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Venise’s Call to the Dance Ministry and the DC Rape Crisis Center
By: Venise Byrams

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding,

and in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 KJV

 

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. 

1 Peter 5: 7 KJV

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for

ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord,

that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 6:3 KJV

 

Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.

Deuteronomy 3:22 KJV

 

First, I give all honor and praise to God for being my rock!  I know if God did not have His hands on me, I would not be here.  I was born and raised in Washington, DC by amazing parents, Jerome and Rosa Simmons (55+ years together).  I am the oldest child with very accomplished siblings: brother, Jerome Simmons Jr., sister Tujuan Wood and sister Charon P. W. Hines.  I am married to Bamm Byrams, a musical genius (25+ years together). We have 3 goddaughters and a tribe of nieces and nephews.  Family is extremely important to me.

My faith walk of worship started back in 1988 when I was with the mass choir of Rehoboth Baptist Church.   My worship evolved through drama from 1998 – 2009, while touring with my late mother-in-law, Marcia Fonville’s production, “There’s A War Going On”.  In 2007, I joined National’s dance ministry, under the leadership of Beverly Simmons and my soul leaped.  I had begun to experience a deep, intimate, healing relationship with God, through prayer, journaling, art, music, and movement.  I started researching more about liturgical dance, prayer and worship. The power of praise and worship through every situation is a mighty weapon.  Then, boom, 2013, Pastor Rosilyn Lynch asked if I would consider leading the ministry.  I was, well, shocked because I didn’t have a degree, license, or certificate.  But God called me to it and prepared me for it.  I can never say thank you enough because the dance ministry, being able to worship and serve, gives me complete peace and joy! God placed me where I needed to be and not be afraid. Answered prayers!

 

Now, my life walk was up and down.  One of the most traumatic experiences of my life was in 1997.  I was raped and robbed at knifepoint.  God saved my life and connected me to the DC Rape Crisis Center.  My journey with them evolved from a victim, survivor, donor, volunteer, board member, and now currently Sexual Assault Advocate and Executive Assistant.  God allowed me to heal and now help others. God has aligned my passion to serve!

If you need help, call me 240-350-1932.  DC Rape Crisis Center Hotline 202-333-RAPE