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$11,309.  That is how much I made in 2009.  I came to Orlando in 2007 as a scientist.  I promised my mother, who had recently retired, that if I got a job opportunity I would leave the great city of New York and come to retirement village Florida.  No sooner than the words came out of my mouth, the email notification buzzed.  So, I gave away most of everything I had, packed up the Toyota Camry that my mom gave me and moved to a bedroom in her home. 
Me, Dr. Maya P. Byfield, went home to live with her mom at 29.  Well, after a year working in neuroscience, I wasn’t happy.  So, I decided as the country was going through the worst economic time since the great depression to quit my secure job.  You can do stuff like that when you are under 30 and living at home… Lol!  I tried moving back north. 
The running joke is my goodbye party lasted longer than my move.  I was back in a couple months, but with no job.  When I got back I ditched an interview at the local community college.  Teaching wasn’t for me, I thought. Well, the Dean called me personally and asked if I’m sure. 
So, I decided to adjunct a couple of classes as I looked for another job.  That was 2009.  I was living in a room.  PhD. Below the poverty line.  Was this the great thing God had for me? Hope?  I was lost. Well, not really.  I had God. I had Patmos. 
We started a Joshua and Caleb movement.  And while I didn’t have much.  I gave to Him and watched Him work.  And let’s just say I am no where near the poverty line anymore. God has poured through windows and doors.
He will do the same again.  Romans 5:3-5 says “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
That’s what they call us, the Holy Ghost Headquarters.  Not because we praise, but because we have stories of faith, perseverance, and hope.

Elder & Sister Evans

Celebrating 52 years of marriage this year I asked Elder and Sister Evans what their secret is to their long union then they both replied, “not just one boss.”

Shared Responsibility.

Patmos Family,

We lost Sister Evans last night. Please keep Elder Evans in prayer. Elder & Sister Evans have served their community together for over 50 years. Their relationship was a true example God’s Love. God bless their family.


"A lot of people don't know that I've been depressed. At first it was because I was dealing with grief and guilt, but then it turned into the fact that I never felt that I was good enough, or that my life seemed to be falling apart as I knew it, or that I'm not as significant as I thought. I had contemplated suicide a few times, and wrote some notes, but I was never able to do it. Each and every time, God would send someone with either a call or a text. I would be so worried about trying to hide my sadness from them that I would have nothing left in me.
I would cry for hours. I stopped eating regularly. Couldn't sleep. I isolated myself from almost everyone. But God... he didn't bring me this far for me to end my life.
I can finally say that although some days are rough, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm making it. I'm finally able to smile genuinely and to laugh. I'm beyond thankful for the chance that I have to finally be able to experience happiness after so long. To anyone who finds themselves fighting what seems like an uphill battle with depression... DON'T GIVE UP!!
I know it's hard, but God will see you through it. Sometimes it may feel like He's not there, but I promise you, He cares and He's working on your behalf. Hand over your depression and sadness... He will give you a peace that passes what any pill or medication could give you. He wants it all. He loves you and wants to see you happy. God bless ❤️"

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