BY JAMES HARPER
Word and Praise Family Church in Daytona Beach will be hosting a youth retreat July 12-14 at the church located at 955 Orange Ave., Suite 120.
The theme of the retreat is “Fired up for Jesus Youth Retreat.’’
Prophetess Gloria MacFawn of Lakeland will be the featured speaker for the opening of the retreat Friday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.
MacFawn, a mother of two adult children, became an ordained minister in 1991 in New Smyrna Beach.
She is currently working on building a facility in Lakeland to be called “The Oasis Center – A Place of Refreshing.’’ The center will cater to people of all walks of life and will be available to men, women, and children. Professional services will be provided.
MacFawn has ministered for more than 20 throughout the United States and Canada. She was recently featured in Charisma Magazine and had a broadcast radio program on WAPN in Daytona Beach.
Young minister among speakers
On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the retreat, there will be a dance workshop and youth panel discussion.
Prophet M. Douglas Moore, 22, will deliver the sermon on Sunday. Moore was called into the ministry at age 12. Moore, a Fort Lauderdale native, is the father of one son, Jamarion.
At 17, he had founded A Way to God’s Love Outreach Ministries, Inc. He is now under the guidance of Apostle Muriel Fuqua and her co-pastor husband, Danny, at Word and Praise Worship. He works with children in Daytona Beach. The Fuquas founded the church in 2000.
Apostle Fuqua, also a professor at Daytona State College, moved to the Daytona Beach area from Louisville, Miss. She graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Minor in Computer Science. In November of that same year (1985), she married Danny Fuqua.
Taught at college
She continued her education and obtained a master’s degree in English Literature in 1989. The same year, after being offered a teaching position at what was then Daytona Beach Community College, she and her family moved to the city.
The church began in an extra room in the family’s home, with the Fuquas and their children, Phebe and Daniel.
In addition to being pastor of the church, Apostle Fuqua is principal of the Word And Praise Christian Learning Center, providing education for children age 1 through middle school. She also is the founder/overseer of I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (International Network of Spiritual Partners).
In 2001, Apostle Fuqua obtained a diploma of Practical Theology from International Seminary in Plymouth. In 2003, she received a Ph.D. in biblical studies from International Seminary.
Pastor Danny Fuqua is a native of Edwards, Miss. He is currently a Sergeant First Class in the Florida Army National Guard with the 1153rd Finance Management Detachment in St. Augustine.