After being baptized at 13 years old, Sasha-Kay Campbell says she wandered from her faith. “For most of my teenage years, I was depressed, overwhelmed with emptiness and frequently fantasizing about suicide….I enjoyed partying and drinking, hardly recognizing that I was trying to fill my void with alcohol.”
One day in 2008, she was at home when she says she felt the sudden urge to pick up her Bible. She couldn’t stop reading. “I was so excited. It was like I was reading the Bible for the first time. Things I could not understand before was making sense to me now.” Her mother invited her to church several times, but she refused. She was afraid she would get saved and was not ready for that yet. The day came when she finally accepted the invitation and went with her mother to church. The pastor invited a visitor to preach the sermon message that day.
“As I listened to this woman, I felt as though pieces of me were being chipped away, and a new person was emerging. I could feel my heart melting as God spoke through His servant. My fear had come true, but I was not afraid anymore; I accepted it. I began examining my life, and I realized that I was not walking in the will of God for my life. I was on a path to self-destruction, and only God could save me. I surrendered to God in my heart that day, and He has turned my life around. He shifted my focus from material success and status to a life where He is at the center.”
In January 2009, she became a member of the Power of Hope Deliverance Ministry. During her time there, she served in many roles, including assistant secretary, Sunday school teacher, choir member, dance ministry coordinator and youth choir director. “Before my conviction, my goal was to become a clinical psychologist, but God has called me to teach His people.” She enrolled in theological training to be more effective.
Sasha-Kay received an Overseas Council scholarship to study at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (CGST) in Jamaica. “This scholarship has meant a lot to me because upon receiving it, I was able to clear up my account balance and successfully register for two more courses. It has also reassured me that God is indeed ordering my steps and that He has brought me to this institution for this particular season to learn more about Him and to be adequately equipped for His ministry.”
Sasha-Kay hopes to graduate with her Master of Divinity degree by 2014. “God has been teaching me a lot about who He really is and who He wants me to be through my training and interactions with His people.” She says her knowledge of Scripture has grown tremendously through her dedication to discover its meaning, including biblical languages and history. She’s also learned that “being like Christ means being a practical Christian, as we are commanded to love not only in words but also in action.”
Sasha-Kay is a Life Skills Mentorship Assistant for the Child Resiliency Program at the Hope United Counseling and Wellness Center in Jamaica. “It is a great program that reaches out to children with behavioral problems as a result of abuse and neglect. Through counseling, sports, arts and academics, the children are motivated and inspired to heal, move beyond their dispositions and strive for success.”
After graduation, Sasha-Kay plans to continue into full-time ministry, including counseling and working with the youth of her church. She also hopes to teach theology and biblical studies at churches and Christian institutions around the world.