God’s Ministering Gifts
|Yes God is an awesome God for this is evident in His
love for his people. He has bestowed upon us every gift necessary
for us to both obtain and maintain all of the goodness which is available:
life, health, wealth, and salvation. Often these gifts are manifested
inwardly, for example, some of us are blessed with the gift of discernment
and others with the gift of compassion. Each of these gifts empowers
us to be effective in the service of the Lord and allows us to glorify
God from within; thus, we are thankful for these inner gifts. However,
there are also gifts which are manifested outwardly. These are certain
vessels which God uses to bring His blessing to us on His behalf.
These blessings may be in the form of shared knowledge, spiritual guidance, a helping hand, a word of encouragement or anything which ministers to our hearts, minds and spirits. In 2006, after surviving his third stroke, Bishop E. M. Thorpe, Sr., promoted Pastor Lola from Co-Pastor to Pastor of the Northside Institutional Church. This transition was truly an opportunity for many to see the God-given leadership abilities that were present and at work always in this phenomenal woman of God. On Saturday November 1, 2008 Pastor Lola received her Doctorate of Divinity from the North Carolina College of Theology. God has bestowed ministering gifts upon the Northside Institutional Church Of God In Christ for the past 40 years in the persons of Bishop Eugene M. Thorpe and Pastor Lola M. Thorpe. For the 40 years of ministry these willing vessels of God have been gifts to many people. Through them, countless numbers have been touched, and many have been comforted and guided further in the service of the Lord. Ephesians 4:11-12 says: "And He gave some apostles; and some prophets and some evangelist; and some pastors and teachers; for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ."
We are a blessed people, for God has bestowed these ministering gifts upon us and has allowed them to remain with us for 40 years. Bishop Thorpe and Pastor Lola have endured 40 years of unselfish service, 40 years of encouraging God's people, many trials and tribulations, births, deaths, marriages, celebrations and hardship. Through it all they have stood fast, being about perfecting the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ. Such gifts are to be treasured and honored; that is why we take this time to thank God for His Ministering Gifts to us.
Written by Leak Williams, Esquire
Dr. Lola M. Thorpe, Pastor
Lola M. Thorpe is a licensed evangelist of the Church of God in Christ.
She serves with her husband, Bishop Eugene M. Thorpe, at the Northside
Institutional Church of God in Christ in Pittsburgh, PA and has ministered
internationally throughout the United States spreading the gospel
of Jesus Christ. She responded to the call to minister full-time after
retiring from the Pittsburgh Board of Education.
Evangelist Thorpe is the eldest of fourteen children, the mother of six adult children and grandmother of fifteen. Her ministry is one of faith. She is truly an inspiration to all who know her and to those who have been blessed to sit under her ministry.