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MP3 Vergie Iglus - Shelter From the Storms

Highly anointed traditional gospel that you can feel.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (41:46) !
Related styles: SPIRITUAL: Traditional Gospel, SPIRITUAL: Praise & Worship

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I began singing in Church when I was twelve years old, in the small town of Calvary, Ga., where I was born. This was in 1947. I grew up on a tobacco farm a few miles away in a little town called Attapulgus, Ga.
I began working in the fields at age 14. Processing tobacco took many stages from start to finish. It went from the field to the barn where we would prepare it for curing, and then to a packing house for sorting and packing. While working in the barn and packing house, we would sing Church songs. I was always asked to lead the songs even though I was the youngest one. I was always told that I had a " pretty voice" I would lead the singing and there seemed to be a domino effect. The melodious sound would spread all over the building . This was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. The harmony was perfect. I could imagine this was how the Angels sounded in Heaven. I looked forward to a long day''s work, so we could sing.

I was a mama''s girl, and nothing could separate me from my mama. I wanted to please her, and protect her, so I was a "clinger" while still 14, my mother became ill And passed away. I wanted to live "right" like my mother, so I avoided the "sinful " things like going inside of a juke joint with my oldest sister, and her boyfriend/ I would stand outside and wait. Once when it seemed they were going to stay all night, I became frustrated, and decided to walk home. I had to pass a graveyard to go home and I was scared to death. There was no such thing as street lights, and it was pitch dark.

At age 17 I broke down and learned to dance. Singing had been my first love, and I sang to the tune of Johnnie Ace, Sam cook,(before gospel) and Fats Domino. They were my favorite artists. Now dancing was my second love.
By now I felt trapped on the farm and determined that I would have a better life. I went to Sunday school and Church and worked my way through high school. I had plans for my future. I would not marry a man from the farm, but a man who worked in an office, and wore suits, so I would not have to patch "overalls"(men''s . britches)

At age 19 I got married. (a man from the farm), and this is when my "storms" began. My husband gambled, drank, and was very abusive, because of unfounded jealousy. I did not know God but somehow I knew that there was certain morals and principals to be followed., from what my mother had taught me, and from a child, I had learned obedience. I was determine to be faithful to this marriage and make it work. In spite of my husband''s jealous outrages and ,physical and verbal abuse, I remained in the marriage, leaving him for brief periods then going back for the sake of the boys. We had three boys and I did not want them to grow up without their father. Finally, when my oldest son was five yrs old, in 1960 I couldn''t take any more. I moved out again, with my three boys, "for good".my husband watched my house and threatened me constantly. I took out a peace warrant and he finally left and went to New Orleans, to join his brother. A couple of months later, that same year he wrote and asked me to come to N.O he wanted to be a " husband and father" I wanted my children to be with their father, so we set out for New Orleans. Nothing had changed, the drinking, the gambling, and physical abuse continued. A year later, I ended seven years of abuse by moving out. I placed my husband on child support, but he never paid a dime ,but choose to go to jail for six Months for non child support. I worked my back to the ground, literally , to take care of my three boys. I earned enough money to pay rent, and the baby sitter .my kids were always hungry. Times were really hard. I worked at the Sharaton Charles Hotel, In the pantry, and later as a vegetable cook. I was always singing my Sam Cook, my Johnnie Ace, and my Fats Domino songs, and I would mix in my Church songs. my co-workers would hear me singing and comment on my "beautiful voice." One of them introduced me to a young lady who worked in the Hotel who was imitating Mahalia Jackson. We had something in common so we became friends. Times were still very hard, and I could not make ends meet for my children. I met this man at the Hotel, and started going out with him. We would go dancing at the clubs and I started sipping highballs, and beer. He would help to meet the financial needs of my children and myself.. Being ignorant to the word of God, I went around testifying that "God had sent someone to help me take care of my children. I was living " good life."

Then something began to happen. I felt this void, this loneliness in my heart. Nothing satisfied anymore. a voice seem to speak to my mind these words. " you are in this big city by yourself, and you''re going to need somebody" I would com home, gather my boys and go inside and cry and cry, and I didn''t know why I was crying. I began searching for what it was that was missing. I even attended a rossary but left unsatisfied. I informed the man that I couldn''t see him anymore and I would become sick and throw up when I drank beer or highballs. I finally excepted my friend''s invitation to visit her home. She was new in the Lord and never witnessed to me. We attended a fellowship in a little prayer room where services were being held until they found a building. There was something different about this small group of people. I felt loved, the love of God. I couldn''t stay away after that. The minister in her wisdom, would feed my children and me after everyone else went home, and then she would get out her Bible and read to me and explain what she read. It was Hebrews 13: 4-5 that she read and explained that showed me that I was lost and on my way to hell. I didn''t say anything, but silently vowed that I was going to give my life to Christ. Next Sunday service, when the call was made, I tried to go to the alter but found myself glued to my seat. I was so disappointed that I couldn''t do it, but I was not going to let satan defeat me. Next service, I did it. I ran to the alter and repented of my sin. It seemed as if a ton fell from my body when I repented and a fountain opened up inside of me. A barrel of tears flowed from my eyes since then, nothing has ever been the same I was baptized in Jesus'' name, and received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. I still had a song in my heart. I was selected to arrange a choir. I took piano lessons , and played. That little Choir sang under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I later taught piano lessons in my home, and I formed a group with my boys and we were simply called the Iglus family. We entered a radio singing contest and won the prize. ---a whole case of peanut butter.-- We sang at Church and a few other places, but my boys grew up and our group broke up. This broke my heart. I grieved over this for a long time. Oh! How I longed to worship and praise God in this way.

