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’d been drinking all day long and pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle with a with a woman and all of her children packed into this car. They T-boned me and at that moment everything went blank.
One Sunday the music director said the handbell choir needed more members. I thought, “No, I wasn’t ready to get involved.” At the end of the service I found myself volunteering for bell choir!
One Sunday afternoon I was sitting drunk in a bar, and I’m looking around. The only ones in the bar were the bartender, some shady looking guy in the corner, my ex-boyfriend’s mom, and me. I heard this voice in my head say, “What am I doing here?”
This past year I found a black dot on my thumbnail that looked like a pencil point. Nothing much to it. Then it became an abrasion at the end of my nail. My doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon who found it to be malignant skin cancer.
At that point I said, “I can’t do this myself. It’s in your hands, God.” That part I remember clearly. It turns out that it was really, really was up to Him (and a good surgeon).
So when drugs and alcohol came around, it was easy for me to say “yes,” because I didn’t have anything in me saying “no” anymore. As I got more involved with drugs, I got into more crime. I started committing violent crimes, selling drugs, abusing drugs ended up back up in prison.