From Homeless & Pregnant to Hillsong Graduate!
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So..I just graduated from Bible College! Can’t tell you how good it feels to have accomplished this dream of mine that I once thought would be impossible! This was the most challenging journey I have been on in a long time, but it was all worth it. I’ve gained a tonne of knowledge about God, life, about who I am and how I want to live my life. I have proven to myself that I can be anything and do anything, no matter how impossible it may seem. I am now ready for a new road…a new adventure!
In June of 2013, my daughter and I relocated to the other side of the planet (Australia) to attend a well known institute – Hillsong International Leadership College. Saying goodbye to my identical twin sister, family and friends was the price that I had to pay to follow the calling on my life. It required every ounce of faith in me.
A very looong story short… I was raised by the world’s strongest single mother with my twin sister and two older brothers. Life in poverty and the lack of a father’s presence played a huge part in my teenage rebellion. As I searched for love in the wrong places, I found myself in a relationship that was leading me down the wrong road. Before I knew it…I was pregnant at 19. This was a very scary time in my life as I was also pretty much homeless.
All of my dreams came to an immediate halt as I hung up my dancing shoes, and prepared to be a mother. I now understand why placing faith in something more (in my case Jesus Christ) was important for me at the time. Interestingly enough, I was not brought up in a Christian home…but I can say that at a very young age, I was always aware of God. I was always aware of something more, but never knew who He was. It wasn’t until I became pregnant that I accepted Christ into my heart.
Quickly and miraculously I noticed my life begin to change. My mind and spirit were literally renewed as the words in my new Bible began to make sense. So I began to test the Biblical knowledge I was gaining. I chose to forgive anyone I was harbouring unforgiveness towards.
I started to treat others with the same love and grace I felt God was treating me with, even after all of the wrongs I’ve committed. Eventually, I was set free from feeling depressed and hopeless. I began to dream again! I finished my high school with baby in arms and gained the strength and courage to start all over again. All things have become new, I will never be the same. That’s just how I feel!
This is why my graduation at Hillsong College is a bit of a deal for myself and for the community of supportive people who have seen where I have come from. Funny enough, this was my first real graduation ceremony! I honestly believe that God wanted to prove His Word to me as he stated: WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!! Matthew 19:26.
He can take the least of the least and show them their greatness and potential! So this is what it’s all about…it’s not just about receiving a piece of paper that says, “Well done you are now qualified”!! But it’s about my pursuit of purpose, and discovering Gods plan for my life. It’s about His miraculous power that has transformed my life and made all things new. This is my testimony!
I’m now 31 and a Bible College graduate!! Hahahah! If you would have told me 13 years ago that I would one day attend Bible College, I would have told you that you’ve got the wrong person! But I did! And all because God is able to take the life of whosoever…no matter their past..and turn it around for the good of those who love Him! Romans 8:28.
A huge thank you to the key tutorial leaders that played an important part in my journey at Hillsong College! Their words of encouragement helped me to fulfil this dream.
Although my friends and family were unable to be physically present at my grad, it meant the world to know they were up at 4:00am to watch it live telecast!
So cheers to me…and cheers to everyone who is following their dreams and accomplishing what seems to be the impossible in their lives! I am more ready than ever to embark on a new adventure wherever it will be. I’m looking forward to seeing where the road will lead me this coming New Year!