In 1982, the Pastor of the Pentecostal Church Of God, where I was borned again, passed away, circumstances caused me to began fellowship at another church where holiness was neither taught or upheld. I was criticized and even persecuted for taking a stand for what I believe. Some friends, Kenneth and Ethel White were experiencing the same problems in their Church. They came to me all excited one day. They knew that I was searching for a place where I could worship God in Spirit and in truth. They had found that https://www.tradebit.comSTOLIC OUTREACH CENTER on clematis St. I was skeptical, but finally followed them there but kept both eyes open. It wasn''t long before I was comfortable. What I observed was a dynamic man of God Pastor Danny Brown , preaching the truth that I knew. I became a member of that Church. One Month later, The Lord called Bro Brown home. There was such a beautiful Spirit in that place, and the other thing I observed was the most beatuiful choir I had ever heard, under the leadership of Thaddeus Lee. I remember thinking, "If I could stand in the back of that choir and sing, I would be satisfied. Well! I became one of the lead singers of that choir and sang with them for twenty years, under the leadership of Bishop John R. Cupit, and later Pastor Raymond Watson Jr.

During this time, I worked with Stanley Home products and traveled over the "stanley" world.. I was always asked to lead the singing. Every Year, we would go to the home office in Westfield, Mass. We would gather around the big oak tree in Stanley Park, and I would lead the singing. singing. On two occasions we went on a cruise and I would sang on deck, by request. In 1977 a memorial service was held for Mr. Frank Stanley Beverage, the founder of the Co, and I was asked to sing his favorite song "In he Garden", to seven thousand, five hundred people. My heart was in my stomach for three days it was Wed., and I was on program to sing on Fri. I was escorted on stage by two officials from Home office, who prompted me not to be afraid. When I got on stage and started singing, God anointed me, and the fear went away.

On Sept.. 13, 1985 my 28 year old Son , William was killed. I will not attempt to write the details of that terrible tragedy, but this had to be the worst "Storm" I would ever have to face. I went through a long grieving process, but there was always a song in my heart. Singing was very theraputic for me. I lived in a state of depression, and it seemed I was the only one going through what I was going through. At my lowest point, if I could just sing a song it would bring me some comfort. when the healing process finally began, it began with a song. There were many trials, and disappointments in my life, some I will not mention, but God had a purpose and a plan for all that happened . God was molding me and shaping me, and preparing me, for His use.

There has always been this" fire" inside of me, that wanted to burst loose. I would minister to others over the phone, in song. If they had a need, I had a prayer and a song. in a normal conversation, if one had a subject, I had a song. People would still tell me "you have a beautiful voice". Then I began to notice that everyone was saying, your singing is anointed. Everywhere, every time, I was told, " your singing is anointed. This meant so much to me. More than the beautiful voice. Because of the anointing, yokes were being broken, People were being blessed, and being ministered to. This was God''s purpose.

The 2005 katrina Storm relocated me to Lafayette, La. There were ongoing trials, hurts and pain, but even in my trials, I determined in my heart to stay humble, keep a good spirit and keep my heart right with God. I became a member of Landmark Pentecostal Church, under the leadersnip of Pastor Rick Langford. I was invited to sing on the praise team and , I sang "speacials" sometimes. This fire was still burning in me. I knew that God had something more for me to do.

One night Pastor Roy Bingham called me and repeated what he had always told me, that my ministry was to the hurting, and if I would record the songs I sang people would buy them. He spoke some other things prophetically. He then did some research on studios and costs. First of all, the songs I sang were not mine to record, I would have to obtain the copyright, and the price to record was outrageous, so I said, forget it.

I had secured a job at Gulf Coast, and had to get up early to prepare for work. In Feb. of 2007, my client left the program, and it left me with free time. I realized later that this was designed by God.. instead of having to prepare to go to work I would get my Bible and begin to read. Every chapter that I was lead to read would turn into a song .it was as if I was in labor. These songs came out one after the other, and I felt real pain under the anointing. Once I asked the Lord, "Lord! What are you doing?" riding in the car, 2 and 3 o''clock a m in the morning, anywhere, anytime, God would shower down His awesome presence upon me these songs were conceived and then came forth. The first one is number nine on the CD, "I''m not looking back" my past was rough and rugged, but each trial and each storm, was just a stepping-stone to bring me higher in God. God has called us according to His purpose, to a work, His work, so I will "glorify " Him. I am so greatful that when others abuse false ,accuse, us, God knows who we are. In fact "nobody knows me like the Lord, #2. All of the songs on this CD as a message for someone, designed to encourage, comfort, strengthen and overall minister to whole man.

I am overwhelmed with the response I have gotten from people who have purchased this CD. God keeps confirming that this is His work, this is His doing this is ordained of Him, and I am only a vessel whom He chose to use, because I am available, and willing. I never considered myself to be a great singer. ( I love to hear others sing and feel His anointing.)but the God I serve is great, and he is great in me. He is the one who created this project. Who impregnated me with these songs ,brought them to full term and delivered them. I received notes and cards, and hear personal testimonies from people who have purchased this CD, of how it is blessing there lives. My prayer is that God will continue to use me, for His Glory,


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