Angela grew up as a regular member and servant in her church, and all the programs that came with church. But it wasn’t until much later in her life when she finally encountered Jesus. Health issues, a toxic marriage, and a fear of failure kept Angela in a paralyzed relationship with God. She couldn’t feel the love He had for her, even though she knew it was there. She became angry with Him when her life took turns that she prayed against. She lost belief in the value of prayer in her life, though she still believed it worked for other people. After years of hanging onto ideals, trusting in her own understanding, and experiencing the ups and downs of depression and oppression, Angela found herself in a desperate place of quitting it all. She knew she was too afraid to take her own life, so she just wanted to run away from it all. She figured running away from her current life, changing her name, and starting over would help her start fresh. But, God caught her before she fell. He used people – friends, her medical team, pastors, and other church leaders – who spoke truth into her life in a way that helped her believe a little again. The Lord took that little belief and drew her into Him. He reminded her of who He was, how He loved her, and all the ways He had been by her side. He showed her the promises in His Word in a way she hadn’t heard them before. He told her who SHE was in HIM in a way she could receive it. And Jesus met her in a way she desperately needed. It was beautiful and intimate. That was the beginning of new. Today, Angela is serving the Lord in any way the Holy Spirit leads. She is using her passion for storytelling and performing arts to bring people to the knowledge of Christ and the true, unfailing love of God.
Angela 's story
As far back as he can remember, Kevin has suffered from depression and thoughts of suicide. Even as a child, he remembers feeling like death would be a better option than life. These thoughts haunted him into adulthood. On more than one occasion, Kevin attempted to take his own life but survived. In his final attempt, he survived by the slimmest of margins, saved by an encounter with a God he didn’t know or believe in at the time.
As he prepared to drive the six-inch blade into his leg in hopes of severing his femoral artery, Kevin heard a voice say, “Turn your leg.” Kevin didn’t question these words. He simply obeyed. He drove the knife into his leg. When he saw the blood, he believed it was finished. When the bleeding slowed, Kevin needed to make a decision. Without knowing why, he called 911.
In the ER, doctors told Kevin that he couldn’t have come any closer to the artery without hitting it. This experience awakened Kevin to the truth that he was God’s child and that God wasn’t done with him. Jesus, an angel, God, whomever it was, told him to turn his leg, and it saved his life.
Since then, Kevin has faithfully served God in any way he is led. He is choosing joy, even in the midst of the battles he still faces. This one encounter brought Kevin into a relationship with a God of love, mercy, and grace.