Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund


Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund

Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund

The Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund was established in memory of a premature infant born and lost to an undisclosed victim of a violent sexual assault. Joshua Mikel died from the fatal condition of Anencephaly. As long as moneys are available, funds will be distributed privately to a victim of childhood sexual abuse or a victim of a violent sexual assault once a year on March 26, the date of birth and death of baby Joshua Mikel. The executors of the funds strongly recommend that the moneys be used for educational, medical, legal, or counseling services, or any other worthy expenses deemed appropriate to the healing process by the executors of the funds and the recipient or guardian(s) of the recipient if under age. If an individual recipient cannot be located, available funds will be directed to the general fund of Go Fish Ministries. The Joshua Mikel Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a Masters Level Student in the Christian Counseling Program for Children and Adolescents at William Carey College as soon as the minimum funds are available. It is our belief that Christian Counselors can further our efforts to help victims of violence. Scholarship funds in increments of $25-$100 will also be available for the Go Fish Little Fishers camp program for child victims and for the Women’s retreats to be held for adult victims of violence, depending on availability of funds. The summer camp program for child victims will be a 3 day summer camping experience intended for initiating the healing process in victims of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. The camp ministry is based on the words of Christ in John 8:32, “The truth will make you free.” Children may be accompanied by an adult guardian, which is highly recommended due to the emotional nature of the camp experience. The Go Fish Women’s Retreats will be a weekend retreat based on the healing aspects of the Christian Scripture. It will include Bible study and reflection, prayer, discussions on sexual and domestic abuses and assaults, times of confession, etc. It is based on several Bible verses and principles, which tells us to “confess our faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed”, to “comfort others with the comfort we have been comforted with of God,” and the words of Christ that states “the truth will make you free”. When the darkness of sin is brought into the light it has no power over its victims. The light of Christ overcomes the darkness of this world. *It must be clearly understood by all interested participants that we are not licensed professional counselors, but simply Christian victims comforting other Christian victims. Some of us have degrees in education and counseling, and some are simply lay helpers.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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