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  • Gary Dederich

    Gary Dederich Reno, NV

    HI MARSHA !!! HAPPY 50TH "FOR THOSE TEARS I DIED" I LOVE YOU & NAOMI SINGING AT MCC CHRIST CHAPEL SANTA ANA, CA TOGETHER. NAOMI ALSO HAS THE VOICE OF THE ANGELS AS WELL. REMEMBER ME FROM MCC OCEAN OF LIFE !?!? I AM NOW CEO RETIRED YIPEE & LIVING IN RENO, NV WITH MY SPOUSE JAMES SIEBERT OF 25 YEARS. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? I HAD A LITTLE MIRACLE HAPPEN TO ME AWHILE BACK THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE. I HAD SENT THIS TO RANDY LESTER & HIS SPOUSE RYAN. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED..... SPIRITUALLY. THE OTHER DAY I EVEN READ SWEAKY KEYS (SWEAKY STEELE) AT THE PIPER'S OPERA HOUSE IN VIRGINIA CITY IN A ROOM FULL OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. SWEAKY, I AND THE WHOLE ROOM BECANE TO CRY. I AM CRYING NOW JUST REMEMBERING IT CLEARLY. I BEGAN TO SING "IS IT I LORD". WE USED TO SING IT AT MCC OF THE SIERRAS. AS I BEGAN TO SING THIS AWESOME SONG INTO THE MICROPHONE, THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE IN UNISON BEGAN TO SING "IS IT I LORD" WITH ME. I COULD NOT TURN AROUND. HOWEVER, IT SOUNDED LIKE THE VOICES OF A ROOM FULL OF ANGELS. SWEAKY KEYS BEGAN TO LOOK, LISTEN & LEARN THE SONG (WHICH SHE STATED THAT SHE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE) ON THE PIANO. SHE IS IN THE GUINESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR BEING ABLE TO PLAY ANY SONG (WHETHER SHE EVER HEARD IT BEFORE OR NOT) ON THE PIANO. PEOPLE WHERE VIDEO TAPEING THIS MIRACLE. THERE WAS NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE. I HAVE CANDICE, HER FAMILY & HER MAID NORMA'S DAUGHTER (EMMA) FROM THE SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN MOTEL AND MINI MART WHERE I WAS STAYING, WITNESS THIS MIRACLE. LOVE, GARY ( o :

    HI MARSHA !!! HAPPY 50TH "FOR THOSE TEARS I DIED" I LOVE YOU & NAOMI SINGING AT MCC CHRIST CHAPEL SANTA ANA, CA TOGETHER. NAOMI ALSO HAS THE VOICE OF THE ANGELS AS WELL. REMEMBER ME FROM MCC OCEAN OF LIFE !?!? I AM NOW CEO RETIRED YIPEE & LIVING IN RENO, NV WITH MY SPOUSE JAMES SIEBERT OF 25 YEARS. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? I HAD A LITTLE MIRACLE HAPPEN TO ME AWHILE BACK THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE. I HAD SENT THIS TO RANDY LESTER & HIS SPOUSE RYAN. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED.....
    SPIRITUALLY. THE OTHER DAY I EVEN READ SWEAKY KEYS (SWEAKY STEELE) AT THE PIPER'S OPERA HOUSE IN VIRGINIA CITY IN A ROOM FULL OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. SWEAKY, I AND THE WHOLE ROOM BECANE TO CRY. I AM CRYING NOW JUST REMEMBERING IT CLEARLY. I BEGAN TO SING "IS IT I LORD". WE USED TO SING IT AT MCC OF THE SIERRAS. AS I BEGAN TO SING THIS AWESOME SONG INTO THE MICROPHONE, THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE IN UNISON BEGAN TO SING "IS IT I LORD" WITH ME. I COULD NOT TURN AROUND. HOWEVER, IT SOUNDED LIKE THE VOICES OF A ROOM FULL OF ANGELS. SWEAKY KEYS BEGAN TO LOOK, LISTEN & LEARN THE SONG (WHICH SHE STATED THAT SHE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE) ON THE PIANO. SHE IS IN THE GUINESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR BEING ABLE TO PLAY ANY SONG (WHETHER SHE EVER HEARD IT BEFORE OR NOT) ON THE PIANO. PEOPLE WHERE VIDEO TAPEING THIS MIRACLE. THERE WAS NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE. I HAVE CANDICE, HER FAMILY & HER MAID NORMA'S DAUGHTER (EMMA) FROM THE SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN MOTEL AND MINI MART WHERE I WAS STAYING, WITNESS THIS MIRACLE. LOVE, GARY ( o :

