I'm not a highly religious person but I do believe in God and I do watch religious programs.Sunday I was watching "Crossing Paths" with Gene Blackmon, Dr. Ernie DePasquale and the host and founder Mr. Don Reed.To my surprise their guest were two woman from Youngstown,Ohio.This caught my attention because I live in the same town.
Shaneka brown,27 years old and Sharmayne Bolling 26 years old were the guests. They are best friends and meet in church when they were younger.
Shaneka attended church frequently with her grandmother.Her father was a pastor,her mother and bother were musically inclined.At 14 she was baptized by her uncle Robert Parks.Then at 16 tragic struck the family.Her sister died from breast cancer and at 17 her grandmother passed on.As she tells it she felt a void in her life so she turn to God and ask him to fill the void which he did and He eventually removed the void from her life. You see when she met Sharmayne they became close because they both knew how it felt to lose a sister and to share their belief in God.
Later these two woman created their own ministry,Pretty girls.inc.This ministry helps girls love themselves,understand that no matter what you look like on the ouside God still loves you and will always be there for you.They are taught,just as Shaneka and Sharmayne had learned, to put your trust in God and to wait patiently for him to act.
Shaneka loved to sing and was told by another highly religious woman that she would go on to do great things,so in asking God to let her know what to do her answer came when she was asked to travel overseas to spread the gospel through her singing.
Today Shaneka lives in Califorrnia and is attending Strand College to get her bachelors degree.
One point i want to make is that not many young people make it out of this town due to murder,drugs or early teen pregnancies.They had the right guidance,the right beliefs and the courage to help those in the process of helping their self.
You have to have something or someone to believe in.A tither of hope and desire to move on and up in life. You need faith in a power greater than your own but you also have to have faith in your own power to do good and righteous things for yourself and for others.
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