Determined to do the Lord’s work, Sister Elder Joselyn M. McDonald is taking it to the streets and the masses. Ordained — twice, she says — McDonald is the founder of Society of Sister Elders and Missionary Evangelists.
“I’ve learned through history especially with the Baptist faith, they would send missionaries out to quote-unquote civilized areas. But it was another organization and they had scouts — female scouts,” she explained.
She used this theme as a basis for her organization.
“There are a lot of females in this area that are good speakers, but unless they come under a head of a church or unless the pastor sanctions them (they can’t preach). I’m being led to say to them: ‘We no longer need that.’”
Her belief is that man didn’t call the women, God did. She also feels that the church has driven so much talent. She believes that the word doesn’t have to come from preaching. A spoken word, praise dance or comedy are just a few ways that people could be led to God.
That led to her organization’s annual event Evangelist Day Celebration, which brings people together with singing, dancing, laughing and eating.
Society of Sister Elders and Missionary Evangelists is a subsidiary of Hi Heels N Hanger, an organization she started while living in Richmond, Virginia.
“We as women we have to go to high places. High places don’t always high places for praise. It could also mean a difficult place, a place you’d never go to,” she said. “When you got heels on and you go up a mountain and you get stuck, those heels can keep you from falling.”
She wants to bring unity among women and for those who have gifts that may not have a place in the church.
Currently McDonald and eight other women make up her organization. She hopes others will realize they have a place with God and join as well.
McDonald added, “I have never seen where God said come and meet me somewhere.” That is why it is not held in a church.
“It’s not that people don’t know about God, they just don’t go to church,” she said. Her ultimate goal is to bring all the churches together and have a huge revival to bring everyone together.
So she is holding her second annual Evangelistic Day on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the corner of Second and Market streets in Cheraw. It will be from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will be different genres of praise and worship. This year, organizers will be giving out fresh vegetables.
“I get so sick and tired, me personally of the church always taking from God’s people,” McDonald said.” No seems to realize we are supposed to give back.”
She is accepting donations to make this day successful and said the donations are tax-deductible.
Anyone interested in joining her organization may call or text her at 843-337-8164 or visit her at her home on Third Street.
“This is open to anybody. Women of purpose, women who know their purpose, women who need a place to share their gifts,” McDonald said. “Women who normally don’t preach.”
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.