AMELDA Thomas-Jones is an internationally known speaker, workshop leader, conference hostess, author, and mentor, who was born in Almirante, Bocas Del Toro, Republic of Panama. She is the mother of two grown children and a son-in-law as well as a former military spouse and Family Support Center Program Manager, with proven experience in working with military families and military support. In 1990, AMELDA developed and implemented the acclaimed “Relocation Assistance Program”, which is now available in Family Support Centers at every United States military installation world wide. This program gained AMELDA acclaim from the Air Force Chief of Staff, Michael Dugan and the Airman’s Magazine referred to her as “The One to Call” and an “Unsung Hero”. General Dugan informed Senator Inouye of Hawaii and Senator Benson of Texas about her outstanding accomplishments for the Armed Forces. The senators in turn acknowledged her accomplishments with letters of gratitude and commendation. AmeldA has received numerous Senatorial and Congressional Citations for her unselfish service on behalf of the Armed Forces Committee. (Airman Magazine, August 1990, page 52 & 53)
Presidential Honors were conferred on AMELDA in 1994 by President William J. Clinton, Commander in Chief, for her prayers for the United States and for her work praying for the United States Military. President Clinton called FAITH International Ministries, “a one of a kind Prayer Ministry”. FAITH has its humble beginnings in the US Armed Forces, as a ministry of Prayer and Training. One of her passion is, continuing to present for the US Armed Forces.
AMELDA prophetically announced in her prayer circle while attending Dr. Bright’s Fasting and Prayer ’96 that “Dr. Billy Graham would come to the St. Louis area to preach an Evangelistic Crusade”. She believed that God who gave it to her prophetically would not disappoint. In spite of Dr. Graham’s illness at the time she dared to trust the God of her salvation, that the “word He sends forth would not return to Him void”. (Isaiah 55:11)
An Intercessor and a football fan AMELDA watched the construction of the Trans World Dome on 1994-1995. The Dome was to be the new home for the NFL Rams franchise. AmeldA thought about all the people in their city who did not know Christ and she prayed “what if Billy Graham could come here”? She wondered out loud ―how many lives could be changed if Billy Graham did come”? In November of 1996 attended the Fasting and Prayer ’96 Event with more than 3700 people who had all gathered at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. During a small prayer circle AMELDA again prayed that Billy Graham would come to their city (he had been there previously in 1953 and 1973). Unknown to AMELDA, God was already answering that prayer! In another prayer circle in the same room Harold H. Hendrick, President of Hendrick Ministries found himself seated near Sterling Huston, Director of the North American Ministries for Billy Graham Evangelistic Services. The two became acquainted and discussed the spiritual condition of the people in St. Louis. Following the Fasting and Prayer Event local Christian leaders issued a formal invitation to Dr. Graham which was accepted. The Greater St. Louis Billy Graham Crusade was to be held at the Trans World Dome on October 14 to 17th. More than 700 churches representing 60 denominations participated according to Decision Magazine, October 1999 edition. AMELDA attended the Billy Graham School of Evangelism and was assigned as one of the intercessors for the Crusade. All to the glory of God, her involvement with the Graham Camp did not end there.
In 1999 AMELDA was one of three women recommended by Senator Edward M. Kennedy to the Honorable William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense to serve as an expert to develop standard procedures, training requirements and tracking procedures for domestic violence cases. As successful as she was and with all the accolades the world offered her in the Market Place, AmeldA knew it was time to answer the Lord’s “Macedonian Call” as an Ambassador for Christ. The call gripped AMELDA’s heart and she knew it was time to pursue F.A.I.T.H. International Ministries, a ministry of prayer and training. She knew the thoughts and plans He purposed for her before the foundation of the world and that she had to concentrate on them NOW as a Prophetic Intercessor, Speaker, Teacher and Mentor to His people.
Billy Graham Crusades invited AMELDA to attend Amsterdam 2000 and they made it possible for her to attend in grand fashion. In 2003 the Graham Camp again found AMELDA and invited her to the San Diego Graham Mission. She was invited to visit the prisons on their behalf. Since AMELDA is fluent in Spanish, she was a featured speaker/teacher. She stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in lock down at the El Hongo men’s prison along with five other leaders and five Mexican prison workers. Considered one of the worst prison in Mexico. Waking at four a.m. she led the men in intercessory prayer. With tears in her heart she saw hard core prisoners give their lives to the Lord along with 2 prison guards who asked “what must I do to be saved”.
