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Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom!

Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom! ™ is a women's devotional ministry dedicated to encouraging, empowering, and impacting lives for Christ. We promote self-worth and enrichment through spiritual and educational programs. We host a variety of events such as Walking in Freedom! Workshops, conferences, training seminars, retreats, prayer breakfast, youth and community outreach, and more. Visit our Photo Gallery.

We use all these platforms for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom! ™ is based in Houston, Texas where Pastor Rhovonda L. Brown is the executive director and the writer of the Walking in Freedom! Devotionals.

We are amazed that our women ministry is celebrating nearly eight years of service! Since 2010, the Lord has so graciously allowed us to minister to women with words of encouragement.

In 2014, we officially became The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church women's ministry. As we progress in our servitude to the Lord, we are continuing to serve His people with the message of Jesus Christ by providing spiritual support, more events, programs, activities, and resources for the entire family. Visit our website to learn more.


We are amazed that our women ministry is celebrating nearly eight years of service. Since 2010, the Lord has so graciously allowed us to minister to women with words of encouragement. In 2012, we created and hosted our first event, Breakfast with Christ and the following year we had our first Walking in Freedom! Workshop. In 2014, we officially became The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church women's ministry. We hosted our Walking in Freedom! Retreat & Workshop in 2017. As we progress in our servitude to the Lord, we are continuing to serve His people with the message of Jesus Christ by providing spiritual support, more events, programs, activities, and resources for the entire family.

Our partnership with The Pillar of Hope, Inc. gives us a larger platform to reach and encourage more people. The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church and volunteers are making plans to begin providing living essentials (food pantry, veterans assistance, afterschool program, back to school drive), support groups, life skills training, health and nutrition education, and more! Many families are in need. God has called us to bring hope and encouragement to those in need. Click here to see how you can help bring hope to one family at a time.  

We are driven by our passion for the hurting and a desire to see everyone come into the knowledge of their true worth and full potential, which can only be found in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Under the leadership of Pastors Jeffrey and Rhovonda Brown, our workshops, seminars, brunches, retreats, community outreach, educational programs, events are created to bring glory to God. As servants for our Heavenly Father, The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church is a light that reflects God's love, hope, joy, and encouragement to everyone we comes in contact with us. With anticipation and much prayer, we look forward to opportunities to be a vessel for God and point others to Christ.

Fellowship and grow with us at our next event. Join our mailing list and receive devotionals and resources to draw your focus to God. Stay connect with us and be updated on the great things God is doing through our ministry. Partner up with us and help us impact more lives with encouragement and comfort from our loving God. You'll grow in your Christian walk and draw closer to the Creator.

We're praying that you will be encouraged to keep your eyes on God as He continues to bless you with His grace and love.

Let's walk in freedom together!

WE'RE SISTERS: Martha & Mary
We're Sisters: Martha & Mary

I love the scriptures about Martha and Mary. I love the relationship Jesus had with them and their brother Lazarus. They were very close friends with Jesus and often Jesus would visit with them. Martha and Mary were sisters who communicated with Jesus, spent time with Jesus, and they loved Him. They prayed to Jesus for the healing of their brother, Lazarus (John 11:3). Mary worshipped at Jesus' feet and anointing His feet with her expensive oil (John 11:32, 12:3). She also sat at the Lord's feet, listening as Jesus taught (Luke 10:39). Through love and devotion, Martha opened her house to Jesus and lovingly served Him (Luke 10:38; John 12:2).

The Lord showed me that most, if not all women, are like Martha and Mary in some way or another. We are like Martha, strong and independent. We're busy women helping others and serving others; so much so that at times, we stretch ourselves too thin. We know the Word of God, and we enjoy serving God faithfully. But most importantly, we love Him deeply!

We are like Mary, Martha's sister, not perfect, but we believe in a perfect God. We have a genuine childlike love for God. We love spending time with Him and in His Word. Like Mary, we want to please God. We enjoy sitting at His feet worshipping Him.

Although we are women from various backgrounds, ethnicity, beliefs, and different struggles, I believe, we all can relate to both Martha and Mary. We are strong women, but have many flaws. We want to be accepted, understood, and loved. We are women who need to be loved, and want someone to truly love us, regardless of our faults and imperfections. We are beautiful women who have an awesome story to tell.

I pray that each woman who reads Walking in Freedom! Devotionals or attends our events will be encouraged to keep her eyes on God, know the power of God's amazing love and forgiveness, see the beauty that God sees when He looks at her, and will be encouraged to walk in the freedom of Jesus Christ!!

-Pastor Rhovonda

Min. Marlene Carthen/Associate Minister
Min. Marlene Carthen/Associate Minister

Minister Mireya Marlene Carthen was born in El Paso Texas and raised in Juarez Mexico.  She is currently in her ninth year of ministry. Marlene has three Children, Xavier, Denzel and Talia.  Marlene had been married for 29 years, but after infidelities, lies and hurt and pain she divorced her husband.  While she first struggled with continuing in the ministry God confirmed that the journey must go on… Romans 11:29 “God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”  Through constant prayer and alignment with God she continues in the ministry.
Minister Marlene early years consisted of sexual abuse from her mother’s first husband… in turn she resorted to joining a gang. In time, she turned her life around and graduated from high school in three years. She then married and had three children.  Subsequently dealing with betrayal, she did the unthinkable… resorted to numb her loneliness, hurt and pain with drug addiction.  It was at this time God rescued her.

In 2003 she accepted Jesus as her savior and He began a restoration process in her.  She joined Firewheel Church in Dallas, Texas and became an AWANA Bible class teacher to children 7-12 years old.  Although it appeared that her life turned out for the better, she had to learn how to deal with the struggles in life, from marital issues to medication addiction.  After much resistance on her part, Minister Marlene discovered the freedom to live victoriously by applying God’s Word to her life.

In May of 2009, she was called into ministry at the Family of Faith Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas. In January of 2013 her steps were guided to The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas to continue her spiritual growth and journey.  In conjunction with her ministry she periodically volunteers with KSBJ as a prayer team member, she also volunteers with All for One and One for All feeding the homeless. 

Minister Marlene states that “In all the past hurt and pain, I have discovered the benefit of having a close relationship with God. Thus, Him revealing to me that I am not short of sin and to be non-judgmental towards others. For we all sin.  I have experienced the grace of God and no longer have to prove myself worthy, because He found me worthy.  Hallelujah!  I have walked through the fire and found my strength in Him and know that I am never alone. I am loved. I am cared for…. For He is Faithful.”  

God continues to develop and mold Min. Marlene's ministry to reach out to the hurting and in need of spiritual guidance.  To date God has been directing Minister Marlene’s “Rising Above” ministry: A ministry that only desire is to be used by God; to witness and be a vessel to those in need. "Rising Above" discusses and assists individuals in the process of dealing with emotions, ministers to women/young ladies, and strives to be candid and empathetic to the issues each person faces in life. From sexual abuse, infidelity, divorce, addiction, and dealing/coping with health issues and the trauma that comes from those things, “Rising Above” not only provides spiritual support but empowers others to rise above the pain and hurt.  “Rising Above” ministry also offers resume and portfolio building, career leads, and equipping workshops for the unemployed. In the near future, anticipates offering a free career attire closet to those in need. 

Minister Marlene is and continues to be an incredible testimony of the active, redeeming work of Jesus Christ.  There is a scripture that best exemplifies her life’s journey thus far: “I will not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”  Psalm 118:17 NKJV


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