I grew up in a small city and I went to church in a small town. At a young age I began to think about the purpose of life. I wondered “How did people get on the earth and why are we here?” I also wondered “Where do people go when they die?” God created me as a deep thinker, so I thought and pondered over those things among many. Even though I grew up going to church, I still had a lot of questions. Around age eleven my thoughts and surroundings began to overwhelm me, so I began to journal about my life to release some of my thoughts and feelings. I continued on in life, and I kept myself busy in church and school.
As I went to church I constantly heard sermons about hell. I constantly heard, “if you’re not ‘saved’ then you are going to hell.” During junior high school I became very rebellious because I found out that I was a part of a broken home/family. I continued to rebel until my last year of junior high school. Finally, I realized I needed to straighten up my act and live in spite of the circumstances. During the summer of 1994 I decided I wanted to become a “good person” and go to heaven. So in August of 1994, I went forth to the altar during church services and told the minister I wanted to become a Christian. I prayed and received Jesus, but I had no clue what that meant. I thought, “Well now I need to be a good person because I am a Christian.”
II. Spiritual Growth
Two years passed and during those years I was really involved in school, church, and the community. Unfortunately, I was not discipled after I became a Christian, so I did not grow in my relationship with the Lord. I became a Christian out of fear of going to hell and because I wanted to be a good person. Well, over the next two years I would go through a series of hard times. After becoming a Christian, I withdrew from my family because I wanted to be a “good person” and I did not want to be a part of my “messed up” family. I continued on with this mentality until the fear of going to hell was gone and I was tired of being a good person. I began to rebel against my family, school, and society. I went through this period for about a year. During that time, I felt like I was outside of myself. Now when I look back on that time in my life I think, “Who was that person?” The Lord knew that even though I received Him, I did not have a healthy relationship with Him.
Some time passed and the Lord began to bring me back to Himself. I knew that nothing could separate me from the Lord of God, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38 – 39).” Through God’s sovereignty I enrolled into Columbia International University for undergraduate studies. I learned the meaning of things I had always heard about in the church. I learned the meaning of the love of God, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” I learned what it meant to have a relationship with God, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).” I learned the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).” I also learned more about the work of the Holy Spirit, “Buy you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).” My relationship with the Lord began to grow and grow through the study of His Word.
I continue to study His Word through personal and group studies with Precept Upon Precept and Bible Study Fellowship. I continue to evangelize at home, work, and church. Employment opportunities with Daybreak Ministries and Colonial Christian Academy have given me the freedom to share the gospel of Christ with many people. At church, I am a part of the Young Women’s Ministry, Children’s Church Ministry and Missions and Outreach Ministry where I am able to minister in various ways. I know the Lord has changed my life and He can change the lives of many others who are living without Him.
III. Professional Background/Goals
All through out my life I have had the desire to help people. I wanted to become a Psychiatrist so I could help people who were living captive to their minds. The Lord taught me I needed to reach people with His Word. Since that time I have been teaching the Word of God. Currently, my desire is to reach out to children and families in the public school system. I am willing to go and teach anywhere He leads me.
I have had the opportunity to achieve many goals over the years. The next goal I would like to achieve is to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. My desire is to obtain more formative training in teaching children in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. I want to acquire more understanding, knowledge, and ability in the field of Early Childhood Education. After I obtain a Master’s degree, I plan to pursue a career in teaching in the public school system of South Carolina. Upon the completion of several years of teaching, I would like to continue to progress in the field of Education. I would also like to pursue further studies in Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Disabilities. My ultimate goal is to become a life-long Educator in various areas. My desire is to truly trust the Lord in everything because He is my salvation, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God (Psalm 62: 5-7).” My God is everything to me and my desire is to live to His glory.