Jessan Nembhard saved to minister
Twenty -year-old Jessan Nembhard is not short on confidence. Considered the 'baby' of the pack in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) gospel song competition, entering, for her, is an avenue to show God's power in her life.
From the day she was born, she was considered a 'miracle child', Nembhard's mother told her.
Her miracle started in 1996 when a doctor prescribed a medication for a serious condition. Her mother tried to fill it at the pharmacy telling the pharmacist her child's age, the pharmacist refused and referred her back to the doctor, informing her that if she had given her, Nembhard would have died!
She later found out that young Nembhard had a hole in her heart.
"My mother prayed and listened to my heart beat regularly, not having any knowledge of what was going to happen next. To the other negative news on my health, she had no clue on what they were telling her, she just prayed," said Nembhard.
The young lady, who practically 'grew up' as a patient at the children's hospital cardiac clinic, learned in those early days to rely on God and His healing.
Today, she is rejoicing in being healed with heartfelt praise, she sings her JCDC gospel song entry, Thank You. For Nembhard, she has many reasons to do just that.
Nembhard told Family and Religion that she was motivated to enter this year's competition because she was "spoken to by the Lord" regarding her talent.
"In my time of distress, locked in my room. I started to cry, for this is my language onto God.
I wanted to express myself to Him," she shared, adding that it eventually became clear to her, through spiritual revelation, that she should use her talent for the Lord.
"I started to sing, for it was the next thing I could do to express myself, for my words were not enough. Through singing, He spoke and I reacted immediately with the thought, "How am I going to make this work, for I have no resources of my own, so I found a medium, which is the JCDC," related Nembhard.
She said she wants to evangelise, gain some experience and start a career in music.
"I want to be a role model to others, especially to young persons, and to show them that they can make it, despite their challenges. I've been saved for 13 years and, like Samuel, when he was a child the Lord called him, so it was with me and there's no other place for me," she said.
A member of the Worship Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, the devout Christian is also a music director and past student of Vauxhall High School.