Equipped for Ministry Service

Jesus Saved My Life

Hi! My name is Kelsie. I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I am also studying at the Christian Leaders Institute to be better equipped for ministry service (Learn more about online free Bible courses, Click Here).

My Youth

For as long as I can remember, I have known Jesus. I was a member of a Presbyterian church growing up. I went to youth group regularly and sometimes even a Sunday service here and there. But, although I knew who Jesus was in my mind, I didn’t know who He was in my heart. I didn’t have a relationship with Him.

I was never forced to go to church, as I always had that little spark in me that actually wanted to go. However, when I went to church, I went through the motions and didn’t know what I was doing. I was asked to read scripture on a Sunday to the whole congregation one time. I remember being terrified and feeling so unqualified to speak because I didn’t even know what I was saying.

God Became Real to Me

It wasn’t until I was freshly 19 years old at the beginning of 2012 that I had a change in my heart. There was a distinct moment where I felt the overwhelming pure love of God in my soul. One of the worst moments in my life turned into one of the greatest. I was being physically and mentally abused by my husband (now my ex-husband). It was a fight for my life from about 10 pm-3 am.

When I was at my wit’s end and couldn’t physically fight back anymore, the only thing I could do was pray. I prayed out loud, which I had never done before. Yelling out to God to save me as loudly as I could, my ex-husband put a stop to my words by trying to suffocate me.

I remember thinking that if there really was a God and anyone would hear me and help me right now, it would be Jesus. I felt an indescribable sense of peace, calmness, relief, and no pain. Despite what was going on around me, I had total serenity. I knew I was going to be okay either way because I felt the Holy Spirit. It was like Jesus was in the room sitting right next to me. My abuser eventually left me in the house alone. I escaped to my neighbor’s house, who helped me.

Equipped For Ministry Service

From then on, my life hasn’t been perfect. First, I faced a lot of struggles and hardships. Then, I turned to drink and drugs. Even though I loved Jesus, I didn’t know how to have a relationship with Him.

Seven years later, the Holy Spirit told me to get into a specific church. I was unchurched for that long. There, I learned how to walk with God truly. I also met my wonderful husband, who is an associate pastor. God is so faithful.

Now, I work full-time in ministry. I am the Life Group Director at our church. I am studying at Christian Leaders Institute to be equipped for ministry service.

After a season of miscarriage and heartache, God has given us a miracle baby due in July 2022. We have great faith and are very excited about what God wants to do next!

Steps to Sign Up At Christian Leaders Institute

Step 1 – Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2. 

After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course. You will locate the course at your “home” button when logged in. Scroll down to find the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2 Link. Click the link and open the course.

Step 2 – Complete Part 1 of this course, and then you are allowed to enroll in mini-courses or regular courses. 

The Christian Leaders Getting Started Class Part 1 shows you how to enroll in courses and mini-courses. Part 2 of the course connects your calling into ministry with programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute. Part 2 will offer some ministry training and introduce you to the other programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute.

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