Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised...

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Life Lived Wholly Unto God - Chapter 13: Terry Mai

A Testament of the Grace of God on His Servant
by Kathryn Currier with Doyle Davidson

Doyle knew from the time he understood that he would have a ministry that he would need a singer, someone to lead worship. When he moved back to McKinney, Texas, God sent him to the First United Methodist Church of McKinney. Years earlier he had prayed and committed Kathy’s marriage to God on a cold windy day after he had borrowed her bike and rode it to the top of a hill near their house. The Lord told him Kathy’s husband would be in that Methodist church. When they arrived at the First United Methodist Church, both he and Kathy looked around and came to the same conclusion: they didn’t see anyone they believed was the one, though I don’t know that they shared those thoughts with one another. Terry Mai had been the choir director there, but had resigned and was on tour with an opera company when the Davidsons began attending. Terry returned in September and again became the choir director. The Lord told Kathy to join the choir and after a period of three months, Terry asked Kathy out for a coke and about a year later, they were married at her parents’ home in her Dad’s rose garden.

 Terry had accepted a job as a painter before he and Kathy were married and he was painting houses and working on his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in the beginning days of their marriage. He was already establishing a reputation as a singer and had an impressive portfolio of reviews from the world of opera. He had performed with the Honolulu Symphony in Hawaii and music critics had rated him as one of the best baritones to appear on the Islands in the past ten years. He performed in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center and toured with an opera company out of North Carolina, making seventy appearances in notable performance centers across the United States. God took Terry, a person who had an aspiring career as a singer and changed him into a servant of God to minister the sacrifice of praise and worship to Him and to minister the Spirit of God to His people. (See: A Glimpse of Terry’s Life: Kathy ministered with Terry during most of those years. In the early days they led worship, they would ask Doyle at the end of the service, “Well Dad, how was it?” Doyle would say, “Good singing, no Spirit,” but Doyle never stopped believing that they would get there. Terry and Kathy could have been discouraged, but they would humble themselves and pray and come back and give everything they had and they learned to minister power by the Spirit.

Doyle has stated many times that Terry was one of the best singer’s he has ever heard and God gave him to Doyle—the honor of God on Doyle’s life. Terry was diagnosed with lymphoma on January 10, 2009 and very unexpectedly, left this earth with a mighty shout, a little over two weeks later on the 26th. There was no space to grieve, no time to let down—there was nothing Doyle could do but “gird it up” and continue to walk and that’s what I watched him do. And I watched God sustain Kathy and the girls; they had a sure foundation in them, laid by the apostle and prophet and continued in what they had been taught: to put their trust in the gospel. Just as Psalm 23 says:

“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me…” 

The Lord led them through and I believe Terry’s family today would agree that they have walked out of that long shadow and stepped once again into the sunlight.

Terry and Kathy had three daughters, Candace, Ashley and Rachel and growing up, they spent many hours worshipping in song with their parents—in the den, in the car… and they began ministering in song with Kathy on Live Stream almost immediately after Terry went to heaven. They have been “brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” taught by their parents and their grandfather to trust the gospel of the Lord Jesus all their lives, it’s all they have ever known. They are Doyle’s seed’s seed, and are living proof of the commitment Doyle made to the Lord in Jerusalem, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 Terry walked with Doyle for almost thirty years as a fellow apostle and prophet, his worship leader, his son-in-law and his friend. Doyle believed that together they could pray through anything and he told Terry as much. One day in 2006 Doyle was under a severe attack of the devil and was on the floor, unable to get up. He told someone to find Terry and it wasn’t long before Terry strode into the office blessing those that had cursed Doyle, blessing his enemies and those whose tongues were set on fire from hell and after just a few minutes, Doyle was up on his knees and said, “Ok Devil I am ready!” They were like Paul and Silas.

Terry finished his course and as it’s written in Revelations, Terry’s works follow him; the anointing and faith on his recorded music continues to minister to God’s people.

Other chapters of "A Life Lived Wholly Unto God:"

Chapter 1: Early Years
Chapter 2: Heritage
Chapter 3: Like Jonah and the Whale
Chapter 4: Sell Out and Obey Me
Chapter 5: Return to the Land of Your Fathers
Chapter 6: Florida
Chapter 7: Back to Texas
Chapter 8: Israel - Called Into the Ministry
Chapter 9: Argyle
Chapter 10: Carrollton
Chapter 11: A Prophet to the Nations
Chapter 12: Water of Life Ministries
Chapter 13: Terry Mai
Chapter 14: Radio and Television Ministry
Chapter 15: Live Stream Broadcasting
Chapter 16: The False Anointing
Chapter 17: Water of Life Christian Training School
Chapter 18: Africa
Chapter 19: Medicine is Witchcraft

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