SET FREE: Hey, my name is Charlotte Kate and I’m 16. I first stepped foot in a church when I was 4, having gone to a Christian Education school until I was 11. But I didn’t start following Jesus for myself until I was 12. I joined my current church, NEW LIFE, when I was 11, after having previous bad experiences with youth at different church establishments. I instantly felt at home and at ease and I have been going to church regularly ever since.
When I was 12, I started struggling with an eating disorder called Anorexia Nervosa. I was admitted to hospital, where I had a near fatal hypoglycemia episode.
When I was 12, I started struggling with an eating disorder called Anorexia Nervosa. I was admitted to hospital, where I had a near fatal hypoglycemia episode. The doctors weren’t sure if I’d survive, but I did! I also started struggling with depression and anxiety.
After this, in a last ditch attempt to finally get my life together, I cried out to God, and he answered me. By the grace of God, I got a second chance at life in the form of a psych ward admission, where I stayed for three months. When I was discharged from this admission, I threw myself into the word of God and the church, including Sunday school and youth group.
I started sleeping with my Bible open and God started a healing process in me, which I am still on.
One night, I went to a youth event hosted by a youth pastor named Zeke, who formerly worked at my home church. His service message was on strength. I burst into tears in my youth worker’s arms and from then on, I decided I wanted to get baptised. I got baptised on the 28th of October 2018. It was the best decision of my life. God spoke to me under that water and I’m never turning back.
Since that day, I have had two admissions in three hospitals. I developed PTSD and struggled with night terrors. I started sleeping with my Bible open and God started a healing process in me, which I am still on. I forgave the people who hurt me after a calling from God and instantly felt his peace. To this day, I still struggle, however, I realised who I was and who God was and the game changed.
God saves, babes.
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I remember being in church and going up to the altar and crying. I was so tired of the life I was living. I needed help. I felt a sense of peace at that time and knew that if this Jesus thing can work for some of these other guys, then it can definitely work for me.
I said to myself, “Why should anyone envy me and want to be in my shoes?”
God has led me to amazing places in my life, so let me explain how God led me from South Carolina to Kenya.
We built the first church with great difficulty. We went back to the States and the board asked us to become mission staff with the Outreach Foundation. That was 25 years ago, just about, and we’ve gotten more involved with Kenya as days and years went on.
I am a chef by profession. I’m happy because I do what I love. Now I work at Villadise Tours and Safaris, where I meet so many different people coming from far. Being helpful is just a blessing to other people.
Then God started tugging on my heart. There was a church sermon series that was about taking your God-given dream off the shelf. I was like, “I don’t know what my dream is. God, if you have a dream for me you’re going to have to tell me what it is.”