Reverend Dr. Darryl T. Canady, senior pastor of the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, graciously opened the doors of his church in order for HeavenGates Ministries Inc. to open doors for others.

HeavenGates has an open door policy that rolls out a red carpet that will take one high above the clouds. It is blanketed with the healing power of a God who embraces women from every walk of life, delivering, restoring and making whole. It is then that a woman, made whole, is able to stand tall, remembering her past and testifying to the remarkable change made possible through a faith walk of salvation and trust.

REV. DONNA M. HUMPHRIES hosted and welcomed all guests.

“An Open Door” was the theme for the First Women’s Conference held throughout the day on Dec. 11. Under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Donna M. Humphries, the doors of the church opened early to receive women standing on the ground of salvation and freedom and accepted those who have survived insurmountable odds. Encouraged by the success of others, the attendees opened their hearts to share accomplishments and witness to others in the struggle. From the sinner to the saint, from the recovered crack addict to the gospel singer, emotional testimonies and dynamic music filled the sanctuary as the congregants heard the soulful sounds of powerful voices. The event was to minister, empower and uplift women of all ages. There was several dynamic workshops and health information available as well.

From “Out of Egypt” by Rev. Sherry Green to “Single and Saved” by Elder Denise Robinson; from “What’s Your Purpose” by Evangelist Kimberly Burke to “There’s Still Work to be Done” by Rev. Joan Baugh. Those in attendance claimed “No More Crutches” by Sister Cassandra Williams as the open-discussion workshops planted seeds of growth for the inner soul.  Speaker of the hour Evangelist Deborah Brassell, presented an inspirational message that touched the beautiful spirituality of sisterhood.

HeavenGates Ministries is a Christian transitional housing center providing housing for female offenders and indigent women seeking to be reconciled with their families and society through the use of faith-based Biblical principles. Humphries, a “faith walker” wants women to truly come to know that regardless of life’s setbacks, they are fearfully and wonderfully made and that God’s works are marvelous. “Setbacks,” she states with an air of confidence, “are just God’s setups to the plans He has destined for those who dare to walk with Him.”

From her own experience, the ordained minister has “a heart for women,” and is determined to open wide the doors of her ministry as she continues to help other women seeking their very best. “Your past does not have to be your present,” she firmly states. “God is a forgiver.”

Growing up in the Hazelwood section of the city, the Evangelist has made her home in Harrisburg, Pa. since 1982, where she continues to make inroads within the lives of the communities in need. Reaching out to the hurting soul, God’s faithful servant offers shelter, care, and comfort to women who are stumbling or facing difficult times. She surrounds herself with women who have achieved the success of salvation as they continue to share the stories of life, and in so doing, touch those in need of God’s care.

Currently serving as the assistant to the Pastor at Walking The New Life Christian Fellowship, Humphries also teaches new member classes and serves as director of Women’s Services. The minister’s awesome resume and service of giving also includes her commitment to prison fellowship.

Humphries is assured that by waiting for God’s Word at all times, she is able to touch a life. In so doing, the evangelist fulfills her desire to do God’s work of helping to change a woman’s world from pain and suffering to one of serenity and security in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. “God wants to stop the wound,” she states with a confidence of knowledge and comfort in her own faith walk. And she feels fortunate that she has been chosen to put the band-aid on a wound that God is healing.

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