||The Making of an Apostle, a Christian Work LLC
||October 15, 2012
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The Making of an Apostle, Volume 1,
A true life odyssey of an Black American woman that details an amazing journey with God as she is rescued from taking her own life and then trained by the Holy Spirit to be God's Apostle, a servant sent forth with a sword.
Volume 1, "A Seedling" in The Making of an Apostle book series provides a glimpse into life's choices and challenges as Apostle Sharon Loving Ruff receives a Rhema word from God that He had hidden within her a "seed" that had been passed down from generations upon generations which was now being brought forth for His divine purposes. He then sends her to the Republic of Liberia and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in West Africa on a one-way airline ticket after audibly pronouncing the reason why she is alive, "I saved your seed from slavery and raised you up. I am sending you to be a blessing to your people."
"A Seedling" then explodes into a treasure chest of discoveries, astounding revelations and awesome adventures as Apostle Sharon arrives in Liberia on the date chosen by God and learns that only hours earlier, Charles Taylor led rebel forces to invade the country and Liberia is officially in a state-of-war. In spite of the dangers surrounding her during the first two months of Liberia's 14-year civil war, this book continues to chronicle her bold walk of faith as she connects to the plight of the Liberian people and to her ancestral roots in the Kpelle tribe. Intense spiritual warfare, amazing natural and supernatural encounters and the receipt of profound prophetic words from the Almighty God are among many awesome experiences.
No matter the gender, age, or religious affiliation, reading this book provides the reader with truths and helps direct them to answers for many of life's perplexing questions, including "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?"
Even though, in the religious community, I am considered of the Holiness persuasion, I did not limit myself to visiting only Liberian Christian churches of similar denominational beliefs. As such, I asked Junior to accompany me as I visited various churches, prayer groups and missions in Monrovia and its surrounding suburbs. Some were small and some very large.
I often attended a particular church near the downtown corridor led by Pastor Joe. I really enjoyed his mid-day prayer meeting which included a brief sermon. One day, I received specific instructions from the Lord to attend Pastor Joe’s services. I assumed He wanted me to add my prayers to those of the congregation as people were praying against the rebel forces’ advancement.
Traffic that day was really congested. There had been a minor accident involving an ambulance and a motorcycle. The prayer service had already started by the time Junior and I arrived. When I entered the sanctuary, the church was at capacity and there were only a few vacant seats on the back row. As a minister, I never liked sitting in the back of a church. I always tried to sit within the first three to four rows to avoid the movement of others distracting me. Nevertheless, before I took a seat, I told Junior I would meet him at the restaurant down the street in three hours. This allowed me time to speak privately with Pastor Joe after the prayer service. However, after service, other people seemingly had the same idea so Pastor Joe gathered everyone, and we had an impromptu group discussion about the war and various issues facing Liberia. It lasted about an hour, and I certainly felt the peace and joy of the Lord as we concluded our discussion.
My watch revealed there was an additional hour before my arranged meeting with Junior. I decided to use this time to take a stroll on the sidewalks that surrounded the beautiful church compound. When I exited the building, I took a couple of steps to walk eastward, then suddenly stopped. Immediately, I felt the need to walk in the opposite direction. I didn’t hear any words spoken, but I felt I should walk westward, so I did. There were many people leaving the church walking in that direction. I understood from overhearing their conversations that they had attended a leadership workshop.
This was a typical hot Liberian day during the dry season. The sun was extremely bright as its rays bounced off everything around me. Walking a few feet ahead of me were Liberian women beautifully dressed in bright colors. The men who walked with them wore traditional garments as well as western attire. There were at least three groups of five to eight people walking about three feet between each group in front of me. The last group was so close I could hear their laughter as they spoke in English and in their tribal dialects.
I could not help but admire the absolute beauty of that moment: a great prayer service; a wonderful discussion session; and, a bright sunny day. Liberian beauty at its best! Group after group reached the sidewalk’s end and turned the corner to walk southward towards the main street. As I reached the corner, I felt the presence of the Lord once again leading me. I knew I was to turn the corner and walk in the same southward direction. When I did, I was stunned as I saw what appeared to be a person lying on the ground. Instinctively my eyes scanned the area and I noticed many people on both sides of the street. As I got closer to the object on the ground, my worst fears were confirmed.
An Unforgettable Life-Changing Experience
Reading The Making of An Apostle, Volume 1, "A Seedling" is a an unforgettable experience.
Apostle Ruff has given us an close-up view of the life of simple--but costly--faith. The book presents such a gripping, compelling story that you almost have to stop and remind yourself that it's not a novel, but her real-life experiences.
It's page after page of testimony of her attempting to discern and follow the call of God for her to represent Him to the powerful and the powerless all over the world. What makes this book especially unique is that it speaks of the author's struggles with learning to trust and obey when the risks and personal sacrifices involved are extraordinarily great.
Reading this book in "The Making of an Apostle" book series blessed me with a more vivid picture of who our Lord is, what matters most to Him, and how much He desires us to bravely join Him in His redemptive work. I encourage you to be reignited in your faith and sense of purpose by experiencing this unforgettable book!
Ronn Elmore, Psy.d
Christian Counselor, Author, Pastor
Phenomenal Divine Encounter with the Almighty
Great book!!! This is a must read. If you are looking for an opportunity to have an encounter with your Savior, need a refreshing in your walk with God, buy this book, get in a quiet place and watch God speak to you. It happened to me and all I those that I know that bought this book series. What's a price, to have the Almighty God making Himself known to you. INVEST IN YOUR DESTINY. It is worth it. You are talking about His plan for your life!!!
Pastor Judy Warner
Discover Hidden Treasure in How to Walk with God
This is a wonderful book! I really enjoyed how Apostle Sharon Loving Ruff developed the stories of her adventures in West Africa. I clearly saw how God gave her a “clue” and then had her “search” for the next piece of information before giving the revelation.
This book proves a Bible principle that knowledge, understanding, wisdom and revelation is obtained by following step by step, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, and being obedient to the leading of the Lord on a day by day basis. As I read "A Seedling," I felt like I was going on a treasure hunt with its writer. Then, every time I felt I had discovered the treasure with her; there was more to be found. I followed the journey of "A Seedling" closely and this book took me on a journey with God. It was as if God was a tour guide and I was His special guest, along with Apostle Sharon.
I recommend this awesome book to all Christians, as well as, to anybody who just wants to experience a true adventure.
Capitol Heights, Maryland
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