God graciously grew me in a Christian home with parents who modeled for me a love and trust in the God of the Bible, in light of their brokenness, that would be a guidepost for me for many years to come. He saved me at a young age in an environment that encouraged legalistic mentalities and maintained the unspoken belief that sin, while inevitable, was better disguised and left alone.
In adolescence, God grew in me a deep, abiding love and trust in Him at His Word that would carry me through dark and trying seasons. However, I still maintained that it was best to hide brokenness and sin. I began to find comfort in my perceived ability to be “good.” I maintained the idea that if I only achieved more and worked harder, then I would have value. Behind those lies, I was sad, empty and unknown. I placed my identity in broken relationships that perpetuated sin and an unequivocal fear that if anyone actually knew me, they could not love me. Entering college, I maintained this pattern. Then, the Spirit revealed the precious truth of who I am—depraved and guilty—but who Christ makes me—forgiven and free.
Through time spent in Tanzania, God revealed in my heart a desire to love, know and care for abused and hurting women with the hope of pointing them to the gospel. I pursued a graduate degree that allowed me to focus on this, and the Lord graciously opened doors to work with sexually trafficked and exploited women.
I found the beautiful truth that while pain varies, sin and brokenness are level at the cross. I found that it truly has been for freedom that Christ has set us free. I found that his grace is sufficient for us and his power is made perfect in our weakness. I found that the things I fought to hide were the very things He has used for His glory and have found the good and hard work in learning “to kiss the waves that throw me against the Rock of Ages.”
I married my sweet Bobby Mays in October of 2013. Apart from salvation, he is God's greatest extension of grace and mercy to me. We have been members of The Village since 2011.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would humbly seek the advancement of the gospel, marked by an unwavering devotion to the Scriptures and a steadfast love and commitment toward one another, with hearts and eyes tethered to the hurting, abused, lost and broken among us in order to "fully proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light" to the praise and glory of His Name forever.