As we continue to journey through these crisis times. We here at Grace and Truth Leadership want to continue to be here for you and your families.

It is our hope that our communications and messages are providing for you some inspiration, information, and impartation.

These are really unprecedented times and yes, many challenges have been handled, but we still have a long way to go. And this disruption has hit so many facets of our daily lives.

More crisis emerging in this time of COVID-19; we see and are touched by the evil of racism like never before in the 21st century.

A father Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, two white men were arrested Thursday, May 7th in the evening.

They face charges of murder and aggravated assault in the klling of Ahmaud Arbery a young black man 26 years old on February 23, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Marcus Arbery Sr. likened his son’s killing to a modern-day lynching. “Anytime you pursue a young man, go jump in a truck with shotguns and a pistol and you follow him and slaughter him like that, that’s lynching,” he said.

These are matters just below the surface in our society and we all have to agree this is another tragedy that should not have happened.

We are concerned in this season for our country and our leadership, it is clear that mental, emotional, and relational health has escalated and has suffered under this period of social distancing.

Many churches are now forced to address the emotional health concerns as connected to our faith in God.

The realities of anxiety, fears, and stress, even topics like depression, loneliness, and suicide, are at all-time highs.

Crisis force all us to do things you previously thought about doing and now really have to do them.

Lastly, the news of yet another leader Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor, author, and speaker, has died.

Patrick was a teaching pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site megachurch based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis, where he lived.

He died of what appears to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to a statement from the church.

No official cause of death has been released, according to the church. Patrick’s unexpected death came as a shock to friends and colleagues.

What’s making it more complicated is that as much as we all wish things would just go back to normal, they really are not.

At least not exactly as they were prior to COVID-19. We will be living in a new normal, and I’m preparing myself and all those under my influence to get ready to be the change and the difference we want to see in this world.

Prayer is and will be defining in this season, so whatever you do “Please don’t stop praying”

Quote: “To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some valuable resources:

  • Remember to practice social distancing and encourage your family and friends to do likewise. We are still in a crisis!
  • Work remotely as much as you can, for safety and emotional health.
  • Talk to your children and teens about COVID-19 candidly, so they understand this time of urgency.
  • Covid-19 Emotional support hotline (844) 863-9314
  • National Domestic Violence hotline (800) 799-7234
  • Remember to wear a mask and gloves and encourage family and friends to do likewise. Although we see and hear of reopening’s of business around the country proceed with caution.
  • Addiction Center for support and help (888) 839-8056
  • You can call Grace and Truth Leadership for Prayer @ (919) 928-0404
  • Consider purchasing my book “The journey of self-care from the inside out” Go to our website click here scroll down the page to purchase.
  • Suicide prevention (800) 273-8255

Special thanks!

Pastor James Baker, Jr. and our leadership team are especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of May 2020, by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Ms. Cynthia Waiters-Artis, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Darlene Simmons,  Ms. Mable Bazemore, Ms. Evelyn Rosado, Ms. Itholear Abbott,  Mrs. Barbara Mason,  Ms. Theresa Lewis, Ms. Ashley Baker, Ms. Judith Battle, Ms. Angela Battle, Ms. Evonne Bazemore, Ms. Chisa Tolliver, Mrs. Lola Moore, Ms. Angie Scraders-Murphy, Mr. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Robin Baker, Ms. Sylvia Sumpter, and Ms. Gertrude Scott.

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Kingdom blessings,
Pastor James Baker Jr.


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