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Ashely Mineard

Broken & Restored

As far back as I can remember I was the girl who was in church every Sunday unless I was sick or away on vacation, which wasn’t all that often. My parents brought me to The Salvation Army as a baby and I grew up attending Army programs that my corps held on a weekly basis. I don’t remember at what age I accepted Christ but I know I was young and at that the time I didn’t fully understand what it meant to accept Christ and have a relationship with Him. As I entered high school, I started to become two different people- one who was trying to live life as if everything was okay and the other who was struggling with depression and suicide because I had been raped. As I entered college I still continued to with these issues and they had begun to consume my everyday life.

In 2008, my mentor at that time who also is one of my best friends suggested that I go to Youth Councils, but I didn’t want to go. I wasn’t expecting anything life-changing to happen that weekend. During one of the meetings, I heard God saying to me “I want you all and nothing less.” I found myself in tears and heading to the altar. It was at that moment I gave my life back to Christ. I thought it was going to be easy to be a Christian but in fact it only got harder. I still struggled with the same issues that I had before, but as I began attending a Bible study and meditating on the Word those struggles began to fade away. I had God in my corner and I knew that I could count on Him.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)