“Thank you for talking with me,” the email read. “I had been contemplating suicide, but your encouraging words have blossomed in my heart. I want to give life another chance and get to know your God.”
The email came from a girl I met in Japan during a Three Angels’ Chorale tour. I’d noticed she looked sad and withdrawn, so I made a point to find her after the concert. As we talked, she confided to me that she was the target of ruthless bullying. I shared with her about Jesus and told her, “Even if you feel that there is no one on earth you can trust, He will never leave you or forsake you.” I later learned that she broke free from her depression and began attending church faithfully. This beautiful experience is one of many I had during my time at Hartland.
In fact, the Three Angels’ Chorale is what initially drew me to Hartland. My older cousins went to Hartland and were part of this choir. As I listened to their stories, I knew I wanted to experience it for myself.
I chose to major in elementary education. I am deeply grateful for the vision and encouragement of a dear friend and mentor at Hartland who told me she saw a future for me in children’s media ministry. Her faith in me gave me courage to step through the doors God opened. I started with Keep the Faith for Kids, character-building songs and stories still listened to by children around the world. Later, I hosted a children’s television program, Camp Do Right, through Light for Life Ministry—another dream come true! Now, AudioVerse has asked me to create an audio children’s program. StoryTime Adventures is slated to air its first episode this fall.
It’s neat to look back and see how my experiences at Hartland prepared me to be an active member in my church and fitted me for leadership. The practical education I received stretched me in every way possible and ingrained in me a ministry mindset. In return, it is my goal to impart my knowledge and training to the youth within my influence, so they can best utilize their God-given talents to render effective service to our Master.