By: Amber Ellis
Hi my name is Amber Ellis. I’m 15 years old (as of 2016) and I didn’t grow up in a Christian home until I was 4. First I’m going to start off by saying I’m adopted. You see, my birth parents are my moms cousins. My birth parents dealt with drugs and alcohol and they smoked. I also have a sister named Candice who is one year older than me. You see, life for me and Candice wasn’t always easy and who said it would be.
My birth parents could barely provide us with food so what ever we could get our hands on we would eat. Me and Candace would play outside of our trailer that we were living that’s when a neighbor got involved and called DSS. Then DSS decided to give them a chance by sending them to rehab to start fresh and then when they return they went to the same old habits.
While they were in rehab we would stay with family members that could take care of us at the time. Then DSS officially took of us out of our home and placed both of us in foster homes. Then my parents that I have now wanted to adopt both of us but Candice was visiting with family at the time. Then my parents went to court to get full custody of both me and Candice. They fought for us for five months until Candices Dr. stepped in and said that it would be best if we don’t see each other until we are 18. I haven’t seen her since my seventh birthday.
Fast forward to this year towards two months into the end of the school year. My sister got on Facebook and found my mom and she asked for my phone number. Then when Sunday rolls around she texted me. It started out slow but my sister didn’t know if I knew about my parents and she didn’t know how to come out and say that she’s my sister.
Then she called me sometime that same week and we talked it off for at least a half an hour then she got into the big stuff that would start as a shock for me that is when she flat out said “I hate God with a passion and I want nothing to do with Him and nothing you say or do will convince me to believe in Him.”
I tried talking with her but she kept hanging up on me, so I gave up on trying. And rewind to Summer salt (a camp where you can learn about God) of 2015 I felt like God was tugging at my heart more than ever and through the week I learned that sometimes we need to take your blinders off and see the world as God would want us to see it and the second thing is we tend to put people on a pedestal thinking we can count on them but no they are going to knock us down but put God on a pedestal and he will never for sake me.
After summer salt I was kind of replaying my past in my head because back then I thought I was alone and didn’t know how to cry out for help when I needed that so when I heard the verse psalms 46:1-2 then there I knew I wasn’t saved so I wanted to do something about it. So I did. I talked to my youth pastor and he step by step told me how to ask God in my life. And as of July 28 ,2015 I asked God to be Lord of my life. The two most common questions I would ask myself before I was saved was “who am I “and “why am I here on this earth.” Well today I can answer those two questions. One i’m here to glorify God through through serving others. Two my name is Amber Ellis I’m a Christian! Who are you?