3 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Revelation 14:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
And God: “My Soulson – Oliver W. Martin III – went beyond the reach of mortal kin five years ago, April 19, 2014. Within the first anniversary of his death, I collected and published reflections, comments, and stories about Oliver from his friends, colleagues, the Honorable Charles B. Rangel, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
During African American History Month 2018, the Reverend Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network, a not-for-profit, civil rights organization in New York, NY, invited listeners to submit the name of a person who fought for the civil rights of the GLBT community and African Americans living with HIVAIDS. When Reverend Sharpton opened one of his radio programs with a similar invitation in 2019, I called and recommended Oliver W. Martin III. I also sent to Reverend Sharpton a copy of TO HEAL THE WOUNDED SOUL (available at www.UDeserveLifesBest.com).
On February 27, 2014, Oliver co-founded Space for Grace WithOutWalls United Church of Christ (UCC) - a faith-based organization in Lansing that provides virtual safe space for Veterans, including Gender Non-Conforming persons to spiritually develop and grow. His greater passion was bringing HIVAIDS Awareness and working to reduce the numbers of persons infected and affected. The greater portion of his awards received and the positions held in the UCC and the New York community were related to HIV and AIDS.
Even as his soul rest from earthly labors, his works remains. Oliver W. Martin III’s social justice work will be with us as long as there are those who continue to combat HIVAIDS’ impact on African Americans. This is a meaning of “Your works do follow you.”
Ministry of Presence With
Pastor/Chaplain Pamelajune (Pj) Anderson, DMin.
Lt. Commander (RET) USN Chaplain Corps
Certified Peer Support Specialist