  •  Jim East

    Jim East Gainesville Florida

    Hi Marsha and be a LM team, I met Marsha for the first time I believe it was in 1997. Then add a conference at a Florida network in 1999 I believe it was. I was truly inspired by for those tears I died. Marsha‘s ministry is amazing. I hope that you will be able to join us this summer at the UFMCC General conference. Inspiration from people like you, and my first MCC pastor Reverend Paul Whiting as well as a fellow Floridian of mine, Reverend Elvarado Troy perry, helped me realize that in addition to my work in the secular world with blind and visually impaired folk, that God called me to work on disability access and Inclusion with UFMCC. Now today I serve as the officer of the disability access and Inclusion teen and working group. I am truly inspired by BALM ministries. Leaders like you, Reverend Elder Garner, and others are such an inspiration to me. I want to thank you for your gift of music and message. I call you my friend and I hope you you will call me your friend as well. I love your work and your ministry. Thank you my sister in Christ. Respectfully, Jim East PS, had some problems filling out the documentation so I’d like to give my email address here if that’s OK. It is Jay I am.east.mhs@gmail.com. I’m using a screen reader so sometimes things aren’t always accessible on websites. Sorry for any inconvenience. Hope our pass will cross again soon. Thank you for all you do you are truly blessed

    Hi Marsha and be a LM team, I met Marsha for the first time I believe it was in 1997. Then add a conference at a Florida network in 1999 I believe it was. I was truly inspired by for those tears I died. Marsha‘s ministry is amazing. I hope that you will be able to join us this summer at the UFMCC General conference. Inspiration from people like you, and my first MCC pastor Reverend Paul Whiting as well as a fellow Floridian of mine, Reverend Elvarado Troy perry, helped me realize that in addition to my work in the secular world with blind and visually impaired folk, that God called me to work on disability access and Inclusion with UFMCC. Now today I serve as the officer of the disability access and Inclusion teen and working group. I am truly inspired by BALM ministries. Leaders like you, Reverend Elder Garner, and others are such an inspiration to me. I want to thank you for your gift of music and message. I call you my friend and I hope you you will call me your friend as well. I love your work and your ministry. Thank you my sister in Christ. Respectfully, Jim East PS, had some problems filling out the documentation so I’d like to give my email address here if that’s OK. It is Jay I am.east.mhs@gmail.com. I’m using a screen reader so sometimes things aren’t always accessible on websites. Sorry for any inconvenience. Hope our pass will cross again soon. Thank you for all you do you are truly blessed

  • Pat Dorsey Bultena

    Pat Dorsey Bultena Lacey, Wa

    Hi Marsha, you may not remember me but we were in junior choir at San Dimas Community Church. Andrea Noah and I were reminiscing our youth, she told me you were a Christain musician. I remember your mother so fondly. Your ministry with BALM is so important. You are so talented and gifted. Patti

    Hi Marsha, you may not remember me but we were in junior choir at San Dimas Community Church. Andrea Noah and I were reminiscing our youth, she told me you were a Christain musician. I remember your mother so fondly. Your ministry with BALM is so important. You are so talented and gifted. Patti

