Technically, I’m an actor.
Yeah, that’s right. I got into the business a long time ago – in fact, I have to be honest with you. I think it was purely for my looks.
As a premature twin, my brother and I were very small babies. Leaving the comfort of the space we’d been renting (our contract ran out, or something like that…it was a little cramped for two of us anyway – very cheap though and free food), we found ourselves spending the first few days getting to know this new world by being stared at in special incubators. Excuse me if my memory is a little hazy on this, but I believe this is where we got our big break. I don’t remember how, but somehow but we ended up butt-naked at the end of what I can now tell you was an extremely mediocre movie. Not that I cared. I was still adjusting to the light; still getting used to the feel of the air around me; still a long way from figuring out what on earth was going on.
Ok, so that was as far as my acting career got. Now I’m twenty-five and I’ve just finished a three-month stay in Singapore to attend the School of Supernatural Ministry (SSM). During this time, we studied who God desires us to be, how He is at work today and how to step out in faith with the gifts God has placed in us. I’m a few hours from flying back to England and that picture of me as a baby keeps coming back to me. Why?
When I was nineteen, I had an encounter that prompted me to choose to follow Jesus for the rest of my life. That decision is one that I have not regretted, even for a single moment. The Bible says that I became a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17); that I was born again. Although that may be true, in some senses I feel like I didn’t leave the womb immediately. I’d inadvertently stumbled into Kerith Community Church in the search of friendship, and I found Jesus. Or rather, he found me. I adored the community and passion for God at that church and my very first moments as a new creation were amongst the people that formed this particular expression of faith. Kerith Community Church nurtured both me as a person and my relationship with Jesus to such an extent that I will never truly be able to express my gratitude. They were the womb in which this new life was able to grow, protected and supported. They were my harbour; but as a wonderful lady prophesied over me a few years ago, ‘a ship is not meant for the harbour, it’s meant for the high seas.’
Kerith Community Church is a phenomenal place that I do miss considerably (and am super excited about returning to for a few weeks), but it seems that God didn’t intend for me to be there forever. In April, I left the Kerith womb and just as in my first moments in this world, I found myself heading for the incubator: The School of Supernatural Ministry.
To me, it is very apt to describe SSM in this way. At Kerith, I was protected and nurtured and when I left, the school didn’t seek to undo anything that had been done or un-teach anything that had been taught. Rather, as an incubator continues the growth process, so did they. I have gained a much deeper understanding of God and of his Word, the Bible. My faith for breakthroughs, miracles and powerful encounters with God has never been higher. My confidence in the things of the supernatural – of healing, prophecy and words of knowledge to name a few – has increased more than I could have imagined and what’s more, I feel fully assured of who I am in Jesus.
In this incubator I am not alone. I have been hugely inspired by phenomenal staff and teachers, pushed and encouraged by the best classmates I could have hoped for and blessed by countless others along the way. As I prepare to be reassigned to a Canadian incubator in September, I know that there are friendships and bonds here that will not be easily broken. I do not say that lightly or flippantly! It really was simply that impactful a time.
In this incubator I have been exposed to a totally new culture and fallen just as totally in love with it. Singapore is a wonderful country that I am reluctant to leave. Morten T. Kelsey said that ‘The church is not a museum for saints but a hospitable for sinners’, and I believe that right now, I’m simply moving to a different ward. I have the privilege of studying more about Jesus over the next year but I do believe that at some point in this indiscernible future we are perpetually striding towards, I’ll come back to the Singapore ward to help in the wonderful work that is happening here. What an exciting thought.
It’s been an incredible adventure and one that I wouldn’t change for the world. I’m so grateful to everyone that has made this time learning about the King of Kings so powerful. Thank you.
Besides, I would’ve made a terrible actor so probably best that that ship sailed without me!