“We are thankful for God sending him to us. We didn’t choose him, God sent him. We are proud to work with him and to make his vision come true, support his leadership and support him freely and not have any roadblocks,” said Terrence G. Hammons, Sr. Chairman of the Morning Star Deacon Board Ministry.

Reverend Thompson said when he learned that God had called him to pastor Morning Star he stayed in bed for 24 hours contemplating the enormity of the call.

“What I saw was the ministry of Jesus taking place. He didn’t go to huge churches and cities, he went to the places where people needed an encounter with God,” Rev. Thompson said. “This city needs an encounter with God. I can tell that from looking at the vacant properties and the energy levels of the people. The spirit of God that was at Morning Star Baptist Church is what attracted me here. The sense of prayer, community and the sense of wanting to improve and do something more is what attracted me. They were hungry to reengage and do the work of Jesus.

“Church gives us the opportunity to use all the gifts that God gave us to use for his Glory. I think God likes that,“ Rev. Thompson continued. “Everything we need to change the world is already here. Clairton has everything that it needs to live again.”

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