Believe God Against The Odds

I’ve been reflective of my father’s life and legacy over the last week. We’re so blessed that he’s still with us and while he’s not out of the woods yet, I firmly believe that he will have a glorious comeback.
I couldn’t help but take into account all of the signs and wonders that God brought to pass through my father’s life. My dad had the audacity to believe God against the odds of his circumstances and God proved Himself to transcend human limitations in and through my Dad’s life.
I’ve witnessed faith in action my whole life. I recall living on the west side of Detroit and at the time being the 4th of 5 children that my parents brought into the world. With a 6th child on the way, my Dad was moved to start 2 children’s choirs in the city of Detroit. The Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit. He witnessed the excellence of the Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem and followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit to build a similar model for the youth of the City of Detroit. The only thing was my Dad was a married man with 5, soon to be 6, children and worked as a security guard making not much more than minimum wage.
There were a million reasons why my Dad should never have believed his idea was possible, but those million reasons were outweighed by his belief in God’s abilities to do the miraculous in and through his life.
In 1996 my Father founded the Boys and Girls choirs of Detroit. I was 2 years old. I remember some things but not accurate details of how exactly my dad managed to establish this major institution with very little resources. All I know is that it had everything to do with his faith in God and the unique way in which he applied his faith.
The choirs became a staple in the culture of Detroit in the 90s and early 2000s, a period when drugs and gangs were at an all-time high and many of Detroit’s youth fell victim to the snares that lined the city’s streets. I use the word “snares” because it wasn’t by chance that our community was suffering from a barrage of atrocities. Just outside the city, in the suburbs, all was well! What a difference a few miles makes.
Social engineering through government policy, laws, law enforcement, music, and media (specifically gangster rap) all played a role in harming the cities most precious assets, the youth. My dad always said, “you can’t go up against a plan without a plan” and so while there exists those that have plans of destruction toward the youth, my Dad saw it fit to counter their strategy with a plan of investment, development, and provision for the youth. I am a product of the latter ones of these plans.
Thank you Daddy for your strategic foresight and legacy of unwavering faith in the God whose Holy Spirit lives inside of you.
With love,

Victory

29 Comments
  • Barb Salak
    Posted at 21:38h, 24 September Reply

    Thank you Mr Boyd .. much respect and appreciation for your determination to trust our Father God, for faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reliance on the leading of the Holy Spirit!♡ Love you Victory♡

  • Tracey Brooks
    Posted at 21:42h, 24 September Reply

    Hallelujah! This Blessed me.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Ananda kumar
    Posted at 21:48h, 24 September Reply

    So amazing to read this.

  • Laura Kolb
    Posted at 22:13h, 24 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing your father’s beautiful legacy. Left unspoken the amazing children he has raised and the joy of life they spread with song.

  • Gloria Oyewusi
    Posted at 22:15h, 24 September Reply

    Glory to God in the highest for this marvellous faith you have in God. Faith in God even if little surely will move mountains no matter how strong. God is faithful always. Thank you for sharing these episodes of faith in your Dad’s life. It’s enlightenment

  • Carol De Lauro
    Posted at 22:40h, 24 September Reply

    Dear Victory,
    I love this song you are singing in the background! It is so beautiful … what is it called?
    I am praying for your father and your whole family, especially your mother. This Corona Virus has been a terrible experience for so many people and I pray that it will not be allowed to stop your father’s life and legacy from continuing. I am so thankful that your father has raised all 9 of his children and the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit to lift their voices to praise the Powerful and Living God!
    Carol De Lauro
    (Instagram: @cinema_cara)

  • Lesly Beshears
    Posted at 22:46h, 24 September Reply

    Jesus is real, and is the ONLY way to the father!

    Continue to declare the Lord’s goodness.

    Thank you for such beautiful & inspirational music.

  • Julie Vandenberghe
    Posted at 23:00h, 24 September Reply

    Hopefully once he heals he can run for Mayor of Detroit!

  • Pamela M Conley
    Posted at 23:10h, 24 September Reply

    I wish you could start a bigger choir, today, as we really need to sing praises to God. Thank you for your story, your hope, your faith.

  • Annette Lewter
    Posted at 23:19h, 24 September Reply

    Your voice is soothing…I immediately sat up and started swaying from side to side.
    Thank you for Honoring Your Dads Testimony Through Your Eyes

  • Katy Lloyd
    Posted at 23:32h, 24 September Reply

    Praying for your father and your family, that God may pour out loving power over all. So very thankful for his faith, strength, and enormous love.

  • Sarah Nickelson
    Posted at 00:09h, 25 September Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Victory. My love to you and your whole family. Our Fathers were in touch recently- my dad is the Head of School for Newark Boys Chorus School here in Newark, NJ. He thinks very highly of your father and his work. I’m thinking of you all and holding your dad close in my heart. I hope he heals completely 💗

  • Trine Smith
    Posted at 00:32h, 25 September Reply

    I’m exceeding enriched both in my soul and spirit. To God be the glory. Thank you Victory, do send my sentiments and regards to your Father Mr. Boyd. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. Inspired and encouraged faithfully I trust God’s faithfulness. Loving prayer blessings sent to the Boyd Family and the many Family and lives Mr. Boyd touched.

