I was able to pay my light bill and part of my rent. The church gave me gas money to job hunt. I interviewed for a corporate job in my field and was hired that day. I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am continuing my ministerial training and want to help women who are going through what I went through. My prayer is to minister and spread the word through my testimony. Please continue to help all women in Christ and those who don’t yet know Him.
Every single person I spoke with that attended the concert in Hampton, VA said that their lives were forever changed. We are all still on a high and are prepared for anything life has to offer. I have been to all types of concerts, Gospel and R&B. I have never in my 25 years had an experience so great, I get the chills just thinking about it. God Bless you and your ministry.
After attending the Sisters In The Spirit concert, all I could think about was your testimony. It is amazing what people, especially women, have gone through and even more amazing how they become stronger in and through Him as a result. You are an inspiration to me and I have a renewed sense of purpose in my life, especially after hearing your testimony. I too have been abused, not sexually but physically and emotionally throughout my teenage and young adult years. I have endured the recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and cancer with my father, the murder of my cousin, and my husband being laid off from his job (he has a great job now). Through all of this, God has built a strong foundation where through Him I am able to help others. I am 31, a physical therapist, an associate pastor, and happily married to a Godly man. God has been and continues to be so good to me. Even during those dark times, when I felt like giving up on myself and even life, He pulled me through. God spoke through you this evening and reawakened that inner strength in me. Again, thank you for being transparent and sharing your testimony.
Be blessed and thanks for being a blessing!
My name is Alberto and I am one of the worship pastors at First Baptist church of St. Petersburg, FL. I saw you at the concert you did with Paul Jackson, Jr. during the worship conference and I have to tell you that you blessed me tremendously. I came back home to Florida and kept raving about you to my wife. You really blessed me. I have been aware of your music for many, many years from your work with Prince and many other musicians, but I did not realize that you were a believer in Christ. Your music has always touched a chord in me (maybe just because of the Latin influence), but to see the passion with which you play your drums and sing was amazing to me. You brought tears to my eyes as I listened to your testimony and how the Lord has changed your life. We all have been where you have been and, by the grace of God, have been “delivered from evil” and I think that testimony helped many people realize that there is hope through Christ. I know that it was a worship conference where there were many worship pastors, but we too have baggage and things that we deal with from our past. I believe God used you to touch many who were there.
Thank you so much for being such a great outspoken follower of Christ and for using your talents to influence the music world for Christ. I will continue to pray for you and that God will continue to use your prominence in the music world to bring others to Himself.
Peace my Sister in Christ.
I just wanted to say “thank you” for your wonderful performance at the Drummers for Jesus Concert. My son (Travis, 15) and I attended, and were touched by the whole event. As a recently divorced father I have been worried about my son’s Christian upbringing and have prayed much about it. When I asked my son what was his favorite part of the night he said “the song that Sheila sang”! My son accepted Jesus into his heart that night at the end of the concert! I feel your song and testimony was a large part of his decision to accept Christ into his life. Thank You Soooo Much!
God Bless You,
Sheila E. performed the song “River God” that night
The ministry that took place in Atlanta was a blessing! Truly you all are awesome women of God. I enjoyed it, was blessed by it and most of all there is a stirring in my spirit. Many people have a bad habit of judging people without knowing who they are or what they have been through. We look at what we think we know and what others (media, tv, papers, etc.) want us to know, and run with that as if it is the gospel. I’m so glad the Spirit tells all. After seeing you, I have a new understanding of “use every gift to the glory of God”. For everything you poured out into the lives of others, my prayer is that it be returned back to you. To God be the glory.
I saw you on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” with Carman. I am so impressed! I did not know you were a Christian until recently. I am a 36 year old mother of two and I am playing drums at my church. I have to thank you for paving the way. When I was a little girl everyone kept telling me drums are for boys, play piano, violin or something more suitable for a girl, but I did not care. Then when you came on the scene in the early mid ’80s it became acceptable for girl drummers. Wow, then I was on my way. I begged my parents for a set of timbales and taught myself to play by listening to your music. I became a Christian in early 1987 and it was not acceptable to play drums in the church I attended, so I quit. And I did not pick up a set of drumsticks until a year and a half ago. My husband ratted me out when our music director was looking for someone who could play drums. I was scared to death. I had not picked up a stick in years! What if I could not keep a beat? Well, I stepped out on faith and picked up where I left off. God is so good. He knew that I needed drums back in my life, even when I did not know, he did. I have never experienced how truly wonderful praise and worship could be. I love praising and worshipping through percussion. You have no idea what a blessing you were to me as a young girl and now as a 36 year old sister in Christ! You are a beautiful spirit and I would love to just jam and worship the Lord with you someday. If not this side of heaven, then definitely on the other side. May God richly bless your life and your ministry. What a gift you have been to me. Thank you from the bottom of my “drummer girl” heart.
I first want to say thank you for sharing. I have to say that playing an instrument wasn’t something I wanted to do. My heart was with singing in the choir at my church. Maybe one day learning how to play the keyboard. It started almost two years ago on a Wednesday night at bible class. I was just playing around with the bongos. I would play them every once in a while, but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. One Sunday I came to church and there I saw a set of Red Aspire Congas in the choir stand. I was asked to play and my pastor said in front of the entire church the spirit of God told him to tell me that was my new position in the church. He told me, because I was a door keeper, that I needed to have the chair person over the user board find someone to take my place because I was now one of the musicians to set the mood in the house of the Lord.
My pastor said there was something like a thunder that happened in the heavens when my hands struck the congas and God was pleased. He anointed my hands and I have been playing ever since. The people began to praise God…I cried because I didn’t want to be a musician. I never had a lesson so I couldn’t understand how this happened. I asked God how he could do this to me. I don’t want to do this. There are no other female conga players in the churches. Why me? I would play at different services at my church and people would ask how long I had played. When I replied they would just say wow and it sounded like I had been playing for a long time! All I could say is “It’s God!”. My last prayer to him was to put it in my spirit for his glory and that is what he did.
I saw you on the 2007 NCLR ALMA AWARDS and you inspired me so much. Your drive and passion can’t be measured. I purchased a set of timbales and have been practicing at home to get better. They are hard to play, but I know I can do it. I didn’t know you had a website until today. My spirit was pricked to just take a look and see. And now here I am. Please keep me in your prayers… and you are in mine. Again, I say thank you, and God bless you always!
I saw the early show last night at Yoshi’s. I was smiling all the way through, that band is sick! I am a devote atheist, but have always believed if there is anything holy, anything godlike that exists on this earth it is the interaction between humans when we are loving, when we are open spiritually and perhaps one of the best examples of that is the relationship between musicians. When performing live, the spirituality is shared with the audience. So thank you for sharing with us last night. I know, it is probably just another in a long series of gigs but you guys are just so much fun on stage, and I can’t imagine someone smiles as broadly as you without meaning it!
I saw Sheila on an interview quite some time ago. She said how she didn’t regret any of her past as it brought her to where she was with Jesus (my paraphrase). I’d like to thank her for that. I went through some tough times several years ago and remembering her words brought me strength when many in the church had turned their backs on me. I guess I deserved their reaction as I chose some nasty chemicals over the Lord for a while. Christ sent just the right people into my life at that time to help get me through it. Today I have a life I could have never imagined in Vancouver, BC. Jesus is everywhere I turn. I have a stunning wife and wonderful step daughter that only our Lord could have coupled me with. I’d like to thank Sheila for her words and the resulting impact they had in my life. She was a breath of hope that came to me when I needed it the most. There are probably many thousands more she has helped that she will never know about. Please convey my highest respect and most sincere regards.