  • Ibsen

    Ibsen Unites States

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  • Lowell

    Lowell Killeen Texas

    Hello Marsha ! I am a Gospel singer here in Killeen, Texas and I just wanted to let you know how glad I am that I found your song " For Those Tears I Died " I will be performing the song in Church this Sunday. It is such a beautiful song with such a great message, I feel so honored to perform the song and uplifting Jesus !! Blessings from Texas Lowell

    Hello Marsha !
    I am a Gospel singer here in Killeen, Texas and I just wanted to let you know how glad I am that I found your song " For Those Tears I Died " I will be performing the song in Church this Sunday. It is such a beautiful song with such a great message, I feel so honored to perform the song and uplifting Jesus !!
    Blessings from Texas
    Lowell

  • Steve

    Steve California

    Finished your book last night. Loved it so much. I would affirm for you that you exercise the gift of faith. I found your book very faith-renewing. I walked with you through your retelling of the Jesus People Movement. I personally connected back then through Arthur Blessitt, not the Costa Mesa scene. After Bola, I was influenced by Peninsula Bible Church in San José, and the Christian Student movement in and around U Cal Berkeley. We sung your music, but were more influenced by the music of John Fischer. But as you note, we were more into Jesus than any one song or musical artist. Your book was emotionally intense, and sad. But the faith came through strongest. At many points, I though of Alice Miller’s classic book, The Drama of the Gifted Child. Her book really helped me come out on the other side of family abuse. Funny (not ha ha) how so many of the young men and women I knew as part of the Jesus Movement were from troubled families, and struggled with serious emotional wounds. I remember thinking back then that this must be normal. After reading the book, I thought how right I was to seek your review, and how honored I am to have received it. When you asked me why I was asking you, I remember thinking two things. 1) You are a married lesbian, and could tell me if you think I’m off track. But even more 2) You have the heart for, and experience of Christian ministry. On both counts, this is much more true than I knew. I’m betting you even do nursing as a ministry. (I’m still not clear how your life divides between nursing and the ministry of music.) I guess that you started out in the Pentecostal wing of the Jesus movement, while I came out of the Fundamentalist / Evangelical wing. Reading your book convinced me of another thing. I wanted you to read my book to see if you responded well to how I discussed Scripture. For my part, I really loved how you weave Scripture into your story. So naturally and easily. You clearly come out of the Bible study tradition where there was both serious study, and honest personal sharing. I also identify with your personal experience of Jesus. As I’ve moved through my own study of Christian theology, I’ve moved away from Fundamentalist / Evangelical thought, but tried to stay true to my Jesus experience. In that process, I’ve come to appreciate the faith of the early church fathers, and the faith of the mystics – Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. Almost all of them understood that theology comes into its own when it helps us pray and know God more deeply through the living presence of Jesus. Your theology comes across exactly this way. As part of your personal journey of coming to know God more deeply.

    Finished your book last night. Loved it so much. I would affirm for you that you exercise the gift of faith. I found your book very faith-renewing. I walked with you through your retelling of the Jesus People Movement. I personally connected back then through Arthur Blessitt, not the Costa Mesa scene. After Bola, I was influenced by Peninsula Bible Church in San José, and the Christian Student movement in and around U Cal Berkeley. We sung your music, but were more influenced by the music of John Fischer. But as you note, we were more into Jesus than any one song or musical artist.

    Your book was emotionally intense, and sad. But the faith came through strongest. At many points, I though of Alice Miller’s classic book, The Drama of the Gifted Child. Her book really helped me come out on the other side of family abuse. Funny (not ha ha) how so many of the young men and women I knew as part of the Jesus Movement were from troubled families, and struggled with serious emotional wounds. I remember thinking back then that this must be normal.

    After reading the book, I thought how right I was to seek your review, and how honored I am to have received it. When you asked me why I was asking you, I remember thinking two things. 1) You are a married lesbian, and could tell me if you think I’m off track. But even more 2) You have the heart for, and experience of Christian ministry. On both counts, this is much more true than I knew. I’m betting you even do nursing as a ministry. (I’m still not clear how your life divides between nursing and the ministry of music.)

