THE KING­DOM

Shanika McCalla work­ing to win souls for

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanique Sa­muels fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

THE BI­BLE says, ‘Young men, I call upon you be­cause you are strong’. God needs young peo­ple be­cause they are fit and vi­brant and can do the work for the king­dom. Shanika McCalla has been work­ing to win souls for the king­dom since she gave her life to Christ in 2011.

How­ever, be­fore she took that step, she was used to en­joy­ing herself like the av­er­age young girl would be.

“I was the type of girl who liked to dress up and party, so I would be out and about, and as old peo­ple used to say, ‘ev­ery pan knock, mi deh deh’.

“When I started to go to par­ties, that’s when God started calling me, but I was ig­nor­ing it. Then it seemed like I was in a land all by my­self be­cause I re­alised I didn’t fit into that set­ting anymore. So I de­cided to quit – which wasn’t hard be­cause church was a must for me no mat­ter the time I got home from a party,” she told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion.

Af­ter be­com­ing a Chris­tian, Shanika found herself hav­ing to en­dure temp­ta­tions and is­sues with for­give­ness, but she said her great­est chal­lenge was be­ing hum­ble.

“I was short­tem­pered, bit­ter, and an­gry,

and

as some­body said some­thing (to me), I wouldn’t even al­low them to fin­ish. I just jump at them and if I can’t have my way, I would just push or kick down any­thing that was in my path. But thanks be to God, I can proudly say that He has brought

me a

mighty long way,” she said, not­ing that now, she is able to keep her com­po­sure and pray about sit­u­a­tions be­yond her con­trol and al­low God to work them out.

SPARED TO SERVE

McCalla dis­closed that one day, while in a state of de­pres­sion, she was al­most killed by a JUTC bus in Half-Way Tree as she stepped into the road, ab­sent­mind­edly, in an at­tempt to get to the other side. “I wasn’t aware of what was hap­pen­ing un­til out of nowhere, I saw this big, yel­low bus rub­bing against my shoul­der, then I heard scream­ing. It was then I re­alised that not even ants could pass be­tween me and the bus. That was how close it was to me. I wasn’t fright­ened, so I walked away in­stantly, and when I got across the road, some­body touched me and said that I must sleep on the same side I slept on the night be­fore be­cause it was God Him­self who stopped that bus. When I looked across the road, the driver was still in a state of shock,” she said, seem­ingly still count­ing her bless­ings.

Shanika be­lieves she was spared for a rea­son, and so she is avail­ing herself to be used by God to the point where oth­ers will see her as a role model.

She wor­ships at the Glen­goffe New Tes­ta­ment Church of God, where she is ac­tively in­volved in the Ves­sel of Wor­ship Per­form­ing Arts Min­istry. She is the direc­tor of the chil­dren’s min­istry and as­sists in the teens and ladies’ min­istries.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how dark your past or present sit­u­a­tion is, don’t al­low it to be an ob­sta­cle that will hin­der you from an­swer­ing the Master’s call. He for­gives and He is able to keep you if you just open your heart and let Him in. He prom­ises never to leave you or for­sake you.

“We know not the minute or the hour that the Lord will put in His ap­pear­ance, nei­ther do we know when we will take our last breath, so don’t wait un­til it’s too late. It is look-up time. Re­demp­tion draweth nigh.

“Seek ye first the king­dom of God and his right­eous­ness and all these things shall be added unto you,” she con­cluded.

Shanika McCalla be­lieves she was spared for a rea­son, and so she is avail­ing herself to be used by God.

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