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"16) You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17.) Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18.) A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19.) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20.) Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:16-20 NKJV)
"The active mind replete with encyclopedic knowledge has always excited me, and when that brain is in the possession of a man, no matter what he looks like, I have found myself stirred physically and romantically."
-MAYA ANGELOU, Even the Stars Look Lonesome
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“For one to realize who they are and act on the realization, in hopes to bring about a positive self purifying result, is truly awesome. When loved ones are there to witness the inception of your germination, the transition is made easier.”- DREW L. HINDS JR 2008
Drew L. Hinds, Jr., a driven young man whose inner being radiates passion, and a deep level of insight. Within the expanse of his geographical area, he has been described as compassionate and sincere, jovial yet professional, intelligent yet modest, and these are a few of the qualities that make him admirable. Drew has the aptitude to operate in the capacity of a mentor, songwriter, vocalist, freelance photographer, self-taught pianist, and author (debut book being Don’t Spoil Your Appetite, Volume 1). In the form of vocation, Drew has served his country in the Military for eight years, where he acquired an Army Achievement Medal, and is currently a Police Officer in Florida, having achieved a Bureau Commendation.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in the year of 1977, Drew’s life took a turn of events, as he had to deal with the death of his father, Andrew L. Hinds, Sr., at the tender age of two. This loss would prove to be the pivotal moment in which he culminated his relationship with the Lord, as he realized that he needs Him to be his Earthly Father as well as his Heavenly Father. Drew expresses his memory of God being his ‘imaginary friend/ daddy,’ therefore making God his daddy, how awesome. The protection and consolation he receives from his “God Daddy,” has given him the desire to be there for some other child. In fact Drew is affectionately called by many children “God Daddy Drew,” as he has bridged the gap by allowing himself to be God’s instrumental tool of encouragement, and pure untainted love for these children. Taking up this responsibility, not having any children of his own until his recent marriage, one can say this young man surely posses the quintessence of selflessness.
“Live the dream, write the vision,” is the motto that Drew lives by, and the disciplined method in which he deals with his goals. His deepest endeavor is to enlighten those who have lost hope, as he himself has been a victim of the same, recovered by God and through self-motivation. Some of the mediums by which he accomplishes this task are through:
Music- inspired by spiritual revelations, relational lessons, communal dreams, and life-impacting memories.
Writing- using fictitious accounts which reflect the situations in life which he feels personal sympathy towards, while provoking empowered thoughts in the reader. Henceforth having the words he pen being a written testament of his philosophy.
Photography- capturing a specific moment in time, displaying life in its simplicities and complexities through his eyes.
Drew draws his awareness for these lessons, from his passion for life in its fullness. “Life is “One extended Song…,” he states as he commences the lyrics to a song that express the continuity of “life lessons” taught through the different situations and circumstances that we face daily. His “lessons learned” have been the catapulting events that have helped him to be the man he is today, as they have shaped and allowed him to “define” himself. Being able to appreciate every line in his extend song, has allowed him to hold the correct note long enough for someone else to catch it. In essence, life has been his School, and God his teacher. After a few corrections, he has grasped the concept, and is now ready to share that knowledge with others.
Having achieved a cardinal level of contentment with himself, others have been given the opportunity to respect and appreciate him as well. An inspiration and mentor to young people, he has helped to raise the self-esteem of others, as he has taught them how to believe in themselves. In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments, Drew has pressed pass the odds, and risen above disappointments, to accomplish the major feat of completing his first Singles Relationship / Ministry Help Book at the age of 30.
It can truly be said that this young man is talented, gifted and chosen by God, to leave a positive impact on all whom he comes in contact with. His ultimate aspiration is to be remembered for what he stands for, and for who he is (having them being one in the same).
- Sheree M. Denton 2008
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