It is of great sadness that I resigned from Alabaster ministries which was effective
from 10th October 2015 after working for Pastor Roz for four years in Malawi working
with the elderly. I have traveled and been faithful and served Pastor Roz with loyalty
over the past four years and it is with sadness and grieving that what I thought to
have noted over the years came to pass.I have seen bitterness, jealousy and anger grow
within Pastor Roz over the period of the four years I served and I was afraid but yet
I over looked and ignored it for the sake of the huge responsibility I had been given
to care and look after the elderly, but this time around I could not bare it any longer
after having gone through an ordeal that I never would have imagined to happen to me as
a mother.I feel obligated to speak out and present the events as they occurred, for I
feel different reasons may be given as to why I resigned.
Through this email I would like to explain the circumstances that led to my resignation.
Upon our return from our usual trips from Nsanje, Pastor Roz made it a goal to move out
of the Kalibu compound and she did so in such a hurry even though she was not obligated
to move out, and I was shocked as to why she would like to move out that quickly.I
later realised that she was moving to a house rented by one Brian Culwell in Nyambadwe
residence.Two days after She moved into her knew place, I passed by to leave some
documents from immigration only to be shocked and stunned to learn that Brian Culwell
had returned to Malawi and was there with Pastor Roz. Brian culwell had been
proclaimed not wanted by Kalibu after he wanted to take over the entire ministry and
control everything.Upon my arrival at Pastor Roz' place I was summoned by Brian after
he told me that he would like to have a word with me and I without hesitating I
followed him outside.Unaware that I was in the for a shock.Brian began to talk
spiteful things about my husband Pastor Paisley , telling me that my husband has other
women in his life and will leave me for other women, and He urged me to leave him,
promising me a luxurious lifestyle in the United states.According to him, he said my
husband abuses me emotionally and he is a bully, but none of this is true.Brian and
pastor Roz offered to make all the necessary arrangements , preparations aswell as
payments that would be needed to take my children and I away from my husband.Before the
relationship between Brian and the ministry went wrong, My daughter Hannah was to go
and study Information Technology under the care of Brian, and he had already obtained
all the necessary details needed to make this trip happen, So this time around he also
asked for the details for the other three children in order to make express
passports.He even offered to book a hotel room in Lilongwe so that my children and I
leave the next day inoder to hide from my husband as we await for our visa's to come
through.He went further to say that we do not need visa's to go America that we can
just jump into the plane.He also pulled out his wallet and showed me a lot of money
which happened to be in dollars , telling me how I will be happy and how he will help
provide all the the things I love talk, about make-up,hair, expensive clothes and
jewellery he said he would give it all to me only if I decided to leave my husband and
go to the states with them.Pastor Roz later then joined the conversation by saying
that this was my only chance to go to America and I have to decide now and I should not
wait for tomorrow and that this was God trying to pull me out from the company of my
husband and Pastor Michael ,to me I found it an indirect forced divorce and it was
barbaric of them to even suggest it,she even said that they would provide an
opportunity for me to start school and that doctor Rozella, the daughter to Pastor Roz
was going to help me too and that I will be in safe hands.To be honest the entire thing
seemed premeditated seeing how the continued to persuade me to leave my husband so
eagerly from 15:00 pm to 19:00 pm whilst telling me damaging and disturbing things
about my husband and Pastor Micheal at the same time, so much that it would take me
pages upon pages and the whole day to say what they had to say within the period of our
meeting, and all they said was said with no other other intention but to destroy my
husband, pastor Michael and the entire ministry.My heart shattered into a thousand
peices as they continued to talk ,and at this moment the only thing I could think about
is how much I love my husband and how leaving him would be so hard knowing fully that
we took our wedding vows in the presence of God and our families to stay together for
better or worse.I failed to understand how they they would think that it would be easy
to trade four years of a relationship and 7 years of marriage and put my children at an
emotional risk for a few dollars,make -up and luxurious lifestyle.
They spoke and made spiritual references in order to persuade me that this was from God
but still something in my heart did not feel right,personally I have always wanted to
travel and see the United states but this time despite all they say , it still did not
feel right or make sense to me.I stood there and asked myself IS THIS TRULY A WOMAN OF
GOD?This is who I've been working for with?Is this how white people behave ? I thought
it was only Africans that act this was.I was shocked .Yes indeed I love shopping but
that is not my life, my husband is my life and I told them boldly that I love my
husband, but all they could say was LEAVE HIM ,YOU HAVE TO LEAVE HIM! DECIDE NOW.
