Voices of UCC: Debra Stubbs
Talk about what it’s like to hear the Lord for the first time. What steps did you take to hear him and how did you know it was from him?
I talk to him and then wait. I have to be still. I’ve always been a person that’s on the go. But when you’re listening for God, you have to take some time to be still and wait on him. He’s not going to speak when you want him to. He’s going to speak when he has something to say. And it’s not going to be in that big way we expect, but it’s going to be just him and you. He’ll speak to you in a voice that will cause you to stop what you’re doing and begin to listen intentionally.
What is one of the most outstanding things you would say about your journey with God over the last 62 years?
It was New Years Eve 1997 and I was in a nightclub. I had moved to Louisiana and had been attending a church. I was learning, studying, and beginning a relationship with God. I remember it to the day – it was three minutes to midnight and the Lord spoke to me and he said, “Why are you here? You’re not having any fun.” I looked around to see what was going on but I kept dancing. And with one minute to midnight, again he said, “Why are you here? You’re not having any fun.” I walked off the dance floor and left the club. And that’s how he called me. He was building me. He called me out of what I was doing and he began to prepare me.
What has God called you to do?
He has called me to evangelize outside of the church. God wants us to get out in the highways and byways and that’s what he’s called me to do. United is my home base; my foundation. But my ministry is to go teach other people how to come to God. To teach women how to step into their calling. God has given me the wisdom to do that through the anointing of the Holy Ghost.
What does your evangelism ministry look like?
I do a conference yearly and then I also teach one on one. I teach people who are needing more than they’re getting in local churches. I teach people how to pray, how to study the Bible, and how to break down the scripture. My next step is street ministry and tent revivals.