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FAMILY: Jamie has been married to Ciaran for 7 years and has 2 kids, Elly 5 and Caleb 3.
DREAM: The dream I am pursuing right now is the nations. Our hearts are for the lost and the neglected… The unreached people groups of the world, we want to bring them the Good News.
DEFINING SPIRITUAL MOMENT: When God told me preaching the Good News isn’t entirely about eternity (it is of course) but He doesn’t want people to go another second here on earth without knowing His LOVE! In other words, God is about NOW and He is about eternity. So now my heart burns to reach the unreached because God wants them NOW and not just in eternity.
(Q) When have you experienced miracles and healing?
(A) Miracles and healing. I’ve witnessed so many. I’ve personally received healing as well. In 2012 I gave birth to my beautiful boy Caleb. I had an extremely difficult labor and delivery, which is so different to what I experienced with my first born Elly. Two months after the birth of Caleb I lost weight like it was going out of style. I was 90 pounds, my hair was falling out, I was starving and consuming vast amounts of food, I was having hot flashes left and right, and I kept getting slammed with physical anxiety attacks. I went and had my thyroid checked and 10 days later (because in rural Africa a 24-hour lab test takes 10 days) I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on your thyroid and causes it to be intensely overactive. Grave’s Disease is seriously from the pit of hell and it makes you feel crazy both physically and mentally. My doctor in South Africa told me I could die if I didn’t get it taken care of, so we packed our bags and made the 16-hour drive from Zambia to South Africa. I was treated with medication left and right, endured hospital visits galore, and stuck with so many needles. I needed a miracle. About a month later I was taken off the medication and told to wait and see and head back up to my home in Zambia. One year later I went back down to South Africa for a check up and sought the advice of a thyroid specialist. The specialist reported that my thyroid was functioning beautifully and that I had, in fact, been mis-diagnosed. I did not have Grave’s Disease. In his opinion, what I had previously experienced was a severe onset of postpartum hyperthyroidism. Which doctor was right? Maybe I’ll only find out when I meet Jesus face-to-face, but I’m sure by then nothing of this world will even matter. All I know is I am whole, healed, and well. I received my miracle.
(Q) When have you let fear keep you from saying yes?
(A) I’ve let fear keep me from saying yes so many times. I often say no to friendships because of fear. I’m afraid people will see who I truly am and not like me. I’m afraid they will reject me because of my flaws, because outwardly I’m not perfect. Sometimes I say no to friendships because I’m afraid of getting hurt. Too often I allow people to consume me… I lose myself in them and forget who I am. I’m too afraid to be vulnerable. I haven’t perfected the art of guarding my heart above all else because out of it flows the springs of life. That’s it and that’s all.
(Q) When has God blown your mind with His provision?
(A) In December 2012 as my family and I were heading back home to Zambia from South Africa, after the whole thyroid thing, we endured a horrific car accident. As my hubby, two little ones, and I approached the border of Botswana (the country in between South Africa and Zambia) I fell asleep in the back of the car between the two car seats while giving Caleb a bottle, with no seat belt. Shortly after I fell asleep I woke up to my husband, Ciaran, screaming and our car swerving all over the road. At first I didn’t panic, but when our front right tire burst and our car started rolling I screamed, “JESUS!” and I totally freaked out. We rolled five times and ended up on the other side of the road landing sideways. Miraculously everybody was fine. We got out of the car with minor scrapes and bruises and our car totaled. Long story short we had NO money. Within two months we raised $17,500 and were able to pay cash for a beautiful Toyota Landcruiser Prado with ABS and airbags. Only God can bring that kind of provision. He kept us safe and gave us a new and improved vehicle.
(Q) When have you felt like you didn’t belong?
(A) Pretty much my entire life I’ve felt like I didn’t belong. I often feel different and like I don’t fit in no matter where I am or whom I’m with. Lately the Lord has been encouraging me in this area. There are women in my life that I deeply admire because they have so much confidence and always feel accepted by others. I want what they have. The Lord knows this. I especially feel like I don’t belong when I walk up to a group of women. The Lord told me all I have to do is change my thinking… I have to walk up thinking, “They love me and accept me and I’m awesome.” I know it might sound silly but it’s helped me immensely.
(Q) What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken for God?
