I personally attended Know Your Worth in May of 2013. I was attending River of Life Worship Center regularly and was excited to hear about the event that was being planned. I also was dating Katie Branch at the time and we were excited to attend the event together to further pursue a pure relationship until marriage. It was a no brainer for she and I to attend. The very first night is one that I will never forget. May 30th, 2013 is one of the best days of my life. Now you may wonder as to why would the first day of Know Your Worth best one of the best days of my life, especially if you knew that I have since travelled to 11 different countries, currently attending The University of Arkansas to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and grown up in the small town of Fouke, Arkansas where I was able to flourish as a young individual. Well, I will tell you exactly why this day is one of the most memorable days in my short time here on earth. My girlfriend, Katie, accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. I was so blown away in the moment because I would have ever thought that a purity conference would have had been where my girlfriend accepted the Lord. In addition, the conference allowed me to better understand the benefits of waiting until marriage and allowed me to cherish my purity. The Know Your Worth conference was something that I will never forget, and I cannot express my appreciation to God for allowing Katie and myself to be a part of it. As a bit of a back story, Katie and I are still happily in a relationship of almost 6 years and both attending the University of Arkansas. In the near future I plan to continue my education and become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I will leave you all with this, the Know Your Worth organization will change your life forever. I hope that if you are reading this, that you will be as receptive and courageous and take the promise to God to maintain a pure relationship until marriage. I wish you all the best and God Bless.
Growing up church was not a place that my family regularly visited, so when I ended up there at 16 it was no accident. God led me there himself through a lot of close friends that I had at the time. River of Life kind of just became the talk at school and so many youth were going on Wednesday night, I guess you could say I wanted to see what the fuss was about. When I first became a part of the youth group it was really hard for me to let go of the pride that was holding me back. I remember seeing everyone worship and thinking how bad I wanted to do that, I remember how joyful Tracy would be getting our music set up for that night, and I also remember how he always would take special request on songs. I always asked for Lead Me To the Cross because that song always lit something up in me, and one night I raised my hands up, and we worshipped. Worship became my favorite time of the night. It is what I loved most about Tracy and Shanda because they always pushed worship and now I know why. Worshipping God like that I was able to reach a different place and truly give my heart to Him. Close to around this time I asked to be saved and the following week Tracy baptized me in a lake located in Fouke, Arkansas along with a few other youth. This time of my life is one I won’t ever forget, and I wish I could go back. It was so much fun and a lot of joy was overflowing my heart. I could never thank them enough for helping me find my relationship with God at that critical time in my life. I think so much today where I would be if I never went, but like I said it was no accident that I ended up there.
Today my life is much different. I graduated, got married to my husband Sean, and had a beautiful baby girl named Avery. When Sean and I found out we were pregnant it was super scary and we did not know what path we should take for our lives. I knew in my heart what I wanted for my baby and I wanted her to have a family. I remember going to Tracy and Shandas not long after I found out because my heart was looking for a lot of answers. I trust both so much that a lot of comfort was brought to me in the knowledge of knowing that they were not going to sugar coat things. Sean and I decided to get married and I am so happy that we did because Avery truly deserved it. We have been through quite the struggles and today Shanda and Tracy still help us whenever we need them. We are so thankful for that. I believe they will always play a role in my family, and I do truly believe Sean and I try to really use them as a great example to follow and learn from. They have showed us that God will always provide, and when we have had nothing he has done just that.
We love y’all, and I can not thank either enough for what you’ve done for me.