We all will experience trouble in this life.  There will be days when nothing seems to go as we planned.  Considering the reasons for our difficult circumstances can have us wasting countless hours searching for reasons.      

     Accepting what we cannot change is critical for future success.   The pains associated with disconnecting from our dissolution may seem life threatening.  TRUTH will bring us HOPE!    

     “Every crooked trail comes to an end.”  The crooked trails are those paths that keep us turning and twisting and avoiding the inevitable.     

     Are you stuck on an endless path of nowhere?  Like the dog chasing his tail as he runs in circles? 

    We must know when to look outside of ourselves for the answers to life’s challenges.  “Life’s challenges are Gods’ way of teaching us to TRUST Him!    

Submitted by:  Shirley E. Thompson 


We Are Not Alone!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,

Drop Hindrances!

Let us throw off everything that hinders (us) and the sin that so easily entangles (us).

Run Your Race!

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Look to Jesus!
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer                        (As HE perfects our) FAITH.


For the joy set before Him


He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)


Religion vs. Relationship


The Way and the Truth and the Life!


“Let’s Keep It Simple…We just need to get past the routine of our religious experiences…And find ourselves in true RELATIONSHIP with GOD, then we can              Reproduce the POWER of JESUS CHRIST!

  13.  "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.


  14.  "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  St. Matthew 7:13-14

Submitted by:  J. Andre Thompson

The Team!- The Couple!

J. Andre Thompson & Shirley E. Fergins

October 1978, Andre said to Shirley,

“Our love was established before the foundations of the world!”

The couple would sing beautiful harmony and glorified God. The courtship was according to God’s word and their relationship quickly moved forward. Their first date was in was the 3rd Friday evening in November 1978. Proposal for marriage came in December 1978. Here he asked Shirley to marry him in December of 1978. The couple married at the Greater Bethany Community Church late on a Friday evening on March 23, 1979. Elder Senur Jackson officiating over the ceremony



Shirley & Andre's first date. The Annual Greater Bethany Community Church Banquet 11/78

In December 1978 we see Andre & Shirley sitting on Straight Street. It is here that Andre would propose to Shirley. Both Andre & Shirley were thankful for true Love and for God’s Blessings. Straight St. is

located in front of the Los Angeles Coliseum.



The 1st Wedding Day. Here Andre & Shirley pause to take a picture before their marriage (for the first time.) At 7:00pm on Friday, March 23, 1979. Location: Greater BethanyCommunity Church Los Angeles CA.

The Couple- The Team

Thirteen Years after the first wedding day Andre and Shirley would renew their wedding vows. Andre would say on every anniversary over the years, “I will marry you again, in the church, not in an office openly before God and man!” On the Second Saturday on May 1992, they did it again! The cake, the dress, the wedding was a Miracle! Paying less than $250.00 all things worked together for our good!

Shirley & J. Andre Thompson Married the 2nd Time Around!

Location: Scripture Church of Christ, Falls Church,Virginia. Elder Georg Marshall is the Founder and Overseer of the church and is Officiating.

The Team, The Couple Sing to each other during the ceremony. Offering thanks for God’s Will Being Done! Pastor Marshall (J. Andre’s former pastor looks on.

Bishop William H. Thompson, Jr., Founder and Senior Pastor of Greater Praise Temple Ministrieslocated in Woodbridge, VA (Pastor J. Andre Thompson’s older brother) toast the Happy Couple. He would later offer prayers and thanks to God for the renewing of their wedding vows.Praising and Blessing God for their union and their futures.



This picture was taken at the

 J. Andre & Shirley’s 1st wedding reception at Miracle Baptist Church in April 1979.


Our son Marrio (yes with two (r)s was a major part of our team. He allowed us the wonderful opportunity to parent a precious son. Although he was not able to attend our weddings. He celebrated with us froma far. Marrio is (Shirley’s only son) Marrio was seven years old when Shirley and J. Andre married in 1979. J. Andre took on the role of stepparent. Marrio thrived in all areas of sports development and won many trophies, certificates and awards as a young child and adolescent.

Marrio would grow up to be an Educational Leader, Caring Father and A Loving Husband. Read more about Him at our Board of Trustees link.

As a toddler and younger child Marrio simply did not see the value in working hard to play. Inspiration and better health came to him as he learned just how fun sports were. The benefits of sports still provide him relaxation and better health.

Because Andre was able to instill within Marrio the love for the games of sports: Baseball, and Football. Marrio’s skill grew and he would go on to be an All State Athlete and Champion in football winning several awards and trophies. Marrio went on to be a Coach, Referee,Certified Special Education Teacher, Dean of Students, Vice-Principal and Principal of Elementary school, Intermediate and High School. J. Andre and Shirley Thompson are also very proud grandparents. Marrio and his lovely wife Carmen have blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren. Maya and Marcus are a great additionto our family and our joys.

One of Marrio’s class pictures taken at The Miracle Baptist Christ School. Marrio was in the 3rd grade. Marrio would go on to earn several university degrees an: A.A. in Physical Education B.A. in Liberal Studies M.A. in Education/Special Education.