Choice International Ministry honors local mothers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 21, 2011

By Nyla Smith

Contributing Writer

LAPLACE – Choice International Ministry of LaPlace hosted a program called “Great Mother’s Day Celebration” in recognition of senior and widowed mothers in the community.

Chairperson Minister Marie Clayton said she was asked by her church leader, Prophet Antoine Jasmine, to organize the event, and she along with 10 other women began planning about a month ago.

She also said none of the honorees were aware they were being honored. They were each told they would be attending the event in recognition of someone else.

“I knew all of the families,” said Clayton. “ I contacted the honorees daughters or daughter-in-laws, and they notified other family members.”

The women were introduced by a member of the program committee with a short biography and a tribute of their favorite gospel hymn.

Honoree Emily Jones of LaPlace said she was surprised when her name was called.

“I was asked to sing for Minister Clayton’s mother,” said Jones. “But I enjoyed the program, and I am so thankful to God.”

The other honored participants were Velma Jasmine of Destrehan, Brenda Mitchell of Edgard, Lula Ford of Harvey, Kattie Singleton of Reserve, Geraldine Sandle and Yvonne Keys of Garyville and Geraldine Mason, Carol Armant and Georgia Carey of LaPlace.

Singleton, who is also the Jasmine’s aunt, was surrounded by her family and was filled with emotion when her name was called.

“My prophet and nephew really surprised me,” said Singleton. “He showed me how much he appreciated all I’ve done for him.”

Singleton said she and the other grateful honorees were treated to a limousine ride to Golden Corral Restaurant in Kenner and, following dinner, a ride through the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Jasmine said the gathering consisted of women who have impacted his life and the local community. He also said he felt the program was a success.

“We are looking forward to an even grander event as we increase each year,” said Jasmine.

The guest speaker, Rev. Stephanie N. Taylor M.D. of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, spoke to the crowd from the book of Esther. Her sermon was called “The Making of a Great Woman.”