The journey has been a long one. I grew up in a nondenominational Christian missionary family. When we were in the States we attended a Baptist church. The Christian teaching and faith I was given was invaluable, but my family was somewhat dysfunctional. I battled through despair and depression and self hatred. My experience of church was dry and formal, and I read the Bible, but couldn’t understand it or feel anything. One day when I was 13 I asked God to help me get unstuck spiritually, and someone lent me a book about a notable charismatic Christian. When I finished it I cried out for what the book described: the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, the power of God in my life.
God touched my life in my bedroom as I knelt and cried. I began to feel the presence of God, and hear him speak to me. But when I went home, no one understood what I had experienced. Though the closeness I felt to God waned, the desire to have the gift of speaking in tongues and a full experience of who God is did not.
I received the gift of Speaking in Tongues when I was 30, 17 years later in the Assemblies of God headquarters church in Waterloo, Belgium. I began to journal prophetically, but I didn’t know what I was doing. When I returned to the US, again, I didn’t have anyone around me that understood the gifts of the Spirit, or could teach me. I didn’t know that I needed to be mentored and taught. I went back to a Baptist church believing that the gifts of the Spirit should be represented in every church. It wasn’t until several years later that God told me to go to a charismatic church, and I began to receive some teaching, and experienced the healing touch of God in my life.
I was trained in Bible in the Assembly of God church I went to, and in deliverance ministry. When I had been lied about, “thrown out,” or shunned in the Assembly of God churches God sent me to John Paul Jackson’s, The Bridge, churches. There I experienced the full freedom of worship and the compassionate teaching on using a prophetic gift. I attended The Call 2007, and began a Song of Songs relationship with my bridegroom, Jesus Christ. God taught me to dance in his presence.