Our guest speaker at Vesper’s was Thomas Rhem. We met him and his wife, Jasmene, at the Oakwood University Church. We invited them to the Recovery Home for Sabbath lunch and we became friends.
Being raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, at the age of 16, Thomas started using and selling drugs. After years of addiction and promiscuity, he decided to go back to church. Although dressed improperly, the members showed him love and kindness. After taking Bible studies, he was baptized. However, after a while, his old friends pulled him back to his addiction. He did get his GED and obtained a job.
Thomas said his life was out of control. Feeling desperate, the Holy Spirit strongly impressed him to join the military. He joined the Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge. He found employment and life was good.
One day a friend asked him to drive him to Oakwood University. While there, God strongly impressed him to attend the school. Although hesitant, he was obedient and funds were provided for him to attend Oakwood . He has been in Alabama since that time, over 30 years. He did not receive a college degree but became a master plumber under the tutelage of Mr. Burgess at Oakwood University. He loves his work there and the Lord has blessed him as a plumber. He and his wife also serve together in ministry.
Thomas’s Christian upbringing and obedience to the Holy Spirit was life changing for him. He encouraged the men to be obedient to God and develop a personal relationship with Him