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1. What was life like before coming to Christ? What about before going to Bible College? (The more specific, the better!)

Before I came to Christ I was a very rebellious teenager that was angry at the world for all the suffering I endured as a young girl. I experienced watching my parents struggle in their walk with the Lord and they turned to alcohol, and drugs which led to a tailspin of issues. I was a victim of sexual abuse as a young girl by my father as well as physical abuse. I experienced being homeless at the age of 9 years old, my three brothers and I slept in a car with my parents because of their addiction to drugs we had no place to live. I remember one-day getting beat with a wet phone cord by my father and I reported him to my school. My brothers and I were put in foster homes and that was an experience in itself...

My mother eventually was released from prison and was able to get my brothers and me back. From that point on I struggled with anger, frustration, shame etc... I didn't understand why God would allow us to experience such a horrific life. I came to the Lord in my 20’s I was tired of what the world had to offer me which was nothing but more disappointments. I desired a relationship with God. I surrendered my life to him because I was tired of fighting against Him. It was easier to surrender. The hardest part and it continues to be is fighting my flesh. But I know that is the fight of a Christian we will fight until the day we part from this earth. I've learned there will always be trials but with God in my life, we get through each trial. Before coming to Bible College I was searching for more of God I knew I needed him more in my life at that moment more than any other time in my life. It was a crucial part of my life because my husband and I left another church to attend the Rock due to a bad experience at another church. I will only say it could have cost my marriage, but God has other plans for us. By the grace of God, we have withstood that battle. After attending about ten rounds through Breaking Free; I felt it was time to step it up and see what more God had for me in Bible College. I always desired to know more.

2. When did you realize God was calling you to be in Bible College? (Was there a moment in church, at home, while you were reading the Word?) Please describe this moment in detail.

I was hesitant at first because not having any college degree I felt I would struggle in these courses. I remember when I signed up it was one of the biggest steps I've made in my life. I wish I had a journal just for my experiences (and my victories) through Bible College. Because I had so much come to me, such as family members deaths, and being in my first car accident. I could share so many other things… But I knew I was in the fight of my life because the enemy was mad at me. He tried his best to discourage me in so many ways. I'm glad I stood in there it was the best accomplishment that I've done in my life besides having my three boys. It was worth the investment!

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I met some wonderful students and amazing teachers that devote their time to shower us with God’s living word. I remember reading my Bible at home and came across Hosea 4:6 KJV. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because though hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. And this struck me within my spirit and I said to myself, no way, I don't want to die for lack of his truths in His word, and I don't want my children to be forgotten...I wanted to know God more because I knew that he was calling me to a higher level of my understanding of who He is.

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3. What moment in Bible College was the most impactful and life-changing? (How has TRBC propelled you into the future you’re living right now?)

I believe the most impactful time in Bible College for me; I was sitting in class and the teachers were sharing about the need to respect positions in authority because God placed each authoritative figure in our lives for a reason. I had a really hard time with the thought… Being that I grew up with very poor authoritative figures in my life. And during Bible College, I was struggling with my relationship with my manager an authoritative figure at work.

4. What part of your story would be most encouraging for the person reading your story who feels stuck, lost and hopeless?

The Lord was showing me that I needed to forgive and let go of those that I was holding captive in my soul due to the pain those individuals caused me. I have learned to give them over to the Lord and pray for them. I believe the part of my story that would help someone who feels, lost, stuck, hopeless... is to NOT GIVE UP. Push through Life’s challenges, regardless what Your Flesh tells you... And know that the Lord has a plan for your life. But you have to want it more than anything else...

5. What would you say to someone who wants to go, but isn't sure if it's for them because of their circumstances, challenges, past history? (And they have the same circumstances, challenges, past that you did prior to going to Bible College.)

Our hope in the Lord is what will keep us in the valleys of life. Without Him nothing is possible, but WITH HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO him who Believes Matthew 19:23-30. With a willing humble heart is all the Lord is really asking of us. We just have to die to self. Don't think about going to Bible College just do it. The longer you sit back and think about it time will pass you by so quickly and you will find your flesh telling you the same excuses each time enrollment starts. There is part time for those that work full-time jobs. There is even the convenience of online classes for those who have trouble with attending classes. If I listened to what the enemy was trying to tell me prior to starting Bible College it would have never happened. I had so many reasons why I could have passed up the chance to attend Bible College. Such as my full-time job, my three children, my sick father, my sick brother who was slowly dying before our very eyes with Leukemia. And also my own physical battle with fibromyalgia. You have to want it more than any excuse. I went in without any excuses, and just wanting more of God and less of the World and the negativity it that had weighed me down for so many years of my life...

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