    I guess that you started out in the Pentecostal wing of the Jesus movement, while I came out of the Fundamentalist / Evangelical wing. Reading your book convinced me of another thing. I wanted you to read my book to see if you responded well to how I discussed Scripture. For my part, I really loved how you weave Scripture into your story. So naturally and easily. You clearly come out of the Bible study tradition where there was both serious study, and honest personal sharing.

    I also identify with your personal experience of Jesus. As I’ve moved through my own study of Christian theology, I’ve moved away from Fundamentalist / Evangelical thought, but tried to stay true to my Jesus experience. In that process, I’ve come to appreciate the faith of the early church fathers, and the faith of the mystics – Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. Almost all of them understood that theology comes into its own when it helps us pray and know God more deeply through the living presence of Jesus. Your theology comes across exactly this way. As part of your personal journey of coming to know God more deeply.

  • Tony

    Tony Arizona

    I stumbled on an article from an anti gay Christian page that I accidentally landed on during a search, or perhaps God directed me to it so that I could find your site. I am a married straight male Christian who can no longer ignore the Gay Christian question. I am 66 years old and have gone from a very conservative Southern Baptist in the mid 70s to a more liberal or as many of my fellow Christians would call a baaaad Christian. I just finished reading Justin Lee's book Torn and am reading Does Jesus Really Love Me by Jeff Chu and have others waiting to be read. I can no longer adamantly say that a person with homosexual leanings or who is an active member of the LGBT community cannot be a Christian. In the Gospels all Christ says about eternity is that one has to believe on him. God bless you and all my brothers and sisters in Christ. From Marsha: Yay. Great reads! Keep my book on your list to get to! And I am VERY sure that God loves you!!

    I stumbled on an article from an anti gay Christian page that I accidentally landed on during a search, or perhaps God directed me to it so that I could find your site. I am a married straight male Christian who can no longer ignore the Gay Christian question. I am 66 years old and have gone from a very conservative Southern Baptist in the mid 70s to a more liberal or as many of my fellow Christians would call a baaaad Christian. I just finished reading Justin Lee's book Torn and am reading Does Jesus Really Love Me by Jeff Chu and have others waiting to be read. I can no longer adamantly say that a person with homosexual leanings or who is an active member of the LGBT community cannot be a Christian. In the Gospels all Christ says about eternity is that one has to believe on him. God bless you and all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    From Marsha: Yay. Great reads! Keep my book on your list to get to! And I am VERY sure that God loves you!!

  • Craig Campeau

    Craig Campeau Cary, NC

    The internet really can be a blessing. I too looked you up after what must be a few decades and here you are going as strong as ever. Bless you for keeping the Faith and following your calling. If you ever come to NC or VA, do let us know so that we can reconnect.

    The internet really can be a blessing. I too looked you up after what must be a few decades and here you are going as strong as ever. Bless you for keeping the Faith and following your calling.

    If you ever come to NC or VA, do let us know so that we can reconnect.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous Charlottesville, Virginia

    I just looked you up, remembering you from a church camp in Indiana long ago. Blessings to you and yours! So good to think of those times, and your music, and to read of your journey so far and your dedication to God. Yay!

    I just looked you up, remembering you from a church camp in Indiana long ago. Blessings to you and yours! So good to think of those times, and your music, and to read of your journey so far and your dedication to God. Yay!

