I was fourteen years old when tragedy struck! It was around 6:00 PM, getting dark, and raining. I was pedaling my bike across the highway and was hit by a car driving 55 MPH. I was thrown from my bike and landed twenty feet from the place where I was hit. All the traffic stopped! The car was totally smashed in and the front hood was compressed into the back seat. Blood was everywhere as my limp and unconscious body lay in the middle of the intersection.
Thank God, my neighbor was driving by and saw me get hit by the car. Immediately, she ran over to my severely injured body and proceeded to clear my air passages because I was choking on my blood. Additionally, an off duty ambulance was driving by just seconds after I was hit. The EMT ran over to my bloody body, put an oxygen mask over my face, and rushed me to the hospital.
I was in a coma for two weeks, had three hemorrhages in my brain, and was completely unrecognizable. My nose was literally smashed into my face and my right eye was cut so badly the physicians believed I had lost it. My mouth and lips were demolished and I had reconstructive surgery to correct the damage to my face. I was given a quart of blood and was kept alive on life support. The surgeons performed an emergency tracheotomy surgery to my throat and implanted a gastro-feeding tube in my stomach. With just a one percent chance of survival and having three days to live, my parents were told I would die.
But God had a different plan for me…
Every day, my parents and many people from church would pray for me. They would line up around my hospital bed and stand in the hallways praying for my healing, asking God to save me.
Fourteen days later, despite the doctors’ prediction I would die, my eyes opened. It was a miracle! I was transferred to a rehabilitation center for six months where I re-learned how to walk, talk, eat, bathe, and function as a human all over again. I put in perspective what it was like to be disabled.
While I was recovering in the hospital, I realized the amazing work God had done in my life and accepted His free gift of salvation. Hopefully, you’ve received this great gift too! If not, just ask. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3).
When I was released from the hospital, I was asked to speak at several churches and youth groups, sharing my testimony and how God was working in my life. I was amazed at the response I saw to the gospel. It was at this point that I began to sense God’s calling into pastoral ministry and was able to confirm that calling through various people and opportunities. My desire to know and serve Christ has been nurtured and deepened over the years and has been expressed through the different ministries God has given me. Through a commitment to servant leadership, I strive to proclaim the Good News of God’s love, help others encounter Him, nurture their spiritual development, equip them for effective ministry, and build up the body of Christ.