There are moments in life that highlight a time of change. We all have these moments of time. Looking back, we can see our growth or see our regression. Some will call these moments “tests;” the goal is to turn your tests into your testimony.

My name is Mandy Cross. I’m a daughter of God, a wife, and a mother of three. I accepted Jesus into my heart at a young age. I remember the emotions of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Tears of repentance, thankfulness, and joy streamed down my cheeks. I endured many life “tests” – growing in some, regressing in many. Sitting in church on Easter Sunday 2014, the same emotions crashed down – tears of repentance, thankfulness, and joy. That was the moment I decided to give my all to God.

The Monday after that Easter Sunday was April 21, 2014 – that was my day one of a commitment to my Father. I began writing a daily Christian blog – – with the goal of 100 consecutive days. I have now written for 1,079 days. When I hit the original goal, I had formed a deep connection with my Father and heard Him say, “keep writing.” I plan to continue my writing for my Father until He says to stop.

The commitment to God’s Word via my blog is to share that same Easter feeling every day with the whole world. I received the beautiful blessing of growing stronger in my faith and developing a deeper, personal relationship with my Savoir, Christ Jesus. We must dive into God’s Holy Word daily to feed our souls so we continue to grow spiritually.

Since that Easter Sunday when I surrendered all to God, I began to see Him in my days and hearing His voice in my heart. I followed His calling to children’s ministry; established a neighborhood group to reach out to help others, and formed a community lady’s prayer group. I’m now answering the call He has placed on my heart today – youth ministry.

My church has been such a blessing supporting my calling to minister. I teach youth group every Wednesday night and have been asked to form and lead the WMU within the church. I’m excited to begin this new journey with God and I’m ready to make a difference within my community. I live in a rural area so the mission field is wide open and will be more personable by visiting and helping needs as they surface.

The calling of the youth ministry is what led me to Christian Leaders Institute. With two of my own kids in college and a third one coming up, tuition for mom is not budget-friendly right now. Like most times when we see God’s thumbprint in our lives, finding Christian Leaders Institute was His answer to a need within His perfect timing. I’m excited to continue my education on leadership training to better equip myself for the goal of revival within my community.

Receiving a scholarship via Christian Leaders Institute will benefit my training to educate and lead the youth ministry, WMU, and any future ministries God places before me. The youth ministry alone will allow me to connect to the youth, reach out to the student’s parents and incorporate the youth in the mission field reaching others in the community who need to hear about God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance. God has unveiled my eyes to many in need already and I know He will equip me to help in His name. I’m willing to give my time and commitment to help start a revival in the name of Jesus.

Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

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