Overcoming Obstacles

  • Overcoming Obstacles Recovery Unique Ministries

    RESCUING GIRLS FROM THE STREETS

    When I was 12, I was raped by three teenage boys. It shook me to my core. I felt scarred, was blamed for it, reacted with rebellious behavior and began running away from home, repeatedly. At 15, I was on the streets and miserable. A man I knew said he "loved" me, and offered me a home. He was nice; he knew I needed food and shelter. It turns out there were four other girls living there. He said we each had to bring in a certain amount of money daily to support our family. He was our husband, daddy or… Read More

  • Labor Mentoring Overcoming Obstacles

    GLORIFYING JESUS IN TRYING TIMES

    I've had some traumatic experiences in my life. But I know God allowed me to go through these to help me grow and use them for His Glory. As an educator, I now use these trials to encourage my students. God blessed me with a sister and we were each other's source of strength as young children. Our life was not conventional; some may even say it was hard; however, I believe some of those life lessons taught me how to be a survivor. As a young adult, my sister was killed in a car wreck. It was a devastating loss. Then… Read More

  • Labor Overcoming Obstacles Special Needs

    TURNING “DISABLED” TO “IS ABLE”

    I was shot when I was 17 years old, and paralyzed from the neck down. In a matter of seconds, I went from a healthy young man with his life in front of him to someone whose dreams were shattered.

    At first, I was angry---at my circumstances, at the man that shot me and even at God. Why would a loving God want me to live this way? How could He let this happen? Slowly, that  Read More

  • Mentoring Overcoming Obstacles Recovery

    HELPING OTHERS THRU THEIR TRIALS

    I am a recovering alcoholic. I've been sober now for 27 years and that's truly by the power and grace of God. Alcohol almost killed me. It destroyed my first marriage and I got in a horrible car accident when I was under the influence, breaking my hip. But fortunately I got into a 12-step program, and it was there that I established a true relationship with the Lord. My life has never been the same. Being part of a fellowship of other alcoholics is like taking your medicine if you're a diabetic---it's vital for your health. And I feel… Read More

  • Overcoming Obstacles

    THE VULNERABLE DEN MOTHER

    My passion for people experiencing utter darkness isn't something I ever thought I'd be in the middle of. In fact, I avoided vulnerability and sharing anything about the past with others like "the plague". It wasn't until I became a believer in my 20's, and ventured out to China with Youth With A Mission that Jesus began to soften my heart. He put me in the most uncomfortable situation. I was the oldest girl in that cohort of travelers, and I became this sort of "den mother". Initially I hated being in this mentor roll---but then as I took this… Read More

  • Mission Work Overcoming Obstacles

    OVERCOMING HER FEARS TO SERVE

    I really hate to fly. Over the years, I had developed such an anxiety, followed by panic attacks. Especially now. Especially alone. Why would I go on a mission trip? Not with all the political unrest in our world. But God has given me a gift. I am a Nurse Practitioner. I can deliver babies. I can administer prescription medications. I can perform medical exams. Why not use these gifts to help others, who otherwise, may not receive it? Proverbs 3:27 says "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is… Read More

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