  • Bill Drayton

    Bill Drayton

    Hi Marsha! I found your name and the name of your ministry in Jeremy Marks' book: Exchanging The Truth of God for a Lie. Someone lent it to me yesterday and I can't put it down. It could be telling my story. I say now that I used to be an evangelical Christian. The hurt is still there, but I have never in my life been so happy. I have a wonderful partner who is filipino and has a deep Catholic faith. I would say spiritual. He has enabled me to appreciate the unconditional nature of God's love which I did not know before when I was hiding my true identity because of my fear of other people's reactions - especially my family's. I can honestly say that when I came out as a gay man 4 1/2 years ago it felt as though I was born again - in the sense of at long last discovering who I really was from the beginning and fully accepting myself. So when Jesus says: You will know the truth and the truth will set you free, that indeed applies to me. I am free of the depression I used to suffer because of the strain of pretending and wanting to be accepted. I used to have what I would describe as a dark cloud over my head, always there, and wearing me down. Within the last two days I remembered a "picture" I had of me wearing a heavy suit of armour and struggling in the desert heat, not able to take it off. But somehow miraculously it did come off. I had this "picture" a few years before I came out and frankly was annoyed at the time because I did not understand the meaning of it. Then in November 2011 at a time when I was jetlagged and exhausted and my then wife fetched me from the local railway station, determined for once to challenge me when I was at my weakest point, she asked me the question: Are you gay or bisexual? For the first time in my entire life, I said: Yes, and it felt as though a great weight had just been lifted off my shoulders and I was free at the age of 63. I have to say that even though she and I have recently got divorced we have a deep affection for each other. She has met someone who I hope will make her happy. His story is very similar to hers in that his wife told him 18 months ago that she was a lesbian. My ex and I often meet. I follow Shakespeare's words: To thy own self be true! Jeremy quotes them as well. I know that for some it is very difficult, especially with family. My Dad is still alive at the age of 92 with his mind as sharp as anything. Once in his 50s he said to me that if he had his way he would line those "queers" against a wall and shot the lot of them. He meant what he said. He will never change and I don't expect him to, but he is still my Dad. He has never disowned me. I could go on for a long time, but I'd better stop. May God continue to bless BALM ministries. All the best, Bill.

    Hi Marsha! I found your name and the name of your ministry in Jeremy Marks' book: Exchanging The Truth of God for a Lie. Someone lent it to me yesterday and I can't put it down. It could be telling my story. I say now that I used to be an evangelical Christian. The hurt is still there, but I have never in my life been so happy. I have a wonderful partner who is filipino and has a deep Catholic faith. I would say spiritual. He has enabled me to appreciate the unconditional nature of God's love which I did not know before when I was hiding my true identity because of my fear of other people's reactions - especially my family's. I can honestly say that when I came out as a gay man 4 1/2 years ago it felt as though I was born again - in the sense of at long last discovering who I really was from the beginning and fully accepting myself. So when Jesus says: You will know the truth and the truth will set you free, that indeed applies to me. I am free of the depression I used to suffer because of the strain of pretending and wanting to be accepted. I used to have what I would describe as a dark cloud over my head, always there, and wearing me down. Within the last two days I remembered a "picture" I had of me wearing a heavy suit of armour and struggling in the desert heat, not able to take it off. But somehow miraculously it did come off. I had this "picture" a few years before I came out and frankly was annoyed at the time because I did not understand the meaning of it. Then in November 2011 at a time when I was jetlagged and exhausted and my then wife fetched me from the local railway station, determined for once to challenge me when I was at my weakest point, she asked me the question: Are you gay or bisexual? For the first time in my entire life, I said: Yes, and it felt as though a great weight had just been lifted off my shoulders and I was free at the age of 63. I have to say that even though she and I have recently got divorced we have a deep affection for each other. She has met someone who I hope will make her happy. His story is very similar to hers in that his wife told him 18 months ago that she was a lesbian. My ex and I often meet. I follow Shakespeare's words: To thy own self be true! Jeremy quotes them as well. I know that for some it is very difficult, especially with family. My Dad is still alive at the age of 92 with his mind as sharp as anything. Once in his 50s he said to me that if he had his way he would line those "queers" against a wall and shot the lot of them. He meant what he said. He will never change and I don't expect him to, but he is still my Dad. He has never disowned me.
    I could go on for a long time, but I'd better stop. May God continue to bless BALM ministries. All the best, Bill.