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We arrived in August 2019 without knowing each other.

A group of strangers including a professional comedian, students, professional bakers, hairstylists, a rapper, truck drivers, a daycare owner, corps assistants, and more, all thrown together for the next two years preparing for a life of officership and more importantly to serve God. As a session we have taken our name, “MESSENGERS OF GRACE” and this powerful session verse and we have grown into it. Because we have been saved by grace, we have been given the opportunity to be messengers of God, to preach the Gospel to everyone around us. In the same way that God has given us grace, we take this same grace and show it to others. Grace is a heavenly gift from God bestowed upon us, and as a session, we strive to exemplify this.

This beautiful gift of grace, which “is not from yourselves,” but rather one given and bestowed to us from God, is one which we hope to exemplify and use to glorify Him, not just now, but through our tenure as officers of The Salvation Army. We know that it is God who has brought us here, and it is He and He alone who will see us through it. He has shown us and gifted us with this beautiful grace, unmerited and undeserved, but so powerful and transformational. We are all witnesses to that.

Cadet Valentina Agudelo, session president (2019-2021)

Valentina Agudelo Cano

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Melissa Bonet

Psalm 3:3 (NIV) "But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high."

Reynaldo Alicea Ortiz 

Ecclesiastes​ 3:4 (NIV) "...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance..."

Alyxandra Allen

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Emily Betts

1 Corinthians 9:19 (NIV) "Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible."

Arren Boyd

2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."

 

Nastassja Harris Boyd

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

Christopher Brown

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV) "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

 

Tara Brown

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Nicole Fullop

Acts 20:24 (NIV) "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."

Hyesoo Kim

Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV) “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Yelin Jimenez

Zechariah 3:7 (NIV) "This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here."

Evita Leach-Colon

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Joel Monasterio

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

Sahory Montilla

Psalm 23:4 (NIV) "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

Dustin Norcross

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Geyssa Malave-Aponte (Reyes)

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Wilfredo Reyes Nunez

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Tatyana Rivera

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

Renato Sarmiento Fernandez

Isaiah 49:8-10 (NIV) "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “They will feed beside the roadsand find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water."

Yoelicet Vega Fajardo

Romans 8:28-30 (NIV) "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified."

Jennifer White

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Nicholas White

Matthew 19:26 (NIV) "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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