Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It has been an amazing year and God is not through with us yet. Allow me to say thank you to New Salem, family and friends for the commitment, dedication, support but most of all the togetherness you have shown over the last 16 years of service. A special thanks to our Pastor's Aid committee President, Mother Ollie Mott and the entire Pastor aid committee and congregation for working beside her because God has been good, not only to New Salem, but to each and every one of you, in our home, jobs, families, etc.We have experience some new growth and we are excited about what the future holds in 2015.God has afforded us the opportunity to move to a new dimension of the office of Bishop under the International Communion of Charismatic Church and serve as Prelate Bishop the International Kingdom Covenant Church on October 24, 2014 under the leadership of Bishop Stanley B. Search of New Hope MB Church, Natchez, Mississippi.
So as we reflect back on May5th 1998 Salem MB Church started out in the living room do Rev. Troy Bragg and wife, Calvin and Renee Elder & a few faithful followers, the ministry branched out to the Ramada Inn on Highway 53 & stayed there about 2 months. On July 5, 1998 Salem MB church held it's first Sunday service at the new location of 4006 Murchison Road. Over the next 4 plus months some misunderstanding difficult times, and situations arose and upon agreement the ministry was looking for a new leader. Therefore , December 6,1998, Rev. Eddie Lee Hightower met with a few of the officials and upon agreement, he would lead the church (with 5 stipulations): q) Noonday prayer 2)Wednesday night prayer meetingBible study 7:30 3( Sunday school 9:45 4) Sunday morning worship 11:15 am, 5) Tuesday Church fast Day. so with 11 members, 5 of them children, and head over heels in debt, we began a mission that seem impossible. In the past 15 years we've faced default judgment & liquidation, church split, negative $2.24 in the bank,however, we experienced great success. God has permitted some 150 plus to be active in NSMBC, we've purchased the church , land next to the church, 3 trailer parks, several houses in the community, 3/4 of the Bowden Road, Brick Duplexes, 14 acres on Bragg Blvd, our 501 c-3 non-profit status a name change on October 29,2012 to New Salem MB church but now a new change to New Salem International Ministries on November 12, 2014 for Phillippians 3:13,14 say to forget those things which are behind and press toward a mark of a higher calling which is in Christ Jesus.
in 2015 I am reminding you that this is our year of Devine Favor for we are align God's Plan to be fulfilled in our lives as we go through God's in order to achieve the Promise that God has set before the foundation of the world. thanks you New Salem International Ministries and thanks you all of the churches, family and friends that have come out to celebrate with us as we continue to uplift the Name of Jesus.
Bishop Eddie Lee Hightower
Pastor, New Salem International Ministries