We had the good fortune of connecting with Manuela Obas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Manuela, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favourite affirmation/quote would be Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding.” This scripture is a constant reminder to me that in my walk with God, there’s no room for assumption, anxiety and fear. It constantly assures me that if I trust God, his word and the processes he’s taking me through, the outcome or end result will always be amazing and mind blowing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am Manuela Obas, a servant of God, a licensed preacher and all of what I do is God’s work and spreading His message through sharing my story and experience via different platforms He opens up to me. Some of these include: writing/Authoring, Radio Host, and convener of The Dear Woman Project.
My story, my life and the entire journey of letting go of my will to accept God’s call has set me apart from others as it has equally formed the bedrock of my calling and the message I share with the world. I am proud and excited about the fact that God hasn’t disappointed me yet. In all of the journey, trials and temptation, God has always showed up strong for me. Getting to where I am today hasn’t been perfect or smooth, but has been full of very powerful experiences that has shaped me into all of who I am today and all that I am still becoming. My journey of faith began at age 16 as that was when I accepted Christ as my personal Savior during my junior years in high school. It was a time when teenagers cared more about their looks, fitting in, and participating in extracurricular social activities; but not me, I was learning about serving God in our new found Baptist family. At that time, I struggled with low self-esteem and believed that I was ugly and because of the peer pressure, I felt the church was a hiding place for me where I could get away from all the troubles, negativities of high school. I remember being told a lot of times in High School that I would amount to nothing in life and this had a powerful effect on me. I tried to run away from the world to the church but unfortunately, the church had her drama too and this created a void that I didn’t understand why. I just didn’t understand why I could never fit in, and why I didn’t belong, but now I look back and I understand that that was God trying to put me on a path where I totally leaned on Him; not even the “church” or anyone else.
At age 19, I fully surrendered to Christ during a service in Brooklyn where we went to sing. I heard God clearly say to me that He wants me to preach. I remember battling the voice that I heard and the call God wanted me to answer. But then I decided to answer the call; I pressed my way through the crowd and surrendered to God and accepted the call. After answering the call, it’s been from one challenge to another in different areas of my life, trying to hide from God but still coming back to surrender to His call and purpose for my life.
On May 7, 2018, I became a licensed preacher, published my first book “The Fight Within In 2019”, started my radio program in January, 2020 and also started a movement called “Dear Woman” in 2020. All of these unfolded after I eventually gave trying to my will done and surrendering totally to God’s will. The biggest lesson I have learned from all of these is that God’s word always comes through no matter how much we run or try to do it our own way. And to crown it all, He always shows up for his own at the right time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Everything is bigger in Texas! If my friends were visiting from out of town, I would definitely take them to Cypress, Texas. Cypress is one of the largest suburban communities in Houston and is located along Texas’ U.S. Highway 290. This vibrant city is a great getaway spot and perfect for travelers looking to explore something new. Cypress has a lot of beautiful scenery, like the Houston Premium Outlet Mall, Towne Lake for awesome food, live Music on Saturdays, and so many other beautiful places to visit. I know my friends would love visiting from out of town and have an amazing time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, there is… In the journey that God has taken me so far, there are lots people He has placed my way who had played major roles in who I have become and still becoming.
I’m sending a big shoutout to my entire family, my parents Mr. and Mrs. Obas, my siblings Juan, Francisca, Sanchez, and all my nieces and nephews, Samantha, and my Co host Samuel McGee. They have been a very strong support system for me at different points in my journey. Time and space will fail me if I should start listing all of their support, but I’m using this medium to tell them that I love them big time and I appreciate all they have done for me.
I’m also sending a shoutout to my friends Salandra Grice, Taiese Nevels, Marylynn Lawrence and Lisa Henderson Hubbard, and Anetha Moore. They have been very helpful and instrumental to the success of my journey.
I have also been privileged to have some men of God who have been a part of my journey, who God used at different points to speak His words into my life. They are Pastor Ralph Douglas West, Pastor Wale Adeniruju, and Pastor Adler Joassaint.
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