One day after participating in the Virtual Haggai Leader Experience (VHLE), Shermodean Vernon woke up and had the Scripture reference of Jeremiah 1:5 on her mind. She knew that the Lord was trying to show her something. And since she was not familiar with that verse, she had to look it up. It is the Lord saying, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations” (GNT).
Then in January of 2021, Shermodean was invited to be a part of the Belize Haggai Alumni Association. She describes, “We were having a video call and I remember looking at the screen and seeing pastors, leaders, a doctor, and then myself. I said, ‘Lord what am I doing here?’ And He said, ‘I chose you.’ God was reminding me of His Word to me back in December of Jeremiah 1:5.”
It seems as if God has chosen Shermodean for other Kingdom work, as well. Going back to the fall of 2020, she was part of the first VHLE in Belize. She says, “During that equipping, I learned to lead by example. I need to live a life for Christ, so that when someone has an encounter with me, they bump into Him. We worked on establishing Kingdom goals. At the end of that VHLE, A Place Called Hope was born.”
She soon began cooking and making up 10 plates of breakfast for the homeless in her village. Shermodean explains, “I do this out of my home on the 15th and at the end of each month, which coincides with when I get paid at work. I made a video to share with people, and I must say that I have had multiple people wanting to come alongside this vision of A Place Called Hope. The goal is to start doing this weekly and eventually every day, and then the whole vision will be realized.”
During her VHLE equipping, one of the facilitators said something that Shermodean chooses to make a reality in her life. She shares, “I heard the words: Be the fifth Gospel. You know, there is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And I need to be the fifth one. I don’t want to only speak about Christ, but I want my entire life to be a representation of Him.” Feeding the homeless in her village goes a long way toward showing who Christ is to a world in need.
Written by Valerie Dyke