“That’s why I say, I used to lock people up, now I’m trying to set people free.”
From buying cocaine as an undercover mob boss to preaching about Jesus, Dale Sutherland worked as both a pastor and an undercover narcotics officer in Washington D.C. for 22 years. In his words, “I'd be in the office counseling, working, and then in the evening I'd go to the police department and buy drugs and arrest bad guys.” As part of his undercover persona, he was presented as several different roles to entice perpetrators to sell and buy drugs from them; one of those roles was as a pimp. He would often have prostitutes surrounding him, while also preaching on holiness at church as a pastor, so he found his unexpected job duo often challenging.
In his early 20s, Dale felt the call to minister to urban youth. However, growing in a Christian home within a safe and secure neighborhood, Dale didn’t have much experience with life on the streets, so after a few years in Bible college, he enrolled in the Washington D.C. police academy. Shortly after graduating, he was introduced to the undercover department, fell in love with the work, and most importantly God revealed to him a new way to minister to the urban communities he felt called too.
Following a close call dodging his own murder by 45 minutes, Dale’s desire to evangelize on the force significantly increased. He began sharing the gospel more and more on the force, and many former drug dealers, including his friend Javier, who he initially arrested, credit him for leading them to Christ and getting them off the streets.
After 22 years on the force, 12 of those years balancing both jobs, Dale retired from the police force. Today, he is an associate pastor at his local church in Washington D.C., where he become known as the Undercover Pastor. He’s also the founder of Code 3, a non-profit organization that provides training and programs to police and citizens so they can work together to build safer, more connected communities. His goal of sharing the gospel remains the same.
In his words, “The only thing that matters is that I can reach more people for Christ, for eternity. That’s why I say, 'I used to lock people up, now I’m trying to set people free.'"
Connect with Dale’s nonprofit community organization, Code 3 at www.code3.org.
Pinellas Park, FL
“Felt like a freight train I hit," said Mickey Holiday.
“So, I got back up and walked over there, there was like an inch difference, a crack in the cement, but it was violent.”
80-year-old gospel musician and song writer Mickey Holiday had been on his daily walk in September 2020, when he tripped and hit his head hard on the sidewalk. The lump on his head was sizeable and bleeding.
Mickey said, “Someone came up and said, 'Can I get you some ice water?' [reply] 'Oh no no no, I’m okay,' but I was really hurt.”
Mickey made his way back to his apartment to lie down, and the headaches started. He went to his computer and looked up concussion where he saw a number of worrisome symptoms.
“There were all kinds of possibilities of what happened, your brain bleeding,” said Mickey.
And others like dizziness and memory loss. Although concerned, he wasn’t interested in seeing a doctor or taking pain medications.
“I haven’t had aspirin in many years. I just decided to not take all that stuff.”
Then, after a week of intense headaches, he started having bouts of dizziness.
Mickey said, “There was one point I crawled on all fours just to get around my room. But the fear grew in me, what could have happened?”
Mickey immediately began praying for healing as the pain and dizziness kept him from enjoying life, especially playing music. As fear and discouragement tried to command his thoughts in the coming weeks, he fought back with words of faith from Scripture.
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I will not die but live and declare the works of the Lord,” said Mickey.
At one point, he asked his pastor to anoint him with oil and pray.
“says call for the elders of the church and have them anoint you with oil and pray for you that you be healed,” said Mickey. “That’s not a new verse it’s been there forever.”
Then on November 6th, two months after he fell, Mickey was watching The 700 Club Interactive show when the hosts, Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen, started praying for viewers. He heard Terry say...
“There’s someone, you’ve fallen, you’ve tripped, you’ve stumbled over some kind of uneven ground, but the damage from that has been unbelievable. And you’re so discouraged. God is healing every single thing you’re facing right now. In Jesus’ name, be restored and made whole.”
Mickey said, “That’s me, she’s talking about me!”
The headaches, the dizziness – all of it went away immediately and soon Mickey was back to his daily walks and making music for the Lord.
“I feel great!”
Mickey said, “People respond to me about this and say I’m glad you’re feeling better. I am too, but that’s not the point. The point is God spoke to a woman on a tv show and He spoke directly to my situation, that’s the point. That’s the miracle.”
In Cambodia, Baby Tantan entered the world with a cleft lip, marking the beginning of a challenging journey for her parents, Hoeun Larn and Ramo Mar. The initial months were fraught with despair as they sought help for their beloved daughter. "I felt hopeless," Hoeun Larn confessed, recounting the futile attempts to seek aid through social media. The financial burden loomed large, making even the most basic needs, like food, an unattainable luxury.
Ramo Mar, Tantan's father, worried about her future, foreseeing the potential for societal stigma as she grew older. "She should not have to grow up like this," he expressed, his heart heavy with concern for Tantan's well-being.
Nine-year-old Meng Horng, Tantan's sister, saw her baby sister's cleft lip before her arrival home from the hospital. The sight tugged at her heartstrings, wishing desperately for a solution that their financial constraints denied them.
The family resorted to selling cakes, a humble effort to gather extra funds. But their earnings barely made a dent in their mounting expenses, leaving Hoeun Larn to make tough choices, diverting cake earnings towards essential needs like formula for Tantan.
"I was worried," Meng Horng admitted, fearing the potential psychological impact on Tantan as she grew older. The specter of societal judgment haunted her, dreading the possibility of Tantan feeling ashamed of her appearance.