(A) Risks. Life is seemingly full of them. The biggest risk I’ve ever taken for God is happening right now. My family and I have served the last ten years of our lives in rural Zambia with Overland Missions. Zambia is where I met my husband, we built our first home, we began raising our children, and so much more. I could write pages and pages on my life in Zambia. At the end of 2014 we felt the Holy Spirit prompt us, as a family, to make a change. We approached our leadership about the idea and asked if we could explore the idea of taking on a new nation not in Africa but in Southeast Asia. At the end of 2015, after training up people to take on our roles at the mission base, we wrapped up our lives in Zambia. We sold our car, gave away our home and everything in it, gave away my beloved dog Texas, and left many close friends that we ultimately consider family. We cried A LOT. We are currently on our way to Thailand. As I write this we are busy waiting on our extended visas to be issued so we can spend two months there. After Thailand we will be exploring Cambodia, Vietnam, and potentially Myanmar. This is, by far, the biggest risk we’ve ever taken. We’ve given everything up to head to an area of the world we know almost nothing about. We are nervous and sometimes scared. We feel totally out of our element and have no idea what’s going to happen. This is the biggest risk I’ve ever taken for God.
(Q) What has the enemy tried to convince you you’re not good enough at?
(A) Haha. This question makes me laugh. The enemy has tried to convince me that I’m not good enough at just about everything. Lately, it’s motherhood. I often end my day feeling like a bad mom. Some days I yell at my children, some days I don’t. I often think I don’t give them enough attention, I don’t discipline them the right way, I don’t show them enough love, I don’t homeschool well, and you get my point. This is one of my biggest struggles right now. I don’t have the answers to it. People around me tell me I’m a good mother but I don’t always believe them. I’ll come through on the other side… I’m just waiting for a revelation in this area.
(Q) What is the most fantastic encounter you have ever had with God?
(A) I aim to encounter God every day. However, one time in particular stands out. I went through an extremely tough time after our major car accident at the end of 2012. I was diagnosed with PTSD and fell into some serious, clinical depression. For six months plus I thought I was going crazy. In June 2013 we had guest ministers from around the globe join us on our mission base in Zambia for a three-day revival meeting. At the end of the first night an altar call was given and I bolted to the front for prayer but nothing happened. At the end of the second night another altar call was given and again I bolted to the front for prayer but nothing happened. At the end of the third night I was fighting discouragement and during worship the Holy Spirit spoke to me, He said, “Worship Me like we are face-to-face and feel my breath upon you.” I truly had an amazing time of worship after that. Shortly afterward an altar call was given and once again I bolted up to the front for prayer, but nothing happened. As I was leaving the front Ciaran found me, grabbed my hand, and asked that I go up with him for prayer. I reluctantly followed him. The guest speaker laid hands on us and down we went! On the floor, bam! I got hit with the giggles… I hadn’t laughed in six months. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. To be filled with joy and laughter in the presence of God is something I cherish and hold dear to my heart.
(Q) When have you let someone else’s opinion have a louder voice than God?
(A) The question should be, when I have not let someone else’s opinion have a louder voice than God? Haha. This is another question I get to laugh at because it cuts straight through to my heart. This has been a MAJOR struggle in my life and the Holy Spirit often asks me who I’m busy believing, God or man. I’m not just referring to man, as in, people that are in my sphere. More often than not I find myself believing my own opinion over God’s opinion. I tend to be very critical of myself and can easily fall into condemnation as a result. I have to be very intentional about focusing my thoughts on God’s Word to overcome this. I’m careful to remember what God says about me; I can always find the blueprint for my identity laid out in the Bible, and for that I am grateful.
(Q) What’s the best thing in your life right now?
(A) This is both easy and difficult to answer because I have so many “best things” in my life right now and I can’t pick just one. Let me start by stating the obvious, Jesus Christ, the Father God, and the Holy Spirit are truly the best thing in my life right now. I wouldn’t have the life I have if I didn’t know Jesus. I wouldn’t have my seriously awesome South African man and my two, gorgeous little kiddos. I wouldn’t be traveling the world in pursuit of men, women, and children who need to hear that Jesus died for them, loves them unconditionally, and wants to give them a new life. I wouldn’t feel loved, whole, and beautiful. So yes, my Heavenly Father is the best thing in my life right now and I’m so grateful that He chose me.
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