"Somebody Ought to Testify!"
The testimonies below are from a few of our young adult members. They are all under 25, but they all have amazing stories to tell about how God has interceded on their behalf.
Rena, Khris, Charde' and Kamesha all have different testimonies, different paths, and different purposes.
However, they have one thing in common and that is S.W.A.G.
(Saved With Amazing Grace).
Read below and be inspired...
It's Only A Test... Wait on the Lord
The majority of graduating high schoolers will tell you they are excited about embarking on their journey of new freedom and minimal parental guidance. My thoughts on college were less eager than my peers. Nonetheless, I was excited to further my academic career.
What incoming college students fail to take into account is the many personalities and situations you are introduced to as a freshman. Although some were of some benefit, others required patience to know when it's time to separate myself from them. In high school I relied on my mom to give me opinions on friends and decision making. She was my mentor, my cheerleader, and my best friend. But we don't realize just how much our parents are worth until they AREN'T there to tell us the right thing to do.
During my freshman year, many situations required me to think beyond the "now", & focus more on my future. Although trying to do the right thing felt less rewarding at times, I remembered that God has a plan for me. To comfort me I relied on Jeremiah 29:11-12 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
Although I may have missed out on the party, I know GOD is preparing me for the ultimate celebration!
- Rena D. Smith
S.O.S. - God Saved Me
Early morning on March 31st 2013, after a long night of having fun with friends, I left Charlotte and decided to go home, unfortunately I did not make it. I awakened hours later in a hospital without knowing my name; the only thing I could tell them by the grace of God was my mom's name and phone number. How ironic? The only name I knew was my mom's, not even my own name, nobody's, but my mama's...The lady that brought me into this world. Now, she's gotta get this phone call. I was told a car traveling by saw my car hydroplane, flip several times, and land in a tree. I suffered from a broken neck, a collapsed lung, bruises, and scratches. A few days later I was released from the hospital.
After seeing the wreckage of my car and having surgery a month later, God revealed to me that you need to believe in him more and not take life for granted. I am a example of his work. After this terrible ordeal I made a promise to thank the Lord every day and be glad that I am able to see my love ones. I am truly blessed the Lord left me here, so that I am able to hug my daughter everyday without her having to ask the question "Where is my daddy?" This experience has made me realized there is a special reason why the Lord left me here. My mom tells me all the time, "Son the Lord worked a miracle with you right in front of our eyes without us physically seeing him do it." I am a witness to what God can do!
-Khristopher A. Holmes
Silent Tears... But I'm Still Standing
At the age of 21, I lost my best friend, my mother. I felt completely alone. I had all these new challenges to face and on top of that what would happen to my brother. He was only 11. I was who he depended on. I felt very overwhelmed. All I could do was pray and cry. 8 months later, my father died, I truly felt lost. I kept asking God, "Why me?" What in the world could I have done to where both of my parents would leave me so quickly?
I began to feel depressed & unlike my usual self, until sadly one of my coworker's mother died. The only person she wanted to talk to was me since I was the only person who she knew felt her pain. By me talking to her, it gave us both the needed peace and understanding. As it says in Revelation 21:4, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away". I know my parents are no longer suffering and I have nothing to worry about. By the grace of God and my loving family, I am still going strong.
-Charde' L. Hardy
God's Turning It Around 4 Me
Being a mother is a big responsibility. However, being a young mother of two of God's most precious creations has drawn me closer to God in many way. At times I find myself kind of down because I know this is NOT what I had planned, but I know God has something so magnificent and so big in stored for me I try not to complain. The Lord has blessed me with a job so I can provide for my children, a loving and supportive family who is always by my side, and the strength and mind-set to finish school.
Yes, there has been many obstacles, but by the grace of God I managed to get through it. There were negative things said about me, but I kept my head high because I am a child of God. If no one else is there for me, I know I can always depend on God. Anytime I feel like giving up I always tell myself , I have two lovely and amazing children.
God has blessed me and through him anything is possible as long as you have faith and believe!