The passing of the pulpit
CJ, my awesome husband, comes a rich lineage. His ancestry is riddled with passion, strength and wisdom for the things of God. If you truly know my beloved or even as an acquaintance, you know that the love of God flows through his body like a mighty rushing hot springs that cannot be contained. This insurmountable love has taken him to the seminary where he prepares to share it. This love was not of his own, of course not, however, it was passed down to him from grandfather Clifford Cousins.
Clifford Cousins was a man of God—one who sought Him in everything he did. He too had this unquenchable thirst for God which resulted in the founding of 32 churches along with a few schools in Jamaica. Although Clifford was not a trained minister but a layman, he was an internationally known evangelist, a strong believer in natural medicine and a vessel used by God to win the souls of even the stubborn hearts. He had a way of conveying the love of God in its right light with such a peaceful and loving demeanor.
Oliver Gardens SDA Church was the last church Clifford founded in October 1976. We got a chance to meet with some of the founding members and enjoyed the stories they told. This experience was such a nostalgic one that I held back the tears. Seeing my beloved claim his lineage was both overwhelming and reassuring.
Before he died, I remember him placing his hand on my head and praying a blessing upon me. I was so young then so I didn’t truly understand. But now, I strongly believe that he passed on his passion for God to me. —CJ Cousins