October 2009–So Many Connections…So Many Transformed Lives in Christ!

OCTOBER 2009–TBG Newsletter

Remember to join us on the 10th day of each month as we passionately PRAY for God’s life-giving, life-freeing, transforming work to be done in the lives of all with whom we minister-at conferences, counseling sessions or on corners and in coffee shops!

REJOICE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST!– an update on some recent events –

Over these last two months we have been blessed to meet and minister with so many brothers and sisters in Christ! So many lives have been transformed…and so many lives are continually being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory! Enjoy the update and some fun pictures:

September 16-20-Sylane Mack attended the 2009 World Conference of the AACC-American Association of Christian Counselors, held in Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotelentitled: Grace and Truth! The Key Note Speakers and Workshop Presenters shared great skills and deep encouragement with all who serve in various forms of counseling ministries. During this Convention, Sylane was inducted into the BAACC (Black African-American Association of Christian Counselors) Board of Advisors-through which she is, humbly and thankfully, serving as Assistant Chaplain.


BAACC Board of Advisorsseated: Dr. Atty. Paris M. Finner-Williams (Elder of Elders), Rev. Mark Crear, PhD (Chairperson), Elder Sabrina D. Black (Past Chairperson); standing: Elder Nicole Barber, MA (North Regional Rep.), Bishop Arnold J. Byrd, MPS (Chaplain), Rev. Owen C. Cardwell, PhD, ABD (First Vice President), Sylane Mack, MS (Assistant Chaplain), Dr. Neal Siler (South Regional Rep.), Dr. Brenda K. Richardson (Second Vice Chairman), Dr. Renata W. Hannah (Assistant Secretary), Dr. Jacqueline Smith (Recording Secretary). Absent from picture: Rev. Carolyn T. Long, PhD (East Regional Rep.), Robert Williams, LMSW (Treasurer), Venita Welcome, MS (Assistant Treasurer), Dr. De’Borah Donald, NCPM (Chief Editor)

FYI: BAACC’s 8th Annual Summit on April 29 -May 1, 2010, will be in Georgia at the Hilton Hotel – Atlanta Airport. The theme: BAACC to Basics -As a person thinketh – based on: 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”


October 2-4-Sylane Mack, assisted by Jean Heiss, led a full and transforming weekend retreat of Harvest of Hearts for approximately 51 women from New Beginnings Community Church (NBCC) of Moorestown, NJ. This retreat focused on God’s love, healing, powerful transformation and His amazing purpose in our lives-to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ!

s-retreat-10-2009 Most of the women in attendance at the NBCC Retreat

Reflections from Beth Concannon – Member of the Leadership-Prayer Team and Pastor’s Wife:

he women at New Beginnings Community Church invited Sylane to come and minister through “The Harvest of Hearts” at our women’s retreat at Harvey Cedars during the first weekend in October. We were in awe of what God has done in her life and what He is doing through her ministry.  Sylane not only ministers out of the depth of her background and pain, she also breathes new freshness and life into those to whom she ministers.  Sylane’s dear friend, Jean Heiss, attended our event with her, and they both showed humility, great gifting, sensitivity, and pliability in the way they ministered. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity and plan to have Sylane back again for the sequel “It is For Freedom!” The feedback from all of the women has been unbelievable, with most of them saying the weekend was “life-changing.”Praise God!

Many Blessings, Beth Concannon


October 23-24Sylane Mack and DeAnne Harland ministered at the 49th Annual 2009 New Jersey Christian Ministries Convention (NJCMC): “Great is Thy Faithfulness! And God certainly was!!!

Friday evening, while DeAnne ministered and shared TBG information at our Exhibition Hall table, Sylane led a workshop entitled: God’s Passion, Purpose and Power! What Difference Does it Make to Youwith 40 or more people attending (and a few standing in the back because all the chairs were taken!)

All day Saturday, Oct. 24, both DeAnne and Sylane ministered at our TBG Table where we met and prayed with fabulous contacts and made some new friends. We were especially blessed by one prayer-focused, brother in Christ, James Jackson, from the ministry of Teen Challenge.

He spent time praying with us, and as James said, “I’ve been directing traffic to your table all day because the power of God and healing and freedom is here!” Thank you, James!

Thank you, God, for your power!

Thank you, God, for the Body of Christ!


DeAnne Harland, James Jackson, Sylane Mack at NJCMC



November 6-8-Sylane Mack will be giving a full weekend-four session presentation of  Harvest of Hearts at the Women’s Retreat for Lawndale Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA. This oft-requested and powerful retreat will be held at S.P.A.D.E. International Conference Center in Kempton, PA. Kyoko Iwashita Kneller will serve as the TBG prayer partner and team member.

November 14- Lydia Austin will be leading a one day retreat for the women of Abundant Life Community Church of Port Murray, NJ held at The Inn at Panther Valley in Allamuchy, NJ. Lydia’s teaching will be based on James 1:22“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” and is appropriately and encouragingly entitled:  Just Do It!

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Your FINANCIAL gifts help make possible:

  • Counseling services to those who otherwise are without the financial resources that would allow them to participate in this healing process.
  • Conference Speaking Events for churches and organizations whose budgets are greatly limited compared to the hunger they have for God’s Word and the desire they have to grow as disciples of our Lord Jesus.
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Your gifts of PRAYERS join with ours so that we may bring glory to our Lord Jesus and His transforming grace to all the people with whom we minister!

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Update on CONVINCED! — GOD’s story written by Sylane:

We are in the final stages of reviewing the proof copies now! And with God’s loving, sovereign and intimate leading, Convinced! should be available before Thanksgiving!