Blessed by the support of her friends and neighbors, she was able to raise enough money to make the journey as far as Denver, CO. Taking a brief reprieve to raise more money, she was invited by a young local minister to preach to his congregation. After the service, she was approached by an Indian man who laid hands on her and in the name of God rebuked her fear - and in her own words, "From that day to this present time I have never suffered fear again."
After arriving in Salt Lake City at last, she spent several months on God's mission, encouraging her brothers and sisters to take a firm stand for God. Returning to Indianapolis, she then endeavored to make a 2nd journey back to Salt Lake City in 1961, this time with her children alongside. With barely any funds and very few possessions, they undertook the great journey with strong hearts.
"We were so ragged. Yet, my love for God kept us pressing on in the name of Jesus. I loved Him so much, not only would I have walked for HIm, I would have died for Him."
"BLESSED SHALT THOU BE IN THE CITY, & BLESSED SHALT THOU BE IN THE FIELD"
Through a series of miracles and the generousity of many strangers, Rosemary and her children found residence in Ogden, Utah where she was able to work a housekeeping job and save the money she needed.
Moving to Salt Lake City in February 1961, she rented a basement apartment and started holding services in her home. She knocked on doors and began doing missionary work delivering the plan of salvation to all who would listen.
Ordained as a member of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith Inc in 1964, Rosemary built her first small church on Indiana Ave. Since then, she has organized the ministerial organization, The Contenders fo the Faith of Jesus Christ, Inc, and has ministered throughout the country.
AN ENDURING MINISTRY
1978 - Mama opened The Southern Plantation Restuarant in Salt Lake City, featuring soul food and gospel entertainment
1982 - Our present church edifice was purchased and made the headquarters of the Contenders of the Faith in Jesus Christ
1983 - A private school was established by Mama for infants through first grade
1983 - Mama returned to Indianapolis to start a church and a radio ministry with over 1500 listeners
1984 - Mama opened Faith Temple Church #2, baptizing over 400 souls
CELEBRATE YOUR FAITH
Being a Mama’s Boy means you know who you are. You live your faith. You know your roots and celebrate them.