  • Dami
    Posted at 01:08h, 25 September Reply

    Glory to God…faith is powerful and great to see how this is working in your dad’s life. The Lord will continue to be with him.

    God blessings.

  • Cherrie Graffread
    Posted at 01:21h, 25 September Reply

    All is well. God holds your prayers to sprinkle your father with healing flakes. God bless you and your family.

    CCG 🍒

  • Susan Van Blarcom-Young
    Posted at 01:21h, 25 September Reply

    Amazing story. Prayers for healing and comfort. God bless you all.

  • Fay Glover
    Posted at 01:36h, 25 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing your dad’s story , we all have a story to tell ,most of the times our actions tell our stories, we just have to watch it play out.Victory your entire family is in our prayers I hope your dad gets better day by day🎤🎹🎸🥁

  • Paige Beckman
    Posted at 02:26h, 25 September Reply

    Love to you and your family, Victory. Hearing of your father’s faith was a blessing to my day. May we all strive for such faith.

    Praying for the comfort and love of our Father to surround your family.

    Paige

  • Fayon Harris
    Posted at 02:48h, 25 September Reply

    Wow, such incredible faith, only God can do it. His story isn’t finished! The latter glory shall be greater than the former. Believing God for healing, restoration, and new life in Jesus name. Love you all.

  • Jennifer Wanner
    Posted at 03:21h, 25 September Reply

    No wonder I follow you. Not only are you talented and a believe… you come from good Detroit stock! Grew up on the west side at the city line….your father is in my prayers tonight, blessings upon your head…

  • Tamara-Darcel Young
    Posted at 05:51h, 25 September Reply

    Thank you Mr. Boyd for teaching us excellence, the art and nuance of music, and the art of worship!

    I remember going on a tour with The Boys & Girls Choirs of Detroit and how we were blessed and provided for in every city, venue, etc we visited. That only happened because of the favor on Mr. Boyd’s life and his audacity to take the risk of faith. I’m so grateful for being able to experience the teachings of a master. It’s propelled me in innumerable ways.

    God’s favor is still on you Mr. Boyd, and Christ’s devine balm of healing is manifesting in you now!

  • Nthabiseng
    Posted at 07:47h, 25 September Reply

    Thank you Mr Boyd for your unselfish fight to uplift our black communities, the youth specifically. May God continue to bless and keep you and move your vision to greater heights. Blessings all the way from South Africa

  • Cheryl Jackson
    Posted at 15:21h, 25 September Reply

    My sons Austin Jackson and Anthony Jackson were members of the Boys and Girls choir of Detroit. I admire both your parents the attention and dedication they both had given Minister Boyd with the choir and your Mom with her children the choir business and school. They gave a lot of themselves And I really appreciate them for cultivating the gift that was in my boys. I was so happy for my sons to be able to travel all over Michigan to sing. I’m praying for your Dad to have a speedy recovery.

  • Janice
    Posted at 18:00h, 25 September Reply

    Praying that your father receive total healing and that he will continue to be a blessing to your family, youth, and others in the world!

    Thank you for being a beautiful blessing along with your siblings in this sometimes dark world today. You all are a very bright and beautiful light!

    Love you!!😍😇

  • Alexandra Biggs
    Posted at 00:55h, 26 September Reply

    So glad to hear that he is fighting the fight to be with in family . Wish for him healing and might!! Love,

  • Jessica
    Posted at 17:40h, 26 September Reply

    Keeping you father in prayer for a full recovery 🙏

  • Iantha jones
    Posted at 18:35h, 26 September Reply

    Victory u are truly amazing singer songwriter n person as well as your siblings are amazing it’s truly statement that fruit don’t fall far from the tree as God say bring up a child in the way u want them to go. Some will stray but know their roots. Your father seems to.be an amazing person n it shows through their his wonderful kids job well done praying for one of Gods servants a full recovery

  • arielisa sales
    Posted at 06:50h, 28 September Reply

    He is always A good father to you all ,
    I PRAY THAT WHATEVER he is going through God will help him , Bless Him always ,,,

  • Briana Thurman
    Posted at 03:00h, 04 October Reply

    Hi Victory!

    My name is Briana Thurman and Wow, I firmly know & believe that Im not reading this by chance. This is indeed God! When I was younger, I too was part of the Boys & Girls Choir of Detroit with you all. I remember all of you guys! My heart deeply missed your faces & all I could do was pray for you because I didn’t know how/where to find you. Your dad made such a huge impact on my life & for that I thank him. He taught me so much far beyond the musical scales. I thank God continuously for healing him & much prayers for your entire family!

    P.S. I dm’d you on Instagram & sent you pictures of us singing back in the day! Im so elated to have now found you guys!!!

    Blessings
    -BT

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