From 1971 to 1993 AMELDA served the military as a military spouse, a mother, DoD employee, Joan Orr Award recipient. She also served in several positions in the Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) including Precept Ministry Inductive Bible Study Teacher.
In 1994 to 1996 AMELDA served on the PWOC National Board Titus 2 Advisor. At present she is a consultant from time to time.
2000 she spoke at Angola prison in Louisianan, where guard and prisoners gave their lives to Jesus Christ!
In 2002 – 2004 AMELDA was invited to the Israeli Embassy and to the National Day of Prayer Observances.
2004 AMELDA traveled to South Korea, invited as the keynote speaker by the Protestant Women of The Chapel for their Faith Lift International Conference—God moved in an incredible way, AMELDA was able to stand on the Demilitarize Zone and pray for North Korea. Then it was on to Hawaii.
2004 AMELDA was invited by the Ambassador of Zambia the Honorable Dr Inonge Lawanika. She met with the president of Zambia, lunched for lunch met with the first Lady of Zambia—and a guest at the residency of the Ambassador of United States to Zambia. Since 2000 she has maintained a friendship and ministry links with Ambassador Inonge.
2004 After hearing of AMELDA, she was invited by the President of Panama’s brother (who is the president Chief Advisor) to raise-up-intercessors for Panama—This ongoing ministry—with three objectives: 1)—Intercessors to be raise-up for Panama—2) the president to proclaim Panama a Christian Nation—3) Panama having Annual National Day of Prayer for the country. The first objective is on the way and with the help of the Lord the others will be accomplished!
2005 AMELDA traveled to Kuwait and to Incirlick Air Force Base as the keynote speaker. The Wing Commander of the base was pleased with her visit as he visited with her.
2006 AMELDA collaborates with: Intercessors For America (IFA), Operation Starting Line (Prison Fellowship Ministries), FAITH Outreach Ministries to Panama, with other churches in the country—Central America, Pacific Basin, Kenya, Zambia, United States, Europe and Rwanda. She also serves as Board Officer for Bridge to Hope Ministries, Freedom in the Son, and WoW 4 the Word Ministries. Youth With A Mission (YWAM)—has invited her to Collaborate with them in Megacities in Cairo Egypt…and numerous other ministries!
At present, AMELDA is in full time ministry with Father Answers Intercessors Travailing in Holiness (F.A.I.T.H.) International Ministries. She is a Holy Ghost filled, uncompromising speaker and teacher. “FAITH Clarion Call to Stand in the Gap” and “The Clarion Call to Intercessory Prayer” are two manuals that she has written as she pursues with a passion God’s call on her life. The training that she received at the Billy Graham School of Evangelism has kept her focused on the Gospel and not mixes the fabric of Truth of His Word. She is led of the Lord to raise-up and mentor the next generation of Intercessors and Leaders!
What’s been said of AMELDA: God has given her a talent of speaking to groups of people – small to huge, and if you have spent much time in seminar chairs, you will appreciate her ability and be blessed by the programs the Holy Spirit allows her to present. Actually, AMELDA is one of the most effective conference speakers I have heard. When she provides a program, it is not only well done, it is Spirit-led.—Elaine Hunolt, USAF Major, Vice-President Protestant Women of the Chapel (1991-1992) Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
Much more could be said but you have the jist…She is passionate in winning souls, discipleship and mentoring the next generation of leaders!AMELDA is a part of the Clergy in her church: New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church (www.nlicic.org) where her Pastor is Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., D.Min. She was ordained as an Elder on June 30, 2011. She loves her church family where their rally cry is We are life changers, changing Lives in our lifetime with the help of Christ. Changing Lives Ministries is the covering for FAITH. FAITH Int’l Ministries is—Governed by a Board of Advisors; Board Trustees, and a local Executive Board. When not traveling AMELDA can be found in leadership at her church enjoying Bishop’s preaching and teaching… AMELDA believes that being in ministry also dictates that you need to be fed and under the covering of Jesus inspired of God’s uncompromised Word, winning souls, discipleship, caring for others… growing in the word of the
She loves her children: Marjorie Hall, Ellis E. Jones & son-in-law, Leon Hall
“Strength and honor are her clothing,
She…rejoices in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom
and in her tongue is the law of kindness”.