After Deion Sanders’ Dallas Pastor Bishop Omar Jahwar died from the Coronavirus plague, Deion Sanders called on Pastor E. Dewey Smith of House of Hope Church in Atlanta to step in as his pastor. So when he needs prayer, he calls on Dr. E. Dewey Smith. Pastor E. Dewey Smith calls Deion Sanders ”A TRUE MAN OF GOD.”
Daniel Whyte III says it is a tribute to the grace of God when a man is blessed with extraordinary gifts and talents and recognizes that his talent is on loan from God and is humble enough to understand that he needs the power of prayer in addition to his gifts and talents to bring about great success.
Bishop Omar Jahwar spent the last 25 years of his life fighting to change the lives around him. The last six months, he spent fighting the Coronavirus Plague.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Deion Sanders is an Atlanta sports legend, a multi-talented athlete and college football head coach. He has more than just a physical connection to Atlanta, he has a spiritual one.
Dr. E. Dewey Smith serves as Sanders’s spiritual counselor while serving as pastor of House of Hope Atlanta in DeKalb County. When Sanders’s former pastor in Texas passed away from COVID in 2020, he called on Smith to step in.
“We know him from high-stepping from Tallahassee to Atlanta, the Cowboys, 49ers,” Smith said about Sanders. “We’ve known you for your steps. It won’t be your steps, it’ll be your sound. He wants somebody to sharpen him the way he’s been sharpened athletically with coaches and trainers. He desires the same thing even more spiritually.”
Smith was seen walking side-by-side with Sanders on the sidelines. Smith said Sanders lives his faith out loud, with Prime’s steps and his words combatting the criticism he’s faced over the years.
“People look at him and they look at this image, and sometimes this caricature they’ve created based on the image of Primetime versus Deion, not really understanding all the marketing nuances, his ability to work with the media,” Smith said. “There’s a reason why he does that. What he’s doing now is no surprise.”
Sanders gained fame as a head coach at the historically Black college Jackson State University. After less than three seasons there, he went to the University of Colorado, bringing his sons and other top recruits to a program that won just one game a season ago to build something new.
He recently battled hereditary blood clots and had them removed earlier this summer.
“I told him a couple of years ago, ‘God is raising you, I believe, to be a Nehemiah,'” Smith said. “God is calling you to places that seemingly are in ruins to rebuild the city, fortify areas that have been torn down.”
Smith said the secret to Sanders’s success was his confidence and belief that he will succeed at every level. Smith said Sanders’s next step on his road to building success is to become the first Black Power 5 head coach to win a College Football Playoff National Championship.
“People have always loved and respected him for years athletically, and he has a magnetic personality,” Smith said. “To see him on that sideline, he literally believes that all things are possible. I don’t know what the future holds or where he may end up, but what I do know – without a shadow of a doubt – he’s going to be successful wherever he goes.”
Source: 11alive.com: Joe Ripley:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/deion-sanders-spiritual-secret-metro-atlanta/85-389084f9-a018-4cd9-ac7c-25e526fd991c
Deion Sanders Dallas Pastor, Bishop Omar Jahwar, Died Of Complications From Coronavirus Plague in 2020
A longtime community activist and church leader has died of complications from COVID-19.
Bishop Omar Jahwar spent the last 25 years of his life fighting to change the lives around him. The last six months, he spent fighting COVID-19.
Those who were close to him honor him with his likeness on their face coverings and t-shirts.
“It’s been a long fight, and he had underlying issues that affected him. Really kind of what got to him,” said friend Antong Lucky.
Jahwar started Vision Regeneration in 1996, a vision that focused on inner-city crime.
“He always wanted to deal with the violence that was in urban communities,” Lucky said. “He felt like that violence was something that we could solve. So he spent his life-changing and challenging us and forcing us to move forward.”
Jahwar then moved forward with his nonprofit Urban Specialists in the middle of trying to bring healing in Dallas in moments like 13-year-old Shavon Randle’s kidnapping and killing.
Creating the Heal America Tour, Jahwar traveled to cities across the nation discussing ways to bring about police reforms.
The community leader was also a father of four and a spiritual leader.
“From the moment I met him, he took me in as family and took my family as part of his family. This loss is deep,” said church member Ed Loredo. “I had disconnected from the spiritual from the church. When I got with bishop he reintroduced me to that. He just brought me so much, opened doors and opportunities for me.”
In 2016, then-Speaker of the House Republican Paul Ryan brought Jahwar and others as his guests for what was former President Barack Obama’s final state of the union address.
Jahwar was comfortable on the corner or in the Capitol.
“From the street house to the White House, I have seen this man infect change in everybody. He was a transformative leader,” Lucky said.
Jahwar was leading in even his final days.
“From his bed, he was telling us not to worry,” Lucky said. “So that’s just indicative of who he was. It will never be another Bishop Omar. Never.
Funeral services for Jahwar are still pending.
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