By Jordan Sheppard, LCA sophomore –
Her Aunt Kerris always took little Monica to Santa Monica’s New Shiloh Baptist Church. Even though Aunt Kerris was not wealthy, she always gave 50 cents to her niece to buy something after service from the local store. Things were cheap back in the 70s and 80s, so you could buy a treat for 50 cents.
Monica loved Aunt Kerris and believed in God and got baptized but never grew close in her relationship to her Savior. Her behavior Monday through Saturday was different than her Sunday church behavior.
When she got older, she went to parties and starting doing things that were not good for her body. She didn’t really care what happened. She was too busy having fun.
Eventually, Monica met a man that is not in her life anymore.
Here is where the interesting part happens. She was not ready to have a son. So she went to an abortion clinic.
As she was sitting there waiting her turn, God spoke.
“Monica Sheppard, I know what you have been going through, and I am here to help,” God told her as clear as day. “Even though people have not been there like your other family, friends and or your mother, I am here.”
Monica listened to God and left the clinic.
God kept his promise and with His power, He brought different role models that acted like fathers to this young man.
Wherever she sleeps, Monica posts her own quote on the headboard to keep encouraged: “No matter how dark the situation is, no matter how hard the problem is, God is with you always and He is with you even in the harshest problems. If God can help me raise my child, he will help you with anything you need.”
The son she had is a well-known kid attending Lighthouse Christian Academy on the westside of Los Angeles. Her son is me, Jordan Dominick Sheppard.
This article originally appeared on the Lighthouse Christian Academy website. I teach there.