The clouds of despair parted when someone mentioned Operation Blessing. The organization extended a lifeline, offering Tantan the chance for free surgery to repair her cleft palate.
"After my daughter got the operation, she looks so beautiful," Ramo Mar exclaimed, his joy palpable. Tantan's newfound laughter and smiles brought immense relief and happiness to the family.
The transformation was apparent as family members noted the positive change in Tantan's appearance. "When I saw how beautiful her lip looked, I wanted to kiss and hug her. I really love her!" Ramo Mar expressed, overflowing with gratitude for those who aided their journey.
Tantan's story reflects the profound impact of kindness and support, shaping a future filled with hope and smiles. The family's plea echoes, urging continued assistance for the people of Cambodia, a testament to the enduring power of compassion and generosity.
“At the peak of my success, I lost everything in the blink of an eye. One bad decision in five seconds, changed everything.” Andrew Carter: husband, father and owner of a successful CrossFit gym was going to jail for assault in the third degree. A gym member had made a racial slur about him, sending the 31-year-old into a violent rage. However, Andrew didn’t feel it was his fault. He recalls, “I blamed God for me being in jail. I stayed mad at God the entire 18 months that I was in prison, and then probably another good year after I got out.”
Anger wasn’t new for Andrew. He experienced nothing but turmoil from the time he was born to his white, drug-addicted mother and her black pimp. From 10 till 16 Andrew bounced between foster care and relatives. One was his uncle, an ex-con. Andrew says, “He taught me many of the same defense mechanisms and survival tactics that they teach somebody in prison: how not to be a punk, how not to be taken advantage of, how to stand up for yourself. I felt respected. I felt like the, you know, the harder I was, the...the more respect that I got.”
Throughout Andrew’s teens, drugs and sex were his tickets to peace and acceptance. Then at 17, he came to faith in Christ after his girlfriend’s brother told him about God’s love. Andrew recalls, “For the very first time, life made sense. This was truth. It touched my heart.” Andrew hoped church would be where he finally fit in. He says, “You're told to come as you are, but then when I did, I wasn't good enough. It reawakened some of those feelings of rejection, of not finding a place to fit in, not being accepted."
So, Andrew ran, and went back to his old lifestyle. Two years later he married his girlfriend and started a family. His temper resurfaced and he wound up doing six months in jail for assault and battery. Then, one of the inmates, a Christian, befriended him. He recalls, “I'm feeling accepted. We have this common denominator. And that's Jesus. I started to reawaken my relationship with God.”
That friendship gave him hope, so, after his release, Andrew started taking his family to church. He took a factory job, dreaming of financial security he never had growing up. A few years later he went to see a guest preacher at church, hoping he’d give him a word from God of prosperity. Instead, the man told Andrew he was destined to be a pastor. Andrew recalls, “I felt discouraged. Other people's word from the last year were financial blessings, prosperity, growth in their career and opportunities. The picture of ministry to me wasn't a picture of success. I grew up with not having enough things. And so, I didn't want that to be my story.”
So, Andrew ran from God again. He left the church to pursue his own path, earning two college degrees and starting a profitable CrossFit gym. Then came the racial slur, the fight, and an 18-month jail sentence. He says, “I really felt like I was on the right track. I was doing everything that the world promises will bring you joy, and peace, and happiness. I lost everything in the blink of an eye. I felt angry. I felt frustrated. I was mad specifically at God.” After his release, Andrew’s life continued to crumble. He got divorced, his business failed, and his relationship with his kids was strained. Even his occasional visits to church weren’t helping. Andrew says, “I felt defeated. I felt lost. I wanted to die.”
Over the next eight years, as Andrew worked even harder to rebuild his life, he started to notice people around him nudging him towards God. Even as things improved, he began to realize how empty his life was. He recalls, “I was doing things externally, making money, traveling, sleeping around. Doing all these things trying to figure out how I fit in, and it was in that moment when I realized I’m doing the same thing that I did before and it’s gonna lead me to the same place. I'm trying to win the approval of people through success as opposed to entering into a relationship with God.”
It was a sobering realization. As Andrew contemplated his life, he reflected on everything God had carried him through. And one evening in late December 2019, he posted a TikTok video testimony that went viral overnight. While reviewing the comments the next morning, one message pierced his heart. He recalls, “It said, ‘Andrew, I've been to prison, I've been divorced, I've been to foster care, and last night I was going to take my life. But seeing that God carried you through those things, I believe that He could do the same for me. And so, I decided not to.’ I felt the Holy Spirit come over me and I started weeping. I just started crying. I was just like, ‘God, forgive me.’"
Andrew repented of his pride and anger. He recommitted his life to God and over the next year continued to submit and seek God’s direction. He recalls, “Everything was making me cry. And it was just tears that I've held back. It was tears from the pain and the hurt that I've caused. It was tears from the realization of what Jesus did for me on the cross.”
Today, Andrew has embraced his God-given identity as a pastor with a huge social media influence. He knows now he was never alone or abandoned. He says, “As I look back in retrospect, God has been with me. He never walked away. He never let go of me. And I have the absolute privilege of telling the world, yelling from the rooftops and on, on all the platforms in front of millions of people, the goodness of God, the love of Jesus, and the power that He has to transform your life.”
Discover more about Andrew Carter's ministry at www.AndrewFCarter.com.
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