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I Love Chocolate!

I Love Chocolate!
By Lauren Alletag | November 12, 2019

Y’all. I love Chocolate. I really do!

No, I’m not talking about the candy—although that is certainly a weakness of mine—I’m talking about a dear friend who goes by the name, Chocolate. Confused? Okay, let me explain.

When I first met her, I had a sense Aelicia “Chocolate” Watson was someone I would never forget. I mean, how could I? She personified strength in ways I couldn’t explain, and her testimony was like none I had heard before. It was filled with unthinkable experiences massively peppered by pain, suffering, neglect, abuse, heartache, illness and more. After hearing her speak, getting to know her heart, and reading her memoir Anointed (go ahead and Google it; I’ll wait here for you)—I was forever changed. How could this woman not only survive such hardship but take that terrible hardship and use it for something good?

There is only one way I am convinced she or any of us could take such tragedy and walk away victorious, and that way is with God’s help. Isn’t that what Romans 8:28 is all about? It tells us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 New International Version).

And that gets me to my next point. I like to think of Chocolate’s testimony being topped off with the metaphorical cherry of Redemption. Of course, we all know a Fruit of the Spirit is not a cherry (I’ve been listening to my kids’ chapel songs on repeat…for four years now), but a Fruit of the Spirit is FAITHFULNESS. I believe that’s how my friend continues to be a light for our Lord here on Earth. She is a faithful servant for Christ. This woman loves her neighbor as herself. She shares the good news of Redemption found in Jesus. This woman is a fisher of (wo)men. This woman makes me want to be a better person. She encourages me to do something for the greater good.

And so Chocolate established a local nonprofit named Redeemed Women that addresses women’s physical, spiritual and vocational needs in order to help break cycles of generational poverty in the south Dallas neighborhood of Bonton and surrounding areas. Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store in “Vanna White” (the nickname lovingly given to her van that gives women rides to doctor’s appointments, shopping for food and other necessary activities), a shoulder to cry on, or someone who can say “I’ve been there”, she is ready and willing to serve however she can.

Her joy in spreading Christ’s love is infectious, and I love being a part of her support system. I especially take pride in our church partnering with her organization to add fuel to that spiritual fire she’s got going on to change the world — starting in our own backyard. The catchy motto for Redeemed Women is “Where friends are made and lives are changed”. Are you curious to see what discipleship looks like in the 21st century? Then come on down to Bonton, and meet a friend of mine.

With Joy from Jesus,
Lauren Alletag