What do you think it means to really love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind?
What does it mean to be His lover everyday, 24/7, taking no breaks to live your ordinary life?
What if you let this love permeate everything you do?
It will inevitably flow out of you, and you become the hands and feet of the Love to the world.
My name is Terrance Butler. I am a co-founder of the Miami Dream Center. I am delighted to tell you a story of my life with a woman who loved the Lord with all of her heart.
Our Journey Began
Our story began in Palm Beach, Florida. I worked as a manager for an airline, and Kim was my employee.
Even before I knew her, I saw something special in this blonde-haired girl. The way she treated people was different.
One day she was late, because on the way to work she picked up a hitchhiker and took him home.
For Kim, people were always a higher priority than even work duties.
Of course, as a boss, I was not very happy about it. But I couldn’t resist it – her love for people was unbelievable.
One day I asked her if she would marry me, and she said yes.
The Birth of a Dream
A while after we got married, we moved to Arizona.
Both of us had some sort of church background, but we were not serving the Lord when we got together. In Arizona we met a couple that was genuinely walking with the Lord and we started to go to church with them.
Since then, the Lord has taken us on a journey, leading us from one step to the other. Miracles and signs started following us everywhere as we obeyed His voice.
Then we settled in Texas and Kim got involved with the women’s ministry while I was helping out the men’s ministry at the church.
Kim had a heart for women involved in drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships. For her, it was not enough just to minister to those women on Sundays. She wanted to be involved in ministry to them full-time, raising these women up from the ashes of their broken lives.
That’s how the vision of The Dream Center Ministry started to take root in Kim’s heart.
Kim and I at CFNI
In obedience to the Holy Spirit, we came to Christ For the Nations Institute in 2004.
When it came to the things of the Lord, Kim was similar to Mary, Lazarus’ sister. She was willing to sit at Jesus’ feet, making sure she didn’t miss a word from His mouth. At CFNI Kim wouldn’t settle for less than the front row.
Of course we had to leave early for the front row. It was not easy for me; I was working night shifts at the time.
Nevertheless, dragged by Kim, I was racing for the front row every morning.
However, I have to say it was worth it. The amazing picture of worship and prayer in the Institute Building is still right in front of my eyes. At CFNI we caught the passion for worship as never before.
One day Matthew Barnet from Dream Center in Los Angeles came to speak at CFNI. While we were listening to him, Kim was weeping the whole time.
Grabbing my arm, she whispered through the tears, “That’s the dream the Lord gave me, to do exactly what he’s talking about!”
The question now was where did He want us to go?
He Can Do Anything
“Florida,” was the Lord’s answer.
We learned that God called us to serve Him in my home state.
By the time we were ready to go, the apartment we’d found for rent in Florida hadn’t been approved yet.
Nevertheless, we decided to move by faith. We loaded up the truck and were on our way to Miami when we received a phone call, saying that we were approved for the apartment, but it wouldn’t be ready for another week.
I called the truck rental company asking them how much it would cost us to keep this truck for a week.
“One hundred dollars per day,” they said. We knew that we couldn’t afford it. So we pulled over to pray.
After the prayer I told Kim, “I believe the Lord is saying ‘Don’t go back to Egypt. Keep going.’”
Once again, we made up our minds to trust the Lord. I got back in the truck, Kim got in our van, and we continued driving to the unknown God-ordained future.
When we got to the first toll road, we found out that the tolls were twice as high as we had expected.
“Lord, what’s going on?” I was thinking, “We can’t afford paying to keep the truck for a week, and we have several more toll roads with more high tolls ahead!”
Then, as we kept going, suddenly the truck broke down.
I called the rental company and they suggested that we keep all our things on the truck until it is repaired (which would take five to six days) and then they would deliver everything to us. This was a miracle – it meant that we didn’t have to pay extra money for the retention of the vehicle and no more tolls! We leaped for joy!
As we arrived in Florida, a person who looked to be homeless came up to us and gave a coupon for the hotel we planned to stay at. And with that, the Lord provided us with a place to stay.
It was so evident that His strong hand was leading us.
…So That Someone Could Live
We began our ministry in Miami by walking around the neighborhood and asking God, “Where do You want us to go?”
That’s how Adopt-A-Block, our weekly outreach to various neighborhoods, was born. Every week our teams bring Jesus
to people’s homes. We pray, do children’s ministry, give food and clothing, and love people Jesus-style.
Sad to admit, but Miami is notorious for sex trafficking. As part of our ministry, we raise awareness, prevent, mentor and meet practical needs of those that want to be free from this destructive lifestyle.
With the Holy Spirit, we go to the most hostile districts in town. We go to the homeless, gang members, strip clubs and bars.
We give people food for their bodies and the Bread of Life for their souls.
We host teams from all over the United States that come to help with outreaches on the south beaches. One of the things that amazes me every time is watching God change the hearts of people who love on others. He ignites their hearts with a passion for the lost.
Our goal is this: We simply pour out our lives on a daily basis so that others can have life.
Doing ministry is not easy. Sometimes, we knock on people’s doors and they yell at us to get away. Sometimes we receive threats. There were days when we didn’t have enough food even for our own children. Our faith is the only thing that has always been unshakable. And God never let us down.
The constant is that the Holy Spirit is real, He lives in us and He wants the best for people. To us, difficulties were never an excuse to give up because to see people’s lives change is worth any sacrifice.
The One Who Truly Loved
Several months ago, Kim got sick. But we had seen so many miracles in our life we didn’t have any doubt that God would heal her.
But heaven had other plans.
On July 1, 2014, the Lord called Kim home.
I know that as Jesus welcomed her, He said “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” I know He did.
All Kim wanted in life was His glory. All of her passion was for the Lord. All she could talk about every night before she slept was Jesus.
Kim had an amazing tenacity to trust in the Lord no matter what. If she believed she heard His voice telling her to do something there was no stopping her.
And if there’s anyone that loves people more than Kim did, I want to meet them.
The Journey Goes On
God gave Kim and me four amazing children and all of them love the Lord. Terrance Jr., Cory and Danessa are now raising their own families.
Our youngest gift from the Lord, John, still lives with me and brings joy to my heart every day.
Kim left the Earth, but her legacy lives on.
Her heart shines through everything The Dream Center does, and we have yet so much work to accomplish for His glory.
The dream God has put in Kim and I many years ago is still alive.
The journey goes on.
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