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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday, March 9, 2013 Marks The 28th Wedding Anniversary of Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita Rasmus

Congratulations to Pastor Rudy and his wife Pastor Juanita Rasmus from the Your Thought Matters Newspaper Family

Click here to like Pastor Rudy's Page on Facebook!  -- Thanks for joining the family here on this page. Pastor Rudy Rasmus is the author of "TOUCH", a global humanitarian, a street ethicist and Chief Architect of the "LOVE rEVOLution."

More About Pastor Rasmus 

Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. He often says his primary spiritual gift is “hanging out.” From his previous life of owning and operating a “borderline bordello,” today Pastor Rudy co-pastors the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless, and 40% of the total membership are in church for the first time as adults) in 20 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew. He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent in-house poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew.

For three years Pastor Rudy was a monthly contributor to Oprah Winfrey’s “O Magazine’s” ethics column entitled “Now What Do I Do” and is currently a featured faith-blogger in the Houston Chronicle’s on-line edition. He is a 2008 gospel music industry Stellar Award nominee for the music project “Touch” and is the author of two books including the newly released “Jesus Insurgency” with Co-Author Dottie Escobedo-Frank (Abingdon Publishing, Nashville), and “Touch: Pressing against the wounds of a broken world” (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville). Pastor Rudy joined SiriusXm Radio as an on air personality in 2010 and can be heard every Wednesday and Sunday on his show “The Love Revolution with Pastor Rudy” on SiriusXm’s Praise Channel.

Pastor Rudy founded the Bread of Life, Inc. (a not for profit corporation) with Juanita in December of 1992 and began serving dinners to the homeless in the sanctuary at St. John’s. Years later the Bread of Life has changed the landscape of Downtown Houston providing an array of services to homeless men and women seven nights a week in the Bread of Life facility on the St. John’s campus. The project provides over 12,000 hot meals each month to the homeless men and women, distributes over 9 tons of fresh food weekly to hungry families, and provides shelter to over 100 homeless individuals every night from 6pm-6am in a pioneering “housing-first” initiative called “After Dark” where services are provided during the critical night-time hours. St. John’s is also one of few faith communities in the U.S. providing HIV/AIDS testing to churchgoers on Sundays through the innovative “Get Tested Project.” After many years of service to the community, Pastor Rudy received the coveted Jefferson Award (considered the Nobel Prize of community service) at a ceremony in Washington, DC in 2009. After a recent life-altering trip to India, Pastor Rudy is now reflecting on the need for Americans to address the issues of human trafficking and mass incarceration with urgency.

Thanks to generous donations from long time friends and church members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Tina Knowles, and Mathew Knowles the campus includes the $1.2 million Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth and the $6 million Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. The Temenos project is a 43-unit Single Room Occupancy development designed to provide permanent living accommodations for formerly homeless women and men. For years Pastor Rudy has coordinated domestic and global anti-hunger initiatives in conjunction with Beyonce’s concert tours and travels extensively developing food programs around the world for people experiencing food insufficiency. Temenos CDC is currently building an 80-unit apartment building to meet the growing need for permanent supportive housing in Houston, Texas.

Rudy and Juanita have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of two phenomenal daughters, Morgan and Ryan.

About The Bread of Live Project

- Serves 7,000 hot meals each month to the homeless men and women
- Distributes over 9 tons of fresh food weekly to hungry families.
- Provides housing for 50 men and women every night in our “After Dark” program
- Provides HIV testing and prevention services through C.O.P.E. (counseling, outreach, 
prevention, and education) to over 3,000 individuals annually and offers HIV testing 
after Sunday services each month.

Thanks to a generous donation from Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles of the pop singing group Destiny’s Child,the campus includes the $1.2 million Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, an exciting, multipurpose recreational complex for youth in our community.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, efforts began to construct Phase I of the $4 million Temenos Place Apartments. The housing development is the result of collaborations with House of Dereon founders Tina Knowlesand Beyonce Knowles – The Survivor Foundation. and the City of Houston. The project is a 43 unit Single Room Occupancy development designed to provide permanent living accommodations for women and men who are taking significant steps in improving their lives after the traumatic effects of personal and natural disasters.

Pastor Rudy is the author of a new book entitled “ Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World” which profiles his unique brand of faith sharing and radical hospitality and a new music project (the book’s sound track) entitled “The Pastor Rudy Experience”on Spirit Rising Music. Rudy also contributes monthly to “O The Oprah Magazine” in the “What Do I Do Now?” column and Epitome Magazine’s“Ask Pastor Rudy” column.

The “LOVE REVOLUTION” is alive on SiriusXM (68/33) with “Pastor Rudy” on Sun. & Wed.! Download Rudy’s new book “Jesus Insurgency ” available now at today!!


44 Thoughts To Ponder For This Month

Here is the list of the (44) forty-four individuals included in this "Special Issue" of Your Thought Matters Newspaper. If you feel a calling to reach our world with your words of encouragement or reporting of positive information I'd like to discuss your inclusion in our next issue. Your Thought Matters Newspaper is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communication. For more information call 832.212.8735 today!

1.) Mayor Allen Owen
2.) Pastor Mia Wright
3.) Gallery Furniture
4.) Stephanie Boutte-Phillips
5.) Ashley Washington
6.) Joyce Meyer Ministries
7.) Georgia D. Provost
8.) Yolanda Denise Fontenot
9.) Pastor Paula White
10.) Donald Williams
11.) Roslyn Bazzelle
12.) Apostle Valencia Mashiach Williams
13.) Matchmaker Amber Neal
14.) Les Brown
15.) Pastor Jamal Bryant
16.) Bishop James Dixon, II
17.) State Rep. Ron Reynolds
18.) Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
19.) John Cage
20.) Dr. D Ivan Young
21.) Creflo A. Dollar
22.) Evang Cassandra Taylor
23.) Elizabeth DeLeon Howard
24.) Rudy & Juanita Rasmus, and Tina Knowles
25.) Bishop James Dixon, II
26.) Jennifer Galaway
27.) Anella Spiller Coleman
28.) Carlondria Dixon
29.) Leslie TopRealtor Hall
30.) Tammi Matthews-Durden
31.) Lisa “Ladyle” Ricardo
32.) Rhonda Williams Thornton
33.) Michael Bunch
34.) Michaeline Yanascavage
35.) Yuri Solomon
36.) Cheron K. Griffin
37.) Diedre Colson
38.) Yogi Matthews
39.) Vannessa Wade
40.) Joel Osteen Ministries
41.) T.D. Jakes Ministries
42.) Constable May Walker
43.) Congressman Al Green
44.) Bishop K J Brown Ministries