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When I was seven years old, I spent two and a half months in Tod Children’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio after suffering a bleeding attack, all alone. I vividly remember the small, little, old woman walking down the pastel colored hallway with a Bible in her hand. She walked up to me and asked if I wanted to attend church. Honestly, I did not want to attend, but I decided to go. It was during those church services in the game room at Tod Children’s Hospital that I began to experience a sense of belonging and love. I had always felt lonely because I was a foster child, but after many encounters with this sweet woman, I was no longer lonely. I experienced a love like none other, the love of God. During my stay, I would be diagnosed with von Willebrands disease, a rare bleeding disorder affecting blood’s ability to clot. Even in the midst of this uneasiness, I still felt weirdly comforted. This was the first time I encountered God in a tangible way for myself.
After being discharged from the hospital, I went to another foster home. At this home, the first activity I had the luxury of participating in was youth Bible study at Tabernacle Baptist Church. On January 7, 2001, I was baptized after accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I initially did not understand all that this decision meant. All I knew was that Jesus was real and I did not want to go to hell. Little did I know the journey that was about to begin. I always knew the answers to the Sunday school questions, but I wanted to know more. I wanted to know Jesus in a real way. I would pray asking God to “give me more understanding about all that He was.” In the eleventh grade, I began to have intense dreams about preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I becam...

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...ll be able to offer Westminster as many strengths as it can offer me. I bring solid, nontraditional potential seminary student undergraduate education in both Criminal Justice and Social Work in addition to much experience in ministry to Westminster, which allows me to identify with the realism of ministry. I also offer a resilient spirit and mind ready to engage and harvest in a vigorous religious academic environment. I want to worship and study at Westminster because I truly believe God wants me to grow to serve His people by introducing them to new life in Him by activating radical faith that impacts life. I am certain that Westminster is the best place to provide me with the education and tools necessary to do ministry that is most pleasing unto God. Thank you to the Admissions Committee for your consideration of my application. I look forward to your response.

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