This story is about a woman from a broken home. She was sent from grandmother to grandmother and from aunt to aunt. It happened during the great depression. Her family was sharecroppers. They moved to the city after her paternal grandmother died. The grandfather, his children, their wives, and children all moved together to survive. She experienced hunger and many times had only candy to eat. Her Papa looked for work daily. She reunited with her mother when she was seven. Her mother moved to Illinois when she separated from her husband and found a job there. Her mother was hurt and wanted to marry again. This meant that she always had to stay at her aunt's house. She went on a blind date at fourteen and ended up pregnant. The boy was seventeen, but he paid the doctor and hospital bills. She had to move from her home because of her stepfather. She went to live with her Papa for six months. He had found a good job and he continued to help her. Effie B. Newbern is the founder and president of Newbern Bible Institute. Pastor emeritus and overseer of St. Elizabeth Church in Brooklyn, IL Served 40 years as president of Community Union Association of Churches. Has a Masters of Art degree in Leadership and Ministry from Greenville College, Greenville, IL, and Ordained as Minister 1961, served as pastor eighteen years, organized the ministry of feeding and clothing the homeless as pastor and orchestrated the building of church in 1986. Effie is known for her teaching ministry of dying to the flesh, overcoming the enemy through the power of prayer, and neglect not the gift that is in you, with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. She is a mother and a widow that teaches music to children ages 6-12.
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