Pastor Melahi Briggs was the daughter of Antoinette M. Davis and Edward Johnson. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but spent her life in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised by Mother Emma Pettis of Providence, she was the eldest of 2 sisters and 8 brothers. Pastor was the devoted wife to the late George H. Briggs Sr. of Amite, Louisiana and a beloved mother to their 17 children. She was preceded in death by her eldest son George H. Briggs, Jr. of Providence and leaves behind her daughters: Tuwanda Harris, Antoinette Singleton, Dianthia Costa, Melahi Briggs II, Ruth Briggs, Renee Adams, Rachel Briggs, and Rebecca Briggs, and her sons: Joshua Briggs, Samuel Briggs, Gary Adams, Jacob Briggs, Joseph Briggs, Jonathan Briggs, Israel Briggs, and Simeon Briggs. As well as three generations which include: 40 grandchildren, 32 great grand children and 3 great-great- grand children.
Pastor Briggs was “Called and Saved” at the very young age of fifteen and subsequently established by God as a Minister, an Elder, a Prophetess and a Pastor. Since her conversion to the faith; infilling of the Holy Ghost, baptism in Jesus name and call to the ministry; her sense of duty and obligation to the Word of God and his people was extraordinary. The world is witness to a life of love, patience, kindness, endurance, perseverance and the full assurance of faith. Through countless trials and afflictions; Pastor remained constant, steadfast and faithful to Jesus Christ and the Apostolic Doctrine. The Lord also blessed Pastor with a very affectionate nature, sympathetic and sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. She was gentle, tenderhearted, compassionate, helpful, congenial, and forbearing; all while holding to the very high standard of Holiness in Christ Jesus. She also had a “special touch” along with her giving nature. You could see the Lord in her eyes, feel him in her healing hands and witness him throughout her life. There wasn’t anything that she would not sacrifice if she saw someone in need, whether it be food, money, possessions, her time, or her rest; Pastor’s life was a continual sacrifice.
“Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” 1Cor. 10:33
The word of faith was indeed in her mouth for all those that received.
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