Meet Our Youth Pastor
Pastor Jerome Whaley
Youth Pastor Jerome Whaley
And Mrs. Mindy
Pastor Jerome's Testimony
I am the Youth Pastor at Freedom and my Wife, Mindy, is one of the drama team directors & we both love the Lord with all of our hearts. Approximately fours years ago, Mindy and I were told by her doctor that she would have a very hard time getting pregnant as a result of endometriosis and other complications. Our church and surrounding churches starting praying as soon as they found out about our situation in trying to have a baby. Mindy was given a prayer cloth anointed with oil and she kept it with her for over a year. In the summer of 2007, the doctor told Mindy to start on fertility drugs. She took the medicine for two months. I told her to come off the medicine and let’s depend totally on God. He is the mighty physician. (For we walk by faith, not by sight.) II Corinthians 5:7. In October of 2007, our church had a Youth Concert at Copeland Hall. As the last song was being sung, I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. Mindy took me to the ER and I found out I had kidney stones. I had to have surgery because they were two large to pass. I was also tested for fertility and found out that I was part of the problem as well. The doctor called Mindy and I in the month of December and suggested it would be best to go to Atlanta to a fertility clinic because getting pregnant natural in their eyes was not going to happen. We have been praying for so long for God to bless us with a child. We often wondered why we were being put thru such a trial like this. Reason: Mindy and I saved ourselves for marriage and did not understand why we could not get pregnant because we followed God’s Holy plan for our lives. As some time past, on Saturday, January 26, 2008, Mindy and I just filed our taxes that day. As we were going home, Mindy said,” Hey let’s stop and buy a pregnancy test.” I said, “Let’s give it another week and just see what happens.” She demanded that I stop so she could find out now. We got home and it was around 2:15 and she took a test. She said, “Jerome you have got to come in here because we are having a baby.” We embraced one another and cried.” God answered our prayer. A prayer that we have been praying for over two years. The 1st people we visited were my Brother-In-Law, Jeremy Harris, and wife Candi. Mindy and I walked in and her brother was at the sink washing his hands and Mindy laid two pregnancy tests beside the sink.” He said, “You’re pregnant?” She screamed, “Yes.” As we looked over at Candi’s expression she was crying. She shared with Mindy and I that she had been on a 21 day fast. She was fasting for Mindy to get pregnant. She had told nobody that she was fasting. She said, “Mindy I have been on a 21 day fast for you to have a baby and I want you to know that today is the last day of my fast.” On September 15th Gracie Whaley came into our lives at 7lbs 5oz and 20 ½ inches long. Remember, when I talked about the prayer cloth? Mindy had the prayer cloth in the pocket of her hospital gown the day Gracie was born. After she was born there was a hole in the bottom of the pocket and the prayer cloth was gone. You see, God answered our prayer. We know longer needed the prayer cloth because she was here. God just confirmed that with us over the prayer cloth. We are so thankful for such loving church family & friends for taking the time everyday to pray for our situation. We have a strong healthy baby girl, who is a Miracle from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
We as Christians are always going to face trials and tribulations in this life. Trials make us as Christians, stronger in our faith!!
This trial that Mindy and I went thru turned out to be the greatest Blessing I could ever ask for.
Mrs. Mindy's Testimony
(This story was written by Southwire Company, where Mindy works, and published in their company newsletter.)
The Grace of Giving
A story of family and faith
Mindy Whaley, OEM sales assistant, and her mother Sandra have always shared a special bond. They share the same birth date on Feb.18. Mindy and her mom are both left handed, enjoy singing in church, and accepted Christ into their lives at the age of 10 on Easter Sunday. Last November, Mindy was able to share something else with her mom, her kidney.
Mindy’s mother, Sandra Harris of Ranburne, was admitted to the hospital in April and was diagnosed with high protein levels and kidney failure. Harris suffered from high blood pressure from a young age and doctors stated hypertension as the direct cause of her kidney failure. At the time of diagnosis, Harris only had 13 percent of kidney function, which dwindled to nine percent at the end of July. Without further treatment, she would have had approximately six months of kidney activity remaining.
After the diagnosis, Mindy immediately decided to be tested as a match for kidney donation.
“I never wanted my mom to go through dialysis,” she said. “Dialysis is just a bandage, not a cure.”
In September, Mindy underwent a two-day process to confirm her compatibility as a kidney donor. The exams showed that Whaley was a healthy candidate, but the final test – a count of how many arteries are present on her kidneys – could not be based on healthy living.
“I prayed to God that if it was His will, that I would have one or two arteries on each kidney,” said Mindy. “If I had three or four, surgery would be risky.”
After the test results were examined, doctors told Mindy she had two arteries on each kidney and was eligible for surgery. The operation was scheduled for Nov. 19 and Mindy began to research the function and processes of the kidney. According to her research, a human who is born with two working kidneys has eight times the amount of kidney function needed in a lifetime.
“After I found out how strong the kidney is, I wished that I had more kidneys to give,” said Mindy. “There are so many people out there who need a kidney.”
The surgery placed Mindy in the operating room at Piedmont Hospital for three hours, during which time her kidney was removed and taken to a separate operating room to give to her mother. Harris’s body accepted the kidney with no complications and she is doing well.
“My mom who once was always fatigued and forgetful is now full of energy,” said Mindy. “Before surgery, she was on a strict diet, but now can eat normal food and drink juice instead of water all the time.”
Mindy attributes the success of the entire experience to her faith.
“The reason God gave me two kidneys is to donate one,” she said, “My mom gave me life. Now I am able to help sustain hers.”
Mindy relied on her faith for strength during the operation process.
“My favorite bible verse through all of this was Acts 20:35,” said Mindy, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Mindy will continue to attend annual check-ups to monitor the function of her remaining kidney, but she has great faith that her gift was part of a bigger plan and that she will remain healthy.
“This experience allowed me to build my testimony,” she said. “I’m not a hero, I’m simply a tool that God used to fulfill his purpose.”
Little Miss Gracie
Pastor Jerome Whaley