Around 19:00pm I left for home still confused and shattered from that I was told, so
much that it was so hard for me to sit and enjoy dinner with my husband that night
because I did not know how or where to start from when telling him about this
horrifying incident but I later on gathered the strength to tell him the next day .The
next morning I went for my usual morning walks and as i walked I pondered on my
thoughts and came to the conclusion that I would like to resign, and that same morning
after my walk she called asking on top of her voice SO HAVE YOU DECIDED YET? WHAT ARE
YOU WAITING FOR?.
I realised that it would be highly unethical to continue to work with pastor Roz after
realizing what her motives truly are for what they were asking for is human
trafficking.To offer money for a woman and CHILDREN to leave their home, family and
country without the permission from the husband with no clear reason for doing so,
except hatred and vengeance. So it because of this reason that I resigned from
Alabaster ministries and did not even attend the board meeting the following day.
I have written this email in great confidence even though I am certain that everything
I have said will be twisted and turned into their favour.However despite that I would
like you all to know the truth behind my resignation.For I realized that the alliance
of Brian and Pastor Roz is a dangerous and spiteful alliance towards other people and
one driven with vengeance .So much it led me to think that if they can devise and come
up with such an evil plan against my husband and pastor Michael,then what more with
other people, for this was truly a display of character assassination and mud
sligning.I was also disturbed and perturbed from what I learnt when I googled Brian
It still saddens my heart that the work relationship I shared with Pastor Roz for four
years had to terminate in such horrific manner, so much that after I surrendered all
the assets and documents belonging to Alabaster ministries, I have never spoken to
Pastor Roz again and I find no reason to communicate or have any form a relationship
with her, and despite all that has happened my husband and I are still growing strong
and believe that God will surely bring down all the evil plans that Pastor Roz and
Brian may have in mind, for He is a truthfully and a just God , and in him lies no
spec of darkness for he himself is light.I thank God for i have learnt that what man
perceives with his own eyes and heart is not what God has in store for us .Thank you
all for taking your time to read this email.
The ex director of Alabaster ministries.
The peddler letter
To the judges:
When he walked out of prison in 2008, Brian Culwell stepped right into a modern day gold rush.That’s when the very first Gold and Silver Buyers opened in an H -E -B grocery store and by 2010, the owner was reporting gross revenues of $16 million a year.
It didn’t matter at all that he had three felony convictions for crimes including grad theft and fraud and once tarnished the name of local basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwon through one of his schemes.
In “The Peddler” (Houston Press, 9 -22 -11), staff writer John Nova Lomax spent two months investigating the background and present day activities of Culwell, one of the most resilient con men to ever operate anywhere. Lomax began the story on a tip and chased him through a paper trail leading through local, state and federal court documents. Culwell himself refused to speak with Lomax.
Lomax was able to obtain all the county information (civil and criminal complaints and judgments) and a contact in the federal courthouse furnished him with dozens of pages of federal information.
The key to this story was a highly -confidential Harris County District Attorney’s inter -office report on Culwell’s activities in the early 2000s with his crooked Internet diamond -selling business. That document spelled out the workings of Culwell’s mind in astounding detail and also showed the mud Culwell splattered on Olajuwon. It also reported that Culwell claimed to to have corrupted a ranking deputy in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. (That deputy is now a constable and denied the allegation.)
A few days after the story broke, the head of the DA’s Consumer Fraud Division praised Lomax’s story but wanted him to tell her where he got that interoffice report (request declined.) There was also a confidential sworn statement Uri Cohen, a diamond broker swept up in Culwell’s schemes, gave to former Harris County Assistant DA Russel Turbeville. That document shed light on Culwell cheating an old woman out of a home she owned in order to pay Cohen, whom he owed many thousands of dollars. A transcript from a federal sentencing hearing offered some levity as the judge hammered Culwell’s inability to directly answer yes and no questions.
In an exceedingly odd turn of events, thinking he could buy our silence, as he has reportedly done with other media outlets around town, Culwell responded to Lomax’s questions by taking out a full-page ad in the Houston Press for an entire quarter. Editorial didn’t realize at first that the ad was even there. Once we did, we carried on regardless; the story appeared with our cover on one side and his ad on the inside cover. He canceled immediately afterward.
We submit this for your consideration in this year’s The Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism competition.
Editor, Houston Press