While participating in an Emmaus walk in the fall of 2007, Jamelle found herself alone in the chapel praying. She felt this tug. This tug was saying ‘speak.’ She quietly argued with God, saying ‘no, I have made too many mistakes.’ It was then, in that moment, she feels she heard from her grandmother who had passed in the spring. Her grandma said, ‘Jamelle, it’s ok. I know all that happened. Now use it to reach others.’ That Sunday at the closing ceremony, she had no words of her own to share. She just read from 1 Timothy 1:12-17, ‘I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” –and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.’
“You have inspired someone to come back to church because of your sermon.” – Courtney Papa, member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Elkhart, IN
Jamelle can speak in a variety of platforms from filling pulpits to sharing with a small group of teenagers or even ‘old church ladies.’ She is a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church; and has a special presentation just for schools about overcoming hopelessness.
Jamelle says, “There is nothing I want to do more than use what I have gone through, what God has shown me and taught me, to reach others who are struggling and perhaps, feeling hopeless. Too many people go through life fighting depression and even worse, succumbing to the thoughts of suicide. We need to use our own stories to let others know they are not alone.”
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