Who are we and why "Wings of Praise"?
Our names are Tom and Gail Bush. We embrace the Word of God as truth and direction for our lives. We live to worship! Our faith in Christ has brought us into relationship with many ministries. The Lord has impressed on us that the church needs to recognize and embrace the whole Word of God by celebrating the Feasts of the Lord out in the community to draw the lost into the Kingdom! We participated in a Memorial Day – city wide Pentecost/Shavuot Celebration at the Lowry Park Band Shell in Tampa, FL this year with many churches and faiths represented. It was great to see the Body of Christ come together in unity to declare and decree the Word of God over our City, State and Country! We need to become one in Him and with each other!
We went to Israel in 1997 where Tom picked out his first shofar and was introduced to the Star of David Tambourine. Since Tom loves to work with wood he was fascinated with the idea of making the tambourines for praise and worship. A dear friend from Beit Tehila Congregation in Brandon, FL gave us a tambourine to look at. Tom then endeavored to make his first tambourine. He tried several different designs. We changed the way the ribbons were attached to the tambourine by using a gold cord since we felt it was more symbolic of the priestly garment and tried to use only colors as described in Exodus. We have now come to the conclusion that we need to be more flexible to allow people to choose the colors that are pleasing to them and therefore allow you to custom order your tambourines at no extra cost to you.
Together, Tom and Gail handcraft the items and garments carried by Wings of Praise in addition to various ministry works. They are licensed ministers through Lighthouse Gospel Mission Inc. Ministerial Fellowship. Gail holds a Bachelor of Ministry Degree from Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College, Tampa, FL. She was responsible for starting the dance ministry at Lighthouse Revival Center, Riverview, FL (www.lmin.org) which is getting ready to host a Florida Chapter of ILDF Academy in 2014. Gail was a graduate of the Academy in 2008 giving her a Certification in Liturgical Dance. For more information on this Academy please go to www.ildf.org.
We are to become Wings of Praise in everything that we do. The Lord created us to worship Him. It is our desire to see the church allow the Glory of God to fill the earth as we learn to open our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies to worship Him in spirit and truth with everything we have and everything we do. We need to worship him not only with the words of our testimony, but with our tithes and offerings, and with our bodies which is our reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 " I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord! Let us learn not to be concerned with what other people think about what we do for the Lord, but be concerned what the Lord sees and thinks of us.